Welcome to the
First Baptist Church of Philadelphia
Here's what to expect:
The First Baptist Church of Philadelphia is located at:
123 S. 17th St.
(intersection of 17th St. and Sansom St.),
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Our offices, as well as Sunday worship services, are located on the second-floor. Enter through the doors on 16th St, go up the staircase on your left, and you'll find us.
Parking can be a pain in Center City. Not to worry! We've worked hard to make it simpler:
We validate parking all-day on Saturday and Sunday's at the Liberty Place Garage (1625 Chestnut St.), just a block from our building.
Be sure to ask for a validation sticker before you leave!
We try our hardest to bring our best efforts to each worship service, understanding that God will be with us! Here's what you can expect:
When you arrive
someone will greet you at the door of the sanctuary. They will gladly offer you a worship packet, validation sticker, water, or anything else that you might need.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of COVID, we're requiring masks to be worn while in the building. Temperature and contact information will be taken at the door. Thanks for helping us navigate this as lovingly as we can!
There's water, coffee, and other refreshments in the side lounge.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN: We would love for your entire family to join us for service; however, we gladly invite you to use our children's area if that feels more comfortable. It's located in our side lounge, and has a clean rug, some simple toys, books, and a tablet to help entertain your loved ones.
The second floor is handicap accessible, and all are welcome to use the elevators (continue through the hall when you enter on 16th St.)
starts at 11:30am. We generally sing a few hymns, hear some outstanding music, pray, and listen to a short sermon. The entire service usually lasts for one hour.
Because we want to celebrate God's creativity and diversity, we work hard to incorporate elements from around the globe in each service. When you attend First Baptist, you will be worshipping alongside of peoples from all corners of the globe, who come from a tapestry of cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, sexual identities, and so much. God loves diversity!
We do take an offering during the service. This is when we collect the funds from our members (a "tithe") that are used to support our ministry and we ask God to bless them. If you'd like to contribute, that's very thoughtful. But please know, there is no pressure to give. We are just grateful to have you with us!
At the end of many sermons, Pastor James may ask those who would like to join our body of members OR those who would like to commit their life to Christ to come forward. Please don't feel any pressure, and also know how delighted we are if you!
At the conclusion of worship, we invite you to stick around to learn more about our community. We're proud to be immersed in loving, inclusive community and we think you would be, too!