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Worship, Music and Arts

Worship at First Baptist Church is a creative collaboration of music, spoken Word, visual arts and community sharing through prayer and news. Lay leaders, musicians and ministers plan and lead each worship experience together, with the help of the Worship, Music and Arts Team. While our worship format is traditional, our worship content can be fresh and dynamic.

Our worship is led by our Chancel Choir under the direction of Wesley Hall. The First Handbells often enhance our worship under the direction of Sarah Sams. Both groups are open to new members who enjoy singing and or ringing.

In addition to regular worship services at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday mornings, we hold special worship services during the church year, such as a Maundy Thursday service and a Blessing of the Animals. A Christmas tradition at First Baptist is the candle-lit Choral Evensong based on the Celebration of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, England.


Music and Arts have always held a special place at the First Baptist Church. We are known for the quality of our choirs and our music program. Our love and appreciation of music and arts expands beyond worship to encompass our community life. In addition to the music at our regular services, First Baptist presents a variety of music and arts events, including organ recitals, choral performances of major works, art exhibitions, and drama. Together with the Chancel Choir and choral scholars from WPI, the First Handbells frequently participate in the worship service.

We often host guest musicians and groups during worship and we sponsor musical recitals and events.

We are the only church in North America to host an Annual Anthem Competition that draws contestants from all over the world.

Music & Arts Week

Each spring, the Worship, Music & Arts Team presents a week of intentional programming and activities to promote music and art in our church and community. Art exhibits, concerts, and performances for the whole family create an experience that is uplifting, encouraging, and engaging.

Details about our fine organs