Marietta Church Celebrates with All-In Sunday Emphasis

The Marietta First Church of the Nazarene baptized 8 believers during their morning worship services on September 13th.  They were happy to celebrate with Nathan Root, Cameron and Seth Goeller, Hunter Lutz, Sara Offenberger, Derek Maynard, and Mary Groves.  The church also hosted "All-In Sunday" on September 20th in their Family Life Building.  This special Sunday was a chance for the church family to invite friends and family who had not been in church for a while or who had never attended to come and join in a time of worship, teaching, and fellowship.  "Transformed," from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, led in a great ...

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Rutland Church Reports GREAT VBS

Pastor Ann Forbes and her outstanding team of volunteers celebrated a fantastic Vacation Bible School this year.  Each day, the Word of God was creatively taught to an average of 90 children.  By far, this is the largest VBS event in the Rutland community where this local church continues to make a solid KINGDOM IMPACT.

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Missionaries in Uniform

The Church of the Nazarene provides magnificent opportunities for making a worldwide impact on society through specialized chaplaincies. Chaplains are carving a unique niche for ministry in the business world, health care institutions, correctional facilities, and the military services, among others, carrying the name of Jesus to needy people.   Chaplains go out to the marketplace, as the apostle Paul did, to hurting and hungry people who search for hope and meaning in life. The world truly is the chaplain’s parish. Virtually every sector of society is served through chaplaincy ministries. As agents of God’s prevenient grace, chaplains make contact with the ...

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District Pre-Teen Camp

Our District Director of Children's Ministries, Kim Bobb, reports that 159 campers and counselors gathered at Camp Cotubic for Pre-Teen Camp Week.  From July 20-24, this group was challenged to accept the instructions of Jesus related to being and becoming His disciple.  A similar camp is planned for 3rd & 4th Graders on July 27-29 followed by a camp for 1st & 2nd Graders on July 30 through August 1.  The entire staff asks for prayer support as they serve our district children in these camps.

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Membership and Baptism Celebration at Thornville

On June 7th, Pastor Jonathon Barker and the congregation at Thornville Community Church, experienced an incredible time of fellowship and celebration.  On that Sunday, fourteen new members were welcomed with eleven of those coming into membership by profession of faith.  This significant testimony fits right into the shifted direction that the church has taken to be more intentionally focused on the un-churched in their community.  Pastor Jonathon adds this praise report; "God has been blessing us on a weekly basis with new visitors, generous financial gifts and above all, the presence of His Holy Spirit."

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Read Johnston's Jottings

Welcome to the site of the South Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene. We are a family of 74 unique congregations located in an area stretching from the state capital of Columbus on the northern edge of the district, to the cities of Portsmouth and Marietta along the Ohio River in the southern part of the state. The mission of the International Church of the Nazarene is also our mission: To Make Christ-Like Disciples in the Nations. Our purpose is to equip pastors and churches on our district to effectively spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We trust that the information you gather from reading these pages will both inspire and encourage you to take advantage of our resources and useful links.

Rev. Trevor Johnston,
District Superintendent



CHURCHES ARE ON THE MAP THAT IS PARKED AT THE LINK POSTED HERE: district ENGAGE map 2014 district-map-2014-updated-2-3-15 We have provided this map as a tool to help you identify the locations of our district churches. The colored areas represent four sectional targets for the intra-district Work & Witness ministry that we have named ENGAGE.