First Chinese Baptist is in the heart of Chinatown, where it seems that everyone is coming to visit, meet, work, live, and be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Blessed and equipped with effectiveness in English- and Cantonese-speaking ministries, First Chinese Baptist is filled with ministry activities from morning to evening.
With a total membership of over 500 people, members and friends of the church develop deep and long-lasting relationships through their participation in one of the 20 fellowship groups. Ranging from youth all the way to seniors, there’s a group for everyone to belong to! In regularly scheduled meetings, the groups grow in their Christian faith by exploring relevant topics, engaging in Bible studies, serving in mission projects, and having fellowship as sisters and brothers in Christ.
FCBC is committed to missions both locally and globally. The Friday Night School, summer Day Camp, and community outreach ministries are some of the ongoing mission outreach they do in the Chinatown community. Through the American Baptist mission program, FCBC supports missions overseas and in the US.
Being bilingual in English and Cantonese and a bicultural and multigenerational church, they focus their ministries in both languages and cultural heritages and believe that “when we function faithfully in the midst of such diversity, we are living out the Kingdom of God.” On Sunday mornings, they offer two distinct worship experiences to meet the worship interests of people. The 10:00 am Cantonese Worship proclaims the Good News of the Living Christ to a multigenerational congregation. Blended in worship music, the people at this service are actively serving in community outreach ministries, including Friday night classes and worship. The 11:20 am English Blended Worship proclaims the Gospel in an experience that uses praise band, organ, piano and voice choirs. Populated by a wide variety of generations, this worship is filled with people committed and involved in the many ministries of the church, including active missions.
Sunday school classes are available for all ages either before or after one of the two worship services. The children’s classes meet in the church building while the youth and adult classes are mainly in the YMCA.