When anyone is looking for a church to visit or call home, people want to know what expect when they reach the doors of the church. Here are a few pointers:
We are a small, intimate faith community.
There are many large churches within a few miles of First. We are not one of them. We are a small group of committed followers of Jesus Christ. If you are looking for a large congregation, you might want to visit those other congregations. Small isn't a bad thing. Small is just small. We are a tiny community that is family to each other; sharing our joys and our sorrows together. If you want to be part of a community like that, please come visit us; we would love to have you!
You don't have to dress up.
Like a growing number of churches, you don't have to wear your Sunday best at First. Jeans are okay. Of course, if you want to dress formal you can do that too.
We start at 10:00AM.
We have one worship service on Sunday at 10:00AM.
We have communion every Sunday.
If there is something that defines Disciples, it's the fact that we have communion every Sunday. On most Sundays, a tray with bread and another with grape juice will be passed down the rows. On certain Sunday's we do communion by intintion. Simply come forward and tear off a piece of bread and dip it in the juice.
We've been around for 130 years. First Christian can trace its beginnings to 1884 (or 1882 according to some records). For most of that time, we were located near downtown St. Paul, doing mission and ministry- including a ministry to Southeast Asians (Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong). Like a lot of urban churches, our congregation shrank in size and it became a challenge to maintain the building. In 1996, we sold our building located on Marshall Avenue and moved to Mahtomedi, a small suburb 10 miles north of St. Paul.
Mahto-what? Yeah, the name of the town. Lot's of people have trouble figuring out how to pronounce it, let alone know where it is. First off, it's pronounced MAH-TOW-MEED-EYE. It's located on the shore of White Bear Lake and next door to the White Bear Lake (the town). Mahtomedi is a word in the Dakota language. It means, "Bear Lake."
Do you have anything for children? Yes we do. After pastor gives a children's sermon during worship, the kids go downstairs for Children's Sunday School. It lasts from about 10:15AM to 10:30AM or so. The kids are back in the sanctuary for communion.
Who are the Disciples? First Christian is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Disciples is the largest denomination founded in the United States. You can learn more about us by going to www.disciples.org.