About Us

 
 

First Christian Church of Aurora, Illinois located on the corner of Randall and Illinois

 
 
Worship Times 
Sunday School: 9a
Worship Service: 10a

 

What Kind of Church is This?

 

Our Heritage

This congregation is not part of any formal denominational structure or organization. We are an independent congregation of Christ followers. The term “Christian” in our name is meant to identify us as followers of Jesus, not to separate us from anyone else who is seeking to follow and obey Jesus alone as Savior and Lord. It indicates, not a claim to be the only Christians, but simply a desire to be identified with Jesus rather than any human denomination, leader, practice or tradition.
 
Our roots lie in the Restoration or Stone-Campbell Movement, which affirms the New Testament as the standard for faith and practice and seeks to restore New Testament Christianity. One of our key mottos has been, “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things love.”
 

Our Local History

(from the History of First Christian Church of Aurora, Illinois, at the 75th Anniversary in 1988)
The earliest known beginnings of First Christian Church in Aurora date back to April 3, 1847, “at a meeting holden at the school house in West Aurora.” A resolution was adopted that “a church be organized in this place, taking the Scriptures alone as the rule of faith and practice.” Nothing more is known of these early beginnings.
 
The next effort of organization dates from 1891 in the formation of a Sunday School in Scattergood Mission on Claim Street. The next 20 years were met with insurmountable difficulties in attempting a permanent organization. Then in 1913, the Shearer, Shoger, Taylor, and Martin families were instrumental in gathering committed persons to effect a permanent congregational organization. They first met in homes and sites around Aurora, until in 1927 when property was purchased on the northwest corner of Commonwealth and Marseillaise. This was the site of the first building of the congregation.
 
The church had been meeting in the old Methodist Church building on Galena. Through the efforts of their minister, G. Lolin Eaton, a claim was established to an inheritance and assets from a disbanded church in a trust to be returned to the Fox Valley. The Christian Missionary Society helped confirm the church as a legitimate recipient. The church launched into a new building program and the basement unit was erected. The cornerstone was laid on September 26, 1937. The second building phase, the upper portion, was completed in 1943.
 
Growing pains were soon apparent. The question was asked, “Ten years from now, what will we wish we had done?” Property was then purchased on Randall Road and the cornerstone was placed on October 7, 1962.
 
 

Fulfilling God’s Plan

 
 
At FCC Aurora, we strive to continually evaluate our ministries and how we are doing outreach. 
 
Our Strategic Planning Team is responsible for prayerfully evaluating and creating a plan formed around scripture and the church’s core beliefs. The name, Fulfilling God’s Plan, comes from Jeremiah 29:11, and it is the mission of the team to follow God’s plan for FCC Aurora and help to implement the plan.
 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11
 

Update: February 18th, 2018

Dear FCC Friends and Family,

What an exciting time to be part of the FCC Aurora family.

In 1913, several families had one vision; to honor and glorify God. Their vision was quickly multiplied. In 1962 the vision was re-ignited with the construction of our current facility. Over many years, we have thrived. Supporting and nurturing our community, all for the glory of God. Now, in 2018, we are at a crossroads. We have entered a new season at FCC. A season of challenge, tested faith, and unknown future. But one message is abundantly clear:

God’s work at FCC is not yet finished!!!

As many of you know, we have been strategically praying, pleading and planning over the last several years. I am pleased to announce our new growth campaign called: Unfinished.

God has breathed new life into this church year after year, and He is not done with us yet.

With the help of our Kingdom partners, we have developed a growth campaign that is attainable, biblical, strategic, and God-centered.

Our strategic planning team has been tirelessly pouring out their hearts into this campaign, and the results are tremendous. I am pleased to announce that on Sunday, 2/25/18, we are ready to reveal the initial details of the campaign. And we want all to attend.

Why do we want you here? Because you are the church. FCC cannot fulfill its mission without you. We are asking you to partner with us on this exciting journey by first collectively approving the campaign. A journey that will be both incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding at the same time. I am asking that each of you begin praying about how you can partner with us on this journey. Together, we will continue God’s Unfinished work.

In Christ,

Pastor Josh Matson
 

Update: February 1st, 2018

Here we are. Its already February. How many resolutions have you kept? That’s OK, there’s always next year…

Truthfully, we aren’t very good about keeping our resolutions. Our intentions are well-meaning, and our mindset is positive, but something always gets in the way. Whether it be time, money, or determination, our plans usually fall short of our intentions.

There’s only One, who not only has good intentions but has a 100% success rate when it comes to follow through; God. And the good news, God’s resolutions include us. 

Even in the most desperate times, God has a plan. In Jeremiah 29, the prophet writes a letter to a group of Israelites that have been exiled to Babylon. The letter contains a remarkable message of encouragement. Jeremiah tells the exiles to hold fast. Although times may be tough, and our human plans may have fallen through, God has a plan for you (the exiles) that is infinitely greater than anything dreamt up by man, and His plan will succeed.

Jeremiah’s message of encouragement had a specific audience, but our God is unchanging, and He also has a plan for us.

Here at FCC, we have resolved to stay the course and fulfill God’s plan for us.

Our Strategic Planning Team is crafting a 10-year plan that includes updates of ministries, education, outreach, community, small groups, and facilities.

Our Prayer Team has been praying, pleading and asking God for guidance, discernment, and wisdom. With the intervention of the Master Planner, FCC will grow, prosper, spread the gospel and glorify God for a long time to come.

Each month we will be updating on the progress of Fulfilling God’s Plan. So, stay tuned to the Round-Up and our website fccaurora.org for specific details concerning our growth initiative.

We appreciate your support and prayers; for you are the church.
 

In Christ,

First Christian Church of Aurora Staff and Leadership