Word of Welcome


A Word of Welcome

Welcome to First Baptist Church! We are excited to have you at our Bloomington area church and to get to know who you are as a person. We hope this page will let you know more about our identity as a church, and give you an idea of what you can expect from services at FBC.

About Our Church

At First Baptist Church, we seek Christ in all things and as such, we try to love and serve others in the Bloomington area like Christ—whether through volunteering in the community, promoting social justice issues, or even making blankets and shawls for those in need. Our aim as a Bloomington area church is to help others better understand the love and character of Jesus through our actions.    

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What to Expect

If you haven’t grown up going to church, or even if you’re simply new to Bloomington, you probably have questions about what we do and how we do it. We want to address these questions so you feel more comfortable about visiting and/or getting involved. Worship Service – At First Baptist Church, we offer two worship services; a Sunday morning service at 10am, and a Wednesday evening Vespers service at 5:45pm. Music – we value a wide range of musical styles and participation in our worship.  On a Sunday morning, you may hear organ and piano led hymns, a praise band and vocalists leading a range of praise music and special offerings from our choir, bell choir, and many talented musicians.  Our Wednesday evening service includes more contemporary music led by piano and vocalists.  If you don’t know how a song goes or if you aren’t comfortable singing, we provide the words and encourage you to think—and even ask—about their meaning. Dress – At First Baptist Church, we do not want you feeling nervous about what to wear. We have a diverse and vibrant congregation, so wear whatever makes you comfortable—whether it’s gym shoes or dress shoes. Kids – As an intergenerational church, we love having children in the worship service! Communion – We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month during the 10:00 service. We have an open communion table, which means we recognize other Christian traditions and backgrounds. It is not our table; it is the Lord’s. Come and celebrate God’s eternal banquet. (Gluten-free bread is available.) Parking – Disability and guest parking are available on the south side of FBC’s parking lot. A greeter is stationed at the front door for those who need additional assistance.

Connecting Outside Service

  • Want to learn more about the beliefs of the American Baptist Church or about how to get involved in our Bloomington area church? Come to Exploring God at FBC.
  • Since you’re on this website, Connect with us via FBC’s Church Newsletter to see upcoming events or service opportunities.
  • Interested in studying the Bible with others? Join a Small Group!

Becoming a Member

What does it mean to become a member at First Baptist Church? Click Here to find out.

We Look Forward to Seeing You!

If you have any other questions, Contact Us Online or call 309-662-4253. We would love to help you connect with our Bloomington area church in a meaningful way!