Who is Christ First Church?
We’ve been in Charleston since 1840, and during that time we’ve called ourselves “First Christian Church.” You can learn more about us here.
Why are we moving?
We value children, and our current building makes it a challenge to keep them safe and secure. The new building will have a dedicated children’s wing, complete with its own rest rooms and play area.
We value our seniors and those who might have difficulty getting around, and our current two-story building is not very accessible. The new building will have one level with easy access for all.
We want all who come through our doors to feel welcome and safe, but our current building makes this difficult with no clear main entrance and limited parking. Our new building will have one main entrance that is welcoming to both guests and members. One main entrance also allows our security team better opportunities to help keep families safe.
We want to reach our community using indoor space as well as outdoor space to serve our neighbors. Our new location will have plenty of green space to expand community outreach. The city plans to build more park space and a community at nearby Sister City park. We look forward to new opportunities to love our neighbors.
Why are we changing our name?
While we value our heritage, we also want to communicate clearly who we are. To some, the name “First Christian” might not mean much, but to others it communicates a lot! It points to a denomination that we’re no longer a part of. In other words, our old name can give the wrong impression about who we are.
That doesn’t mean we’re totally abandoning our heritage. Our new name takes elements of the old name (“First” and “Christian”) and turns them into something new, “Christ First.” This also fits with our purpose as a church, as the Bible says:
And [Christ] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
(Colossians 1:18-20, ESV)
God’s goal for all creation, the church included, is for Christ to be preeminent–or “first”–in everything. Our goal as a church is to put Christ first in all areas of our church life: our worship, our ministries, our relationships, and our community.