Activities & Groups
Listed below are the various FCC groups and their information. Visit our Calendar page for the current group schedules.
Offered as requested or needed to newcomers and members of the church. Sunday School Classes for children, youth, and adults every Sunday. Chancel Choir Youth and adults singing for God in the 10AM service from September-May. Practice is on Wednesday night from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Handbell Choir Adult/youth choir that rehearses weekly and rings monthly from September-May. Practice is on Wednesday night from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Christian Education, Community Outreach, Disciples Outreach, Evangelism, Membership, Stewardship and Finance, Worship, as well as Memorials, Permanent Fund, Staff Relations to provide programs and Oversight.
Representatives and leaders who meet every other month to supervise, make decisions, and communicate the work of First Christian Church as well as focus on God and pray for others.
Christian Women’s Fellowship
FCC Paris Women meet each month in small groups called “Circles” (except during the summer) and together two times a year for workshops. CWF also holds an annual Women’s Banquet and Ladies Tea.
Monthly Circle meeting are held as follows:
- Circle of Light-1st Tuesday evening of each month at 6:00 p.m.
- Fellowship Circle- 3rd Tuesday afternoon of each month at 1:30 p.m.
- Koinonia Circle-3rd Thursday morning of each month at 9:00 a.m.
- Friendly Circle-3rd Thursday morning of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Men meet the third Saturday of each month at 8:00am for breakfast, highway cleanup, programs, and fellowship together. Disciple Men serve the women’s banquet, fund a scholarship, and help in the community.
Senior citizens gather the fourth Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon for a potluck luncheon and program, plus occasional outings.
Adults meeting with Reverend Parkinson on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am (except for the summer) to study, discuss, and learn the Bible and faith.
During Lent and on other occasions a group will gather to study and discuss a certain topic/book/issue.
Annual class leading up to Easter for those 5th-grade children considering “What it means to be a Christian and a member of the church?” Can also be provided for older youth.
God’s Gang is FCC’s youth outreach program for Kindergarten through fifth-grade children. Children do not need to be a member of the church to participate. Activities include homework help, story reading, crafts, games, an evening meal and a children’s worship. This after-school ministry meets from 3:30pm until 6:00pm each Wednesday during the first and second semesters of the school year.
When a prayer request is emailed or called in, it is sent to members by an automated calling service during office hours. Online requests may be submitted by clicking on “Prayer Center” at the top of each page on the FCC website. Otherwise, members telephone each other with concerns and prayers for others.
Knitters for Christ
An ecumenical group that meets at the church on Friday mornings at 9:00am to knit and crochet.
Staffed with adults and youth this is a place for babies and toddlers, up to age 3, during worship and Sunday School.
The MICE children’s group comes out of the title – “Monthly Inspiring Children’s Events” with a monthly activity for fun, as service, to build relationships.
Vacation Bible School
A one-week, morning experience for the community to teach Bible truths and stories, to support a mission project, to build relationships and have fun as Christians. Held annually before school starts – late July or early August.
Special Events and Outings
There are occasional specials for children, like the “Back To School” party, and for the youth, like the SUMMIT weekend.
Youth & Family Ministry
First Christian Church’s Youth & Family Ministry exists to fulfill our church’s mission of growing disciples by reaching out to the community and providing families with programs that foster an atmosphere of positive relationships; while helping to instill in our youth the principles of pledging oneself to biblical teaching, announcing the good news of Jesus Christ to our peers, respecting God in all areas of our lives, joining together to build unity in the body of Christ and yielding ourselves in service to Christ by serving others locally and globally.
Youth Group is comprised of high school and middle school age youth, grades 6-12, and meets every Wednesday throughout the school year at 6:30 p.m. Visit our Events page for more scheduling information.
All high school and junior high youth are invited to weekly youth group meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Youth Room. (Check out the picture with orange walls, big screen, and black couches!) Meetings are always fun, sometimes serious, occasionally separate; they may be all talk, totally fun, serving others, planning for what’s coming, and once a month out somewhere else – and food is allowed, too!
FCC invites our youth to be involved. For instance, youth serve as Junior Deacons and receive the offering in 10:00 AM worship, and all youth are asked to help with the annual Youth Sunday service in February (Seniors preach)! Other opportunities are available too – from Mission Trips to committee work to Bell-Ringing to . . . and not to mention VBS, the Youth Mid-Winter Retreat, summer Church Camp, the End-of-the-Year Trip, and of course, the CCIW SUMMIT mountaintop weekend!
God’s Gang meets during most of the school year. All children from kindergarten through the fifth-grade are invited to attend. God’s Gang is FCC’s youth outreach program and children do not need to be a member of the church to participate. Activities include homework help, story reading, crafts, games, an evening meal and a children’s worship. This year we are continuing our junior high program called “Crossroads” that will meet during the same time period.
The registration forms for the upcoming semester will be available in September.
Monthly Inspiring Children’s Events are held for elementary and pre-school children at FCC.
nursery / children’s church
We don’t forget our little ones, either. During the 10:00 AM service, we offer the Nursery for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age and Children’s Church for 4,5,6 year olds.
“FOCUSED ON TOMORROW” is based from Paris, IL. This all started with 3 guys wanting to take the message of JESUS to the kids at First Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) in Paris, IL. This now has grown to 5 Strong Musicians and Singers now taking the word of GOD to Churches, Coffee Houses and Youth Rallies. “F.O.T.” is now the “Praise Band” for First Christian Church. The band is currently taking some time off to spend more time with family.