Worship and Annual Meeting

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Worship at First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT

Sunday, January 24—Worship starts at 10:30 am, and Pastor Ken Smith will give a message based on the book of Mark. Our 2016 Annual Meeting will  take place at 11:30 am, directly after worship. EVERYONE in the congregation is valued and is encouraged to participate in the annual meeting. Members may vote. Visitors are also most welcome to sit in on the meeting. In case of snow closing, the annual meeting will be postponed until Sunday, January 31st at 11:30 am.

For information about our snow closings see wtnh.com/closings/, or see WTNH TV Channel 8.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the event that church is held regardless of inclement weather, or on the morning after a snow storm, we ask that you use your judgement about whether it is safe for you to travel to church. Please stay warm and safe, and enjoy the winter wonderland that God is providing!

Three Bridges Coffeehouse — a warm and inviting new venue

Three Bridges Coffeehouse — a warm and inviting new venue.


Starting Jan. 7th, Thursday—Women of the Bible Discussion Group
10 am Three Bridges Coffeehouse, Shelton, CT

We invite all women and their friends to join us for coffee, tea or other beverages, excellent food, and challenging and fun conversations. We will start with Eve in the book of Genesis, and work our way through selected inspirational women of the Bible. Our focus will be on how God’s great power, love and grace worked through the women of biblical history. No previous knowledge is necessary. Pastor Ken Smith quips that he will serve as an “honorary woman” as he facilitates these short informal discussions. Location: Three Bridges Coffeehouse, Conti Building, 415 Howe Avenue (CT Route 110), Shelton, CT. Day and time: every Thursday @10 am. Discussions last about an hour.

For more information, please call us at First Baptist Shelton, CT at 203 9929-7704. You may leave a message. In case of inclement weather, pease see our website for cancellation information, or see WTNH.com/closings/.

You’re welcome on Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve, First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT

Christmas Eve, First Baptist Church, Shelton, CT

Thursday, December 24, 2015—Please consider joining with us in worship on Christmas Eve, when we will joyfully celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Children and families are welcome. Both traditional carols and contemporary worship music are part of the service, and our pastor, Rev. Ken Smith, will give a short inspirational message. No previous knowledge of our worship service is expected, and our greeters will be happy to welcome you and help you to feel at home. Come consider Jesus, who loves each person with a forever love! Service times are 7 pm and 11 pm. Location: 178 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton, CT. You are also welcome to visit any of our services, classes and activities!

First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT  •  Inviting people to know Jesus and to make Jesus known

Soup & Book Sale for Missions

Fall Soup & Book Sale,  First Baptist Shelton

Fall Soup & Book Sale, First Baptist Shelton

Saturday, November 21st, 2015 — Yummy home-style soups, corn bread, coffee, tea, and loads of gently used books will be served up at First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT. Browse and eat while you read, or do take out—it’s your choice! Soups will include cheeseburger cheddar, Italian wedding soup, and other favorites. Proceeds will benefit our medical missions trips to the Dominican Republic, where we work each year with Good Samaritan Hospital in the city of La Romana. If you are interested in going on a life-changing missions trip, please give us a call at (203) 929-7704. We can share information about our own and other missions trips.

Fall Schedule

Wolfe Park. Photo by E. Smith

Fall at Wolfe Park, photo courtesy of E. Nelson-Smith

You are warmly welcome to join us at First Baptist Shelton, CT for worship, Bible study, service to others in the name of Jesus Christ, activities and fellowship together!

Sunday
Christian Education for Children  9:00 am
Kids start with 10-15 minute of kids’ worship, followed by age-level classes. Pastor Ken and helpers lead a popular class for teens covering Christian faith basics, and how to grow in faith in spite of doubts and challenges.

 

Faith Discovery for Adults & Youth  9:15 am
Adults gather for “coffee/tea an” & to discuss God’s Word. Discussions are facilitated by an experienced pastor. Current topic is the Book of Acts. Newcomers & listeners are welcome!

Sunday Worship    10:30 am
Our current theme is knowing Jesus through the Gospel of Mark. Children under twelve may go to kids’ worship time before the sermon.

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Monday
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)   7 pm

4th Tuesday
Youth Group will resume in January, 2016. For grades 6 – 12. Meetings @ 6:30 pm. Additional events & schedule TBA.

Volleyball with our youth, First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT

Volleyball with our youth, First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT

 

3rd Wednesday or Thursday
Seniors Meeting    11:30 am — Alternating 3rd Wednesday & 3rd Thursday. Lunch, a devotional, & a presentation are included. All ages are welcome.

Seniors enjoy meeting together at First Baptist Church, Shelton, CT

Seniors enjoy meeting together at First Baptist Church, Shelton, CT

Friday
Higher Ground Recovery Meeting    7 pm
Grief Support Group Dinner
— Date & time TBA each month

Photo courtesy of Higher Ground Ministries, highergroundministry.org

Photo courtesy of Higher Ground Ministries, highergroundministry.org

Saturday
Choir Rehearsal    10 am – 11:30 am
Potential choir members are invited to learn more about choir. Please call and leave a message at 203 929-7704. Our choir sings joyfully in Sunday Worship and at other special services.

Our choir practices and performs under the energetic leadership of an experienced choir director.

Our choir practices and performs under the energetic leadership of an experienced choir director.

Look for more events here and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstbaptist.shelton).
Informal short-term small groups will start again soon. For more information about our church and worship, please see “Meet Us.” For directions, please see “Visit.”

 

First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT  •  Inviting people to know Jesus and to make Jesus known

 

Meet Global Health Consultant Kristy Engel

Friday, September 4, 2015 — Medical missionary and global health consultant Kristy Engel will give a presentation at First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT, and you are warmly invited to attend, and to bring family and friends. Kristy is an RN and pediatric nurse practitioner who served for many years as a medical missionary at Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, a city of The Dominican Republic (DR), and who also served in outreach to Haitian communities in that country.

Kristy now serves as a global health consultant with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA. In this role, she travelled to Africa early in 2015 to work with local people in addressing the Ebola crisis. Some in our church family have greatly enjoyed working alongside Kristy during brief mission trips to The Dominican Republic, and we feel confident that you will enjoy meeting her in person and hearing her speak. Kristy’s last visit here pointed us to what God is doing with people who are in great need, and showed us how God uses willing hearts and hands to help in whatever work or support is needed.

Join us on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6 pm for a free pizza dinner, followed by a presentation and conversation with Kristy. Dress is casual, and childcare will be available. For more information, please call our church office at 203 929-7704, and leave a message.

Location: First Baptist Church of Shelton, 178 Leavenworth Rd (Route 110), Shelton, Connecticut.

We’re preparing for fall

It’s been an active summer, and God has blessed First Baptist Shelton, CT with beautiful weather; the opportunity to pursue reading, studying, and living his Word; inspiring worship; fun fellowship, music, picnics and activities; and the completion of some projects together – both around the church and in the community. We hope you will continue to check this page as we head into fall!

"Jesus Loves Me" - a chalk drawing at a 2015 youth picnic, First Baptist Shelton, CT. Photo by E. Smith.

“Jesus Loves Me” – a chalk drawing at a 2015 youth picnic, First Baptist Shelton, CT. Photo by E. Smith.

 

Resurrection Sunday / Easter Service

Cross hill at church

Resurrection Sunday (Easter), April 5 — We’ll celebrate in worship at First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT at 10:30 am in our sanctuary. Children, families, and all are welcome!

You don’t need to be a believer or member to join us. You’re welcome simply to listen and explore your thoughts and feelings about God. Our service is blended in style, with both contemporary praise and traditional music, and a thought-provoking message drawn from scripture by Pastor Ken Smith. Adult Faith Discovery takes place at 9:15 am, and there is no Sunday School for children this week. Free coffee & tea are served, both during the 9:15 hour and after worship.

For more information, see our “Meet Us” tab. (Scroll to “New to Worship?”)

 

Sunrise Service

If you’re an early riser, you may want to attend Shelton’s ecumenical sunrise service, held from 6:30 -7:00 am at Jones Family Farms, Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton.

Clergy from several local churches take part, and Pastor Ken from First Baptist Shelton will deliver a short message. Aim to arrive early — there is a brief climb to the service site. Warm clothing and sturdy footwear are advised. For more information, see the Jones Family Farms website:

https://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/events/easter-sunrise-service-0

 

Questions about life and faith?

Pastor Ken is approachable and easy to talk with, and is always willing to arrange to chat over coffee. Check out his bio under “Meet Us.” (Scroll to “Meet Our Staff.”)

Free Dinner and Lenten Worship Service

Please join us for a community ecumenical Lenten dinner and service

Please join us for a community ecumenical Lenten dinner and service. Photo: by E. Nelson-Smith.

Shelton, CT — Wednesday, February 25, 2015 — Please join the congregation of First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT and other local congregations for a free, delicious, home-cooked meal, followed by a beautiful community Lenten worship service.

Location: Huntington Congregational Church (Church Street, Shelton, CT). Dinner is at 6 pm, worship at 7 pm. We are pleased to announce that Rev. In Koo Chung (Pastor at Huntington United Methodist Church) will preach. The evening is part of an annual Lenten worship series sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Association.