Advent is a season of hopeful anticipation and joyful preparation for the coming of Christ.
- Dr. Somerville’s Advent sermon series, Advent Conspiracy, Sunday mornings December 2 - 23 at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary.
- December 2, Worship Fully - Christmas begins and ends with Jesus.
- December 9, Spend Less - Free up your resources to support things that truly matter.
- December 16, Give More - Give more intentionally and relationally.
- December 23, Love All - Radically love others like Jesus did.
- Help Woman’s Missionary Union support the South Richmond Christmas Store by donating new, unwrapped toys and clothes for children ages 6 - 12. Toys and games $5 and above are appreciated. Please do not purchase toys from the Dollar Tree/Dollar Store. Please see the WMU page for needed clothing items and details. Leave price tags on the items. Bins will be located at the Mulberry kiosk Sunday, November 4 - December 2.
- Manger Breakfast - Saturday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. Reservations required by November 10.
Enjoy a hot, delicious breakfast for your family and build a manger for the holidays. We’ll provide the kits for the manger. Bring a hammer and be ready to build memories for the holiday. Breakfast is $5 per adult, $3 per child with a family maximum of $15. You’ll leave with a manger for your home and Advent devotions for your family. Contact Candi Brown to register.
- Advent Contemplative Service - Wednesday, November 28 at 6:15 p.m., Chapel. Devote an hour this Holy Season to quiet reflection in the presence of God. This service will include readings, music, communion and candle lighting.
- Hanging of the Green - Sunday, December 2, 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary.
We begin the Advent Season by transforming the Sanctuary into a room brimming with greenery, poinsettias, ornaments and light. Many of the church’s choirs will participate in the morning service as we gather for worship.
- Joyful! Joyful! Adult Christmas Luncheon - Friday, December 7, 11:30 a.m., Flamming Hall. Tickets ($8) with reserved seating go on sale November 18, 20, 25, 28 and December 2 in the hallway.
- Gingerbread Churches - Friday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Gym. Reservations required by December 3. Join us for this wonderful First Baptist tradition of decorating a gingerbread church for the holidays. Reserve a kit, or bring your own, but remember to bring goodies to share for decorating. This is a fun event for all ages. This is a free event, but registration is required so that we can adequately prepare enough space. We have a limited number of kits, so reserve yours early. Contact Candi Brown to register.
- Christmas Concert, Repeat the Sounding Joy - December 9, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary.
The Worship Ministry presents our annual Christmas concert entitled Repeat the Sounding Joy. The 90-voice Church Choir including One Accord (the auditioned adult ensemble) and the Youth Girls’ Ensemble are joined by chamber orchestra and the First Baptist’s own FirstRingers Handbell Choir. This concert features the music of John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Robert Hobby, Joel Raney, Cathy Mokulbust and Julian Wachner among others. This joyous 75-minute concert is a cornerstone of our holiday season. Free.
- Week of Prayer for International and Global Missions - December 2 - 9
During this week of prayer we pray for our missionaries serving overseas and give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (Southern Baptist Convention) or Global Missions Offering (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship).
- Pray: Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, December 1 at 8:30 a.m., Flamming Hall. Speakers: Mary and Charlie Sell, International Mission Board. Program Title: Mission Work in Peru. Cost $6; advance reservations required. Everyone is welcome! Call the church office by Sunday, November 25, to make a reservation.
- Sunday, December 2, pick up prayer guides for the week in your Bible study class or at the kiosks. Continue to pray each day.
- Learn: Tuesday, December 4, join Women on Mission in Flamming Hall at 10:30 a.m. as Debbie Boykin, International Mission Board and FBC member, leads a study of the International Mission Study Book, Refugees. Optional lunch follows ($5); advance reservations are not required. Everyone is welcome!
- Wednesday, December 5, at 6:15 p.m. in Flamming Hall hear Ralph Starling report on the 2018 Kazakhstan Mission Trip.
- Give: Sunday, December 9, give generously to support missions and missionaries. You can use the gold missions offering envelope or give online.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (Southern Baptist Convention) Goal: $50,000
Global Missions Offering (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) Goal: $18,000
- Operation J.O.Y. Toy and Gift Card Drive - Help the Ministry of Compassion support those in the communities we assist by donating new, unwrapped toys for children ages 6 - 18. Toys and games $5.00 and above are appreciated. Please do not purchase toys from the Dollar Tree/Dollar Store. We are also in need of $10 Wal-Mart gift cards and $5 Starbucks gift cards. Please take price tags off the toys. Place donated toys in front of Steve Blanchard’s office or in food pantry shopping carts, and leave gift cards with the Reception desk by December 10.
- Come to the Manger: Preschool Christmas Pageant - Wednesday, December 12, 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary. Come enjoy festive music and instruments as First Baptist Preschool students put on a Christmas performance for families.
- First Family Around the Fireplace - Wednesday, December 12, 6:15 p.m., Flamming Hall.
This annual celebration has become a highlight for the entire Wednesday night family. This year’s evening will include the JOYSingers with our Angel, Music Makers and Carol Choirs. Please come and enjoy our Christmas family night.
- For Ladies Only (FLO) Christmas Tea* - A Song in Your Heart - Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Flamming Hall. Entertainment provided by the Hanover Harmony. Tickets ($15) go on sale Sunday, November 25.
- Seeking Christmas: Youth Christmas Pageant - Sunday, December 16, 6:00 p.m., Sanctuary.
In a First Baptist tradition that spans 70 years, we invite you to join our students as they retell the Christmas story through drama and music. This year, we tell the story of Fran, a young woman who is searching for something this Christmas she can’t quite name. Guided by Gus, the elderly elevator man, she makes her way through a local department store but is unable to find what she is looking for. When Gus invites her across the street to see his church’s Christmas pageant, Fran discovers that what she is seeking is a God who has been seeking Fran all along. Join Fran and Gus as they journey through the instant gratification of the retail world and into the deeper pleasures of God’s kingdom on earth.
- A Service of Remembrance* - Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 p.m., Chapel. For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year, Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time. You’re invited to attend whether you’ve lost a loved one or wish to support friends who have. Celebrate the lives of those who have passed, as we celebrate the birth of the One who gives eternal life.
- Candlelight Christmas Eve Services - Monday, December 24, 5:00* & 11:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Worship at 5:00 p.m. is usually filled with all ages, including children and their families. Worship at 11:00 p.m. includes communion.
- Christmastide Intergenerational Bible Study - Sunday, December 30, 9:45 a.m., Flamming Hall. All Sunday morning Bible study groups (older preschoolers through senior adults) will join together for Bible study led by the Formation Ministry staff. Our Bible study will focus on Colossians 3:12-17 and is entitled A New Wardrobe for A New Year. One worship service only, at 11:00 a.m.
More details to come as information becomes available.
* Service interpreted for the deaf.