The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
First Christian Church is structured to be a service of our own to the community. Like many churches, we plan a mission trip each year. We take pride in offering real and lasting friendships in our church. We are a Green Chalice church, striving towards being more ecologically responsible. We educate people on the bible, theology, and any matters that intersect with them in a straight forward way that puts critical thinking alongside faith. To that end, it is especially important that we inform our community on how Christianity can live in harmony with science and philosophy. Just the same, it is vital that we both educate and model our faith in a way that stands up for the most marginalized in our communities.
However, we do not lock ourselves up in the church or think only about the next life. We are committed to serving the community here in Fort Smith. Many of our congregants participate in one or more of these ways to serve. And you are, of course, encouraged to take part in these opportunities. Join us at church to learn more or click on the links below to find ways to help.
Our (always unexhaustive) link of great groups in the River Valley:
- Hope Campus helps people out of homelessness. Consider donating food to them or volunteering. You can also drop off food donations at the church and we will deliver them.
- Sack Lunch Program offers free sack lunches to anyone who needs them. Consider volunteering or helping financially.
- Earthbound Angels helps parents gain custody of their children as they come out of crisis shelters, provides diapers and other resources, and does various other important work for families in the area.
- The Arc advocates, educates, and makes community for those in the area with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Citizen’s Climate Lobby works to better curtail climate change.
- CASA assists with child adoption and foster homes.
- Ainsley’s Angels performs marathons with folks in wheelchairs, advocates, and brings awareness to people with varying needs in our community.
- Pay it Forward is a local food bank.
- Food Bank Antioch helps youth and families with food insecurity.
- Clearinghouse works to end hunger in the area.
- Altrusa works with women’s empowerment and education.
- Literacy Council works in western Arkansas to help reading comprehension.
- Kiwanis is a great service club with local chapters nearby.
- River Valley Special Needs Activity Center
- Cure helps provide medical devices and resources to those in need in the area and abroad.
- The Call partners Christians with children in need of adoption.