Since 1861 there has been a First Christian Church in Mattoon.
The beginning of our fellowship is linked to the Restoration Movement of the mid-1800's which gave rise to the various "Christian Church" movements we
The message of the Restoration Movement came through Christian thinkers like Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone who called for all Christians to return to the Bible as the guide for faith and practice. They claimed the Lord's Supper as a unifying practice that connects all Christians and baptism by immersion as identification with Christ's death and resurrection.
FCC has spent most of the life of the church on the corner of 16th & Wabash in Mattoon. We have had three buildings in our time here. This church has lived through the Civil War, Advent of the Industrial Age, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, The Baby Boom, Vietnam and we plan to continue into the 21st Century and beyond.
First Christian Church has been an Independent Christian Church since the mid 1990's. We are a former Disciples of Christ Church.
The church has endured through the years due to two characteristics that still exist here today. We strive to love the Lord Jesus and we strive to love our neighbor as ourselves. We love Mattoon as our community and seek to serve and lead its people to faith in Christ, obedience to Him and service to others.
Some of the information in this brief history comes from the book "A House Not Made with Hands"
written by Mona Grafton (Bays)