Disciple Stance Class
This class is offered in September, January, and April on Sundays during the Church School hour (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) and is for visitors and new members who seek to learn more about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the specific ministries of First Christian Church of Norman. Included in the topics for discussion are the foundational beliefs and practices of the church; a discussion of worship, baptism, and communion; and information about the church’s structure, budget, and outreach ministries.
The church offers Fellowship Dinners after worship on Sundays, typically once per month between the months of September and April, concluding with the all church picnic on either the first or second Sunday evening in June. In addition to the meal, some entertainment or informative program is offered.
Ventures is an adult education program consisting of classes and workshops on a variety of biblical, theological, and spiritual topics. As part of a Lenten discipline, Ventures meets on four Sunday nights during the season of Lent.
Chancel Choir is comprised of adults, college, and high school age youth. It sings during the 10:45 Sunday morning worship and at special occasions such as Easter, Christmas Eve, and special concerts. Small ensembles and soloists provide instrumental and vocal anthems for the 8:40 a.m. service. The choir practices each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Dr. Steven Curtis, director, and is open to all.
The Handbell choir rehearses each Monday evening during the school year at 6:30 p.m. in the church balcony. This choir plays once a month during Sunday worship services. It is directed by Christine Hrubik and is open to all who are interested.
Education Committee: Plan and administer programs for Christian growth among all age and interests groups, including Church School, Ventures, Vacation Bible School, or other unique educational opportunities.
Evangelism Committee: Develop and administer a program of regular contacts and visits with those who have visited the church.
Fellowship Committee: Plan, develop, and supervise periodic social functions throughout the year, including all church dinners and the annual June picnic.
Membership Committee: Develop and implement programs to support and assimilate members in the life and ministry of the church.
Outreach Committee: Develop and administer local and world outreach programs. Promote special offerings for missions and benevolences.
Property Committee:Responsible for the maintenance of all property of this Congregation (inside and outside); also coordinating various projects for the church work day. Property projects may be completed by members (as skill and interest allows); other times members secure information and bids for the completion of major projects.
Stewardship Committee: Develop a meaningful understanding of stewardship and work with groups in the church to prepare an annual budget.
Worship Committee: In consultation with the Elders, Deacons, and Ministers plan the public worship of the Church, baptisms, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and other special worship opportunities.
Counseling and Spiritual Direction
Professional counseling for individuals, couples, and families is provided by Dr. Gary Hardwick, Minister of Discipleship. Dr. Hardwick is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; he is also trained as a spiritual director. There is no charge for the members of First Christian; members of the community pay a reasonable fee. Call Dr. Hardwick at the church office for more information or to set up an appointment.