We believe Central is a terrific place to be nurtured in the Christian faith and to be challenged in living greater lives of sacrificial service to our Lord and to one another. Our goal is that your first visit at Central will be a positive experience with our gracious God and his people who, you’ll notice immediately, are still very much in the process of being saved. Our hope is that it only takes you one visit to want to join God’s redemptive work with our church family at Central!
What to Wear
We’re not worried about it and you shouldn’t be either. Dress in a way that makes you comfortable. Seriously. We’re not just saying that. More than half our members are going to be wearing blue jeans. It’s OK if you wear a suit and tie --- but you might be asked to lead a prayer!
The construction project on the west side of our building is making things temporarily a little more interesting. Large yellow flags and signs mark all parking lots on the north, south, and west sides of our building. Guests and those with physical limitations can also take advantage of our valet parking service on the east side of our building on Jackson Street.
The construction makes it currently impossible to access our building from the west side. However, large yellow signs and blocked-in walkways will lead you directly to all the unlocked doors on the north, south, and east sides of our facility. If you're a guest, you'll be greeted immediately by a host and given a small gift as a token of our appreciation and good will. The host will help guide you to the children’s check-in, to a Bible class, or to our worship center; point out the restrooms, water fountains, or informative brochures; and answer any questions about our church and our building.
Again, the construction. Kid Central is located in the southwest corner of our building, temporarily requiring a bit of a walk from your entry point into our facility. If you need assistance, a host will guide you to the check-in counter and help you with the process. For more information on the children’s ministry, click here.
There are Bible classes tailored for all ages at 9:00 every Sunday morning. For information on classes for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and elementary-aged students, please click here for Kid Central. To familiarize yourself with our youth ministry and programs for middle school and high school students, click here. For the adults, we offer a wide range of classes suited to specific ages and life stages as well as a few classes designed with diversity in mind. None of them are exactly the same. Your host can help you find a class that works best for you.
Come in and sit anywhere you’d like. It starts at 10:15 every Sunday morning and we’re usually always finished before 11:30. We’ll sing a pretty good mix of traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs, there will be Scripture readings and prayers, a 25-minute sermon, and the sharing of the Lord’s Supper. There will also be a collection taken --- if you’re a guest, you’re not expected to give. For more details on our Sunday morning worship assemblies, please click here.
You’ll notice a fairly wide range of folks at Central on a Sunday. Lots of young families mixed in with many people who’ve been here for decades. Doctors and lawyers sitting by and worshiping with the jobless and homeless. Lifelong Church of Christers and people who’ve never been part of any church. Those who sit on the front row and sing every song and those who stand in the back and just watch. Our commitment to outreach in our immediate neighborhood has led to this great diversity. And we view it as a gift from God and a blessed glimpse of his glorious future. Don’t let it make you uncomfortable; embrace it as something only God could do.
A Kingdom View
You’ll see that we think God is much bigger than just the Central Church of Christ. We regularly celebrate our “4 Amarillo” partnership with First Baptist, First Presbyterian, and Polk Street United Methodist Churches. We’re proud of our pantry cooperation with Southlawn Assembly of God and our joint efforts with Generation Next Church on the city’s free medical clinic. We believe Jesus went to the cross, in part, to eradicate the barriers that exist between his people. And we’re working hard to break down those obstacles in Amarillo. Don’t let this unique spirit of cooperation shake you; allow it to inspire you.