Are you looking for a place to grow in your faith, get connected, serve, and to really become part of a unique community that is making a positive difference in Portland? Then First Baptist is for you! Since our beginnings in 1855, First Baptist has been community-oriented. In addition to our 2 weekly worship services, we offer a variety of small groups you can be a part of including our Sunday school classes for all ages and our Wednesday night Bible study. With programing available for adults, teens, and kids, we offer something for everyone in your family. Are you musical? There are also many different ways to get involved in our music ministry. We are multi-cultural, offering these and other programs in the Cambodian language as well. For over 35 years, we have been meeting the needs of our city through our Drop-In Center, serving 200-300 meals to our neighbors every Monday and Thursday. There’s just a lot going on around here! To learn more about First Baptist or to get involved, contact us today!

Here are some of the ways you can get involved today:

 

Sunday Services

DUE TO COVID-19, THERE ARE NO IN-PERSON SERVICES AT FBC AT THIS TIME. You can still participate each Sunday at 11:00 am by watching the livestream at our Facebook page. Previous services can be viewed at our YouTube channel.

First Baptist Church has four regular Sunday worship services. Members and visitors are always welcome at any of the services. In fact, some people get “double church” by attending the 8:45 casual service and another service again at 11:00! On certain Sundays, our 11:00 services meet together for combined bilingual worship as one body in English and Cambodian.

Casual service (English) is at 8:45 every Sunday morning. We meet in the Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the Sanctuary. The service is “casual” in style — music is upbeat and contemporary (both praise choruses and hymns), led by the Voices in Praise team with occasional appearances by our Youth Band and youth soloists. The sermon is the same as the one given in the English 11:00 service.

Traditional worship (English) is at 11:00 every Sunday morning. We meet in the church’s beautiful Sanctuary. Music is predominantly hymns, with an anthem by the Temple Choir and congregational singing; both are accompanied by the Austin Organ. The service is not strictly liturgical, but it incorporates several traditional elements. Despite the name, the service is enjoyable by anyone — it’s “formal” mostly in contrast to the casual worship.

Children’s church (English) is held in the Children’s Sanctuary adjacent to the dining room, and begins at the conclusion of the “children’s message” portion of the traditional worship service (ushers lead the kids from the main sanctuary to this room). While children are always welcome to worship with their parents, this service offers an alternative venue with age-appropriate Bible reading, singing, and lesson for children between the ages of 4 and 5th grade.

Cambodian Department worship is held at 11:00 in the Rose Chapel, located upstairs, in the Education wing of the building. The service is conducted in Khmer (Cambodian) language, for native and non-native speakers alike.

 

Cambodian Ministry

The Cambodian department of FBC Portland meets for Cambodian-language worship every Sunday in the Rose Chapel, located inside First Baptist Church. This department of the church, under the leadership ofPastor Peter Im, has supported numerous missionaries and mission trips to Cambodia. DUE TO COVID-19, THE CAMBODIAN CONGREGATION IS NOT MEETING IN PERSON AT THIS TIME. Pastor Peter will post a prayer in Khmer on our Facebook page each Sunday.

 

Small Groups

DUE TO COVID-19, THE WEDNESDAY ACTIVITIES ARE POSTPONED. There will be an online sermon-based Bible study at 7pm using Zoom. If you want to participate, just contact us. We will be using the questions at the end of the sermon notes as a guide.

Wednesday Evening Dinners
Dinner is served at 5:50 pm, with a suggested donation for the meal:
$5 per person, $4 per youth, $3 per child (12 and under)
or $12 per family (max)

Bible study
Wednesday evening Bible Study is at 6:30 following the church dinner.

Adult Sunday School
A variety of Sunday School classes are offered at 10:00 am every Sunday throughout our building.

 

Children’s Ministry

We Value Kids! Jesus loved children. He spent time with them and showed them how special they are to God. At First Baptist Church we value kids and we provide a variety of opportunities for them to experience God’s love and learn about Him.

Sunday School
10am Sunday: Sunday School for all grades taught by loving and talented teachers who enjoy spending time with your kids each week. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s Church
11am Sunday: Each Sunday we offer a kids’ sermon as part of our 11:00 service. After the kids’ sermon, 5th grade and younger are dismissed to Children’s Church, where they learn more about God’s love for them.

 

Music Ministry

Temple Choir
The Temple Choir is an adult choir that provides service music as well as special music to amplify the message of God during our 11:00 AM Sunday services from September through May. The choir also provides music for special services at Christmas time, Easter and other special services. The choir is involved in musical outreach by preparing and performing concerts of sacred music that are open to the public here in our sanctuary. For those who are interested in becoming members of this group, the most important prerequisite is a desire to serve God through music and a desire to succeed. For more information regarding rehearsals and auditions, please contact us.

Handbell Choir
The FBC Handbell Choir is a group of 10-12 adults and high school students who rehearse and prepare music for special services. During the Christmas season, this group traditionally plays for both the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. This group is open to any adult or high school student who is comfortable reading music.

Voices in Praise
Voices in Praise (VIP) is the band that leads worship at the 8:45 am service, in a contemporary style. This group features vocalists, guitarists, piano and percussion. If you are interested in learning more, just contact us.

 

Drop-in Center

Every Monday and Thursday between 2-4 p.m., our Drop-In Center Ministry Team serves more than 700 meals a week to the homeless and low-income people of our community. There are also evening programs for street youth (the weekly “Dinner & A Movie” gathering in the Activity Center). FBC distributes food baskets and participates with the Oregon Food Bank and other agencies to fight hunger in the downtown area.

To get an emergency, 30-day food box, just contact one of the following agencies: Outside In, Transition Projects Inc, Central City Concern or Northwest Pilot Project to get a referral.

The Drop-In Center is still providing food during the Covid-19 crisis.