Scripture tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. At First Christian, we try to follow these words of wisdom through our support of a vast array of ministries, both local and international. Through our efforts, we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, support education, advocate for justice, help support a special program of theological education in our own Southern Conference, as well as much, much more.
First Christian has been recognized as a "Five for Five" church, supporting all five national offerings within the United Church of Christ. In addition, we are partnered with the Alamance County Association for the Blind, and have helped support the local Habitat for Humanity, and Allied Churches.
Worship is at the heart of our life together at First Christian. We worship in a historic building in downtown Burlington. Our sanctuary sparkles with the colors of stained glass windows, hand-crafted in Italy. Though our worship is "traditional", it is lively. Throughout the course of the year, our worship life is accented by special services. These range from a Christmas Cantata, to a Hanging of the Green service during Advent, to Easter services that include the Seder on Maundy Thursday, an Easter Sunrise Service and breakfast to celebrate Christ's Resurrection, and a dramatic reading of the Passion Story on Easter Sunday.
Our worship begins at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday mornings followed by a time of fellowship immediately after, at 11:30 A.M. We have a brief time of fellowship in our parlor directly off of the sanctuary following worship service
Our music is an integral part of our ministry at First Christian. It is led by Matt Rice and is anchored by our Choir of faithful church members.
Our Rodgers Pipe Organ, installed in March, 1993, is our primary instrument for worship. The organ is a combination of pipes and digital electronics voiced to the acoustics of the sanctuary. While the main organ is above the choir loft, an additional antiphonal division is located above the elevator, providing a unique spread of sound for organ literature/choral accompaniment and support for congregational singing. With its many facets of sound, the organ continues its role in the tradition of outstanding sacred music at First Christian UCC.
Throughout the course of the year, our worship is supplemented by various guest musicians and musical groups who brought joy to our worship of God.
Our hymnal is the New Century Hymnal published by the United Church of Christ and The Pilgrim Hymnal published by the Pilgrim Press in 1971.
Continuing opportunities for growth in our Christian fellowship is of prominent importance at First Christian. Our congregation is gifted with strong, dedicated teachers in our Christian Education ministry. With the exception of one month during the summer, our classes meet at 9:30 A.M., prior to worship. In addition, the Board of Christian Education provides nursery care during our time of worship.
Late spring or early summer, the Board of Christian Education also sponsors a special Symposium for adults several evenings one week. This program has been well supported and attended by community members beyond our own congregation.
In addition to Christian Education, the Board also supports several opportunities for fellowship throughout the course of the year. Family Game Night, and an Ice Cream Social are but two such events. The Board of Christian Education and the Women’s Fellowship groups are the moving force behind the church's support of the Christmas Cheer Program, a ministry that provides Christmas gifts to local families that otherwise would go without.
Finally, the board also supports a Confirmation Program in order to help prepare youth for church membership.
Matt Rice and Dotti Davis have put together a presentation of their Uganda Mission Trip
of the summer of 2018.
The mission of Alamance County Meals on Wheels, Inc. is to provide in-home services in Alamance County which improve and enhance quality of life; nourish the body, mind and spirit; and promote independent living for seniors and their families.
Alamance Eldercare is a not-for-profit agency with a staff of professional social workers to help Seniors (60 or older) and caregivers identify and find the help they need.
Through God's love and grace, Allied Churches is a shelter for the homeless, hungry, and hopeless; a sanctuary for those seeking spiritual renewal; and a catalyst for personal responsibility and transformation.
Family Abuse services is dedicated to the prevention and intervention of domestic violence through emergency relief support as well as promotion of healthy lifestyles and relationships. FAS partners with key community agencies, institutions and organizations utilizing a variety of programs in an effort to reach into the future and erase the threat of domestic violence
Open Door Clinic offers free health care services with dignity, professionalism and concern for the indigent and working poor of Alamance County.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.