We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us.
"People of the Table" - Disciples of Christ Statement Of Identity
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a People of the Table. What we share at the Lord's Table spreads throughout our ministries. We at Crown Heights Christian Church do not claim to have all the answers but we do strive through dialogue and discernment; mission and ministry to function as a part of the Body of Christ engaged in the world today.
CHCC over time has noticed that a table with people sharing food and fellowship seems to be a constant in our understanding of being the Body of Christ in the world today. This certainly starts with the Lord's Table where each Sunday we gather to remember that on the night he was betrayed Jesus took the bread blessed and broke it and shared it with his disciples as he did the cup. This act etches into the fiber of our being a constant reminder of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, and a reminder that we are one in him.
In Acts we read about Peter and Cornelius, a Roman Soldier. God brings these two men together by means of opening their minds to see the table as a place for all. It is by food our bodies are nurtured; it is by sharing in loving fellowship and dialogue that our spirits are nurtured.
CHCC also seems to be a people who simply enjoy good food and fellowship. We gather around donuts and coffee before church as we catch up on events of the week and around cookies and other sweet morsels in fellowship after church--to finish the conversation. There are chili cookoffs and youth hamburger events. Ice cream and cookies are served at every Easter egg hunt, who knows where that started!!! On Thanksgiving Sunday we eat turkey and all the fixings and cannot have a stewardship campaign without at least one luncheon and sometimes two. The men's fellowship meets at a local restaurant for breakfast each Thursday and the women have a variety of refreshments with their meetings. The choir raises funds to support our music ministries by taking donations at quarterly luncheons.
More importantly, CHCC supports the concept that everybody should have enough to eat! Each Sunday, actually any time anyone wants to bring it, we collect food for Skyline Urban Ministries. We also provide dinner for Saturday worshipers at Skyline once a year. CHCC has for several years supported Putnam Heights Academy, an intercity elementary school where 95% of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunches. Among other services for the school, each Friday our volunteers stuff backpacks with food for children who might not otherwise have anything to eat over the weekend. This is through a collaboration with the Regional Food Bank. CHCC also joins with other Christian Churches to provide dinner through a new ministry reaching out to the homeless, Refuge Fellowship that meets each Monday evening.
As People of the Table we have embraced a vision of being a church that loves God and loves the way Jesus loves and that is indeed a call to nurturing ministry.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a simple red chalice bearing the Cross of St. Andrew across the left side of the bowl. Long associated with the Disciples of Christ as a symbol, the chalice points to the centrality of the Lord's Supper in the life and worship of the Disciples who celebrate Communion each Sunday. A Lord's Supper open to Christians of all persuasions has been characteristic of the church from its beginning in the early nineteenth century. The Cross of St. Andrew, national cross of Scotland, focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The color red signifies vitality, spirit, and sacrifice.
What Disciples Believe
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the United States in 1832. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament. Today we are over 4,000 congregations strong and still share that vision. The chalice symbolizes our focus on the celebration of Holy Communion.
The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship and it is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
The Oneness of the Church
All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.|
Freedom of Belief
As Disciples, we are called together around two essentials of faith: a belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and that Christians are free to follow their conscience guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study, prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
Baptism by Immersion
In baptism, the old self-centered life is set aside, washed away and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
The Ministry of Believers
Both ordained ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
And above all that, Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, who offers saving grace to all who seek it through His Son.
To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)