What to Expect When You Visit

We work hard at providing great hospitality. Even so, visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating. Everything from the lay of the land to the language can make it easy to feel a little lost.  At First Baptist, we're happy to let you get your bearings at your own pace, but the last thing we want you to feel when stepping into our church is alone. 

First Baptist Church occupies a magnificent space and, like many older churches, it can be confusing at first to find your way around, so please don’t hesitate to ask. Trust us—you won’t be the first to ask for directions.

What’s a typical worship service like?
Sunday worship services begin at 11 a.m. We sing hymns accompanied by organ and choir, participate in Scripture readings, pray for each other and the world, and hear messages, usually by Pastor Julie. We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. 

Where are the church entrances?
It depends on how you get here. If you arrive by walking, Metrorail or Metrobus, or park on the street, you can come in at the sanctuary entrance on 16th Street, or at the O Street entrance between 16th and 17th streets. If you park in our underground garage, follow the signs to the sanctuary, preschool and children’s areas and small group rooms.

What should I wear?
Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable. On Sundays many opt for business casual, some dress up and some wear jeans.

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What do you have for my children?
Children of all ages are always welcome in the sanctuary during worship services. If you prefer, we offer childcare for babies and toddlers and Bible-based activities for children from preschool through kindergarten age. The greeters will be happy to direct you to the nursery and preschool rooms. There you’ll find caregivers who are experienced and have been selected for their abilities, love for children and nurturing spirit.

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How is FBC accessible to people with disabilities?
Both main entrances on 16th Street and O Street are accessible to wheelchairs. A wheelchair lift connects our education building and the sanctuary. Listening devices, Braille hymnals and large-print worship guides are available at the 16th Street entrance to the sanctuary. Our greeters will be happy to help you with these. 

We’re Glad You’re Here
First Baptist Church is a diverse community, bringing together people of many different backgrounds, ages and interests. Some choose to be involved only on Sunday mornings; others participate in groups and ministries during the week. Whatever your desired level of involvement, we invite you to talk to members of our community, to browse the pages of this website (even to subscribe to our weekly email to know what’s going on) and ask questions. We want you to feel at home. We’re glad you’re here.