Regathering Updates

First Baptist Church Wilmington is currently closed to in-person worship due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will resume in-person worship on May 2nd, downtown in the sanctuary. We will continue to offer online worship as well as in person at 9 & 11 am. Please scroll down for the latest updates.

April 8- In-Person Worship Details & FAQ’s

We are excited to welcome you for in-person worship beginning May 2, 2021. As you prepare to attend our in-person worship services, please know that First Baptist is adhering to the current best practices regarding Covid-19. Attached are Frequently Asked Questions about our In-Person Services.

February 24 – Regathering Address Update

With the hope of better days to come, we share this update concerning our plan for upcoming worship services and regathering for worship in our sanctuary as soon as it is as safe as possible.

February 12 – Regathering Plan

An update from Jim Everette, Mary Claire Barnhill (Leadership Council Chair) and Joe Capell (Deacon Chair)

Please view the video for a special message concerning regathering for in-person worship:

Hello Church family. The past eleven months have been a challenging time for people across the world and our church has not been immune. The ripple effects of the Covid-19 virus have spread in devastating ways. There has never been a time when there is more opportunity for mission and ministry in the name of Jesus Christ, and our church has responded strongly. Evidence of the love we have for God and our neighbors near and far has been obvious in beautiful and amazing ways. We could not be prouder of the way our church has stepped up in living out our mission of “becoming and helping others become fully devoted followers of Jesus,” especially during the time that we have not been gathering to worship in person each week. Thank you!
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Our Leadership Council and Ministerial staff have been monitoring the COVID-19 Virus health data for the Wilmington metro area since we made the decision to postpone worshipping in our sanctuary because of the extreme danger of the seriousness and spread of the virus. Many of you follow the same health data and are aware that the number of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our area have begun to decrease over the past few weeks for various reasons notwithstanding the hope that comes with the recent start of administering effective vaccinations.

With the hope of better days to come, we share this update concerning our plan for upcoming worship services and regathering to worship in our sanctuary as soon as it is as safe as possible.

We have heard from many of you and we appreciate the ways you have shared your thoughts and feelings concerning your passion for worshipping inside our sanctuary and the warmth, fellowship and inspiration you experience when we do. It is a yearning for physical worship with each other, our pastors, musicians that cannot be fulfilled by electronic means, even as meaningful as our online opportunities for worship have been. We understand. We are a highly relational church and we all share the longing to worship together in our sanctuary. We hope that will resume soon.
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The liturgical season of Lent begins next Wednesday. We will have an Ash Wednesday time of worship on that day beginning at 12 noon beginning in the courtyard in front of the Connector Building at our downtown campus. Members of the ministerial staff and our Spiritual Formation Team will guide participants through “Stations of the Cross” outside the perimeter of our facilities.

During Holy Week, the sanctuary will be open on Maundy Thursday for times of personal worship that will include several options for contemplative reflection. Our Good Friday Tenebrae service will be a virtual online service.

On Easter Sunday, we will have worship services at 7 am & 8 am outside under the ancient Oak at Airlie Gardens as well as a virtual worship service online.

We will have worship services outdoors at the Activity Center in the early evening on Sunday, April 18 & 25.

It is our hope to resume meeting for worship inside the sanctuary for two worship services on Sunday mornings beginning May 2. We will also continue offering an online virtual worship service for those unable to participate in person.

This is the plan our Leadership Council has determined is best for our church for now, recognizing we may have to make adjustments if there is an increase in the negative effects of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We thank you for your prayers, support, encouragement, generosity and your patience over the past year and ask that you join us as we continue persevering together a little longer. We really believe “the best is yet to be!” 


November 2 – Regathering Update
An update from Bruce Lennon, Leadership Council Chair
Click HERE to view the letter

October 8 – Regathering Update
An update from Jim Everette, Jan Rhyne and Bruce Lennon
Click HERE to view the letter

June 29 – Congregational Update
Click HERE to view the letter

May 22 – Regathering Update
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April 14 – “Empty Churches on Easter Sunday” letter from Jim Everette. Click HERE to view the letter

April 7 – “Praying Through The Pandemic” letter from Jim Everette. Click HERE to view the letter

Dr. Jan Rhyne, Chair of Deacons, shares practical health safety and a word of hope to our church. Click HERE to view the letter

March 23 – A Word from the Staff: Click HERE to view the letter

March 17 – Congregational Letter:  We are going to be doing church in new ways – Click HERE to view the letter

March 16 Update –
Our staff has spent the better part of Monday, March 16, in prayer and discussion about our response concerning recommendations from County, State, and National officials.  In our best efforts to comply and help stop the spread of Covid-19, FBC has canceled ALL activities through March 31, 2020. Additionally, the Activities Center will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17. Our Church office will be closed but we will have someone available to answer phone calls this week.

March 13 – Congregational Letter: Decision to suspend worship services & large group gatherings through March 22 – Click HERE to view the letter

March 12 – Congregational Letter: Initial response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Click HERE to view the letter

Community and State Updates: NC Department of Health and Human Services website – click HERE or call 866-462-3821.