Who are we?
Winter Park’s First Baptist Church is made up of a broad cross-section of age groupings and backgrounds. Whoever you are please be assured of a very warm welcome at Winter Park’s First.
When to arrive:
If this is your first visit and you want to come just for worship plan to arrive around 10:15 am. “Guest” parking is located in the New York parking area near the golf course. There is ample parking in other lots, as well. For directions see the Location and Times page. You will be greeted at the door by a member of our welcoming team who will give you some information about the church and help direct you to our Worship Center. Professional child care is offered for infants. Children’s Church, a special worship opportunity for ages twelve and under, is also offered.
You are also invited to visit one of our many Bible study groups that meet at 9 am. These groups are structured around age groupings and/or interests. The coffee pot is always on and we never see a stranger. To help you and your children find appropriate groups please stop by the “Welcome Desk” located just inside the door off the South parking lot. Feel free to visit several groups to help find the right group just for you.
What to wear:
This is easy. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We are an informal church and accept people as they are. There is no need to dress up to try and be someone that you're not. Whether you come in business or in casual clothes makes no difference. We just want you to come.
What to expect:
A first time visit anywhere can create feelings of awkwardness. We have all experienced those feelings. We most certainly want you to feel comfortable, so if you have any questions, please ask! To alleviate any questions or concerns, here is what you might experience at Winter Park’s First Baptist. The first part of the worship service is music. The music style is led by a band (guitar, bass, drums, synthesizer, featured singers) organ and piano and a very good choir. There is usually a time of greeting (we do want you to feel welcome) and from time to time one of our ministers will share information about upcoming events.
The second part of the service features a message from Dr. Walter Jackson. We find his messages to be engaging and relevant. Near the end of the service an “Invitation” time is offered. During these moments anyone feeling led to make any type of commitment to Christ or His Church is encouraged to walk to the front of the auditorium for prayer with one of our ministers or a trained counselor. The service ends before noon. Whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years, it would give us tremendous joy to partner with you as you encounter and/or draw closer to God.
What we believe:
We are a conservative, evangelical Christian church. We believe that everyone can have a relationship with God because of what His son, Jesus Christ, did through His death, burial and resurrection. He invites us all to follow him and make a difference in our community and the world through serving our fellow man and sharing the Good News that the free gift of eternal life is possible by knowing Him.
Our church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). We also participate with other SBC churches through our fellowship in the Greater Orlando Baptist Association (GOBA) and the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC). Through the SBC and its affiliate agencies we support participate in mission endeavors all over the US and in many countries overseas.
If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith then please stop by on a Sunday or contact the church to ask for information or to talk to someone.
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and it is our desire to lead lives pleasing to him. We're not perfect, but we strive to make a positive difference in everything we do. Our Sunday morning Bible study groups give us an opportunity to learn practical principles that can be applied to our everyday living.
We strongly support volunteer mission activities both stateside and overseas. Our Sidewalk Sunday School ministry takes fun and Bible study into neighborhoods around the city. We do care and are always looking for people just like you who want to be part of changing this world for Christ.
We love families and provide a large variety of activities for children including Awana Bible Club, music training, team sports and other opportunities. The same is true for teens. There are Sunday evening activities for middle school and for high school . All ages enjoy service projects and study groups. We have women’s groups, men’s groups, a very active senior adult group, Grief Share to support those hurting from the loss of a loved one, day care, association with a fine private school – the list goes on.
For those with disabilities:
Although our buildings were built before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, we have made sure our facility is accessible with ample special parking, ramps and elevator. In addition, we offer a wireless hearing aid system so those that are hearing impaired can sit anywhere and enjoy the worship experience.