Nurture

Faith is a journey together with God and with neighbor. Sometimes it is helpful to confer with people of like age and interest, while other times intergenerational experiences challenge us and help us grow.

Using age-appropriate stories, crafts, games, videos, or discussions, all education classes nurture wholeness. Interest groups for women, men, and retirees meet monthly, and outings and retreats are scheduled throughout the year. Nursery care, provided by our professional staff, is available during worship services, education opportunities, and special events and meetings.

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“We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.”

Alexander Campbell, early Disciples leader.

LOGOS Program

LOGOS – God’s Love In Action
a mid-week ministry for grades K-12
Wednesday evenings, September-April

LOGOS is the foundation of our ministry with children and youth. Sharing God’s love in intentional ways, we eat, play, pray and study together. This intergenerational program builds lasting Christian relationships among children, youth and adults. Through LOGOS, we live out our commitment to making ministry with children and youth a priority.

The most important rule of LOGOS is: Every person is a child of God, and I will treat them that way.

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A LOGOS evening revolves around four primary components
Recreation & Play

Through time spent in recreation and play, the children learn that at the heart of God’s love for us is fun and adventure. The activities vary based on the weekly theme and run the gamut from craft activities to physical activity or group games.  As with the rest of their class times, the children are divided into age-specific groups.

Bible Study

Elementary-grade children focus on one Bible topic for the school year. Middle school and high school classes cover a variety of topics – from racism and diversity to bullying and compassion, they discuss how faith influences their life choices. Regardless of age, the most important lesson is that they are loved by God and by each of us.

Worship Skills

Our young people learn to worship with vocal and instrumental music, rhythmic movement, drama, or liturgical readings. And they act as teachers and students by helping lead worship with the entire congregation, sharing gifts and abilities. This invites us to see God’s deep love for all through the participation of all.

Family Time

When we share meals together we visualize the family of faith . Sitting together at tables of mixed-age children and two adults, relationships are strengthened as “family members” take turns listening and sharing about their day, serving each other, and participating in a fun (sometimes just plain silly) activities.

Beliefs

When the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is at our best, we practice “Bold Humility.” We humbly recognize that no one person or organization can contain the entire truth of God; thereby, we seek unity and fellowship with Christians from diverse backgrounds and theological perspectives. We celebrate the work of the Spirit of God known when Christians choose to journey together toward mutual wholeness. More

History

For 125 years, First Christian Church has shared worship, nurture and service with the people of Des Moines at the corner of 25th & University in the Drake Neighborhood. At its peak the church saw as many as 2,000 people at Sunday worship, and originally was named University Place Christian Chapel, then University Church. Through all the ebbs and flows we are committed to journey together with our neighbors. More

Partners
Partnering Fellowships

Our community needs both practical resources and spiritual resources. Two 12-step groups meet weekly at First Christian. Everyone is welcome.

Narcotics Anonymous
Meets Mondays (except holidays) Noon-1pm. For further information, contact (515) 244-2277

Overeaters Anonymous
Meets Tuesdays (except holidays) Noon – 1pm. For further information, contact Jeanne at (515) 278-5627.