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 (April 21, 2019) at First Baptist in Ithaca

Please join us for worship at First Baptist on Easter Sunday.

  • Our annual dish-to-pass Easter Breakfast will start at 8:30 am in the Community Room preceding the worship service; bring your favorite Easter Breakfast/Brunch goodies to share;
  • Pastor Debbie will provide a meditation entitled Practice Resurrection;
  • The choir will provide Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus as a choral benediction; and
  • Our annual Children's/Youth Easter Egg hunt will immediately follow the worship service.

The worship service begins at 10:00 am, followed by the annual Easter Egg hunt.

Special Lenten Offerings

Please also join us for the following special Lenten services.

  • Evening Lenten Prayer Services, beginning at 5:00 pm, every Saturday until Easter;
  • Maundy Thursday Service, beginning at 6:00 pm on April 18; and
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service, beginning at 7:00 pm on April 19; and
  • Easter Breakfast, dish-to-pass breakfast/brunch beginning at 8:30 am preceding the Easter Service on April 21.

~ 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~