Adult Sunday School
FCC offers nine adult Sunday school classes that meet every week at 9:30 a.m. Most of these classes are discussion-oriented and they cover a variety of religious, biblical, spiritual, and theological topics. They also cover a variety of ages and life situations. Most of them are ongoing classes, but one class offers a series of 4-week studies through the year. Contact Gary Hardwick for more information.
Throughout the year, Mission Trips are available for youth, college, and adults. These mission trips offer ministry locally, nationally, and internationally. Youth Mission Trip is during the summer; College Mission Trip is at the end of the School. Adult Mission Trips are at different times in the year.
Sunday Evening Study Group
About 3-4 times a year, Rev. Gary Hardwick offers 6-10 week studies that explore a variety of biblical, theological, and spiritual topics. Past studies have included Disciple Bible Study curriculum, Old and New Testament Introductions, video series, and book discussions. These groups meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF)
The purpose of CWF is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education and creative ministries in order to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Women of First Christian Church of Norman carry out this purpose through seven groups, each providing its own leadership and choosing the format of study, service and fellowship which will best serve its members.
The meeting times of the groups vary, but include morning, afternoon and evening meetings in a member’s home or the church parlor or at a local restaurant. Service projects of the groups include the following:
- Preparing and serving meals for church families in bereavement
- Providing personal care items for the Women’s Resource Center which meet the needs of women seeking shelter from abuse
- Providing items to meet the needs of independently living high school students affiliated with the Bridges program
- Helping meet the needs of homeless through Food and Shelter For Friends
- Providing for needs of children served by Center for Children and Families, Inc (CCFI)
- Assembling “Totes of Love” for children going into foster care and totes of items for independent living for teens who are “aging out” of foster care
- Sewing denim quilts made from blue jeans for the homeless
- Sewing “hugs” cooling ties for men and women in the armed services who are stationed in the Middle East
- Helping meet the needs of new mothers in the congregation
- Providing funding for national and international needs through Blessing Box donations, or the purchase of blankets through Church World Service
- Supporting other ministries of the church including the youth mission trip and Mothers’ Day Out program
The women work jointly through the CWF Council to sponsor fund-raising events which include a Holiday Bazaar, book sale, bake sale and other events.
Christian Men’s Fellowship
Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF) is the name for the men’s ministry at First Christian Church. There are two CMF groups. One group meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for a fellowship meal and an informational program. Another group, designed especially for younger men, schedules various meetings and service projects through the year. The CMF is responsible for the Benefit Bean Dinner. Since 1990, this service project has raised over $100,000 for the Medication Fund for Variety Care(formerly Health for Friends). The Bean Dinner is the fourth Tuesday in January. Contact Gary Hardwick for more information.
Spiritual Formation Group
This group meets monthly from August – May. The group is experiential in nature, focusing on learning and practicing a variety of spiritual disciplines that enhances your spiritual life and personal relationship with God. Contact Gary Hardwick for more information.
Discussion Groups meet on a monthly basis and combine topical discussion with the fellowship of potluck suppers. Discussions vary from intra-group activities to programs by guest resource persons. Groups meet the second and fourth Friday of each month. Contact the church office for more information.
Once a year, First Christian offers a Spiritual Growth Retreat. This retreat is a chance to explore, in a more in-depth way and in a relaxed setting, your personal spiritual journey. Contact Gary Hardwick for more information.
Men’s Softball team plays double headers on Thursday evenings in the spring/summer league (May – July) and in the fall league (September and October). Players must be fourteen years of age before the first of the year. All games are played at Reaves Park in Norman.
Book Club is open to anyone in the congregation who wants to read a selected book and then meet for discussion. Book club meets at 4:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of September, October, November, February, March, April and July; when a movie is made of the book, a group may attend a showing of the movie.
Care Ministry is a caring group of volunteers who visit or contact those persons unable to attend worship services on Sunday or Monday evenings. The Care Ministry group meets once a month at the church addressing any issues that are important.
ChARM (Christian Association of Retired Members) - those persons who enjoy traveling and fellowship will find this a good way to meet new friends. ChARM meets on fifth Mondays at noon for lunch at the church, and the last Friday of every month for breakfast at a local restaurant. Trips are planned in Oklahoma and surrounding states.