Current Ministry Information

First Baptist Church is committed to helping each part of our family continue to grow and live out our mission together in-person and online.  For questions about how we are responding to Covid-19 and how to stay connected, please see our post on: Covid-19 and ministry together.  

Worship: Online Only through November

Worship is streamed online each Sunday at 10am

* Masking and social distancing required for all in person events
* Plans subject to change based on circumstances and will be posted here

11/14 Update: we continue to track the Illinois state mandates.  For now, small groups (of around 10) are able to meet while masked and distancing, though we encourage online alternatives when possible at this time.

Current Classes and Small Groups:

FBC Ladies Colossians Study: 1st and 3rd Saturdays 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in online through Zoom

Online Men’s Breakfast: 2nd Saturday of the month 9-10am via Zoom (Click to join)

Racism and Justice Discussion Group: 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of the Month at 7pm via Zoom

Sunday Evening Prayer and Sharing Meeting: 6:00pm via Zoom

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: an interactive discussion on the scripture for the coming Sunday.  6:00pm via Zoom

Koinonia Class: Meets alternating Wednesday evenings at 7pm in Barker Hall

Crusader Class: Meets Wednesday mornings at 11am in the Library

All those who visit and use the church building during this time will be required to wear masks when in the presence of others, and practice social distancing from those not in their family group.  Masks are available (free) for those who need them in the narthex of the church.  Additional instructions on the use of meeting spaces will be posted in the narthex and communicated to those reserving rooms in the church to hold meetings or small groups.

The following rooms available to use by reservation for small groups and committees of less than 10 people: Barker Hall, the Sanctuary, the Assembly Room in the basement.  Reservations may be made through Jania by phone or email.  Meeting rooms will not be available on Sunday morning, and meeting start times will be staggered in 30 minute intervals if multiple groups are in the building at once.  A maximum of 3 groups may meet in the building at the same time.

A word about ministry in this time:  

Over the years, we’ve heard it said that the church is not the building, it is the people.  The events unfolding in our world are challenging and upsetting, and at the same time, they reveal the essential truth that community and the bonds we share in love as children of God in Jesus Christ remain even when we cannot gather in person as we are used to.

At the same time, we are all leaning into and learning new ways of being the church in this time.  We believe that despite all of our uncertainty, God is present, God is active, and God is moving to redeem these events, bringing good out of what is not good.

One way we will continue to honor God and connect with each other is by gathering online for worship together; not as if we were watching Netflix or a podcast, but actively engaging and being together in a virtual space.

I believe that in the midst of something none of us would choose, God has given us the opportunity to ask some of the most important questions about our faith, to realize the value of our church family, to step into a time of fear and respond with grace, love, and the confidence that as Paul writes in Romans 8:39 “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”