The Many Faces of FBC:
FBC is affiliated with :
The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
The Alliance of Baptists
The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
We hope this information helps you get to know us a bit better.
Our community gathers for worship on Sunday mornings at 10am both in the Sanctuary, a beautiful space dating back to 1888, and in a smaller space we call the Chapel. We gather to sing, to pray, and to listen.
Our service , which lasts one hour, appeals to those looking for a forward thinking and inclusive worship experience that draws on music and liturgy, old and new
We share the bread and the cup of Communion on the first Sunday of each month with an open table (meaning anyone who wants to share the bread and the cup are invited to do so).
Infants and kids of all ages are loved and valued members of the community, and welcome participants in our worship. In addition, our professionally-staffed nursery and our Sunday morning kids team invite kids of all ages to explore the stories of the Bible and life in community together.
We meet to worship God, to discover the way of Jesus, to connect with community, and to explore ways we can serve one another and others. New people energize and deepen our experience together. We consider it a gift when you visit.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Where should I park?
There is a parking lot behind the church that all are invited to use. The entrance is off Centre Street directly alongside the church. Once you are parked, you may enter through the entry door to in the more modern building (the Fogg Building). The Sanctuary and Chapel are up the stairs to the right.
What if I don't have a car?
The Green Line (Riverside) Newton Centre T Stop is a very short walk from the church. On Sunday mornings, join us through the big front doors, or come around to the parking lot entrance.
What is available for my children on Sunday mornings?
We love kids and value them as full members of our community. Infants and children are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary in worship . For those who would like, our nurturing and professionally-staffed nursery and Sprouts rooms are available for little ones from birth through kindergarten from 10am to 12:15pm. Here the children engage in age-appropriate Biblical storytelling, arts, music and other activities.
At about 10:15am, children in 1st through 5th grades are invited to gather for a time of connecting, creating, and interacting with stories from the Bible. We call this time, "God's Story, Our Stories." During the school year, kids are also invited to a time following worship (at 11:15pm) for "Kids Create, Kids Serve," when they continue their exploration of the Bible and community-building with music, arts, drama and service projects.
All the adults who work with our kids are well established participants in our community, are CORI’ed (fully background-checked), and very experienced with kids.
When you say, "All are Welcome," what does that really mean?
It means you - you - are welcome. How you dress, what gender your partner is, what you believe about God, your experience of church (good, bad or nonexistent) - it all adds to our community. We are on a journey together, learning from one another. Your presence, experiences and perspectives enrich us all. Our Communion Table is open to all who wish to gather around it.
What should I wear?
Come as you are. On Sunday mornings, you will find all different sorts of people from all different walks of life. Some people wear a tie or a dress and others come in jeans. We value your presence and invite you to bring your whole self to your time with us.
What about "Sunday School" for adults?
At 11:15am each Sunday, there are opportunities to gather in smaller groups to connect and pursue an area of interest. Currently we have groups studying Biblical Archeology, practicing Lectio Divina (praying with texts from the Bible), discussing Parenting (the first Sunday of each month), and connecting as younger adults.
Is your building accessible?
Absolutely. There is a ramp in the front lawn (facing the corner of Beacon and Centre Streets) and reserved parking is available in the parking lot behind the church.
There is coffee, drinks, and snacks set up in the gathering area outside the sanctuary ("The Chapel"). You’re invited to hang out in the gathering area (just outside the sanctuary) before worship or to sit in the sanctuary.