"Each of you should use whatever GIFT you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."
I Peter 4:10
Soups on Us
Soup’s on Us - Inspired and mentored by the Saint Peter and Paul ministry, Soup’s on Us, FCC began its own SOU outreach in February of 2010. On the third Saturday of every month, FCC volunteers prepare and deliver meals to needy families in the Danville, Junction City area. Carryout boxes include soup, sandwiches, crackers, fruit cup and cookies.
Backpack Kids Program
First Christian provides cereal every month for the Backpack Kids program in Boyle County. Family Services in each of the schools identifies families in need within the Danville and Boyle County systems. The program currently sends food boxes filled with variety of easily prepared food items. Approximately $300 per month is needed through special collections at FCC to fund the cereal portion of this program.
Great American Brass Band Worship Service
Each year First Christian Church coordinates a community worship service on the June Sunday morning of the Brass Band Festival. The service is held 9:15-10:30 a.m. on the Centre College campus in the main stage area for the Festival. A community choir and the Salvation Army Brass Band provide musical leadership. FCC provides ministerial leadership and helps serve communion with other local churches to those in attendance. This is a casual worship event which is a part of the Danville Brass Band Festival tradition. The Festival celebrated its 25th year in 2014.
Food for the Soul
Food for the Soul started out of a need we saw in our own congregation. Many shut-ins live alone and seem to find it difficult to make a full nutritious meal for themselves. At the time we held our Wednesday Night Alive dinners and decided to share food from those meals with our shut-ins. They expressed appreciation for both the food and the visit, and the volunteers felt blessed. The program grew; each Wednesday we now serve about 15 of our shut-ins a delicious hot meal prepared by and delivered by FCC volunteers. Some of the elderly we serve say it's the best mission we do in the church. This simple weekly act of giving lets our shut-ins know that we care for them. Their church family feeds not only their stomachs, but also their souls.
The local Scout Troup #326 has been active for many years at FCC. Several church members have been involved since its inception and have planned several Jamborees and camping expeditions throughout the years. This Scout Troup meets every Monday at 7 PM.
First Christian Church has had a long-standing relationship with The Salvation Army and their mission for Boyle county residents. For over 15 years we have supported their Angel Tree Program during the Christmas season. Another ministry we enjoy is 4 Cans 4 Others which provides items for their food pantry. Church members are encouraged to bring 4 cans of food items each Sunday to help support the food demand for many low-income families in Danville.
The mission of Grace Gardens is to plant, harvest, preserve, educate and to make available nutritious fruits and vegetables for those in need in our community, for church functions, and for church members, as well as to foster a community of caring. Two gardens sites compose Grace Gardens. Site 1 is the Reflection Garden with a shape reflecting the design of the Sanctuary window under which it is located. Site 2 is the Trinity Garden, an organic vegetable garden with seating, raised beds and handicapped accessibility. It features a butterfly garden and antique rose bushes along with vegetable beds and blueberry bushes.
Walking Track and Christian Life Center (CLC)
The Walking Track is open to the community, free of charge, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the year. The Track and CLC Gym are also open Tuesdays evenings from 4:00 to 8:00 PM during the fall and winter months. Park in the lot in back of the church building and enter through the business office door during daytime hours. Park in the east end lot and enter through the CLC Gym doors in the evenings. PARTICIPANTS are asked to sign in at the entrance to the track or gym and must be at least 16 years of age, or age 12 if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Further instructions are posted at the Track and additional exercise equipment is adjacent to the walking area. The community is encouraged to make use of this Walking Track and gym. There were over 4,800 people last year that used the walking track.
Body Recall is an exercise PROGRAM taking place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the CLC and chapel area. Body recall helps to regain mobility strength, energy, and flexibility. Exercises are done in a chair and with a chair. It is great for recovery of breast cancer, heart diseases, DIABETES, arthritis, strokes, and knee and hip replacements. For further information, please call instructor Carolyn Walter, at 859-548-8203.
Bridge card game on Mondays is a popular activity for folks in the community. These Bridge players have been around for several years and create a fun atmosphere for all. Anyone is welcome to join them on Mondays from 10 AM - 12 PM.