History

of Our Church

About First Christian Church

First Christian Church was established in 1889 in a site located in downtown Amarillo. FCC moved to its current location in 1968. We're proud of our long and stable history in this community. It's a history that has long been entwined with the history of the city of Amarillo. The Christian Church, Disciples of Christ had it's beginning on American soil in the early 1800's as the Stone and Campbell movement. The Red Chalice with the X shaped cross of St. Andrew was adopted as the denomination's logo to symbolize the centrality of the Lord's Supper to Disciples. The St. Andrew cross represents out Scottish Presbyterian roots. Thomas and Alexander Campbell came from Scotland. Communion (the Lord's Supper) is celebrated weekly during the worship service. Everyone claims Jesus Christ as their Savior is invited to participate. Baptism is practiced by immersion.

 

Our Identity
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us.
 
Our Vision
To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
- Micah 6:8
 
Our Mission
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth."
- Acts 1:8
 
Our Confession
As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
- The Preamble to The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
 
This confession is the opening paragraph in the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  It is used by many Disciples congregations in worship as an affirmation of the faith of the church throughout the ages – not as a "test of fellowship," but as a statement of faith that identifies the Disciples' commitment to and place within the universal and ecumenical church. The preamble continues...
 
As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ's name and by his grace
we accept our mission of witness
and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
maker of heaven and earth,
and in God's covenant of love
which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
we enter into newness of life
and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
we are joined together in discipleship
and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
we celebrate with thanksgiving
the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
we receive the gift of ministry
and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
we yield ourselves to God
that we may serve the One
whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
be to God forever. Amen.