Christmas time, here at First Baptist Church is a busy and exciting time, not only for the children but the adults as well. Whether you like to consume tasty treats, make a joyful noise, enjoy other’s talents or give of yourself, we have it all. Read through the events and pick your pleasure, we look forward to celebrating the season with you.

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain | An Irish-Appalachian Celebration by Apollo’s Fire

Friday, December 9th at 8:00 p.m.

Amanda Powellsoprano | Ross Haucktenor
Apollo’s Singers

Jeannette Sorrell’s interpretation of Handel’s Messiah has inspired audiences across the country on many national radio broadcasts. Taking their cue from Handel’s original conception of the piece as theatrical entertainment, Sorrell and her actor-singers take the listeners on a spiritual and emotional journey. The program heads to New York City following local performances.

A Pre-concert Talk by AF musician Brian Kay will be held one-hour before each performance. Brian will discuss and demonstrate the diverse and beautiful instruments that he will be playing during the concert.

All concerts are SOLD-OUT. Please call the Box Office at (216) 320-0012 x1 if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

Children’s Christmas Program

children singing Christmas Carols

Sunday, December 10th directly after the worship service

Bows of Holly – A Christmas Play About Giving

Stay after church for our children’s Christmas production. It’s Christmas and Holy has launched a toy and food drive for the needy. It’s for a good cause and things go well until everything she’s collected gets stolen by some street kids. Soon Holly’s gifts start having some strings attached. Refreshments will be served following the program which will be performed in Spahr Center.  (A great service for the whole church!  Whether you do or don’t have a child in the program, we gather to support and love our children during the Christmas season.)

Holly Jolly Singalong and Pictures with Santa

Wednesday, December 13th at 4:30 p.m. for the Singalong; photos afterward until everyone is done.

Children and parents from the Children’s Center will gather in the sanctuary so each classroom can sing some of their Christmas favorites and then head off for a visit with Santa.

Want that special photo with Santa this Christmas without rushing off the Mall or make special arrangements? Santa will be with us around 5:30 pm in our Wheaton Center for families to come and take photos with him for your Christmas keepsakes.  This is free and open to everyone with Christmas Spirit!  There will be light refreshments for all and something sweet for the kids from St. Nick. Our Santa is busy this time of year but has made special arrangements for First Baptist.  Bring your own camera or smartphone and take as many pictures as you like!

Family Christmas Cookie Baking with the Children’s Center

Christmas Cookies

Saturday, December 16th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The children take over the kitchen to create their masterpiece in the form of Christmas cookies. These sweet sensations are a holiday favorite. They will get together in the Bell dining room to perfect their decorating skills.

Youth Christmas Party

Sunday, December 17th at 10:45 a.m.

Food catered by Chipotle, Gift Cards and Gifts that will enhance our spiritual walk with Christ Jesus……

So bring your friends and family members to our Christmas Celebration a true party with a purpose, for Christ Jesus is the reason for the season.

Great Fellowship, Great Fun and a special thank you to everyone for supporting FBC Youth Ministries 

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Lessons in Carols

Sunday, December 17th at 4:00-6:00 p.m., prelude music begins at 3:40 p.m.

In the Tradition of Kings College Chapel

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, was held on Christmas Eve in 1918. It was introduced by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of the College, whose experience as an army chaplain had led him to believe that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England. The order of service was adapted from the order created by Benson for Truro Cathedral 38 years earlier, which was based on an idea of George Walpole, at the time Succentor of Truro Cathedral, and the future Bishop of Edinburgh. The first service at King’s largely followed Benson’s original plan, including the Benedictions before each reading, several of which were later amalgamated by Milner-White into his Bidding Prayer.

The music at the first service at King’s was directed by Arthur Henry Mann, who was the organist from 1876 to 1929. The choir had 16 trebles as specified in statutes laid down by Henry VI, and until 1927 the men’s voices were provided by choral scholars and lay clerks. Today, 14 undergraduates from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, sing the men’s parts.

Special Unified Christmas Service

Sunday, December 24th at 10:00 a.m.

With Christmas coming on Sunday this Advent Season, we will come together for a single, unified service beginning at 10:00.  Enjoy a Christmas message and music in this combined contemporary and traditional service.

Christmas Nativity Pageant

Christmas Nativity Pagent

Sunday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m.

One of First Baptist Church’s most beloved annual traditions, our living nativity brings to life the Christmas story into our sanctuary with a large host of live animals, choirs, soloists, musicians and the newborn baby Jesus.  The church fills up as we celebrate with traditional hymns and new selections of music, as we participate together in the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 24th at 11:00 p.m.

Another long-standing tradition of the church has been the spirit of peace on earth, goodwill to humanity on the eve of Christ’s birth.  Enjoy the beautiful music, remember the true meaning of Christmas through this wonderful service that ends with the sanctuary aglow with the light of candles and the hush of the congregation united singing Silent Night. The service ends near the midnight hour as we welcome in Christmas Day in our church home.

Last Sunday of 2017 Regular Service

Sunday, December 24th at 9:30 a.m. (Contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. (Traditional)

This New Years Eve Sunday will return to our usual service schedule with the separate contemporary and traditional services.

New Years Eve Candlelight Prayers

Sunday, December 31st at 7:00 p.m.

What a way to usher in the new year than with prayers and your church family. We welcome in the New Year in our church home.