First Christian Church, Manhattan, KS was founded in August 1867 with 36 charter members. In the beginning, meetings were held in homes and in various halls downtown. The first church building, finished in 1874, was 28 by 40 feet and located at 5th and Humboldt. Even though the building would be rebuilt and added onto many times over the years, FCC worshiped on this site for 152 years. The last service in the downtown building was held on May 12, 2019.
To the Edge of Town
After going through a visioning process in 2004, church leadership began formal talks about building a new campus that would provide new room for growth and expanded ministry opportunities. A plot of land was purchased in Grand Mere, a growing neighborhood on the northwest side of Manhattan, and from there, the design process began.
A ground breaking ceremony was held on March 25, 2018, with construction on the new campus beginning shortly after. FCC's first worship service in Grand Mere was held on May 19, 2019.
As a response to the growing need for childcare in Manhattan, FCC opened a childcare program called, "From Cradles to Crayons" in September 2019. The childcare centers offers classes for ages infant through pre-school. You can learn more about our childcare here.
Through all of the changes, there is one thing that hasn't changed: we welcome all to the Lord's Table as Christ has welcomed us.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Table soon!