Planning on Visiting?

We realize that going to a new place can sometimes be intimidating so we want to do everything we can to make your visit a positive one.  Whether you’re coming back to church or you’re trying it out for the first time, we know that can be a big step.  Our prayer is that you would feel welcome and find a new home with us on this important part of your spiritual journey.

The following is a guide for all our guests at First Baptist.



First Baptist Church of Elgin is located at 1735 W. Highland Ave. with the main entrance located on the west side of Thomas More Dr. Our Sunday morning services are at 9:00am and 10:30am.


Come as you are. There is no dress code for Sunday morning because we want everyone to be who they are as we worship together. You will find people in almost every kind of attire from jeans and t-shirts to suits and ties.


The main entrance for Sunday morning is labeled Worship Center. Feel free to park in the visitor parking right up front. Right when you walk in the front doors we have a welcome center if you have any questions or you are looking for more information about one of the many ministries that make up First Baptist.
If you’re coming with kids the entrance for our Children’s ministry is located down stairs just past the welcome center.


At First Baptist Church, it is our hope that the music that we share will captivate you, draw you in, and prepare you to encounter Jesus every week!
You will experience an incredible variety of musical styles at First Baptist – from the old hymns of generations past, to the latest contemporary worship chart toppers. Through music and the arts, our goal is to create an environment that allows you to experience powerful, authentic worship.


Communion is a celebration for people who have chosen to follow Jesus. Stemming from the Jewish Passover festival, communion was instituted by Jesus for us to remember His body that was sacrificed to pay for our sins and His blood that initiates a new covenant with us – allowing us to relate to God personally.

We regularly celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month. We hope and pray that it never becomes mundane, but we continually examine our hearts in preparation for this time.


We consider giving an act of worship. The apostle Paul, instructed Timothy regarding the churches that Timothy was leading, “command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share”(1 Tim. 6:18). It is through amazing generosity that we are personally transformed and God does amazing things through all the ministries at First Baptist locally and internationally.

During our giving time we also collect our communication cards. These cards are a quick and easy way to communicate comments, request for prayer and additional request for information.


Throughout the year we have the opportunity in our services to hear amazing stories of how God has changed the life of someone. This is often done through Baptism when individuals publicly proclaim their faith.
Baptism is a simple illustration of being washed. It is a symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection; a picture of new birth. When a person gives their life to Jesus, baptism is a logical next step for that person to publicly proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ as the one who died for their sins and to wash them away that they may be a new creation.


Each week as a part of our service we hear teaching from God’s Word the Bible. Throughout the year there is great variety in teaching but all of it is very relevant to how we live our lives today.
Careful planning goes in to preparing series of messages that will both inspire and challenge us.

At different times of the year we will also spend time focusing at great depth on specific books of the Bible.