Current Ministry Information

Updates on our activities in the midst of Coronavirus as we continue to grow and live out our mission together in-person and online.

Worship: Online Only

In-person option for worship resumes January 31

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

Limited In-Person Worship resumes on January 31

Beginning on January 31, First Baptist Church will resume the option for in-person participation in worship, as we continue to follow IDPH recommendations for Coronavirus mitigations.

At this point, the sanctuary will be open for up to 20 people plus our worship leaders, and Barker Hall will be open for up to 25.  Barker Hall is set up with a projector, speakers, and an area for families with smaller children to spread out if they choose.

Things to keep in mind:

  • We remain committed to our online livestream as an ongoing way to engage and interact in worship together.
  • The situation with Covid remains fluid, and while we look forward being able to do more as time goes on, there may also be setbacks that require us to pause or narrow what we do in-person. FBC will do its best to follow IDPH mitigation measures, which can be found here.  Please expect that we will continue to make changes in what we offer as needed.
  • For that reason, the latest information on our ministry will always be communicated on our website: , through our weekly eLink email, our Facebook page and in our print edition of the Link. Please note that the print Link may not always have the latest information in a changing situation.
  • If you have any questions, please call the church office at (309) 662-4253, or contact a member of the church staff. We know it’s hard to keep track of all the changes, especially as they occur in every aspect of our lives, please feel free to ask.

For those who choose to attend worship in-person:

  • 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 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 via Zoom

Crusader Class: Meets Wednesday mornings at 11am in the Library (on hold)

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.

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.

(currently on hold) 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.”