The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The First Christian Church promoted the upcoming 100 Year Homecoming events with a float in the 2016 Antique Fair.

The Memphis First Christian Church will be hosting a Church Homecoming to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.  The dates for the celebration have been set for September 30- October 1-2, 2016.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church and will host special services, music, and times of fellowship with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

The First Christian Church of Memphis was organized in 1850.  On June 5, of that year, a tract of ground was purchased on the corner of Main and Jones Streets for the sum of $100 for the purpose of erecting a church building.  In 1853, the first church building, a brick building 40 x 60 feet in size, was erected on this site at a cost of $3000.

This remained the house of worship until 1888 when this building was removed and a modern brick building was erected at a cost of $4000. This building was dedicated (debt free) in 1889 and had a membership of eighty.  Even though the membership seemed low in comparison to the county’s population (Scotland County had grown to over 12,000 people by 1880), it was speculated that there could have been 200 worshipers in attendance each Sunday.

By 1896 the membership had grown to 250, so that it was necessary to enlarge the worship site again.  A lecture room, robing room, and a basement with a coal furnace were added to the facility.  Also the building was refurnished and electric lights installed all at a cost of  $2000. The church also owned and maintained a good parsonage. These improvements would sustain the congregation for another twenty years until 1916 when the building was removed and the current building was erected.

Anyone wishing to share information or stories about the history of the Church may email documents to Sheila Berkowitz, sberko@truman.edu, mail items to Sheila Berkowitz  705 W. Newman  Memphis, MO 63555, or leave them at the church.

Updates about speakers and activities can be found on the Facebook page – Memphis First Christian Church Homecoming.  Anyone seeking further information can contact the Church by phone at 660 485-7751 or email www.fccmemphis.org.

A complete schedule of events will be published in a future edition of the Memphis Democrat.