First Baptist Newsletter | July 4, 2024

The First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg exists to help people experience God's gift of life in Jesus.

Worship This Sunday

July 7, 2024 | 10:30 a.m.

Songs of Worship

King of Love

Generous Giver


Holy Water

Take My Life And Let It Be



2 Thessalonians 1:11-13

Ben Winder

The Holy Spirit helps our good intentions be translated into action for the glory of God.

Ordinance of Believer's Baptism

In worship this Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of:

Doug Blackmer

Viviana Blackmer

Eddy Blackmer

Ordinance of Lord's Supper & Benevolence Offering

In worship this Sunday we will share the Lord's Supper.

As is our tradition on Sundays we share communion, we will also collect a special offering which will be used by our Care Team to meet the needs of our members and neighbors. You are invited to give to the Benevolence Offering as you depart worship on Sunday.

Kids in Worship

Our Elementary School kids will join their families in the Sanctuary for worship this Sunday. Be sure to visit the Kids Table at the rear of the sanctuary for activities to utilize during worship.

Preschool Worship

Our Preschoolers current theme is Start the Party in which they're also learning about joy. This week they'll learn Jesus came to give joy to the world as they explore the story of the Shepherds and Angels in Luke 8:8-20.


Sunday Morning Before Worship

9 a.m. Bible Studies & Choirs


Digging Deeper Class | Room 204

A co-ed group of adults of all ages.

The digging deeper class is beginning a new study on Spiritual Gifts this Sunday.

Anyone interested is welcome to join them as they begin this new study!

You are encouraged to take this Spiritual Gifts Assessment to prepare for the first session.

Masters Class | Conference Room

A co-ed group of adults of all ages, utilizing the Formations curriculum to facilitate class discussion.

Sonshine Class | Heritage Hall

A co-ed group composed primarily of retired adults, utilizing the Formations curriculum to facilitate class discussion.

Special Needs Class | Heritage Hall Room 2

This co-ed group for adults with intellectual disabilities is part of our Special Needs Ministry.

Remember the Preschool & Kids Choirs and First Youth & Raising Adults SMBS are taking a summer sabbatical. They will resume on Sunday, August 11.

10 a.m. Intergenerational Fellowship in the Narthex

Between our 9 a.m. offerings and the beginning of worship each Sunday we offer coffee, juice, and other goodies for you to enjoy in the Narthex. We encourage you to come a few minutes early or stop by after your 9 a.m. activity to spend some time getting to know other members of your church family of all ages. We'll see you Sunday!

One Day Construction Mission Trip | July 6

Our own Troy Willingham has led efforts to design upgrades for an Education Building at Iglesia Primera Bautista in LaBelle, Florida. These upgrades will be beneficial both to our mission partners Cultivate Abundance and future hurricane relief efforts. We’re putting together a team to finish the siding on the project. Please sign up at the link below to join us this Saturday, July 6 as we’ll carpool down for a one-day construction trip to Labelle to get this part of the project completed!

For questions or more information contact Troy Willingham (727.481.2011).


Summer Suppers | Sunday, July 21

There is another chance to connect with other folks in the First Baptist family around the supper table in one another’s homes on July 21. If you would like to take part in this month's supper, you can still sign up to be a host, or sign up to attend dinner at someone else’s home. The church will assign supper groups. The host will coordinate food (host provided or potluck style). It will be informal time of food and fellowship.


Fall LIFE Groups Sign Ups

LIFE Groups are small groups who meet together for community and discipleship – doing life together. These groups are formed by connecting people by interests, geography, or stage of life. Groups gather at various times and places – on our church campus, in homes, or other locations. Typically they meet once every two weeks. 

It is time to start forming LIFE Groups for the Fall!

If you’re interested in joining a LIFE Group, please sign up below so we can help get you plugged in!


St Pete Arts Academy Enrolling for Fall

First Baptist is hosting a new ministry, St Pete Arts Academy, through which we offer the opportunity for private and group lessons in violin, trumpet, piano, flute, drums/percussion with highly qualified instructors and Middle & High School Show Choirs directed by our own Michael McCarthy, hosted on the church campus.

Fall classes begin August 12. You can see details and sign up now at Please help us spread the word about this opportunity to folks you know!


Food Pantry Donations

We continue to serve a significant number of our neighbors at our Food Pantry on Tuesday & Thursdays. While you're out doing your grocery shopping, remember that our Food Pantry accepts donations of shelf-stable foods. We especially love to receive chunky soups, pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter & jelly, and other canned goods. Thank you!

Upcoming Schedule


4 - Church Campus Closed for Independence Day Holiday

6 - One Day Construction Mission Trip - LaBelle, FL

21 - Summer Suppers


4 - Fellowship Lunch | Blood Pressure Clinic

11 - Promotion Sunday & Blessing of the Backpacks

12 - St Pete Arts Academy Fall Sessions Begin

14 - Choir Rehearsal Resumes

18 - Discover First Baptist Lunch

Contact Us

First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg

1900 Gandy Blvd N

St. Petersburg, FL 33702