Christmas Worship Services 2017


Everyone is joyfully invited to worship together with us this Christmas at Fist Baptist Church of Shelton, Connecticut. Family and friends are welcome!

Sunday morning, Dec. 24th – 10:30 am
Candlelight Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24th – 4:30 pm & 11 pm

First Baptist Church of Shelton, Connecticut
178 Leavenworth Rd. (CT Route 110)
Shelton, CT 06584
203 929-7704 (office)

Kristy Engel Will Visit First Baptist Shelton May 5th

Global Consultant in health Kristy Engel


A VERY SPECIAL EVENT & YOU ARE INVITED!! — Friday, May 5th, 6 pm —  
Kristy Engel, medical and global consultant, will present about her recent health consulting work in locations around the world that are currently experiencing great needs.
Based on Kristy’s past visits, we’re convinced her presentation will be world-class, and that it will both stretch and encourage attendees. This event could also be career inspiration for young people. They will learn about one person’s outstanding medical career, and about how people can work cooperatively on an international level to empower others.
The evening starts with a potluck Mexican/Hispanic dinner at 6 pm, in recognition of Cinco de Mayo. Alternatively, you can come a little late just for Kristy’s presentation. Friends and family are invited too. Location: First Baptist Church of Shelton, 178 Leavenworth Rd. (Rt. 110), Shelton, CT.

Soup and Book Sale for Medical Missions


Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9 am to 3 pm—Everyone is invited to join us for a festive day of browsing used books and sampling delicious home-style soups in our temporary event café. A variety of books will be offered (YES, we think print books are still cool!) Many books are new to this year’s sale. Men and women from our congregation will bring out their best family recipes. Soups will include a variety of old-time favorites in addition to recipes with a new twist, such as “Cheeseburger Cheddar.” All food will be available both for eating on-site or for take-out.

One mom who helps with the Soup and Book event each year says that her kids love attending (children are welcome). What do her kids love? The soups, children’s books, and friendly people. This mom believes that the event is also a good opportunity for her kids to learn about helping others. Proceeds of the First Baptist Soup and Book Sale go to the church’s annual medical mission trips to Good Samaritan Hospital in the city of La Romana, in The Dominican Republic (DR). Good Samaritan Hospital treats many poor Haitian workers who labor in sugar cane fields in the countryside surrounding La Romana. During the sale the church plans to have displays and a slide show with scenes photographed during earlier mission trips.

First Baptist Shelton member and longtime Shelton resident Judy Gura, RN, says that the church’s fundraising sales and the medical mission trips that they support are high points of her year. Although Judy has a busy professional career as a nurse—and is also active with church, family and grandchildren—she enjoys using a vacation week each year to travel to the DR. The travel and work are strenuous, she says, and some training is required, in addition to keeping her vaccinations up-to-date.

Each year Judy wonders whether this will her last year. However, after returning she always believes that this has been the best trip ever. She feels joyful and energized, and states that this is in part because of the fantastic people she has met. She is also thankful for the many ways in which the hospital and mission medical teams have been able to help people in need—through a demonstration of what she believes is God’s love at work through people working together. Our pastor, Ken Smith, says that First Baptist Shelton appreciates all of our volunteer and career missionaries and their willingness to act upon their faith in God’s great grace and love through Jesus Christ.


Judy Gura, RN, with a child in a La Romana orphanage. Photo by Brenda Bazyluk.

Judy Gura, RN, with a child in a La Romana orphanage. Photo by Brenda Bazyluk.

Judy Gura, RN, leading a training and equipping session in La Romana

Judy Gura, RN, leading a training and equipping session in La Romana

Volunteers with various skills and levels of skill and experience are welcome to travel on these mission trips. For more information, please call First Baptist Shelton at (203) 929-7704. Generally, Pastor Ken Smith says that it is necessary to send an application several months in advance of an upcoming trip. (The church’s next trip will be in February, 2017.)  Another helpful resource is the website of the Good Samaritan Mission Council, To gain an understanding of 21st century missions philosophy (in which the idea is to work alongside local people, helping them to use their own community’s and country’s gifts, training, abilities and potential) it may be helpful to consult the website of the American Baptist Churches USA international missions organization at

Below are more photos. Photo credits: all photos accompanying this article were taken by another of First Baptist Shelton’s dedicated volunteer missionaries, Brenda Bazyluk, and are used with permission.

Patients in a La Romana medical clinic

Patients in a La Romana medical clinic

Children in a "batey" (village)

Children in a “batey” (village)

Patient and nurse in a clinic in the "bateys" (villages)

Patient and nurse in a clinic in the “bateys” (villages)

Free Lenten Dinners & Services

Please join us for a community ecumenical Lenten series

A community Lenten dinner & worship series


February 17, 2016—Please join us on Wednesday evening, February 17th for the first of a community Lenten dinner and worship series. All are welcome!

Each evening begins with a delicious free dinner at 6 pm, followed by a meditative worship service at 7 pm. Services have uplifting music of differing styles—often traditional, but at some churches also contemporary. Each week a different minister preaches. Come for worship or dinner alone, or for both dinner and worship!

On Wednesday, Feb. 17th, Pastor Ken Smith from Shelton’s First Baptist Church will give the message. Ken plans to point to the great hope and sense of purpose of a life lived through the redeeming power and love of Jesus Christ. Location: First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton.

Sponsored by the Shelton Clergy Association. See our complete SCHEDULE below:

Lenten Worship Schedule 2016
Each Wednesday worship service is at 7 pm, preceded by a free dinner at 6 pm. Our ecumenical series culminates with a beautiful sunrise service on Easter Sunday morning.

Wed. February 19:  First United Methodist Church
188 Rocky Rest Road, Shelton, CT. Rev. Ken Smith will preach based on the theme “Caiaphas.”

Wed. February 24:  Huntington United Methodist Church
338 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT. Rev. Lucille Fritz will preach based on the theme “Mother Mary.”

Wed. March 2:  Huntington Congregational Church, UCC
19 Church Street, Huntington (Shelton), CT. Rev. Amjad Samuel will preach based on the theme “The Crowd.”

Wed. March 9:  First Baptist Church of Shelton, CT
178 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton, CT. Rev. Inkoo Chung will preach based on the theme “Mary Magdalene.”

Wed. March 16:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
25 Church Street, Huntington (Shelton), CT. Rev. Barbara Schaeffer will preach based on the theme “The Thieves.”

Sun., March 27: Jones Family Farms
Easter Sunrise Community Service


Worship and Annual Meeting


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, 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