Saturday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. – Tuba Christmas
TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium, though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent, and double bell euphonium.
The first TubaChristmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974, in the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center; Paul Lavalle conducted. Over 300 musicians played that day, beginning a holiday tradition. The arrangements of the Christmas carols were written by Alec Wilder, who coincidentally died on Christmas Eve 1980.
We would love for you to join us in celebrating Christmas with our own Tuba Christmas which has become a family favorite tradition at FBC for several years. This is a free event open to all ages.
Saturday, December 18th at 2 p.m. – FBC Caroling
Our members and their friends are welcome to join us for an outdoor warm-up before traveling with their pod to spread some Christmas Cheer to some of our homebound members!
Sunday, December 19th at 9:45 a.m. – Children’s Ministry Christmas Party
The children will get together in Wheaton for crafts, games, and Christmas karaoke! Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or PJs.
Sunday, December 19th at 00:00 p.m. – Youth Ministry Christmas Party
December 20th-23rd – Fireside Story Time!
Each day a different person will read a story to our families from the Fireside room in front of the fire. This will be pre-recorded and streamed. This is streamed so it is open to all, but geared toward our families to have special Christmas programming.
December 24th at 4:00 p.m. – Jazz Christmas
A celebration of the Christmas season with traditional Christmas music and carols by the Demetrius Steinmetz trio and special guests.
December 24th at 7:00 p.m. – The Story of Christmas
Join us in person or LIVE on YouTube to be part of The Story of Christmas. This service is fun for the whole family! Be part of the magic of Christmas as we show you the journey of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and the Shepherds. Join the choir of angels in song as they spread good tidings of great news for all people! The service ends with a message of hope that has been passed from generation to generation and a beautiful rendition of ‘Silent Night’ as we fill our Gothic Sanctuary with Candlelight in preparation for the birth of Jesus. All are welcome to hear the good news and experience The Story of Christmas.
December 24th at 11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tune in Christmas Eve for a traditional Candlelight Service, now presented entirely online. This service continues a long-standing tradition at First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, giving the listener a moment of serenity to contemplate the true meaning of Christmas. Familiar tunes, such as “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night” are featured, along with cozy, fireside readings of the story of Christmas.