"It is the mission of First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon to reach out as a caring family to people of diverse cultures -- in Portland and around the world -- helping all to know God and find fellowship with each other through Jesus Christ, to the glory of God."
First Baptist Church has four regular Sunday worship services. Members and visitors are always welcome at any of the services. In fact, some people get "double church" by attending the 9:00 casual service and another service again at 11:00! On certain Sundays, our 11:00 services meet together for combined worship as one body in three languages.
Casual worship (English) is at 9:00 every Sunday morning. We meet in the Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the Sanctuary. The service is "casual" in style -- music is upbeat and contemporary (both praise choruses and hymns), led by the Voices in Praise team with occasional appearances by our Youth Band and youth soloists. The sermon is the same as the one given in the English 11:00 service.
Formal worship (English) is at 11:00 every Sunday morning. We meet in Formal service - choir the church's beautiful Sanctuary. Music is predominantly hymns, with an anthem by the Temple Choir and congregational singing; both are accompanied by the Austin Organ. The service is not strictly liturgical, but it incorporates several traditional elements. Despite the name, the service is enjoyable by anyone -- it's "formal" mostly in contrast to the casual worship.
Spanish worship is also at 11:00. We meet in the lovely FBC Chapel. All are welcome.
Cambodian Department worship is held at 11:00 in the FBC Community Center, located in the block adjacent to the Sanctuary. The service is conducted in Khmer (Cambodian) language, for native and non-native speakers alike.
Our Music Ministry
The Temple Choir is an adult choir that provides service music as well as special music to amplify the message of God during our 11:00 AM Sunday services from September through May. The choir also provides music for special services at Christmas time, Easter and other special services such as our Martin Luther King Jr. service. The choir is involved in musical outreach by preparing and performing concerts of sacred music that are open to the public here in our sanctuary.
The Voices in Praise (membership overlapping with the Youth Praise Band) is a mutli-generational group of musicians that presents contemporary praise music to amplify the message of God during our 9:00 AM Sunday services year round. This group takes on several shapes and on any given Sunday can consist of anything from 4 or 5 singers with piano accompaniment, to a full sized band with piano, keyboard, drums, guitar, bass and several singers. Guest musicians often appear with this group.
The FBC Handbell Choir is a group of 10-12 adults and high school students who rehearse and prepare music for special services.
The Children's Choir is a group that occasionally sings and/or rings tone chimes for Sunday services or special events.
We'd be delighted to have you join us any Sunday for worship or Sunday School, Oregon for one of our other weekly gatherings.
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