Join us this Sunday!

Traditional at 9am, Live Band at 10:30am

Join us this Sunday!

We know that COVID has been a concern for many for the last two years, we're so thankful that due to very low new case number mandates have been lifted. Masks are voluntary at both our 9am and 10:30 services.

Online services continue to be posted live at ( or ( at the 9am and 10:30am times. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at 309-347-5965.


First Baptist Church Pekin has a couple service options available.

  • Traditional Service: Sunday at 9:00am (lasts approximately 45 minutes)
  • Contemporary Service: Sunday at 10:30am (lasts approximately 1 hour)

Doors opened for both services 30 minutes prior to the service starting.

Are we following social distancing guidelines?

With extremely low new case counts, few wear masks and we have opened the donut and coffee serving station between services. Seating rows in the service are still distanced at this point. Everyone is back to mingling in and outside the sanctuary without social distance.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are “optional" in all ministry areas. While most do not wear masks if you feel it's necessary, you are more than welcome to wear one.

Are things kept sanitary?

Exterior doors will be opened for you by greeters. All interior doors will be propped open to avoid touching surfaces. Hand sanitizer will be available in the foyer.  

Cleaning teams are wiping down surfaces to disinfect before and after services with appropriate disinfecting agents.  

Are things completely back to normal?

While things sure are feeling normal, some things are still different than before.

Tithes and Offerings

We are no longer passing offering plates. Secure “offering boxes” are available and located near each of the sanctuary exits going into the foyer.  You can also give online, through automatic deduction options, or by mailing or dropping your offering off at the church office.  

Bulletins, Connect Cards, and Sermon Notes

Bulletins, Connect Cards, and Sermon Notes are available for personal pick up. Bulletins will be available as you walk in the east and west entrance. Connect Cards and Sermon Notes are available at a table as soon as you walk into the sanctuary.

What about my kids?

Sunday KIDZ Ministry

A Jr. and Sr. High Sunday School class is available during the 9am service. Masks are optional.

Sunday KIDZ, our children's ministry is available for PreK-6th grade during the 10:30am service only.  Masks are optional.

Wedensday KIDZ and 412 Youth Ministry (1st grade through Sr. High)

Each Wednesday evening at 5:30, during the school year, we provide a meal in the Fellowship Center for children, youth and adult volunteer helpers. Following the meal at 6pm kids in 1st through 6th grade attend Wednesday KIDZ, and the Jr. and Sr. High students go to the attic for 412 Youth Ministry.

What about other ministry gatherings?

Sunday School

All our classes are up and running. Please check-in at Information Central (the blue wall in the foyer), for classes, times, and locations.

Small Groups & Bible Studies

Most of our small groups are back up and running.

Pastor's Breakfast

This ministry is for all our second-time guests. It's our way of being able to extend a proper welcome on behalf of our pastors. If you are interested in attending please call the church office for more information and to RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you soon. For some it's been awhile since they attended an in-person church service. If that's you - it's time to try.  If you have questions feel free to call the church office.

For His glory, 

Pastor Vern 

Senior Pastor 

Don Spangler

Board Chairman