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First Baptist Church of Philadelphia

Worship - November 26th

Worship - November 26th
Worship - November 26th

Worship - November 26th

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Worship - November 12th, 2023

Worship - November 12th, 2023

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Worship - November 5th, 2023

Worship - November 5th, 2023

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Worship 10/29

Worship 10/29

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Rev. James Williams,

Pastor

Greetings friends!

 

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce you to the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia. For 325 years, FBC-Philadelphia has served as a consistent and prophetic voice within the City of Philadelphia. From our humble beginnings as a small-but-dedicated group of abolitionist Baptists until present day, we have been dedicated to fostering spiritual growth in our community, all-the-while serving those whom Jesus identified as “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) – the poor, the sick, the lonely, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the destitute. We have made it our mission to make the Kingdom of God known “on earth as it is in heaven”, a community we see lived out in diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community. And while our efforts have looked different throughout the centuries, our purpose has never changed.

As always, we are in the process of re-envisioning and reimagining what it looks like to be the people of Christ in our city; this is particularly true during following the coronavirus-19 pandemic. As you explore our pages, I’d like to invite you to join us in this process. Please reach out to us — don’t be a stranger! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We love you, and we’re honored to get to know you.

In Christ,

Pastor James

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  • Adult Sunday School
    Adult Sunday School
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Dec 03
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 03, 2023, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM EST
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 03, 2023, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM EST
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Our weekly time of reflection and exploration of Scripture and God's revelation. This is where we engage God in community and ask the "big questions". Bible Study is facilitated by our pastoral staff on Sundays at 10:15am.
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  • Choir
    Choir
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Dec 03
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 03, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 03, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    At FBC, we value the power of music in our lives. If you feel as we do (and you enjoy singing!), why not consider joining our choir?
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  • Sunday Worship
    Sunday Worship
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Dec 03
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 03, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 03, 2023, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    The highlight of our week--join us as we celebrate and experience our Creator together!
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  • Congregational Meeting
    Congregational Meeting
    Sun, Dec 03
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 03, 2023, 1:00 PM – Dec 04, 2023, 1:50 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 03, 2023, 1:00 PM – Dec 04, 2023, 1:50 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    First Baptist Members--this is for you! Please be available for a few moments after worship for a short congregational meeting.
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  • Pastor's Prayer
    Pastor's Prayer
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Dec 04
    Online and In-person
    Dec 04, 2023, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
    Online and In-person
    Dec 04, 2023, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
    Online and In-person
    Join Pastor James for a short-time of prayer to kick off your week. Accessible via zoom or in-person.
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  • The Gathering
    The Gathering
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 06
    Capital One Café
    Dec 06, 2023, 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM
    Capital One Café, 135 S 17th St Suite A Suite A, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 06, 2023, 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM
    Capital One Café, 135 S 17th St Suite A Suite A, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    A casual time of coffee and conversation led by Pastor James. We meet at the CapitalOne Cafe (17th and Walnut Sts.) from 5:00 - 5:50 PM. We can't wait to meet you!
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  • Center City Labyrinth
    Center City Labyrinth
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 06
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Utilize the "Center City Labyrinth" to take a self-guided, inward/outward journey with Christ. Helpful information is provided, and pastoral staff are available to assist and answer questions. Light a votive candle, say a prayer, and take the journey!
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  • FBC Founder's Dinner
    FBC Founder's Dinner
    Fri, Dec 08
    La Viola Bistro
    Dec 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – Dec 09, 2023, 8:00 PM
    La Viola Bistro, 253 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
    Dec 08, 2023, 6:00 PM – Dec 09, 2023, 8:00 PM
    La Viola Bistro, 253 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
    On Friday, December 8th, we’ll be holding our celebratory Founder's Dinner at 6:00pm La Viola Ovest, 252 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased until Wednesday, December 6th.
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  • 325th Anniversary Worship Service
    325th Anniversary Worship Service
    Sun, Dec 10
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 10, 2023, 11:30 AM – Dec 11, 2023, 1:00 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 10, 2023, 11:30 AM – Dec 11, 2023, 1:00 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    On Sunday, December 10th, we’ll join together for our 325th Anniversary Worship Service. Special speakers, music, and giveaways are only a small part of how we intend to celebrate God’s moving in our community for the past 325 years.
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  • Christmas Eve Caroling
    Christmas Eve Caroling
    Sun, Dec 24
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Dec 24, 2023, 1:00 PM – Dec 25, 2023, 2:00 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Dec 24, 2023, 1:00 PM – Dec 25, 2023, 2:00 PM
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
    Join us for an afternoon of Christmas Eve Caroling, right on our church steps! 1pm-2pm, 12/24. All are welcome to join!
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  • Emmanuel Ministries
    Emmanuel Ministries
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jan 06
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
    Jan 06, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St
    Jan 06, 2024, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
    First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 123 S 17th St
    Join us in serving some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable--those suffering from homelessness and food insecurity. The first Saturday of every month, we cook and serve meals to all who need it. Volunteers are needed from 9am - 1pm; Meals are served from 11:30am-12:30pm.
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