What to know and do if you are a first-time visitor to our church
What is your congregation like? The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is often described as a mix of different church practices and beliefs. Some see us as pretty formal with an outline of worship. Others see us as very informal since we do not have creeds or read a lot of prayers together. Our worship may include times for silent reflection and times to laugh and celebrate who we are and what we have done. There are tables for young children to do crafts, coloring, etc. and children are most welcome in worship.
Our congregation reflects the population of Great Falls in age, race, sexual orientation and identity, economic background and political affiliation. Men and women serve equally as church leaders. As part of a “movement for wholeness” we try to live our Christian unity with diversity that’s more than just tolerance. We are Open and Affirming to the LGBTQ community.
Where do I go? Central Christian Church is on the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street North. Parking is located at the back of the church off First Avenue North, in front of the church on Central Avenue and on the west side of the church. Handicapped spaces are located in front of the church and in the parking lot behind the church.
Accommodations for persons with disabilities: Everything in the building is at one level and is wheelchair accessible. We have chairs in the sanctuary which are easily moved to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter. We have a sound system to amplify our voices to help all to hear. Words to songs and parts of the service and message are on the screen up front so everyone can see.
What time are worship services? During the COVID-19 pandemic we are worshipping together via Zoom. Our service is at 10:00 am and the link is available on our home page. Our regular school-year worship time is 10:45 am Sunday morning. Our summer Sunday worship time is 10:00 am beginning with Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend.
Are there Sunday School Classes? During the COVID-19 pandemic our Sunday School program has been suspended. Adult Sunday School classes are held in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 on Sunday mornings during the school year. We often watch a video and then have a discussion. Sunday school classes for children and youth are also held at 9:30 in individual classrooms and center around a Bible story and activities.
What do I wear? Wear whatever helps you feel comfortable. You’ll see women in dresses and pants, and men in blue jeans and slacks- maybe even a coat and tie. Many wear shorts and t-shirts in the summer and sweatshirts in the winter.
Is there an opportunity to meet the Pastor and others? The pastor greets people as we leave the Sanctuary for fellowship time. If you would like a longer conversation that’s more than a short answer, the Pastor can make an appointment to talk with you in person, over the phone, or by text or email. We have a coffee hour fellowship time after worship. Help yourself to food and grab a seat and visit with others at your table.
We are looking forward to having you come experience our church for yourself!