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Worship

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 at First Baptist Church in Beverly this Sunday as we continue our Summer Worship Series

9:30 am — No Pick-Up Choir Rehearsal this Sunday

10:00 am — Worship
Sermon: “Where The Wild Things Are”
Rev. Cindy Antonuk, guest preacher

Join us in worship outside at Beverly Commons (located at the junction of Essex, Dane, and Hale Streets) for Independence Sunday! On this special Sunday we will celebrate our independence and welcome guest preacher and FBC member, Rev. Cindy Antonuk, to continue our summer worship series, With the Eyes of a Child. Cindy will preach a sermon based on the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Our service will also feature a special Stepsitters children’s moment where the book will be read aloud to our children and congregation alike. Music will be provided by John Hicks, a well-known Cape Ann guitar and string player. Please gather with us at 10:00 am at the gazebo on Beverly Commons, and communion will be prepared and served by our Deacons. Please, also, bring a chair or blanket to sit on unless you prefer the feel fresh grass beneath you. Following worship, the Communal Life Committee will treat us to delicious ice cream sundaes! This is a great Sunday to invite a friend to join us at the Commons!


Stories of the Summer
Join us this summer at First Baptist Church for our summer worship series, “With the Eyes of a Child: Exploring Faith through Story.” We welcome you to worship with us each Sunday at 10:00 am as we explore the life-long lessons learned from children’s books and scripture. Each week a children’s book will be featured in Stepsitters (a children’s moment during our service) and in the sermon. Children’s books are almost always expansive rather than limiting. They provide opportunities and guide us toward an understanding of belovedness and abundant life while tending to tell us about who we are, rather than who we are not. Throughout the summer there will also be mid-week Lectio story time opportunities, a time to read the stories with others and discuss their images, words, and meaning.

Below is our summer preaching schedule—mark your calendars for special worship events such as:
- Allagash & Fellowship Reunion Sunday on Sunday, July 10th, and
- Worship in the Park on Sunday, August 28th at Lynch Park in Beverly.
See this Bulletin for the complete Summer schedule.

Words to Know

A glossary of words used at FBC during worship.



Recent Sermons

Video Sermons
To view the videos of sermons, click on the title.

The Runaway Bunny
Rev. Kent Harrop
June 26, 2016

Stuck
Rev. Julie Flowers
June 19, 2016

#journeyon
Revs. Beth Loughhead, Julie Flowers, Kent Harrop
June 12, 2016

An Incredible View
Rev. Beth Loughhead
June 5, 2016

Remembering Who We Are
Rev. Kent Harrop
May 29, 2016

Music Sunday
Music Director Esther Redington
May 15, 2016

Children & Youth Sunday: Building a Better World
May 8, 2016

Holistic Prayer
Rev. Kent Harrop
May 1, 2016

Click for More Sermons in both Video and Text formats.

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.