First Christian Church

 

A MESSAGE FROM

OUR TEAM

"Welcome to our site! We are so glad that you are here. Take a look around to learn more about who we are as a church, our mission and vision for Christ, as well as information about how you can get involved in any of our events and minstries. We welcome you to come visit our church! If you have any questions at all, we would love to connect with you!"



First Christian Church

MINISTRY TEAM

WE ARE IN TRANSITION

Change is coming to FCC. We are excited to see how God will use our former Sr. Minister, Ron Riley and his family in their next ministry at Cookson Hills Christian School. In early June 2019, a pastor selection committee was selected and they have actively been searching for our next Sr. Minister. As we make this transition we look forward to seeing the leadership from our elder board (chaired by Darwin King), working side by side with our current staff, to continue and improve the ministry of First Christian Church. 

THOMAS HAWKINS

Thomas has served as Youth Pastor at First Christian Church for TWENTY years! He graduated from Ozark Christian College in Dec. 1999 with a Bachelors of Biblical Literature degree. His love of students and passion for Jesus Christ is hard to miss. Thomas and his wife, Jill, have three children of their own-- Berek, Neleh and Ivy.




SUSIE NIEHUS

Susie is our Children's Minister and manages our online ministry. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, in Agriculture Business. Her husband Nate, operates their beef cattle ranch, as well as Niehus Tree service. They have two children--Naaman and Natalie.






WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE.

COME VISIT, OR GIVE US A CALL! WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU.



FCC GROVE

Five Expressions of a Faith Lived Out


01

RELENTLESSY GROWING IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

We are unapologetically a people fervently in love with God.  We desire to grow our passion on a daily basis for Jesus.  Through the power of God's Holy Spirit ordinary people are being transformed into extraordinary servants for God.

 

02

RADICALLY INVEST IN THE NEXT GENERATION

Too many people have given up and written off the next generations as lazy, selfish, and entitled.  We see things differently as we look at the next generation.  We see God's potential waiting to be rescued and set on a new path.  We see teachers waiting to learn God's word, servants looking for mentors, and missionaries restless to be sent.


03

BRAVELY SHARE JESUS WITH THE WORLD

We want to be a church that helps people find their way back to God.  Our family, our neighbors, friends, and even strangers half a world away.  Jesus asked His Church to be his faithful witnesses until he returns.  We are privileged to be His hands reaching out to a hurting world.


04

SACRIFICIALLY LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Jesus told us that the Christian faith could be summed up in just two Biblical commands—love God and love others.  Loving God requires faith and submission; loving people requires sacrifice. This community of faith recognizes that every person has value as God's dearly loved child and we must learn to love them as He first loved each of us.  

05

GENEROUSLY EXTENDING HOPE TO THE POOR

Church exists to bring Hope, Healing, and a Home to every human Heart!  That is why we choose to give generously to those in need.  We are grateful to partner with many ministries that bring hope to those who need it most.



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OUR HISTORY

 

First Christian Church of Grove traces her roots to gatherings held in a public school building in 1900 when Grove was still Indian Territory. The first formal weekly meeting of FCC took place on February 3, 1903, and her first minister, J. Edmondson, of Evansville, Indiana was called to preach for the princely sum of $35 per month.

 

The first building was started in 1904 and by 1911 membership had grown to 79. The present Fellowship Hall was built in 1936 and a new chapel, classrooms, and offices were added in 1956. Celebration Hall was added in 1995 as a multipurpose facility. It was later upgraded to add a kitchen, classrooms, and remodeled to host a contemporary worship service. Inspiration Hall was built in 2008 adding classrooms and a playground for children.  The latest remodeling projects were completed in 2015 and includes a new space for our youth groups in Inspiration Hall.



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CHANGING LIVES

I did it. Became an actual church member today. Not because I grew up in this church, but because I chose to be. I became a member because I want a family of believers and because my heart resonates with the mission and heart of FCC.

-Tonya​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

FCC has been a wonderful place to worship God with my family and friends for 40 years. It continues to offer me many opportunities for service and fellowship; strength and sustenance, as I seek His Kingdom!

-Don