Central Community Church has been impacting lives in Hanford , California for over
100 years. While our community has changed dramatically in that time, we continue to
express a message of life and hope that is relevant and meaningful for the 21st century
world in which we live.
Unfortunately, Christians have often substituted religion in place of the challenging
and practical faith that Jesus offered. Church has to be more than traditions, rituals,
beliefs, or emotional experiences. At Central we are convinced that Faith is for
Living. The message of Jesus Christ is not just about what happens on Sunday
mornings or in a church building, but ultimately about a new way of approaching life
If you are ready to discover what a meaningful faith is all about, but don't know where
to begin, we invite you to connect with Central Community Church. As a church
especially for People Who've Given Up on Church, we want to be a safe and relaxed
place for people to ask questions, express doubts, and discover for themselves the
way of Jesus. You will find that we are just ordinary people who experience
first-hand what God is doing in and through our lives.
Central Community Church is open to all individuals regardless of church
background, and we believe that denominational labels and religious heritage are not
what really matter. As such we consider ourselves trans-denominational. We strive to
cooperate with other churches wherever possible because, despite differences in
tradition and approach, our ultimate objectives are similar. We also maintain an
accountability and cooperative relationship with the Central California Association of
the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), an international movement of churches which
stresses unity (i.e. God's church is much more than any one denomination) and
holiness (i.e. our faith is to be lived, not just believed).
|1100 North Redington,
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|Order of Worship
9:45am- Opening Prayer/Worship music
10:05am- Fellowship Break
10:20am- Malcolm's Message
11:00am- Open Discussion
11:25am- Prayer Requests/Closing Prayer
|Our Beliefs - The center of our faith and life is God in Jesus Christ. We believe that
ultimate life is found in his teachings, death and resurrection; and that we can
experience and live that reality through the presence of God’s Spirit.
As a church we uphold the conviction that we exist not just for ourselves, but for the
whole world, including those who do not yet follow Christ. The message of Jesus is
good news and brings new life.
|To love people so they discover all that God
created them to be and live as followers of
Our mission statement describes our purpose,or what it is
As a church we uphold the conviction that we exist not
just for ourselves,but for the whole world,including those
who do not yet follow Christ.
The message of Jesus is good news and brings new life.
We will do whatever we can to help people discover
God’s way and how it can become a reality for them.
Everything we do is based on this mission of developing
disciples (i.e. followers). We will avoid establishing
programs that may distract us from accomplishing this
|To be an alternative church for irreligious
people to discover and live a meaningful
faith that impacts the world.
Our vision statement summarizes our specific calling,
and what we are becoming.
Every church is unique in composition, character,
strengths, resources, and approach. A city like Hanford
can benefit from a variety of different churches, each
finding their own niche and impacting people that they
are best suited to reach.
At Central Community Church we have determined that,
while we reach out to everyone, we are best able to
connect with adults, 30-60 years old, who have given up
on or may have been hurt by organized religion. We see
ourselves becoming an “alternative” church for those
who are reluctant to enter a more traditional setting due
to their past experiences and impressions.
Many of these people can be considered “irreligious”
because, while they may still believe in God and are
interested in spirituality, they are not involved in
religious activity. We understand our goal to help them
develop a “meaningful faith” that is more than tradition
or rote, but that engages them in their everyday lives.
|Our Ministry Plan
We take our mission and vision seriously. So much so, in fact, that we take a
deliberate approach to everything we do. Churches can easily get into a rut
with their activities, and engage in haphazard ministry.
At the core of our ministry plan is the belief that there are three major foci for
the church. We remember them through the use of three “C” words: Christ (our
relationship with God), Community (relationships with each other), and Cause
(relationships with our world). True worship of God happens as we fulfill
these priorities. An effective church will emphasize and balance all three
We recognize that everyone is at a different stage in their spiritual growth.
While our goal is to see people discover all that God created them to be and
to live as followers of Jesus Christ, the reality is that this is a life-long
process. For this reason, we want to provide meaningful opportunities that
everyone can take advantage of, whether you are still trying to make sense of
faith or you are a fully-committed follower.
Known originally as North Side Church of God, and later as First Church
of God, Central Community Church has been an active force in Hanford for
over 100 years. Records indicate that the church began in 1898, and was
officially incorporated in 1926. Over these many years the congregation
has ministered to hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals of all ages. We
have met at our current location since 1950.