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. Although we are not currently meeting for in-person worship, we strive to make our online worship experience mirror being physically present at church as best we can.
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 & LocationOur Sunday morning services are at 10 am; you are welcome to participate either in-person or virtually!
If you’d like to join us in-person, we ask that you abide by our current New Protocols for Worship in order to help ensure both your own health and safety, as well as that of our worshipping community. If you’d like to join us virtually, the services are livestreamed on our Facebook page! Services from previous weeks can be found under the “Videos” tab.
To get worship bulletins for either the virtual or in-person service, email the Church Office.
What to Expect
We have a very active and involved church! Below are some of the activities that happen on a regular basis. Please note that some of these activities may now be virtual due to COVID-19. Contact the Church Office for up-to-date information or consult our Calendar and/or Facebook pages.
Here are some of our weekly activities:
- Pastor’s Bible Study – Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:30 am
- Worship – Sunday mornings at 10 am
- Coffee Hour – Coffee and snacks after worship
- Book/DVD Discussion Group – Sundays after worship
- Service of Prayer – A brief 30-minute community prayer session, Mondays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
- Logos – Children & youth mid-week activities, study, worship, & community meal
- Lectio at Lunch – A brief 30-minute lectio divina meditation, Tuesdays at 12:15 pm via Zoom
- Men’s Group – Monthly breakfast fellowship, usually the first Saturday of the month
- Candlelit Labyrinth Walk – Monthly walking meditation
- Reiki – Relaxation and energy balance through healing touch
If you would like to schedule some time to meet the pastors, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org