What's Happening

Join us this weekend — in person or online. Worship services are Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9am and 10:30am.

Below you'll find lots of great things happening at First Christian Church. For a complete calendar, click here.

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A Conversation About Mental Health

JANUARY 20-MARCH 3, 2024 (7-WEEKS)

The image of a garden serves as a helpful metaphor for our mental health. We all want our mental health to flourish, but sometimes weeds take root. However, even in the presence of weeds, our good good Father is a good good Gardner. Jesus proclaims in John 15:1, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” Join us for our sermon series WEEDS IN MY GARDEN as we discover the goodness of God for our mental health.

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40 Days of Prayer & Fasting


All over the world, Christians reflect on the life of Jesus prior to Easter through the disciplines of PRAYER and FASTING. This year let’s together — as a church — create time to pray and fast as we reflect on our need and appreciation for Jesus.

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Midweek Prayer


Jesus is the hope of the world. The Church is Jesus’ plan to bring his hope to the world, and prayer is the pathway to bring all of this together! Everyone is invited to join us Wednesdays from 12:15pm-12:45pm in the West Auditorium for a time of worship, reflection, and prayer.

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NLPC Baby Bottles

FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 24, 2024

We value life. That's why our church is participating in New Life Pregnancy Center's Baby Bottle campaign. New Life Pregnancy Center offers compassionate support to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. Be sure to pick up a baby bottle this weekend (February 3/4) or stop by the church office during the week. Fill the bottle with change and return to the church by March 24. If you prefer to donate online, click here:

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First Steps


If you're new or new-ish, we invite you to FIRST STEPS the weekend of March 9 & 10. It's a short gathering after each worship service that lasts for about 20 minutes. You'll get to meet some of our church staff as well as discover the next step in your faith journey. We'll meet at the WELCOME CENTER after each service (look for the large electric "Welcome" sign in the middle of the church lobby).

If you attend church online, we'd love to connect with you as well! We can meet sometime during the week over a coffee or set up a Zoom meeting. Whatever works best for you. Contact Hannah at hbeery@firstdecatur.org or call/text (217) 875-3350 to see up a time to connect together.

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Baby Dedication Celebration

MARCH 16, 2024 AT 10AM

We LOVE babies! We especially love when parents make the commitment to raise their children to know and love Jesus. Our next Baby Dedication Celebration is Saturday, March 16. The deadline to register is March 3.

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Easter Baptisms

WEEKEND OF MARCH 30 & 31, 2024

Baptism is a unique experience demonstrating hope in Jesus Christ. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and have not yet been baptized, then consider getting baptized Easter weekend!

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Easter Worship Services

Mark your calendars for our Easter worship services. All five services are identical and will be available in person and online.

  • Saturday, March 30 at 3:30pm & 5pm
  • Sunday, March 31 at 8am, 9:30am, & 11am
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Whatever It Takes


We serve a God who did whatever it takes for us by giving his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) We believe God is calling each and every one of us at First Christian Church to do whatever it takes to further this message through the mission of his church, in our community, and around the world!

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Employment Opportunities

    We are looking for a full-time director of operations of First Christian Church which includes various duties of daily operations and facilities management. The Director of Operations should strive to enhance ministry through efficient operations, attention to detail and accuracy, and inter-departmental coordination. A professional business approach combined with a ministry mindset is expected. Details here. To apply, send your resumé to Pastor Jonathan Grunden at jgrunden@firstdecatur.org.
    Our Mosaic Café is growing, and we are looking for a part time server/barista to join our team. Our staff works closely together in providing a quality experience to our guests in Mosaic Café. We are committed to serving our customers as a ministry of the church. The job is primarily for counter service, but we need someone who is also willing to help out behind the scenes with food prep and clean up duties. If you love people and a fun, fast-paced work environment, contact Lisa Weatherford at lweatherford@firstdecatur.org or call 217-875-9490.
    Our Student Ministry is growing! We are looking for someone to partner with Pastor Heather in Student Life (6th-12th grade ministry), with an intentional focus on High School students and an even more specific focus on upper classmen. To apply, click here.

For a complete list of events, click the church calendar button below. Questions? Please call or text the church at (217) 875-3350 or questions@firstdecatur.org.