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First Christian Church
Services start at 10:30am
 
Address: 3020 Roberts Road, Baxter Springs, Kansas
Mailing Address: PO Box 230, Baxter Springs, Kansas

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to Love God, Love Others, and Show Others God’s Love. We try to keep things simple as a Church because we believe that Jesus kept things simple. According to Jesus, the two greatest commandments are to love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. We’ve built our church on this principle.
 
Here you will encounter a community of people who are seeking what loving God with everything they have looks like in their everyday life. Here you will also encounter a community dedicated to loving one another and loving our community. 
 
Our hope is that you find a home for you and your family here at FCC. We want to be a blessing to you, your marriage, and your children. If you have any questions at all, please contact Pastor Cody Graves at 417-770-5095.

Our Pastor

Pastor Cody Graves

Cody Graves took over as the Lead Pastor on June 1st, 2014. He has a Bachelor’s of Theology in New Testament from Ozark Christian College and a Masters of Theological Studies in Church History from Regent University. His heart is not only in biblical scholarship, but also in service to Christ’s kingdom. He encourages his congregation to love God, love others, and show others God’s love through a variety of services, including serving in Sunday service, participating in small groups, volunteering at the community garden, engaging in small groups, and much, much more. Jesus came to serve not to be served, and Cody strives to be just like Jesus. Cody married his wife Tiffany Graves on May 21st, 2011, and they welcomed their first child Ezra Allen Graves on November 28th, 2020. Cody loves to socialize with his friends by playing video games and watching movies. His favorite restaurant is Longhorn Steakhouse, and him and his wife could celebrate Christmas all year long.

What do we believe?

The bottom line: God so loved the world that he sent his only Son Jesus to die for our sins. This Jesus was raised to life, a historical event witnessed by many, defeating sin and death, and now reigns with God in heaven. The church is the continuing mission of what Jesus did through the cross and resurrection.

Beliefs and Practices:

  • Baptism: Baptism is for believers by immersion with a confession of faith. (Although we practice immersion, other forms of baptism are recognized).  Romans 6:4, “We were buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…we too may lived a new life.”
  • Communion: This is heart of worship, celebrated at least every Sunday.  1 Corinthians 11:24,  “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Open Communion: Celebrated weekly, not just for members, but for all who love our Lord Jesus.
  • Christian Unity: All Christians should cooperate in the commission given by our Lord Jesus. We affirm all who share this divine calling as people of God’s kingdom.  As one of our early slogans states: In essentials: Unity; In non-essentials: Liberty; in all else: Christian Love.
  • The ministry of believers: Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, direct service opportunities and nurture spiritual growth.
  • Mission minded: We believe there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who do not need to repent. Therefore, we will always focus on those who aren’t attending and make an effort to include and reach out to them.
Schedule:
Sunday Morning
Worship starts at 10:30am for all and concludes around 11:30am.
 
– Adult Worship is in the Sanctuary.
– Our nursery will gladly care for your infants through 5 (or not in pre-k) during the service. Make sure and check them in with the nursery volunteer first.
– Children, grades Pre K through 5th grade are invited to join the FCC Kid’s service in the Gym at 10:30 am for their own worship service.
– There is a Mother’s Room located beside the woman’s bathroom in the South Hallway for nursing mothers during the service.
– Children in middle school and high school join the adult in the Sanctuary for worship.
 
Wednesday Evenings
Classes for children of all ages begin at 7pm.
 
– Tiffany Graves teaches FCC Kids (PreK-5th Grade) in the Gym.
– Pastor Cody Graves teaches middle school students (6th, 7th, & 8th Grade) in the South Hallway.
– Angela Burrows and Ross Davis teach CYF (9th-12th Grade) in the North Hallway.

 

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Our Current Sermon Series

11/22/20 | I Promise Not to Be Fair to You | Cody Graves

10/25/20 | Discipleship: Service | Cody Graves

11/1/20 | Disciples Discipling Disciples | Cody Graves

10/18/20 | Discipleship: Relationships | Cody Graves

7/19/20 | Not My Stuff | Cody Graves

5/2/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Faith | Cody Graves

4/25/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Words | Cody Graves

4/18/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Identity | Cody Graves

4/11/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Identity | Cody Graves

4/4/21 | The Gospel Is Good NEWS | Cody Graves

3/28/21 | Church Isn’t Cultural, It’s Missional | Cody Graves

3/21/21 | Faith Isn’t Political, It’s Political | Cody Graves

3/14/21 | The Best Decision Ever! | Cody Graves

3/7/21 | Living on the Edge | Cody Graves

2/28/21 | HELLOOOOO!!! | Cody Graves

2/21/21 | Wise Guy! | Cody Graves

9/20/20 | You Matter More | Cody Graves

1/31/21 | Embrace Purity| Cody Graves

2/14/21 | What Is Love? | Cody Graves

First Christian Church
Services start at 10:30am
 
Address: 3020 Roberts Road, Baxter Springs, Kansas
Mailing Address: PO Box 230, Baxter Springs, Kansas

2/7/21 | Embrace Love | Cody Graves

1/24/21 | Embrace Habits | Cody Graves

1/17/21 | Embrace Generosity | Cody Graves

1/3/21 | Embrace Your Limits | Cody Graves

1/10/21 | Embrace Your Limits | Cody Graves

12/20/20 | Uncomplicating the Message | Cody Graves

12/27/20 | Uncomplicating the Mission | Cody Graves

9/20/20 | Knowing God | Cody Graves

11/15/20 | It’s Not Fair | Cody Graves

12/6/20 | I Don’t Have the Right | Cody Graves

11/8/20 | Justice Should Be Fair | Cody Graves

9/6/20 | Christian? | Cody Graves

9/13/20 | Encountering Christ | Cody Grave

 
 
 
Copyright ©2016 First Christian Church of Baxter Springs. All rights Reserved.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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7/12/20 | Not My Time | Cody Graves

3/31/20 | Chains of the Past | Cody Graves

1/26/20 | Does God Really Exist? | Cody Graves

2/2/20 | Why Would a Good God Allow Suffering? | Cody Graves

2/9/20 | Are Science and Religion Enemies? | Cody Graves

2/16/20 | Why Would God Send Anyone to Hell? | Cody Graves

2/23/20 | What We Leave Behind | Cody Graves

3/1/20 | The Main Ingredient in Change | Cody Graves

3/8/20 | Limiting Our Legacy | Cody Graves

3/29/20 | What Matters Most? | Cody Graves

4/5/20 | Where Do You Turn for Help? | Cody Graves

4/12/20 | We’ve All Broken the Rules | Cody Graves

4/19/20 | I Want You! | Cody Graves

4/26/20 | I Want All of You | Cody Graves

5/3/20 | I Want Repentance | Cody Graves

How can adults get involved?

Small Groups

Our goal at FCC is for every adult to join a small group. Cody Graves organizes the groups. Groups spend an hour every week studying scripture or a great book for part of the time, and then just hanging out with each other the rest of the time. There is always prayer too. Small groups are an essential step in a Christian’s walk. If you’d like to sign up for a small group, text “Groups” to 620-254-0491 and we will walk you through the process of small group sign up!

Choir

Join our choir led by the wonderful Lori Lindsey. All ages are welcome!! Practices are every Wednesday at 7pm. Performances are usually every Sunday morning during the church’s worship service. Our choir also puts on a Christmas Cantata every year. Choir does not meet or perform over the summer.

FCC Kids’ Service

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, FCC holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Every week, we have one adult helper assist the Children’s Minister, Tiffany Graves, during the FCC Kids service. Join the roster!

Social Media

Like, comment, and share all the social media content you see from FCC. We have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Service Teams

  • FIT Team – Contact Lori Kellum or Tina Gaines

Adult Sunday Schools:

  • Men’s Bible Study
      • Leader:  Kyle Crotts
      • Meets every Sunday morning 9:30 to 10:15am in Fellowship Hall
  • Women’s Bible Study
      • Leader:  Michele Hensley
      • Meets every Sunday morning 9:30 to 10:15am in Middle School Classroom
  • Disciple’s Women’s Group
      • General Meeting, meets every 3 months.
  • Ruth Group
      • Leader:  Gayla Rydberg
      • Meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm
  • Christian Men’s Fellowship
    • Community Prayer Breakfast each Tuesday at 7:00 am (Rotates monthly to different churches in the area)

Other Activities

Summer Mowing – Sign Up at Church
Health Class – Contact Melissa
Great Day of Service – Contact Cody Graves
Habitat for Humanities Trips – Contact Angela Burrows
Vacation Bible School – Contact Tiffany Graves
Praise Team – contact Tyler Graves
Various fundraisers by Ruth Group and CYF – Info Provided on Sundays

 

How can students get involved?

Chi-Rho (6th-8th grade)

The incredible __________________ leads our middle school age group. Chi-Rho meets every Sunday morning at 9:30am and Wednesday night at 7pm. Bring your middle school students to encouraging and helpful meetings in which their leader helps guide them on their journey through Middle School. Yummy treats and fun games and events are a usual occurrence in this group!

CYF (9th-12th grade)

The amazing Angela Burrows leads our high school age group with the help from the wonderful Ross Davis and Cody Graves. CYF meets at the church in the CYF room every Wednesday at 7pm. Not only does the CYF group have engaging and relevant meetings during this time, but they also play fun games and eat great snacks. Furthermore, they partake in a lot of great service projects throughout the year. The most well-known of these is the Habitat for Humanity trip every summer – it is a can’t miss opportunity!

Social Media

Like, comment, and share all the Facebook posts you see from Chi-Rho and CYF.

Other Activities

Habitat for Humanity Trips – Contact Angela Burrows
Vacation Bible School – Contact Tiffany Graves
Easter Egg Hunt – Contact Tiffany Graves
FCC Kids’ Christmas Program – Contact Tiffany Graves
Great Day of Service – Contact Cody Graves
Choir – Contact Lori Lindsey
Random Service Projects – Contact Angela Burrows

 

How can children get involved?

FCC Kids

Our Children’s Minister, Tiffany Graves, leads FCC Kids. FCC Kids meets every Sunday morning at 9:30am for Sunday school and 10:30am for FCC Kids Service (the children’s own worship service that occurs alongside the adults’ Sunday worship service). FCC Kids also meets every Wednesday at 7pm.
 
Children are divided into two groups based on their age. Children will experience fun songs and dancing, engaging stories with real-life application, challenging memory verses, exciting games, lots of crafts, and even some worthwhile prizes.
 
FCC Kids has a ton of events throughout the year for  you and your children to enjoy! (See below.)

Security

All children must be checked in and out through our computer system at the entrance to the FCC Kids area. No one has access to the FCC Kids environment other than the leader, the volunteers (for that gathering), and the children. All safety precautions are followed in the FCC Kids environment. All volunteers have background checks. We have a system in place to contact you in case of emergency. All children must have updated information in our computer system.

Social Media

Like, comment, and share all the social media content you see from FCC Kids. We have a Facebook and Instagram page!

Other Activities

Easter Egg Hunt – Contact Tiffany Graves
Vacation Bible School – Contact Tiffany Graves
Fall Festival – Contact Tiffany Graves
FCC Kids’ Christmas Program – Contact Tiffany Graves
Great Day of Service – Contact Tiffany Graves
Exciting News!
FCC Kids is changing!!
We are renovating our environment, updating our theme, and maximizing our security.
 
We are looking to be finished with revamping FCC Kids by the end of Summer 2020!
 
Stay updated with our progress on our Facebook/Instagram page.
Our Prayer List
Do you or a loved one have a need that you would like us to pray for? All you have to do is click the button “Create Prayer Request” and our church will pray for you or your loved one.
  • If you wish to show that you are praying for someone, you can click the prayer hands in the bottom left of any prayer request to show that you are praying for them. If it’s someone you know you can even send them a message. 
 

Mary Jones, March 2, 2021 - 4:47 pm

My brother recently passed away. Please keep us all in your prayers.

Bobby Wade, January 31, 2021 - 3:14 pm

My 92 year old brother, Jack Berry, is in the hospital. Keep him in your prayers.

Micah Crotts, January 31, 2021 - 2:56 pm

My dad, Perry, went for surgery on Friday for what we thought was to remove an abscess, but it was not an abscess, they are pretty sure it's cancer. A rare cancer called sarcoma. Please pray for him.

Jim Hall, December 13, 2020 - 3:40 am

Charlene Hunley has Covid, in ICU in Joplin, on a ventilator. Needs lots of prayer.

Jim Hall, December 13, 2020 - 3:36 am

Jimmy Grimes, has COVID, in ICU at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. On ECKMO, very sick. We

Nancy Taber, November 20, 2020 - 9:32 pm

Adam Ray tested positive for COVID. Him and Timothy will be staying at our house while we are away to quarantine. Keep them in your prayers.

Travis Brumback, November 8, 2020 - 4:26 pm

Travis Brumback's dad has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks after a brain surgery had some complications. Keep family in your prayers.

Jim Hall, November 1, 2020 - 12:52 am

Requesting prayers for our daughter, Kim Turner and grandson Alex Turner, both tested positive for Covid-19. Kim tested on Thursday and Alex on Friday. Today, Kim's blood pressure went through the roof and she has been in the Freeman ER since shortly after noon. Prayers for Shawn and Hallie also, since they have definitely been exposed.

Nancy Taber, October 27, 2020 - 6:55 pm

My sister recently passed away. Please keep our family in your prayers. Also, my son-in-law is having knee surgery so keep him your prayers.

Michele Hensley, September 29, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Jeff’s dad, Wayne, is not going to recover from his illness. Please keep the family in your prayers.

7/26/20 | Not My Church | Cody Graves

8/2/20 | Facing the Giants | Cody Graves

8/30/20 | The Main Ingredient | Cody Graves

7/5/20 | It’s Not About Me | Cody Graves

8/9/20 | A Tactical Retreat | Cody Graves
We are undergoing some construction right now at FCC. Because of this, the video and sound quality of this video suffers. Please bear with us as we make these updates to our sanctuary.

6/14/20 | Delightful Fear | Cody Graves

6/21/20 | No More Enemies | Cody Graves

6/7/20 | Our Part | Cody Graves

8/16/20 | The Invisible Enemy | Cody Graves

8/23/20 | What We All Need | Cody Graves
We are currently undergoing some remodeling, which includes upgrading our sound system. Right now, that sound system is in transition. We apologize for the audio quality at times during this sermon. Bear with us!

Our New Normal: Phase 2
-being a socially distant church
          We know this is a difficult time. The first thing we want to say is if you feel unsafe in any way, we strongly encourage you to stay home. Safety is our number one priority. We will continue to stream our services online so you can still worship with us.
 
           Having said that, we are planning has reopened! However, it isn’t “church as normal.” It’s our new normal, for the foreseeable future. Below are some of the guidelines we will be following to keep church safe for those who wish to attend.
 
Our New Normal–Phase 2:
 
Children’s Church is live! You can check in your kids on Sunday morning for a worship experience designed just for them. We will be checking temperatures at check-in and practicing healthy sanitation with hand sanitizer and individual supplies instead of group supplies.
Sunday School is back!
Respect other‘s space. We all have different ideas of what safety is. Regardless of what you think, respect others by keeping six feet from them.
No plates will be passed.
-Offering: a basket will be placed outside the sanctuary where you can drop off your offering before or after service.
-Communion: individual communion will be spread out outside the sanctuary. If you wish to participate in communion, please pick up your own personal communion before entering.
Pews will be sectioned off to encourage socially distant seating.
Sanitation stations will be set up throughout the church. Please use these frequently.
Masks will be provided and we encourage you pick one up if you so desire.
5/10/20 | I Want You to Have Hope | Cody Graves

5/17/20 | God’s Bigger | Cody Graves

5/24/20 | Control Freak | Cody Graves

Our Current Sermon Series:
The Gospel Changes Everything
Our Last 4 Sermon Series:
Everything wrong at church!
Better questions, better decisions.
What is love?
Inside the lines is so much better!
GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO FIND OLDER SERMONS!

Where can we get involved?

First Christian Church has many activities and events for all ages to get involved with! Check out these links to see just what is available for everyone:

Photo Gallery

Click through the fun and exciting photo’s from our church

 

The Cowtown Showdown Wrestling Event held at the FCC in Baxter Springs on Jan 18th, 2020

 

 
 
 
 
2019 Annual Bazaar / Craft Event
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Lites Field Trip to the Independence KS Zoo.  July 12, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
Community Garden cookout July 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
CYF Habitat Pictures 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graduation Sunday May 19th
 
 
 
 
Little Lites Early Leaning Center
Pre School graduation  May 10, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CYF stuffing eggs for the Easter egg hunt the 20th of April.
 
 
First work day at the Community Garden.  4/24/2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get Up n’ Go Group went to McCune Farm Market Restaurant.4/25/2019
 
 
 
 
 

CYF had a “good deeds” Scavenger hunt March 29. Tasks included:

Visiting Autumn Place, picking Up trash, Praying for our local police officers, and leaving positive
messages in chalk on the elementary school sidewalks. Afterwards, while sharing their adventures, the youth encouraged each other to continue doing good deeds every day, not just to win a scavenger hunt.

  The Get Up n’ Go Group went to Carthage, MO in March. We had a big group of 14 people who went. We chose the Woodshed to try out. Everyone thought their food was delicious, and many took home their “supper”. As the weather gets nicer, we plan to venture out further in our exploration of new places to eat. We would love to have you come join us! 

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Get Up n’ Go group The Get Up n’ Go group went to Sugar Creek in Galena in February. We had a great turnout, there were 15 of us, and a good time. The food was delicious and the service great. We also tried out the bakery counter. We would love to have more people come, so if you’re interested, let me know.  Cheryl Haggard

 
 
 
Additional Vendors from the Bazaar on Nov 3, 2018.
Vendors will be back next year 2019. Bazaar is always the First Saturday in Nov.  If anyone is interested in a booth for next year please let us know.
Also DWF will have the luncheon and baked goods.
 
 

 
CYF Swim party to Linda and Larry Bingham’s.
 

 

 
 
Lake fun at Toni Wolkar’s and Stephanie Dewey’s for the CYF group.
 

 

 
 
 
 
Habitat 2018 Trip to Sheridan WY.
 

 

 
Little Lites field trip days: Ritz’s theater, and water day at First Christian, and pool day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Habitat 2018 to Sheridan WY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graduation Sunday 2018
 
 
Little Lites Preschool Graduation 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

Little Lites playing on their new playground toys.
 
 
 
 
 
Easter Egg Hunt March 31st 2018
 
 
 
Eleven of us went to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to shop and eat at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile.  Thanks to my navigator on every trip – Cheryl Haggard.  She keeps me headed in the right direction.  She also stood in line with me for an hour and a half to get a table for our group.  Cheryl, you’re very much appreciated.

 The wait was worth it, though.  The food was delicious and the servings were huge.  Ask Terry French about her white spinach lasagna.  The group enjoyed shopping and then going upstairs to the bakery to purchase something sweet to take home.
 

 

Great Day of Service September 10, 2017

 

 
 
 
August 2017 bowling
 

 

 

 
 
June 2017

Another fun outing!  We took our annual trip to the Old Riverton Store, Schermerhorn Park, and the Nature Center.  We had a smaller group of our Get Up ‘n Goers, but we were joined by three grandchildren and a great group of our Little Lites and their leaders.  We had an extra bonus at the Old Riverton Store.  Two men were traveling across the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri in a covered wagon and they were at the store the same time as us.  

 

 

 

 

 
 

Little Lites trip to the movies at  Pittsburg.
 
 
 

Little Lites Graduation/ May 18th, 2017

At this year’s preschool promotion we had 8 graduates: Anna Reeser, Karter DeGroot, Annalise Parker, Taylee Frazier, Gunner Duesterhaus, Aiden Byler, Josiah Beck, and Easton Pant. This year’s theme was Dr. Suess. Our menu consisted of ham and cheese sliders, chips, veggie trays, and cupcakes. After dinner the kids played games which included: Ring toss and thing toss. We also had a photo booth with Dr. Suess photo props for the families to take pictures at. Everyone had a great time.

Thank you to all the Little Lites staff who made this year’s graduation a huge success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit from Santa at Autumn Place Dec. 2016 Vivian Sirratt – 90, Allen Jones – 92,

Barbara Dell Skaggs – 87, Lois Mattox, Zelma Smith – 100 (Dec 5th), Dube Lynch – 90

Ross and Allen Davis, Santa, Christina Davis visiting Autumn Place. Also pictured is Jackie, resident of Autumn Place for 13 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

                                                 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to Love God, Love Others, and Show Others God’s Love. We try to keep things simple as a Church because we believe that Jesus kept things simple. According to Jesus, the two greatest commandments are to love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. We’ve built our church on this principle.
 
Here you will encounter a community of people who are seeking what loving God with everything they have looks like in their everyday life. Here you will also encounter a community dedicated to loving one another and loving our community. 
 
Our hope is that you find a home for you and your family here at FCC. We want to be a blessing to you, your marriage, and your children. If you have any questions at all, please contact Pastor Cody Graves at 417-770-5095.

Our Pastor

Pastor Cody Graves

Cody Graves took over as the Lead Pastor on June 1st, 2014. He has a Bachelor’s of Theology in New Testament from Ozark Christian College and a Masters of Theological Studies in Church History from Regent University. His heart is not only in biblical scholarship, but also in service to Christ’s kingdom. He encourages his congregation to love God, love others, and show others God’s love through a variety of services, including serving in Sunday service, participating in small groups, volunteering at the community garden, engaging in small groups, and much, much more. Jesus came to serve not to be served, and Cody strives to be just like Jesus. Cody married his wife Tiffany Graves on May 21st, 2011, and they welcomed their first child Ezra Allen Graves on November 28th, 2020. Cody loves to socialize with his friends by playing video games and watching movies. His favorite restaurant is Longhorn Steakhouse, and him and his wife could celebrate Christmas all year long.

What do we believe?

The bottom line: God so loved the world that he sent his only Son Jesus to die for our sins. This Jesus was raised to life, a historical event witnessed by many, defeating sin and death, and now reigns with God in heaven. The church is the continuing mission of what Jesus did through the cross and resurrection.

Beliefs and Practices:

  • Baptism: Baptism is for believers by immersion with a confession of faith. (Although we practice immersion, other forms of baptism are recognized).  Romans 6:4, “We were buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…we too may lived a new life.”
  • Communion: This is heart of worship, celebrated at least every Sunday.  1 Corinthians 11:24,  “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Open Communion: Celebrated weekly, not just for members, but for all who love our Lord Jesus.
  • Christian Unity: All Christians should cooperate in the commission given by our Lord Jesus. We affirm all who share this divine calling as people of God’s kingdom.  As one of our early slogans states: In essentials: Unity; In non-essentials: Liberty; in all else: Christian Love.
  • The ministry of believers: Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, direct service opportunities and nurture spiritual growth.
  • Mission minded: We believe there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who do not need to repent. Therefore, we will always focus on those who aren’t attending and make an effort to include and reach out to them.
Schedule:
Sunday Morning
Worship starts at 10:30am for all and concludes around 11:30am.
 
– Adult Worship is in the Sanctuary.
– Our nursery will gladly care for your infants through 5 (or not in pre-k) during the service. Make sure and check them in with the nursery volunteer first.
– Children, grades Pre K through 5th grade are invited to join the FCC Kid’s service in the Gym at 10:30 am for their own worship service.
– There is a Mother’s Room located beside the woman’s bathroom in the South Hallway for nursing mothers during the service.
– Children in middle school and high school join the adult in the Sanctuary for worship.
 
Wednesday Evenings
Classes for children of all ages begin at 7pm.
 
– Tiffany Graves teaches FCC Kids (PreK-5th Grade) in the Gym.
– Pastor Cody Graves teaches middle school students (6th, 7th, & 8th Grade) in the South Hallway.
– Angela Burrows and Ross Davis teach CYF (9th-12th Grade) in the North Hallway.

 

New Here?
Watch Messages
Our Current Sermon Series

11/22/20 | I Promise Not to Be Fair to You | Cody Graves

10/25/20 | Discipleship: Service | Cody Graves

11/1/20 | Disciples Discipling Disciples | Cody Graves

10/18/20 | Discipleship: Relationships | Cody Graves

7/19/20 | Not My Stuff | Cody Graves

5/2/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Faith | Cody Graves

4/25/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Words | Cody Graves

4/18/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Identity | Cody Graves

4/11/21 | The Gospel Changes Our Identity | Cody Graves

4/4/21 | The Gospel Is Good NEWS | Cody Graves

3/28/21 | Church Isn’t Cultural, It’s Missional | Cody Graves

3/21/21 | Faith Isn’t Political, It’s Political | Cody Graves

3/14/21 | The Best Decision Ever! | Cody Graves

3/7/21 | Living on the Edge | Cody Graves

2/28/21 | HELLOOOOO!!! | Cody Graves

2/21/21 | Wise Guy! | Cody Graves

9/20/20 | You Matter More | Cody Graves

1/31/21 | Embrace Purity| Cody Graves

2/14/21 | What Is Love? | Cody Graves

First Christian Church
Services start at 10:30am
 
Address: 3020 Roberts Road, Baxter Springs, Kansas
Mailing Address: PO Box 230, Baxter Springs, Kansas

2/7/21 | Embrace Love | Cody Graves

1/24/21 | Embrace Habits | Cody Graves

1/17/21 | Embrace Generosity | Cody Graves

1/3/21 | Embrace Your Limits | Cody Graves

1/10/21 | Embrace Your Limits | Cody Graves

12/20/20 | Uncomplicating the Message | Cody Graves

12/27/20 | Uncomplicating the Mission | Cody Graves

9/20/20 | Knowing God | Cody Graves

11/15/20 | It’s Not Fair | Cody Graves

12/6/20 | I Don’t Have the Right | Cody Graves

11/8/20 | Justice Should Be Fair | Cody Graves

9/6/20 | Christian? | Cody Graves

9/13/20 | Encountering Christ | Cody Grave

 
 
 
Copyright ©2016 First Christian Church of Baxter Springs. All rights Reserved.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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7/12/20 | Not My Time | Cody Graves

3/31/20 | Chains of the Past | Cody Graves

1/26/20 | Does God Really Exist? | Cody Graves

2/2/20 | Why Would a Good God Allow Suffering? | Cody Graves

2/9/20 | Are Science and Religion Enemies? | Cody Graves

2/16/20 | Why Would God Send Anyone to Hell? | Cody Graves

2/23/20 | What We Leave Behind | Cody Graves

3/1/20 | The Main Ingredient in Change | Cody Graves

3/8/20 | Limiting Our Legacy | Cody Graves

3/29/20 | What Matters Most? | Cody Graves

4/5/20 | Where Do You Turn for Help? | Cody Graves

4/12/20 | We’ve All Broken the Rules | Cody Graves

4/19/20 | I Want You! | Cody Graves

4/26/20 | I Want All of You | Cody Graves

5/3/20 | I Want Repentance | Cody Graves

How can adults get involved?

Small Groups

Our goal at FCC is for every adult to join a small group. Cody Graves organizes the groups. Groups spend an hour every week studying scripture or a great book for part of the time, and then just hanging out with each other the rest of the time. There is always prayer too. Small groups are an essential step in a Christian’s walk. If you’d like to sign up for a small group, text “Groups” to 620-254-0491 and we will walk you through the process of small group sign up!

Choir

Join our choir led by the wonderful Lori Lindsey. All ages are welcome!! Practices are every Wednesday at 7pm. Performances are usually every Sunday morning during the church’s worship service. Our choir also puts on a Christmas Cantata every year. Choir does not meet or perform over the summer.

FCC Kids’ Service

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, FCC holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Every week, we have one adult helper assist the Children’s Minister, Tiffany Graves, during the FCC Kids service. Join the roster!

Social Media

Like, comment, and share all the social media content you see from FCC. We have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Service Teams

  • FIT Team – Contact Lori Kellum or Tina Gaines

Adult Sunday Schools:

  • Men’s Bible Study
      • Leader:  Kyle Crotts
      • Meets every Sunday morning 9:30 to 10:15am in Fellowship Hall
  • Women’s Bible Study
      • Leader:  Michele Hensley
      • Meets every Sunday morning 9:30 to 10:15am in Middle School Classroom
  • Disciple’s Women’s Group
      • General Meeting, meets every 3 months.
  • Ruth Group
      • Leader:  Gayla Rydberg
      • Meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm
  • Christian Men’s Fellowship
    • Community Prayer Breakfast each Tuesday at 7:00 am (Rotates monthly to different churches in the area)

Other Activities

Summer Mowing – Sign Up at Church
Health Class – Contact Melissa
Great Day of Service – Contact Cody Graves
Habitat for Humanities Trips – Contact Angela Burrows
Vacation Bible School – Contact Tiffany Graves
Praise Team – contact Tyler Graves
Various fundraisers by Ruth Group and CYF – Info Provided on Sundays

 

How can students get involved?

Chi-Rho (6th-8th grade)

The incredible __________________ leads our middle school age group. Chi-Rho meets every Sunday morning at 9:30am and Wednesday night at 7pm. Bring your middle school students to encouraging and helpful meetings in which their leader helps guide them on their journey through Middle School. Yummy treats and fun games and events are a usual occurrence in this group!

CYF (9th-12th grade)

The amazing Angela Burrows leads our high school age group with the help from the wonderful Ross Davis and Cody Graves. CYF meets at the church in the CYF room every Wednesday at 7pm. Not only does the CYF group have engaging and relevant meetings during this time, but they also play fun games and eat great snacks. Furthermore, they partake in a lot of great service projects throughout the year. The most well-known of these is the Habitat for Humanity trip every summer – it is a can’t miss opportunity!

Social Media

Like, comment, and share all the Facebook posts you see from Chi-Rho and CYF.

Other Activities

Habitat for Humanity Trips – Contact Angela Burrows
Vacation Bible School – Contact Tiffany Graves
Easter Egg Hunt – Contact Tiffany Graves
FCC Kids’ Christmas Program – Contact Tiffany Graves
Great Day of Service – Contact Cody Graves
Choir – Contact Lori Lindsey
Random Service Projects – Contact Angela Burrows

 

How can children get involved?

FCC Kids

Our Children’s Minister, Tiffany Graves, leads FCC Kids. FCC Kids meets every Sunday morning at 9:30am for Sunday school and 10:30am for FCC Kids Service (the children’s own worship service that occurs alongside the adults’ Sunday worship service). FCC Kids also meets every Wednesday at 7pm.
 
Children are divided into two groups based on their age. Children will experience fun songs and dancing, engaging stories with real-life application, challenging memory verses, exciting games, lots of crafts, and even some worthwhile prizes.
 
FCC Kids has a ton of events throughout the year for  you and your children to enjoy! (See below.)

Security

All children must be checked in and out through our computer system at the entrance to the FCC Kids area. No one has access to the FCC Kids environment other than the leader, the volunteers (for that gathering), and the children. All safety precautions are followed in the FCC Kids environment. All volunteers have background checks. We have a system in place to contact you in case of emergency. All children must have updated information in our computer system.

Social Media

Like, comment, and share all the social media content you see from FCC Kids. We have a Facebook and Instagram page!

Other Activities

Easter Egg Hunt – Contact Tiffany Graves
Vacation Bible School – Contact Tiffany Graves
Fall Festival – Contact Tiffany Graves
FCC Kids’ Christmas Program – Contact Tiffany Graves
Great Day of Service – Contact Tiffany Graves
Exciting News!
FCC Kids is changing!!
We are renovating our environment, updating our theme, and maximizing our security.
 
We are looking to be finished with revamping FCC Kids by the end of Summer 2020!
 
Stay updated with our progress on our Facebook/Instagram page.
Our Prayer List
Do you or a loved one have a need that you would like us to pray for? All you have to do is click the button “Create Prayer Request” and our church will pray for you or your loved one.
  • If you wish to show that you are praying for someone, you can click the prayer hands in the bottom left of any prayer request to show that you are praying for them. If it’s someone you know you can even send them a message. 
 

Mary Jones, March 2, 2021 - 4:47 pm

My brother recently passed away. Please keep us all in your prayers.

Bobby Wade, January 31, 2021 - 3:14 pm

My 92 year old brother, Jack Berry, is in the hospital. Keep him in your prayers.

Micah Crotts, January 31, 2021 - 2:56 pm

My dad, Perry, went for surgery on Friday for what we thought was to remove an abscess, but it was not an abscess, they are pretty sure it's cancer. A rare cancer called sarcoma. Please pray for him.

Jim Hall, December 13, 2020 - 3:40 am

Charlene Hunley has Covid, in ICU in Joplin, on a ventilator. Needs lots of prayer.

Jim Hall, December 13, 2020 - 3:36 am

Jimmy Grimes, has COVID, in ICU at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. On ECKMO, very sick. We

Nancy Taber, November 20, 2020 - 9:32 pm

Adam Ray tested positive for COVID. Him and Timothy will be staying at our house while we are away to quarantine. Keep them in your prayers.

Travis Brumback, November 8, 2020 - 4:26 pm

Travis Brumback's dad has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks after a brain surgery had some complications. Keep family in your prayers.

Jim Hall, November 1, 2020 - 12:52 am

Requesting prayers for our daughter, Kim Turner and grandson Alex Turner, both tested positive for Covid-19. Kim tested on Thursday and Alex on Friday. Today, Kim's blood pressure went through the roof and she has been in the Freeman ER since shortly after noon. Prayers for Shawn and Hallie also, since they have definitely been exposed.

Nancy Taber, October 27, 2020 - 6:55 pm

My sister recently passed away. Please keep our family in your prayers. Also, my son-in-law is having knee surgery so keep him your prayers.

Michele Hensley, September 29, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Jeff’s dad, Wayne, is not going to recover from his illness. Please keep the family in your prayers.

7/26/20 | Not My Church | Cody Graves

8/2/20 | Facing the Giants | Cody Graves

8/30/20 | The Main Ingredient | Cody Graves

7/5/20 | It’s Not About Me | Cody Graves

8/9/20 | A Tactical Retreat | Cody Graves
We are undergoing some construction right now at FCC. Because of this, the video and sound quality of this video suffers. Please bear with us as we make these updates to our sanctuary.

6/14/20 | Delightful Fear | Cody Graves

6/21/20 | No More Enemies | Cody Graves

6/7/20 | Our Part | Cody Graves

8/16/20 | The Invisible Enemy | Cody Graves

8/23/20 | What We All Need | Cody Graves
We are currently undergoing some remodeling, which includes upgrading our sound system. Right now, that sound system is in transition. We apologize for the audio quality at times during this sermon. Bear with us!

Our New Normal: Phase 2
-being a socially distant church
          We know this is a difficult time. The first thing we want to say is if you feel unsafe in any way, we strongly encourage you to stay home. Safety is our number one priority. We will continue to stream our services online so you can still worship with us.
 
           Having said that, we are planning has reopened! However, it isn’t “church as normal.” It’s our new normal, for the foreseeable future. Below are some of the guidelines we will be following to keep church safe for those who wish to attend.
 
Our New Normal–Phase 2:
 
Children’s Church is live! You can check in your kids on Sunday morning for a worship experience designed just for them. We will be checking temperatures at check-in and practicing healthy sanitation with hand sanitizer and individual supplies instead of group supplies.
Sunday School is back!
Respect other‘s space. We all have different ideas of what safety is. Regardless of what you think, respect others by keeping six feet from them.
No plates will be passed.
-Offering: a basket will be placed outside the sanctuary where you can drop off your offering before or after service.
-Communion: individual communion will be spread out outside the sanctuary. If you wish to participate in communion, please pick up your own personal communion before entering.
Pews will be sectioned off to encourage socially distant seating.
Sanitation stations will be set up throughout the church. Please use these frequently.
Masks will be provided and we encourage you pick one up if you so desire.
5/10/20 | I Want You to Have Hope | Cody Graves

5/17/20 | God’s Bigger | Cody Graves

5/24/20 | Control Freak | Cody Graves

Our Current Sermon Series:
The Gospel Changes Everything
Our Last 4 Sermon Series:
Everything wrong at church!
Better questions, better decisions.
What is love?
Inside the lines is so much better!
GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO FIND OLDER SERMONS!

Where can we get involved?

First Christian Church has many activities and events for all ages to get involved with! Check out these links to see just what is available for everyone:

Photo Gallery

Click through the fun and exciting photo’s from our church

 

The Cowtown Showdown Wrestling Event held at the FCC in Baxter Springs on Jan 18th, 2020

 

 
 
 
 
2019 Annual Bazaar / Craft Event
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Lites Field Trip to the Independence KS Zoo.  July 12, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
Community Garden cookout July 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
CYF Habitat Pictures 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graduation Sunday May 19th
 
 
 
 
Little Lites Early Leaning Center
Pre School graduation  May 10, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CYF stuffing eggs for the Easter egg hunt the 20th of April.
 
 
First work day at the Community Garden.  4/24/2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get Up n’ Go Group went to McCune Farm Market Restaurant.4/25/2019
 
 
 
 
 

CYF had a “good deeds” Scavenger hunt March 29. Tasks included:

Visiting Autumn Place, picking Up trash, Praying for our local police officers, and leaving positive
messages in chalk on the elementary school sidewalks. Afterwards, while sharing their adventures, the youth encouraged each other to continue doing good deeds every day, not just to win a scavenger hunt.

  The Get Up n’ Go Group went to Carthage, MO in March. We had a big group of 14 people who went. We chose the Woodshed to try out. Everyone thought their food was delicious, and many took home their “supper”. As the weather gets nicer, we plan to venture out further in our exploration of new places to eat. We would love to have you come join us! 

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Get Up n’ Go group The Get Up n’ Go group went to Sugar Creek in Galena in February. We had a great turnout, there were 15 of us, and a good time. The food was delicious and the service great. We also tried out the bakery counter. We would love to have more people come, so if you’re interested, let me know.  Cheryl Haggard

 
 
 
Additional Vendors from the Bazaar on Nov 3, 2018.
Vendors will be back next year 2019. Bazaar is always the First Saturday in Nov.  If anyone is interested in a booth for next year please let us know.
Also DWF will have the luncheon and baked goods.
 
 

 
CYF Swim party to Linda and Larry Bingham’s.
 

 

 
 
Lake fun at Toni Wolkar’s and Stephanie Dewey’s for the CYF group.
 

 

 
 
 
 
Habitat 2018 Trip to Sheridan WY.
 

 

 
Little Lites field trip days: Ritz’s theater, and water day at First Christian, and pool day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Habitat 2018 to Sheridan WY.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graduation Sunday 2018
 
 
Little Lites Preschool Graduation 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

Little Lites playing on their new playground toys.
 
 
 
 
 
Easter Egg Hunt March 31st 2018
 
 
 
Eleven of us went to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to shop and eat at the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile.  Thanks to my navigator on every trip – Cheryl Haggard.  She keeps me headed in the right direction.  She also stood in line with me for an hour and a half to get a table for our group.  Cheryl, you’re very much appreciated.

 The wait was worth it, though.  The food was delicious and the servings were huge.  Ask Terry French about her white spinach lasagna.  The group enjoyed shopping and then going upstairs to the bakery to purchase something sweet to take home.
 

 

Great Day of Service September 10, 2017

 

 
 
 
August 2017 bowling
 

 

 

 
 
June 2017

Another fun outing!  We took our annual trip to the Old Riverton Store, Schermerhorn Park, and the Nature Center.  We had a smaller group of our Get Up ‘n Goers, but we were joined by three grandchildren and a great group of our Little Lites and their leaders.  We had an extra bonus at the Old Riverton Store.  Two men were traveling across the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri in a covered wagon and they were at the store the same time as us.  

 

 

 

 

 
 

Little Lites trip to the movies at  Pittsburg.
 
 
 

Little Lites Graduation/ May 18th, 2017

At this year’s preschool promotion we had 8 graduates: Anna Reeser, Karter DeGroot, Annalise Parker, Taylee Frazier, Gunner Duesterhaus, Aiden Byler, Josiah Beck, and Easton Pant. This year’s theme was Dr. Suess. Our menu consisted of ham and cheese sliders, chips, veggie trays, and cupcakes. After dinner the kids played games which included: Ring toss and thing toss. We also had a photo booth with Dr. Suess photo props for the families to take pictures at. Everyone had a great time.

Thank you to all the Little Lites staff who made this year’s graduation a huge success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit from Santa at Autumn Place Dec. 2016 Vivian Sirratt – 90, Allen Jones – 92,

Barbara Dell Skaggs – 87, Lois Mattox, Zelma Smith – 100 (Dec 5th), Dube Lynch – 90

Ross and Allen Davis, Santa, Christina Davis visiting Autumn Place. Also pictured is Jackie, resident of Autumn Place for 13 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

                                                 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
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