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Gathering together for times of worship offers us the opportunity to center ourselves in the midst of a busy world, to renew our strength, to respond to God’s loving and leading call to love the challenges before us. In worship, we find strength in one another, in our faith, in the scripture, and in our God. Our worship life is central to our experience as a community of faith and is a time in which all, visitors and old friends alike, are warmly welcomed. Come, just as you are, and be a part of the worship experience at First Baptist Church in Beverly.

Join Us This Sunday, and Each Sunday in December, at First Baptist Church in Beverly for the 2014 Advent Season!

Sunday Schedule

9:30 AM — Education Hour for Adults

9:30 AM — NEW! Advent Education Class for Middle School & Senior High (see the Bulletin for details)

11:00 AM — Worship / Youth Church School
Sermon: “The People Who Walked in Darkness: Anticipating the Light”
The First Sunday in Advent: Candle Light
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7; 11:1-9
Will Renfroe & Will Johnstone, reading
Rev. Kent Harrop, preaching

NOON — Pizza & Parade Celebration
Stay after worship to enjoy a fun luncheon of pizza and beverages before stepping outside the church to watch Beverly’s Holiday Parade go by. Don’t forget to bring your donations for Beverly Bootstraps that our very own Middle School Fellowshippers will be collecting in shopping carts along the 2014 parade route!

1:30 PM — Beverly Holiday Parade Step-Off

6:00 PM — Senior High Fellowship

2014 Advent Offerings
Friday, December 5th: Hanging of the Greens
Join your FBC friends and family for festive food, fun and caroling while decorating our church home! Dinner will begin at 5:00 PM and our family-friendly evening is designed for everyone—all ages are welcome so mark your calendars and get ready for another fun Friday night with FBC!

Sundays in Advent:
Gather for worship each Sunday morning during Advent as we explore “People Who Walked in Darkness: Anticipating the Light.” Our 2014 Advent Theme will lead us in search of a different type of light each week as we explore the scriptures leading up to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Our Christian Education classes will help build our Nativity scene each Sunday during worship and our church youth with be delivering our scripture readings during our service. Join us each Sunday as we reveal a new source of inspiring light in worship.

Education Opportunity for Middle School & Sr. High Youth:
Our Middle School and Senior High youth are invited to attend a special class this Advent season at 9:30 each Sunday morning beginning this week, November 30th. The class will focus on the telling of the Christmas story, lead by our Christian Education Superintendent Terri McFadden. Each week food will be provided and the church van will be available for transportation for the youth. If your child would like to attend this class (and/or needs transportation for this seasonal offering) please contact Julie Flowers (jflowers@fbcbeverly.org) no later than Saturday, November 29th.

Christmas Sunday at FBC:
Save the date of Sunday, December 21st for Jesus’ Birthday and our very special Advent Festival at 9:30 AM. Later that evening we will hold our “Longest Night” Service at 7:00 PM.

Words to Know

A glossary of words used at FBC during worship.

Recent Sermons

Acting Out
Rev. Kent Harrop
September 14, 2014

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Rev. Beth Loughhead
June 22, 2014

Road to Emmaus
Rev. Kent Harrop
June 1, 2014

A Luminous Revelation
Rev. Will Seals
February 23, 2014

There's No Place Like Home
Rev. Will Seals
February 16, 2014

Same Love
Rev. Julie Flowers
February 2, 2014

Parable of the Whistleblower
Rev. Will Seals
January 19, 2014

Responding to God's Call
Rev. Will Seals
January 12, 2014

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Communion through the Lord's Supper

In the spirit of openness, we invite any who have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ to join in the sharing of this meal. On the first Sunday of each month during worship, the FBC congregation remembers this "last supper" with a service of communion.

On the night before Jesus was crucified, he met with his disciples and they shared a meal together. At that last meal, Jesus took bread and wine, common food at a meal in his day, and blessed it in a special way. Jesus used that food and drink to teach his disciples that his life, death, and resurrection would continue to sustain them in the days, months, and years to come. He taught them to remember Him whenever they ate a meal together. Indeed, Christians all over the world in a variety of ways and in many denominations still gather to celebrate this important meal and to be sustained by Christ who is the bread of life. Historically, Baptists have viewed this meal as a memorial - an opportunity to remember what Jesus did for each of us. At FBC, when we break bread together, in addition to remembering Jesus, we hope you will also experience the presence of the risen Christ, for Christ is surely present - present among all who participate - present in the breaking, sharing, eating and drinking. Christ is personally and actively present: cleansing, energizing, challenging, healing and uniting. Anyone who is a member of FBC may be invited to be a communion server.

Typically our Ministers and Deacons serve the congregation the Lord's Supper. There are a variety of methods for sharing communion. It is common Baptist practice to serve each other. This is best accomplished by the ushers passing the tray to the person next to you and allowing them to hold it for you. Parents, we leave it to your discretion whether or not to serve your unbaptized children. After you have been served, hold the bread or cup so that we may all partake together, as directed by the minister.