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The Christian Church of Vacaville was founded on October 4, 1854 and is Vacaville's oldest continuously meeting church.
The first meetings were held in a school house on Arculus Hawkins ranch. They soon outgrew the school and a church was built on the banks of Alamo Creek at the edge of Oiler's Gum Grove. A large pool was dug and the creek waters were used for Baptisms. Today this is the location of Eleanor Nelson Park. As the congregation grew, it was decided that a new church should be built in Elmira for the 47 members living there and in 1872 the first Services were held in the new building at the corner of First and Hazen Streets. The Oiler's Grove building was placed on log rollers and horses towed the building to its new location on Catherine Street in Vacaville.
After moving the church to Vacaville the congregation grew to 222 members by 1880 and plans were begun for a new church home. It would take until 1891 before the enormous sum of $6,780.35 had been pledged to cover the costs and a contract was awarded to George H. Sharpe calling for completion in 90 days.
In 1929 the church again moved to a new home on College Street, near the location of the bridge from Kendal Street to the Creekwalk in Andrews Park. Here it remained until in 1965 when a larger new home at the current location on Vine Street was dedicated. This new four acre location has provided room to expand without the need to relocate.
The Christian Church of Vacaville is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination. In 1984 members of the American Baptist Church of Vacaville began meeting with the Disciples congregation, and is 1985 the two congregations voted be become one congregation, yoked to two denominations.
Our church on "Holy Hill" is familiar to many Vacaville residents as it has been the location of the Vacaville Ministerial Association's Easter Sunrise Service since the 1960's.
One thing all Disciples can agree on is that we cannot all agree completely about what Disciples believe. This is a responsible effort and the hope here is that this statement will motivate some excellent discussion and dialogue.
The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship and it is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ. He invites you, and everyone is welcome at The Table.
Biblical Faith ... Thinking Faith
We love the Bible and take it seriously using both our minds and our hearts in a life long journey of understanding the ways it calls us to live out our faith daily. Don't leave your brain at the door.
The Oneness of the Church
All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
Freedom of Belief
Beyond our central belief that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, there is no creed or doctrine. Each person is free to follow their conscience guided by Bible study, the Holy Spirit and prayer. We are expected to extend that freedom to others. Those with doubts and questions are respected.
Baptism by Immersion
In baptism, the old self-centered life is set aside and a new, ever growing life of trust in God begins. Baptism is into the whole Body of Christ, thus, although Disciples baptize by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
The Priesthood of All Believers
Disciples believe in the ministry of all believers, both ordained and lay persons. You will see men, women and youth serving in all phases of church life.
God Calls Us to a Life of Mission
All of creation is a gift from God. Our voices of justice, mercy and peace must be boldly spoken to those powers that would stand in the way of God's resources being shared equally. We commit our time, talent and money to such mission.
Each congregation is autonomous but we choose to be related as a distinctive denomination in a covenant of passion and compassion to carry the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ to all the world.