Welcome to First Baptist Church

A Progressive, Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Church

An LGBTQ Friendly Church

Christian Family Education for all Ages

Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM

A Lenten Invitation from Pastor Debbie

This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th. You are invited to a short service from 6:30 -- 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, with scripture, singing, and a brief meditation. The service will include an opportunity to come forward and receive ashes on your forehead in the sign of the cross, if you wish, as a sign of confession and re-commitment. Please be assured that there will be no pressure to receive ashes, and the service will be meaningful even if you don’t.

For the following 5 Wednesdays -- February 21, 28, March 7, 14, and 21 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. -- the Worship Team is sponsoring a Lenten Supper and Spirituality program. We will meet at 5:30 in the Community Room for a simple supper, followed by the program from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Members of the Worship Team have committed to bring the soup and bread for the meal on February 21; attendees will be invited to sign up to bring soup or bread for the following weeks.

The curriculum we plan to use is called Sitting in the Dark: Growing Through the Poetry of Pain. It is an invitation to consider the ways brokenness, pain, and struggle nurture our spiritual lives to bring growth and lead us toward light. We will use short videos by people such as Brene Brown, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Walter Bruggemann to prompt our sharing together. Each week will stand on its own, so if you aren’t able to attend every week, come when you can.

Tenebrae Service on Good Friday

A special service of Scripture readings, music, silence, and growing darkness will be held on the evening of Good Friday, March 30, starting at 7:00 pm. After each reading of the events of Jesus' betrayal and death, another candle is extinguished until the final Christ candle is carried out and only darkness remains. Please join us for this special service if you can.

FBC Learns about the Poor People's Campaign

In a moving service on Sunday, January 14, First Baptist learned about why several members and friends are involved in, and supporting, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Dr. Baruch Whitehead, Tim Shenk, Linda Nicholson, and Leslie Schultz led us in a worship service focused on the needs of the poor in America today, and how a national campaign is being organized to continue the work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the 50th year since his assassination. You can hear more by listening to the sermon for this date posted on the Listen to First Baptist Sunday Sermons from the navigation bar on the right.

Youth Programs Web Site

First Baptist's Youth and Children's Ministry Coordinator, Amy Beigel, has created a web site featuring many of the activities of the children and youth at First Baptist. Click on the image on the right to visit the site.

~ Who We Are ~ `

First Baptist Church of Ithaca is located in the center of the vibrant city of Ithaca, NY (a city of more than 30,000 people). Although in a city location off of Dewitt Park, our members come from both downtown and rural locations more than 25 miles from the church. Those members are willing to travel the distance because of the uniqueness and values found at First Baptist of Ithaca. We are a church with a long and rich history. Our identity is marked by our shared values for social justice and diversity. Our church is a member of the American Baptist Churches USA, in the Rochester-Genesee Region. We belong to the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB).

We strongly believe that everyone is invited to the table and made to feel welcome there. We don’t just talk the talk. Our church reaches out to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and is respectful and considerate in language and actions towards one another. This is important to us. We value diversity and warmly welcome people of any culture, race, or economic background into our church. Our present population includes retirees, single parent families, blended families, foster/adoptive families, and college students. We are seeking to increase our membership with young and old alike.

Sunday Worship       10:00 AM
Coffee/Fellowship  11:15 AM
Children's Classes   11:15 AM
Adult Classes           11:30 AM

No Adult Education on the second Sunday of each month due to our community brunch.
Worship services are family-friendly and nursery care is also available.


What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8~