Hello and welcome to the Laurel Church of Christ. We are an independent, Christ-centered, Spirit-led and Bible-based family of God. Our mission is to be Christ’s body, making a positive, eternal difference in the lives of all who come our way and all to whom we are sent. Our ministers, deacons and members are led by a group of elders who are chosen by our members based on Biblical qualifications.
We are a diverse, vibrant spiritual family. Because of our nearness to the university campus, we have opportunities to engage people from across a wide cultural spectrum. Our membership comprises every age group and income group.
What to Expect at Sunday Morning Worship
We believe in both living our daily life as an act of worship (Romans 12:1-2) and gathering the church body together to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25). Our Sunday morning worship services include acapella or voices alone singing (words and music projected on a screen), praying, sharing news related to our church family, taking communion or the Lord’s Supper, contributing to a collection used to finance the church’s work, and listening to a Bible-based lesson presented by our pulpit minister. A weekly bulletin provides the plan for worship for members and visitors to follow along.
At the conclusion of each service, we offer an opportunity for anyone to ask for prayers or to be added to the church through baptism. Our elders and ministers and members will pray with anyone publicly or privately and can arrange further study and counseling if needed.
Sunday Worship Services
First Worship Service: 9:00 a.m., Auditorium
Sunday Morning Classes, 10:00 a.m
Second Worship Service: 11:00 a.m., Auditorium
Kids Worship Down Under for children ages 3 to Third Grade, begins after communion. The preschoolers and elementary students meet in separate classrooms downstairs.
Small groups, called Heart 2 Heart Groups, meet at various times and locations.
One H2H group meets at 5 p.m. EST and 6 p.m. Daylight Standard Time in Room #8 each Sunday. Communion is offered.
Wednesday Evening Adult Classes
Bible classes are from 6:45-7:45 p.m.
English classes for our International Guests are from 6:45-7:45 p.m.
A staffed nursery (ages 0-2) is available during both worship services on Sunday and during Wednesday evening Bible classes.
In 2011, Laurel Church of Christ celebrated 100 years as a congregation. Begun through the efforts of four people, Laurel has grown to about 500 members. The first full-time preacher was E.C. Holt. Before members hired Holt, university students filled the preaching duties.
In 1928, members purchased a building from the Church of Christian Scientists at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 17th Street near the University of Tennessee campus and chose the name Laurel Avenue Church of Christ. When the church grew and moved to its present location on Kingston Pike in May 1968, members changed the name to simply Laurel Church of Christ. The family at Laurel stayed committed to the UT campus despite moving away from it and began the Christian Student Center in 1955. The CSC moved to its present location at 1821 Melrose Avenue in 1963.