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Celebrating 175 Years of Ministry

First Baptist Church celebrates 175 Years of leading all people to life and growth in Jesus Christ

JOIN US for our Anniversary Celebration Service on Sunday, January 16 at 10:30 AM and Community Hymn Sing on Sunday, January 16 at 6:30 PM. Click here for a printable invitation.

First Baptist Church of Doylestown was established in 1846. Below is a list of announcements and events occuring in honor of the 175th anniversary:

Steering Committee Formed
The "Give Thanks, FBC!" Steering Committee was formed to discuss and plan ways to commemorate this milestone

Food Pantry Contributions made to New Britain Baptist Church
In 1846, Rev. Samuel Nightingale traveled by horseback into Doylestown from New Britain in order to initiate First Baptist Church. 36 members from New Britain Baptist agreed to assist him. In glad celebration of this meaningful effort 175 years ago, FBC contributed to New Britain Baptist's packing of Thanksgiving Meals for area needy families.

Operation Christmas Child Youth Group Event
Did you know there was a great spiritual awakening at FBC in the 1930s, particularly among our youth? Celebrating FBC's 175 years of youth ministry, FBC Youth and NHCC Youth Group joined for a Reunion to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes.

FBC Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange
Did you know that in 1905, Miss Sarah James gave a sum of $1,250 to FBC towards the purchase of a Hook-Hastings pipe organ... that in the late 1920's Mrs. Constance Geil gave as a gift to FBC for the construction of Education Hall (cost: $12,000) for the growing Sunday School program... that in the early 1960's, Mrs. Eugene Shuman commissioned three beautiful stained glass windows that portray the four Gospels. In 1967, they were moved to our present sanctuary and installed as you see them now over the baptistry.

As FBC women continue to further the Gospel in Doylestown and beyond, they hosted the FBC Christmas Tea and Cookie Exchange "Christmas Around the World" on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Hosted by and for all FBC Ladies and Friends.

"Love Doylestown" Walk/Run/Drive
Did you know that over these 175 years FBC has assembled in over 5 different locations in Doylestown? The "Love Doylestown" Walk/Run/Drive is a scenic 3-mile walk through the neighborhoods and downtown, passing by these meeting places and many historic locations. (Allow 1-1.5 hours for this walking route). Two launch times were held for the event: Saturday, November 6th at 10 AM / Sunday, November 7th at 1 PM

The "Love Doylestown" Walk features prayer-walk cards, a kid-friendly photo-scavenger hunt, a canned good donation, refreshments and a book donation to neighborhood "Mini-Library Boxes" dotted around town. Click here to view a map of the Love Doylestown Walk/Run/Drive.

A photo gallery of the route is available below. 

Love Doylestown Walk/Run/Drive– Image 1 of 18

Christmas Caroling in Doylestown
Did you know that in the year 2000, FBC planted a "daughter" church in New Hope, PA that is still going strong? On the occasion of the 175th, FBC and New Hope Community Church together shared "Good News of Great Joy to All the People" in Doylestown when we Christmas Carol at the Christmas Tree in front of Starbucks on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 4 PM.

525233262948458021Thank you to the FBC/NHCC carolers! The remark of one passerby said it all: "When I got here, I was cold; now I am warm." May the Gospel warm many hearts this Christmas Season!

View the FBC Church Building Dedication Pamphlet from 1967

175th Anniversary Celebration Service
Did you know the hymn "How Great Thou Art" was raised in song in 1967 at the FBC Centennial Dedication of our current building and in 1996 at the FBC 150th Anniversary Celebration Service? Come and raise your voice in song once again! Invite a friend!

What: FBC 175th Anniversary Celebration Service
When: Sunday, January 16, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM

What: FBC The First 175 Years! Community Hymn Sing
When: Sunday, January 16, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM

(In the case of icy weather: Sunday, January 23, 2022)

Click here for a printable invitation

175 Years Lawn Signs available
Are you looking for a unique "Gospel Light" conversation-starter? A limited number of "175 Years" yard signs are available for placement on your front lawn for the month of January. See Nan Nagg in Fellowship Hall following the morning service.

View the FBC 1996 Celebration Booklet