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

Follow the Star to First Baptist!

As we celebrate the coming of Christmas during the Advent season, we invite all to Follow the Star to First Baptist -- with our new Advent lights in the church tower. This year Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, and concludes with our Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24. Here's a summary of the special events assocated with our celebration of Advent 2017.

  • December 3: First Sunday in Advent: 10:00 am Service

  • December 9: Decorating the FBC Sanctuary: 9:00 am

  • December 10: Second Sunday in Advent: 10:00 am Service
  • December 10: Tim Hembrooke Community Dinner: 5:00-7:00 pm

  • December 16: Contemplative Prayer Service: 5:00 pm

  • December 17: Christmas Breakfast: 8:30 am
  • December 17: Morning Service/Youth Pageant: 10:00 am

  • December 23: Contemplative Prayer Service: 5:00 pm

  • December 24: Christmas Morning Service with Choral Messiah excerpts: 10:00 am
  • December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 7:00 pm

  • December 30: Contemplative Prayer Service: 5:00 pm

  • Labyrinth: Open to All
    • December 30: 5:00 -- 8:00 pm
    • December 31: 9:00 am -- 1:00 pm; 6:00 -- 8:00 pm
    • January 1: 2:00 -- 4:00 pm
    • January 2-5: 10:00 am -- 1:00 pm

  • January 6: Contemplative Prayer Service: 5:00 pm

  • January 7: Epiphany Service: 10:00 am

Of course, you are always welcome to join us for worship on Sunday mornings, starting at 10:00 am, and for Christian Education, starting at 11:15.

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~