Community News: Charleston’s First Christian Church Has Historic History (8/18/22)


Known as the Church of the Red Doors, Charleston’s First Christian Church has a rich history in Charleston, dating back to the 1800s.

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CHARLESTON, Mo. – Known as the Church of the Red Doors, Charleston’s First Christian Church has a storied history in Charleston dating back to the 1800s.

Located at 324 E. Cypress on the corner of Cypress and Virginia, the church has a unique feature with red doors leading to the sanctuary. According to Pastor Joe Mooney, the red doors are a representation or symbol of the blood of Christ.

“Going through those gates would mean you were on holy ground,” Mooney said. “It is also a symbol of the sacrifices made for our faith today.”

The church has a long history in Charleston. In 1853 SD Golder wrote to Disciples headquarters asking that an effort be made to organize a congregation in Charleston, and in 1876 a congregation was organized in Charleston at a meeting at the courthouse. The first meetings were held in the Old Baptist Church every three months.

In 1890 a church building was constructed on land donated by Lewis Danforth, located behind Mrs. Joe Howlett’s house on Franklin Street. The building had stained glass windows and a large belfry (a belfry or steeple that houses bells).

This church burned down in 1906, and members began holding worship services in the old Mississippi courthouse until the current church was built later that year. There were 44 members in 1906.

In 1950 a parsonage was built on the north side of the church on Virginia Street. An educational wing and a baptistery were also added to the rear of the church.

The landscape has been updated while retaining the original stained glass windows.

Sunday worship takes place every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with communion. The services feature older anthems, such as “Old Rugged Cross,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Cleanse Me,” “Amazing Grace, He Lives,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” for n to name a few.

In addition, on Wednesday evenings, a telephone prayer line meeting is held. Anyone can access the meeting at (701) 802-5236 (access number) 3049974 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Church is more than just Sunday services. Their mission and outreach programs include monthly contributions to the Teen Challenge of America, White Christmas gifts at Teen Challenge Christmas, contributions to the Charleston Bluejay Pantry, and float building during the Azalea Festival and Christmas Parade. in Charleston.

A devotional and singing also takes place with the residents of the Bertrand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on the fourth Sunday of each month as well.

There is also a weekly church flower distribution at the Charleston Nutrition Center.

A member of the Charleston Ministerial Alliance, the church sanctuary is also accessible to people with disabilities.

“Charleston First Christian Church welcomes everyone as we open the church doors each week,” Mooney said. “We are here to serve the Lord and to bring to our heavenly Father those who desire to love him and to receive the grace that God offers through the death of his son Jesus for us sinners.”


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