Who are the members of the First Baptist Church in America?
by David Coon, moderator on the occasion of our 375th Anniversary Celebration, October 27, 2013

(see the video)

We are not Southern Baptists.
We are not Jerry Falwell Baptists.
We are not Westboro Baptist Church Baptists.Nor are we an ethical debating society.
We are followers of Jesus Christ, as study and prayer and teaching and worship lead each of us to an individual belief in what that means.

We are Roger Williams Baptists.
We are “soul liberty” Baptists.
We are “separation of church and state” Baptists.
We are a “shelter for persons distressed of conscience,” a place where everyone has the right to approach God in her or his own way.

Here, we take the Bible seriously, not literally.
Here, we worship a God who provides “minimum protection, maximum support.”
Here, we expect acceptance, not judgment – humility not hubris – laughter not gloom.
Here we listen thoughtfully rather than speak loudly.
Here, we sing – we sing praises, we sing thanks, we sing prayers, we sing because we love to sing.
Here, we honor, we truly honor, the differences of opinion among those who are reverently seeking their own way to God.

We are the First Baptist Church in America and we reserve the right to accept everyone.

Activities

See what's happening at FBCIA

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[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_t-mckibbens-nov-2-14.jpg]5270Come let us reason - Tom McKibbens
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Assistant Professor of Church Music and Worship Leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, presented during the forum and lead the choir on November 2.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_1016141653a.jpg]4170winter clothing for our newest family from Eritrea
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_1016141648.jpg]3810A new coat for Kunlala
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_dsc04727.jpg]3440Eritrean youth
tell us about their experience at Camp Canonicus<br />September 2014
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_dsc04730.jpg]3170Proud mothers and grandmothers
September 2014
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_dsc04738.jpg]3030Thank you for sending my grandsons to SPNM
September 2014
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[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_2014-09-07-12-29-03.jpg]3790Rally Day bounce - September 7, 2014
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_2014-09-07-12-29-33.jpg]3450Rally Day twins - September 7, 2014
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_2014-09-07-12-29-55.jpg]3200Rally Day pizza - September 7, 2014
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October 25, 2014
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_4-2014-coloring-eggs.jpg]5600Creating Easter Eggs in memory of Katya
April 12, 2014 Arfa and Elizabeth
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_4-2014-boiling-eggs.jpg]4710Boiling Eggs
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_4-2014easter-eggs.jpg]4200Russian Easter Eggs - Katya style
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_4-2014-margaret-and-grace.jpg]3940Spring seeds
April 12, 2014 Grace and Margaret
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_music_0.jpg]4790Sunday Forum
Jason Shealy on guitar and Dan Tannehill on dobro
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Special breads of the world for Communion Sunday
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_375thfinal.jpg]3960Celebrating 375 years
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[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_1383177_10100303581836371_1646210100_n.jpg]3090375th celebration cake
thank you Betsy.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_choirkc6.jpg]3240375th Anniversary
Being honored by ABC-USA for 375 years of ministry.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_choirkc7.jpg]2960FBCIA Choir
Performing for the ABC-USA Conference in Kansas City
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_annual-meeting-1.jpg]3160Deli lunch prior to the annual meeting
January 27, 2013
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_2013-04-26-10-18-18.jpg]2830Tree Planting - Landscape Committee
Arbor Day Celebration - April 26, 2013
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_2013-04-26-10-11-41.jpg]2950Mayor Tavares and Pastor Dan
Arbor Day Celebration - April 26, 2013
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_church-doors.jpg]2630Church Doors ready for the Christmas season
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_2013-04-26-10-17-35.jpg]2750Art Bone, Chair of Landscape Committee
Arbor Day Celebration - April 26, 2013
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[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_dscn7159.jpg]2640Dot gives Santa a hug at the Christmas lunch
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_photo1.jpg]2340The giving tree
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Meeting Reshmi<br />November 9, 2012
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November 9, 2012
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First day of the church school year - September 9, 2012<br />Justin, Will and Andrew
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First day of the church school year - September 9, 2012
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Kelsi, Miriam and Sarah
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_emma-lepore.jpg]2320Emma Lepore shares about her trip to Kolkata
On Sunday, July 29, Emma shared pictures of her recent mission trip to Kolkata. She worked with the Sisters of Charities. Her church family supported her trip.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_new-bed-6-whole-crew.jpg]2440New bunk beds for Arfa and Shilala
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_wood-teaching-600x800.jpg]2220Dr. Ralph Wood shares during Sunday Forum
Dr. Ralph Wood, a professor at Baylor University led the Sunday Forum during the month of June.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_0431-1024x768.jpg]2290Happy 90th Birthday Jim
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[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_photo-4-copy.jpg]2360Blanket the World with Love
Each heart represents a blanket that was purchased by a member of friend of FBCIA to provide warmth to those in need.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_img_0174.jpg]2320Aurea presents
Sunday afternoon, March 25, Aurea presented a stunning performance of music, poetry, and readings entitled "New and Dangerous Opinions of Roger Williams!" Aurea is an artist cooperative founded by the performers who appeared in concert at the Meeting House, but which includes many others in other programs. Pictured here are: Charles Sherba, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Chris Turner, harmonica, folk instruments, and reader; and Nigel Gore, dramatic reader. They fused the writings of Roger Williams with Native American poetry and the music of Handel, Orland di Lasso, Telemann, American music from the 18th century, and improvisations by Chris Turner on the harmonica and folk instruments of other nations.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_070.jpg]2370Easter Egg Hunt
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_071.jpg]1940Easter Egg Hunt
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_088.jpg]2210Roger Williams Park Clean-Up
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The choir begins recording a CD for the 375th Anniversary of the Church
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Gifts were provided for two families. Thanks everyone for the great response.
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December 2011, sponsored by Brown University
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Will finds a basket of eggs on Easter Sunday, 2011
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_fbcia-cleanup-crew-rw-park.jpg]1760Roger Williams Park Clean-Up Crew
Kathy Damon, Peggy Frazier, Susan Lepore, Renee Yodi
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_100_2003.jpg]1990Providence Art Club
The Providence Art Club used the Fellowship Hall for art classes while their building was being renovated.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_dans-5th.jpg]1790Celebrating Dan Ivin's 5th Anniversary
Jeanne Kolb, Donna Puckett, Lena Gates and Rev. Dan Ivins
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_winners.jpg]2010SPMN Spelling Bee Winners
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_hpim3641.jpg]1860SPNM Spelling Bee - January 2011
The FBCIA team at SPNM's annual "Spelling Bee" tied for first place, going nine rounds without missing a word to get into the championship round. (L to R): Linda Bausserman, Ruth Marris Macaulay, and John Minahan, who teaches with Ruth at Lincoln School and recently addressed the Adult Forum.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_sandwiches.jpg]2090Sandwich Brigade
Making sandwiches for CrossRoads
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Peter Schoonmaker, accompanied by Steve Martorella, provided the special music at morning worship on January 23rd
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/church-pictures/thumbs/thumbs_hpim3629.jpg]2060Annual Meeting January 2011
Kenneth Clauser concluded his three terms as Moderator on January 23. As usual, the Annual Meeting was filled with laughter and good humor.
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The First Baptist Bluegrass Band played at the WaterFire picnic on the church lawn on Saturday, August 28. Guitarist and lead singer Peter Schoonmaker was accompanied by Dan Tannehill on the dobro and Emma Lepore on the oboe.
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Margaret and her grandmother find some Easter eggs on the church lawn.

Friday Seekers

[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/friday-seekers/thumbs/thumbs_friday-seekers-1.jpg]1740The chow line.
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Stephen made full use of the new video screen in the Fellowship Hall, showing images to accompany his narration and music. The dove has long appeared as one of the most common symbols of Christ. Here it was shown while the music of Felix Mendelssohn, "O, For the Wings of a Dove," was being played.
[img src=http://www.firstbaptistchurchinamerica.org/wp-content/flagallery/friday-seekers/thumbs/thumbs_coggeshall-4.jpg]960Picnic at Coggeshall Farm
The rainy evening meant the picnic was enjoyed by candlelight in the farm house.
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led by David Coon at the Friday Seekers Coffee House
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Sam and Mickey Hall
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Barbara Staples shares a reading from a Rhode Island Baptist
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Friday Seekers was held on November 19th in a Coffee House setting at FBCIA. Hosted by Ruth Marris Macaulay, the program involved reading and some history background on early religious poetry and especially Puritan poetry.
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Architecture

Today, the First Baptist Church in America continues its rich tradition of “soul liberty.” It holds firmly to Roger Williams’ founding principle of separation of church and state.

The First Baptist church in America is a dynamic, active congregation.  Through its weekly Sunday service, music, Christian education, and fellowship, it reaches out  to area college students as well as serving the needs of the community through membership in the Providence Intown Churches Association, South Providence Neighborhood  Ministries and Crossroads of Rhode Island.  The church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches/USA and The American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island.

The First Baptist Church in America is open and welcoming to people who are seeking a richer faith and a deeper understanding of the Christian message.

Worship begins at 11:00 AM upstairs in the auditorium. (10:00 AM first Sunday in June – first Sunday in September)

Adult Forum and Sunday School begin at 10:00 AM in fellowship hall. (first Sunday after Labor Day – last Sunday in May)

There is no Worship held the last Sunday in May due to Brown University Graduation.

The auditorium is handicapped accessible and we provide child care. (There are no handicapped accessible restrooms.)

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