Getting to know each other
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at First Baptist Church a great one!
First Baptist Church meets every weekend and offers midweek services for various groups:
- Traditional Service: Sundays at 9:00am
- Contemporary Service: Sundays at 10:30am
- Free Meal for Kids & Teens: Wednesdays at 5:30pm
- FBC Kidz: Sundays at 9:00am | 10:30am & Wednesdays at 6:00pm
- 412 Youth Ministry: Sundays at 9:00am & Wednesdays at 6:00pm
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
First Baptist Church is located in Pekin, Illinois at 700 S. Capitol St. It's just one block south of the public library.
What can I expect?
What should I wear?
There is no dress code, so come in whatever you're comfortable in. As long as you're wearing clothes, we're happy.
How long is a First Baptist church service?
In total, a First Baptist Church service is about 60 minutes in length. Services begin with the First Baptist band leading the church in music - song lyrics are projected onto the screens so you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable. After the music portion of service is complete, one of our pastors will come out to share an encouraging and hope-filled message about Jesus.
What happens when i walk in the door?
No matter who you are, plan to be greeted warmly by our First Impressions Team. In between the 9am and 10:30am services grab some juice, a coffee and enjoy a donut in the foyer.
What about my kids?
During our worship gathering, kids have the opportunity to participate in Sunday KIDZ children's ministry for Pre-K through 6th Grade. It's a fun-filled, age-appropriate place where they can learn about and experience God's love (and have a blast doing it!). Stop by our KIDZ Check-In Station before heading into the service. A friendly volunteer will be happy to help. You can also pre-register your kids to make your visit easier.
We also host Wednesday KIDZ during the school year every Wednesday evening with a meal at 5:30pm, and programming from 6-7:30pm.
For Youth grades 7-12, we have a Bible Study specifically for them at 9am with a short discussion and prayer time together. Then, they will join with the rest of the congregation for our 10:30 Contemporary service. We also have a youth service on Wednesday nights 6-7:30pm. With games, worship, Bible Study and small group, this is a fantastic time for all teenagers!
Will I be singled out as a visitor?
Nope. There will be no awkward moments, and we won't single you out. We want to help you connect, but will leave that up to you. When you fill in a Connect Card, we'll help you take the next steps in your spiritual journey. We also will invite you to our Pastor's Breakfast.
CAN I ATTEND IF I'M ___________?
Fill in the blank with whatever fear you have about not being accepted: divorced, single parent, recovering addict, atheist, skeptic, etc. Everyone is welcome at First Baptist. So come as you are and we'll see you Sunday!
Let us know you're coming
Ready to check out First Baptist Church in person? We can't wait to meet you in person. Simply fill out the form below and we'll make sure to give you the VIP treatment upon your first visit.
"Honestly, I was a little anxious attending FBC for the first time...a little unsure of what to expect. But as soon as I walked through the front doors it felt like home."