We are affiliated with the
American Baptist Churches USA
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Sunday School,Youth Group
Radio Broadcast & CD Ministry
Church Library, Vacation Bible School
American Baptist Men, American Baptist Women
First Baptist Church In Service:
The Mission Board members volunteer their time
to coordinate funding of Christian missions in
the U.S., Puerto Rico and worldwide
through regular contributions from our church giving;
and four special offerings throughout the year: World Missions Offering,
America for Christ Offering, One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
(administered through the Church World Service
which assists people throughout the world to recover from natural disasters),
and the Retired Missionaries And Ministers Offering.
*We also partner locally with the Salvation Army Food Pantry and
Charity Works to help meet needs and we join with the
Jersey County Ministerial Alliance
to promote community worship, fellowship between pastors,
Character Plus education,
and support of other local charities.
*Each Fall on October 31st, the church sponsors "Trunk or Treat"
for all children in the neighborhood.
Children come to our church parking lot
and members of the church hand out candy as a safe alternative to
Trick or Treating in the community.
*The church participates
in giving to "Operation Christmas Child".
*First Baptist Church holds shoe drives for The Kenya Well Water Project administered by
"Kenya ShoeMan" George Hutchings to be recycled and
used to raise funds for clean drinking water in Kenya.
First Baptist Church In Fellowship:
*Chuppers (Church Supper) Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. -
September through May in Fellowship Hall. Cost is $3.00 per person or $8.00 per family.
Call the church office by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to make reservations.
*Chuppers followed by Bible Studies for Adult, Jr. & Sr. High, and Children
(Pre-K-5th grades), 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. September through May.
*Men's Fellowship Breakfast at Hickory Grove on the first Saturday
of each month at 7:30 a.m.
*American Baptist Women's Ministries meet monthly September through
May. This group presents an Annual Christmas Bazaar in November.
*Fellowship time each Sunday between Worship and Sunday School,
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - coffee and cookies served.
First Baptist Church at Worship:
*Sunday Morning Worship Service at 9:30 a.m.
(Nursery provided for children 3 years & under)
*Communion is observed on the first Sunday of each month.
*Children's Church for children 3 years - 5th grade.
*Sunday School classes for all ages: 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
*Jr. & Sr. High Youth and Bible Study.
*Jr. & Sr. High Fusion Youth -
Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
*Discipleship classes for those exploring the Christian faith,
new believers, those interested in baptism, or church membership.
*Person to person help is offered for anyone seeking to
understand the Christian faith and grow in Christ's love and service.
What We Believe:
*The Bible is the inspired word of God and the
authority for our doctrines and practices.
*Salvation is by faith and growing trust
in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
*The beautiful, symbolic ordinance of Believer's brought together by God, ruled by Christ, with each member using spiritual gifts for the common good.
*The church guides its own life with
each member having a vote.
*Religious liberty and the separation of church and state are
vital principles for which Baptists have suffered throughout history.
*First Baptist Church is a member of the American Baptist Churches USA,
the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region and the Jersey County Ministerial Alliance.
*We are called to a world-wide program of missions and evangelism
in obedience to the final command of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20.
A LITTLE HISTORY:
Jerseyville First Baptist Church was organized on Sept. 5, 1841 with thirty charter members. Services were held in the "Old School" located on the northeast corner of Spruce and Jefferson Streets in Jerseyville. The time set for the evening service was "at early candlelight". After a few months, a move was made to the County Courthouse, where services were held until 1849. During this eight year period, mid-week prayer services were started in 1843 and Sunday School in June of 1847.
While services were held at the Courthouse, the first church edifice was being built at the corner of Washington and Exchange Streets, just east of the courthouse where the present Post Office now stands.
In 1855, a vote was taken to build a new church building. A lot was purchased on the southwest corner of Washington and West Pearl Streets, the site of the present church building.
Today, First Baptist Church serves an average of between 215-225 active attenders, offers 10 Sunday School Classes for all ages led by approximately 25 teachers and assistants.