Here are some things you can expect…
First of all: No, the roof won’t collapse just because you walk in–no matter what anyone else may have told you. Whether you are a “first-in-a-long-time-or-if-ever” church-goer, you are welcome. Take a deep breath.
Worship at First Christian Church Pomona is welcoming of all people especially at the communion table. We are a warm community, with an improvisational bent so God’s Spirit can move among us.
We engage the Bible in its historical context. Many prejudices have been perpetrated by taking words out of context, disconnected from the actual situation being addressed. We take the Bible seriously; we don’t take it literally.
What do we mean by welcoming of all people? This is what we mean: Straight, gay, richer, poorer, black, brown, white, etc. etc. All means all. You may see same-sex couples holding hands in the pews.
We believe it’s possible to be serious about our faith and informal in our approach. At first glance, we look traditional, but we mix it up. Some people wear a jacket, some people wear jeans. Sometimes the pastors wear robes and sometimes they don’t. Some people even sport tattoos and piercings. Grey hair abounds, but so do very short, young people.
Children are welcome. We believe children aren’t the future of the church; they are the church RIGHT NOW. We also know they wiggle and laugh and drop things; we all do. There’s even a special time just for kids in our service.
We won’t tell you who to vote for, but we are going to talk about real life and current events. That’s where the rubber meets the road in our faith.
We celebrate communion every Sunday (i.e., the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, that thing with the bread and the cup). You are invited to share, if you want–whether you’ve been baptized or not. That table belongs to Jesus, not us, and he’s the one who invites you to “taste and see the goodness of God.” We use grape juice, bread and gluten free crackers.
We sing a lot, together. Song books are in the pews and words are on the screen. We’d love it if you’d join in.
People will say hello. You will be greeted warmly. There’s no pressure; we just want to extend the hospitality of Jesus Christ.
Get to know about First Christian Church Pomona
Open & affirming means we welcome and affirm members of the LGBTQIA communities as people created in the image of God. We are an open & affirming community of devoted Christians who seek every day to discover the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and in our world. We are a theologically progressive congregation with a vibrant spirituality and deep commitment to social justice.
We gather together as a community of faith to strengthen each other in bonds of love and fellowship. In this community you can discover the hope and encouragement needed to meet the daily challenges of life and engage with others in healing a broken world. Here you can cultivate a joyous and meaningful relationship with God and Jesus Christ.
First Christian Church is committed to fine preaching and excellent music. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is central to our worship experience and is celebrated every week. Our large, well-lit sanctuary is designed to be a flexible space for the act of worship. Art, music, dance, drama, and multimedia can all be incorporated into the worship experience. Our Chancel Choir and Bell Choir are open to all. There are also opportunities during the week to gather for worship, spiritual development and prayer.
As a community of faith, we gather around and are in relationship with the One Holy and Living God. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a free tradition and therefore does not have a required order for worship. Instead we draw upon the rich resources of tradition, scripture, and the talents of our members to create a worship that both gives glory to God and provides a meaningful opportunity for us to encounter God. To find out more about what is done in the service, click here.
Time & Location
Our Sunday morning services are at 10am. We are located on the corner of Park and Artesia St. Our parking lot is on Artesia St. Entrance to the sanctuary is up the stairs and through the double doors. Click here to get directions through google maps.
What to Expect
We have a very active and involved church. Here are some of the activities that happen on a regular basis. Make sure to check out our Calendar page , and the church Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fccpomona) to keep up on everything that’s going on.
Here are some of our weekly activities:
- Pastor’s Bible Study – Sunday mornings at 9 am
- Worship – Sunday mornings at 10 am
- Coffee Hour – Coffee and snacks after worship
- Book/DVD Discussion Groups – Check calendar for current offerings
- LOGOS – families with children at home meet for faith development, music, meals and recreation
- Men’s Group – monthly breakfast fellowship, usually the second Saturday of the month
- Labyrinth Walk – check calendar for current offerings
- Reiki – relaxation and energy balance through healing touch
To know the availability for these dates please see the calendar.
If you would like to schedule some time to meet the pastors, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org