Frequently Asked Questions

Before you visit

The purpose of First Baptist Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

First Baptist Church is a congregation of nearly 800 people coming together to grow in Christ. We offer several worship service options, numerous Small Group home meetings, service opportunities, children's programs, student ministries, college ministries, missions programs, programs for seniors and a young adult ministry program.

What does First Baptist Believe?

We are striving to be like Jesus. We want to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We want to care for one another, help others and we want to make sure that all that we do helps you grow in your relationship with Jesus. If you're looking for our more formal statement of faith, just click right here.

What should I expect on a Sunday morning?

As you walk through the doors of FBC, someone will greet you with a smile and offer you a copy of our weekly bulletin which includes the order of the service, announcements of upcoming programs and a calendar of events.

Make your way into the auditorium and sit anywhere you like. You may have a few people welcome you or introduce themselves. But, we will not have visitors stand or be recognized in any way. Relax and enjoy the service.

How long will the service last?

You can plan on most morning services at First Baptist to last approximately 75 minutes.

What service should I attend?

We offer a traditional service at 8:45 am and a contemporary service at 10:45 am. If you like singing the familiar hymns with a few choruses here and there, the traditional service is probably the service for you.  It includes our adult choir, organ music and special music performances. But, if that is not your thing and you prefer guitars, drums, bass and piano leading the most current worship songs from the likes of Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder and others, you'll enjoy our 10:45 am service. The teaching time is the same in both services.

What should I wear on a Sunday morning?

What makes you comfortable? Some of our folk like the opportunity to dress up a bit on Sundays, while others who wear suits and professional clothing all week, like to be more comfortable. You'll see everything from jeans and t-shirts, to  some suits and ties in our midst on Sunday mornings. Come as you are and we'll just be glad you are here!

Will someone ask me for money?

That's a fair question ... we know the reputation and the perception that churches take a lot of offerings. We will receive offerings in every service. It's how we pay the bills. Plus, we believe it gives us a chance to give a portion back to God. All we ask of you is that you consider dropping a visitor information card in the plate when it passes by so that we can know you were with us. Please don't feel like you need to put money in the plate. The offering opportunity is for our regular attenders to worship the Lord with their tithes.

Will someone ask me to stand up or single me out?

We will not ask visitors to stand or be recognized or singled out. We want you to relax and enjoy our Worship Service. You may have a person or two welcome you individually or introduce themselves to you. Please stop in at our welcome center to receive a visitor packet on your way in.

What do I do with my children?

You'll find First Baptist to be a family-friendly place. We have a number of nurseries for infants, toddlers and youngsters. Please stop by and feel free to look around. When you leave your child  in one of our nurseries, you will receive a vibrating pager that will allow our nursery attendants to call you should your child need your attention. After the service is over, only the person who signed your child in will be allowed to retrieve him/her from the nursery. We take your child's safety and comfort very seriously. For elementary-school-aged children, we offer alternate programs during each service. If you have children in grades 6-12 you will want to investigate our student ministry program at

Are there other people in my stage of life at First Baptist?

Yes! We have groups for children, teens, 20-35 year olds, men, women and seniors. We have active groups for every age. Our desire is to see you find a place to connect in a caring community.

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First Baptist Church
360 Canco Rd.
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: (207) 773-3123