Worship: Sundays at 11 a.m.
Our worship is deepened and enlarged by the extraordinary beauty of the sanctuary where we offer ourselves to God as a congregation.
In worship, we sing hymns to God accompanied by organ and choir, listen to Scripture readings from both the Old and New Testaments, pray for each other, our community and the world, and hear a message by our pastor. We celebrate Communion together on the first Sunday of each month.
Sunday Morning Bible Studies
Bible Study Groups for Adults
First Baptist Church offers several good options for people who want to join with others in connecting with God through Scripture. Current Sunday morning adult groups include:
@ 9:45am – Dawson Room (near the O Street entrance Rms 103-105)
Join the young adults as they read through C.S. Lewis' book: "The Great Divorce". Together we'll read through a chapter and talk about what we've read. All are welcome.
Would you like your own copy of the book? Buy it here.
@ 9:45am – Room 217, Church Library on the 2nd Floor- Teacher: Dennis Lambert
This intergenerational Bible study group uses a variety of study materials, some denominational and some reflective of FBC's ecumenical theological tradition. Class discussions usually draw upon weekly reading assignments and related scriptural texts. We enjoy a free exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of friendship. One of our primary objectives is to find relevant scriptural approaches to life. All are welcome.
@ 9:30am in the 2nd floor Conference Room (take elevator in the O Street welcome area to 2nd floor) - Facilitated by group members
A group for all ages that practices the Christian spiritual discipline of contemplative prayer using the Centering Prayer method. Prayer is followed by discussion of a book dealing with prayer or other spiritual practices. If you are curious about connecting with God through prayer, silence, and spiritual discipline, give First Thing a try.
Crossroads (beginning September 2)
@ 9:45am on the basement floor in Meadows Room (take elevator in the O Street welcome area to "B" basement floor) - Facilitated by Charlie Reynolds
Beginning Sunday, September 2, a new Bible Study Group will meet in the Meadows Room (Basement Level). It is called the Crossroads group and anyone is welcome to be a part. The discussions will begin with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together. Later studies will include Scripture and various other books and topics. Both in-reach and outreach will be priorities for the group. Exploring our relationships with people of differing faiths and learning about world religions will also be a focus of our discussions. Charlie Reynolds, who recently facilitated our discussions on Islam, will be our primary facilitator, assisted by Charlie Fuller and other members of the group. Again, everyone is welcome!
Sunday Morning Bible Study for Children and Youth
Nursery – Newborns to 12-month-olds – Room 115
Teacher: Helen Washington (also a teacher in the Child Development Center)
Babies use the “Little Blessings” curriculum to begin a life of Christian formation.
Toddlers, Preschool & Kindergarten – 1 to 5-year-olds –Room 114
Teachers: Helen Washington & Matthew Turner (also teaches in our Child Development Center)
This class introduces our young learners to people of the Bible through Bible stories from the Beginner’s Bible. Curriculum also includes discovery through play, art and music.
Younger Children – First through Third Grades – Room 302
Teacher: Charlotte Straight
Children explore discipleship by learning to share their gifts. Bible memory verses, prayer and studying Bible stories and characters are added to building Bible skills activities. This year the children are learning from the New Testament, featuring stories of Jesus..
Older Children – Fourth through Sixth Grades – Room 319
Teacher: Wil McBeath
Children continue to gain knowledge and develop skills building on their love for God. This year the class is studying the New Testament, featuring the Gospel stories of Jesus and the letters of Paul.
Youth – Seventh through 12th Grades 9:30 - 10:30; Room 306
Teacher: Alyssa Aldape, Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adult Ministries.
Youth in grades 7 through 12 enjoy Bible Study, topical discussion, leadership development and creative activities.
Children in Worship
Children are a gift from God and a vital part of the community of Christ. On Sundays during the worship hour, children are involved in a variety of ways, including periodic children’s sermons, helping to collect the offering, reading Scripture and welcoming people as they arrive for worship.
Childcare During Worship
Nursery (Newborns to 12-month-olds ) – Room 115
Toddlers, Preschool & Kindergarten (1 to 5-year-olds) – Room 114