Current Ministry Information

Updates on our activities in the midst of Coronavirus.  We continue to follow IDPH guidelines for best practices in a changing situation.   If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (309) 662-4253, or contact a member of the church staff.

Worship: Online and in person

(capacity of 50 in the sanctuary and 45 in Barker Hall)

Worship is streamed online each Sunday at 10am

Small Groups and Classes: Online and In Person

* In Person classes are resuming alongside online options
* Plans subject to change based on circumstances and will be posted here
* For information on hosting an in-person class, click here.

For those who choose to attend worship or events in-person:

  • For Sunday Worship: please know that depending on capacity, you may be asked to participate in Barker Hall, where a screen and speakers are set up. We are trying to avoid the need for reservations.
  • Masks and social distancing remain a requirement to participate in any in-person gathering at First Baptist. Masks are available at the entrance to the church, along with hand sanitizer as needed.
  • As a courtesy to larger family groups: we have reserved some larger pews in the sanctuary for larger households to be able to sit together.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we journey through this together.

Current Classes and Small Groups:

(click on the Zoom links to join) 

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

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

Sunday Prayer and Sharing Meeting: 11:30am via Zoom (February 28 – March 28)

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

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

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

Meeting ID Numbers (if you prefer to save them / write them down)
1) The Church Account Meeting ID is our phone number: 309 662 4253
* Used for Sunday Prayer & Sharing time, the Wednesday Bible Study, Racism and Justice Class, Board and Committee Meetings
2) The Christian Education Account Meeting ID is: 822 018 8253
* Used for the LOGOS program, the Women’s Small Group, the Koinonia Class and Special Gatherings
To Join a Zoom meeting by phone, dial: 1 312 626 6799, then when prompted, enter the Meeting ID number, followed by the # key.

Using the Church Building for Classes and Small Groups:

Due to the downward trend of infections and less restrictions on gatherings by the state, the Christian Education Committee received approval at our recent Board meeting to allow classes and small groups to be able to meet in person in the church building on any day and at any time EXCEPT on Sunday.   Because of traffic flow and the number of members attending on Sunday, not having classes at that time is in the best interest of the health of our members.

Starting immediately, leaders of classes and small groups may call the church office and reserve an approved space for use. This is to avoid multiple groups using the same space at the same time. All participants must wear a mask, be socially distant and no food or beverage will be allowed. Of course, the church’s Zoom accounts may still be used for gatherings

The following rooms available to use by reservation for small groups and committees: Barker Hall, the Sanctuary, the Assembly Room in the basement.  Reservations may be made through Jania by phone or email.

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.”