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

This Sunday (June 23) at First Baptist in Ithaca

Don't come to First Baptsit this Sunday!
Come instead to Taughannock Falls State Park
for our annual Summer Worship service and Picnic!

This Sunday we will celebrate our annual Worship Service at Taughannock State Park. Come for the Worship Service beginning at 11:00 am, and stay for a dish-to-pass meal following the Worship Service. The service will be led by our youth, and will include two baptisms. Click on the image on the right to view or download a .pdf poster with more details.

Piano Concerts in June

Please join us for a special series of concerts in June celebrating the gift from the Allen-Parrot family of our Baldwin Grand piano.

Concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Wednesdays at noon, according to the following schedule:

  • Oliver Scott on Sunday, June 2, at 4:00 pm;
  • Andrea Merrill & Jessica Caporizzo on Wednesday, June 12, at noon;
  • Christopher Morgan Loy and William Hurley on Wednesday, June 19, at noon; and
  • Russell Posegate on Sunday, June 30, at 4:00 pm.
Clicking on the image of the poster to the right will open a downloadable .pdf of our advertising poster, which provides more information about the artists and their programs.

~ 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~