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Here you will find information about our church, worship service, programs, and people. We hope that you will worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.
Youth Group Grades 6-12 6 p.m.- 8p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study with the Pastor 7p.m.
First Baptist Church, Stonington, IL. is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of God's love and forgiveness revealed in Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit through worship, study, and service.
As a part of the American Baptist denomination, First Baptist Church encourages a spirit of openness, freedom of thought, dedicated study of the scriptures and devotion to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. We are called to be a loving, forgiving and caring family of faith where we work together in service of our Lord and the building His Kingdom here on earth. Recognizing that our spiritual journeys are all different, we strive to be respectful concerning each individual's relationship with God. We want to grow in faith by associating with other forgiven Christians, so we may be the Body of Christ.
There are many groups who go by the name "Baptist."
Here are a few things that make the American Baptist Churches USA distinctive:
- The American Baptist Churches USA is the oldest Baptist denomination in America. We trace our origins in America to Roger Williams, a Baptist minister who in 1636 founded the colony of Providence, Rhode Island as a haven for religious liberty and freedom of conscience.
- American Baptists are an ecumenical people, affiliated with both the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. At every level, from local congregations to international organizations, we cooperate with other religious bodies in order to increase the vitality and scope of our ministries.
- American Baptists are vigorous defenders of religious liberty, freedom of conscience, and the separation of Church and State. We believe that it is in the best interests of both Church and State to maintain a "wall of separation" between the two. We respect the expressions of faith of other people, and value dialogue with them as a healthy means to understanding.
- American Baptists share in the larger tradition of progressive Protestantism. We have strongly supported higher education, founding such notable schools as Brown University, Colgate University, and the University of Chicago. The most prominent American Baptist theologian has been Walter Rauschenbusch, the father of the "social gospel" at the turn of the twentieth century. American Baptists continue to be strongly committed to peace and social and economic justice at home and around the world.
- American Baptist church polity is congregational. We view the local church as the fundamental unit of mission. Each congregation is responsible for calling its own pastor, determining its own style of worship, articulating its own faith, and living out its own call to mission. Therefore, there is a great deal of variety among American Baptist congregations.
- American Baptists differ greatly from Southern Baptists. The two denominations split in 1845 over the issue of slavery; Southern Baptists defended the institution, whereas American Baptists sought to abolish it. Since that time, the two groups have evolved in very different ways. Unlike the Southern Baptist Convention, which is dominated by rigid fundamentalism, the American Baptist Churches USA is much more open and inclusive. American Baptists are more diverse—ethnically, culturally, and theologically—and celebrate that diversity as one of the great strengths of our denomination.
- American Baptists also affirm the leadership of women in all areas of church life and ministry.