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Vision, Mission, and Identity

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Vision Statement

To love God, to love one another and, together, to share the love of God with others.

Mission Statement

At First Baptist Church of Williamstown, we hold our community in high regard.  We realize that God placed our church in this community, in close proximity to the campus of Williams College, and placed the people here in this time in history because He has a plan and a purpose for us. As it states in scripture, God wants us to reach out to people and minister to them; walk with them through the hard times and celebrate with them in the good times.  He wants us to express the amazing love of God through our service.  He also wants us to grow closer in our relationship with Him and He wants us to grow closer to each other.  With that in mind, we will establish ministries and small groups that help us connect with, and to be of service to, our congregation, Williams College, and to the surrounding communities here in the Berkshires.

Identity

First Baptist Church of Williamstown is a 217 year-old church with deep roots in our community.  Integral to our community identity is our ministry to local college students.  Our congregation is a mixture of residents and students and we believe that the mutual benefits derived from this important relationship are what make us distinctive. We encourage each and every person that worships with us to feel a part of a family of faith where all who walk through our doors will be greeted warmly and made to feel at home.
We seek to bring glory to God in all we say and do.  Our service is centered and focused on the worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with our prayers, our gifts, our voices, and our minds as we read His Word and listen to His message.  The Bible tells us in II Timothy 3:16-17 that, “All Scripture is God Breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Because we place such significant value on scripture, a strong emphasis is placed on the reading and teaching of God’s Word which we believe makes our services rich, meaningful and filled with the life-changing possibilities of being drawn closer to God.
Looking Inward – Because of the transient nature of our community we are made up of people from many church backgrounds.  We share in our desire to learn more about God and experience His peace, love and joy while upholding each other in times of need. We want to make sure each and every person has an opportunity to use their gifts and talents in serving God and helping others through ministries here.
Looking Outward – Our church was started as a mission of another church and this strong heart for missions has carried with us through our 217 year history. We are situated adjacent to the campus of one of the leading liberal arts colleges in America.  We have existed to be at the forefront of campus missionary and ministry work since our inception. We seek to be a source of light and peace for our entire community, to be involved with those in need and to be a place where seekers can turn for answers in a loving, welcoming community of faith. We are positioned as one of only a few theologically conservative congregations in the immediate area.  Those seeking the truth of the Gospel and the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ as communicated in the scriptures will find themselves at home with FBCW.

Sustainability

With gratitude for our first two centuries of ministry to this area, we are seeking strategies to remain culturally relevant and spiritually healthy for the next two hundred years.  While we believe and rely on God’s provision for us we also want to strategically cultivate human and fiscal resources adequate to support our ministries for generations to come.

How do we sustain ourselves spiritually?

  • First and foremost through faithful individual and corporate prayer that places our trust in a God who will always provide for us.
  • Through sharing our intimate need with one another through the Joys and Concerns segment of our service and through small group ministries.
  • Through our personal dedication to ministries of service to one another such as Yes-Way, the Nursery and Sunday school, the Praise Team, the PowerPoint Team, Fellowship Luncheons, etc.
  • Through service to others in our community through the Take and Eat program, Habitat workdays, emergency relief efforts, and other forms of engagement in the lives of those in need in our community.
  • By caring for all those who walk through our doors and welcoming them to the Good News of a God who loves them unconditionally and modeled this love by giving His life to save and redeem.

How do we sustain ourselves financially?

  • First and foremost through faithful individual and corporate prayer that places our trust in a God who will always provide for us.
  • Through the joyful giving of our tithes and offerings and the sharing of our personal giving testimonies.
  • Through the cultivation of new members who are educated in the spiritual and personal benefits of tithing.
  • Through outreach to student “alumni” of FBC who have now moved on to the next phases of their lives and who remain a significant resource of energy and related gifts for our church.
  • We believe in the strong scriptural foundations for fund raising and we are not embarrassed to help others receive the blessings God has for everyone through giving.
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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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6654 Main Street
Wonderland, AK 45202
(513) 555-7856