City Light Community Ministries
City Light Community Ministries (City Light) is a ministry of FBC Abilene that seeks to spread the love and power of Jesus Christ by serving, teaching, and connecting with the various groups common to the downtown Abilene area. Jeremiah 29:7 calls us to “seek the peace and prosperity” of our city, and this is the calling that City Light tries to live by every day. City Light lives out the FBC Mission Statement by becoming God’s love in action on a day to day basis.
In an effort to be the presence of Christ in our community, City Light engages with neighbors to help with their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual growth. They do so through community meals, case management, showers, Rockin’ Moms, Sunday morning worship, and a culinary academy.
You can be involved with CLCM by volunteering your time, praying for our good folks involved with our ministry, and donating your financial gifts that allow us to further our ministry to our city.
Family Life Center
Over 30 years ago, the church invested in the physical health of its members and of the surrounding community by building a facility that could be utilized for the purpose of strengthening the individual. Ground was broken at the corner of N. 2nd and Orange in September of 1979 under the leadership of pastor James Flamming, and the Family Life Center opened in August of 1981.
The Family Life Center is designed to provide activities for all ages. From skating and bowling to basketball and racquetball, from the walking track to the fitness center, all of these areas combine to provide a safe and wholesome place for people of all ages to get fit and enjoy doing it. Our recent renovations (August 2011 – June 2012) have significantly updated the building. We are now able to accommodate our patrons in a modernized environment. The FLC also features Abilene’s newest bowling alley!
GLO Day Care Center
GLO Day Care Center provides quality care in a clean, caring environment by loving personnel. Our philosophy is to teach the whole child–just as Jesus grew: in wisdom and strength and in favor with God and man.
GLO Day Care Center is licensed by the state of Texas to provide care for children from six weeks old to five years of age. Our hours of operation are from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income
Call 675-8125 for more information and ask for Marilyn.
Ministry of Counseling
On August 1, 1977, the First Baptist Church of Abilene, Texas, commissioned the beginning of a new ministry called the Ministry of Counseling.
MISSION STATEMENT – The Ministry of Counseling and Enrichment is a FBC-sponsored, Christian-oriented marriage and family-counseling resource. Eligible clients include First Baptist Church members and any individual, couple, or family from the Big Country area who is therapeutically appropriate. Clients will be accepted regardless of their race, social class, or church affiliation or ability to pay. The clients will pay a sliding-scale fee based on their income.
Please call 325-672-9999 for more information or to schedule an initial visit.
First Baptist Church is a praying church. Every day lay people come and pray in the church prayer room. Requests are received from various sources, but all are bathed in prayer.
If you have a specific prayer need, you may:
- Email the prayer ministry at email@example.com.
- Call the prayer line at 325-672-PRAY.
- Submit a request online, click here.
Since 1971, First Baptist has been committed to providing a live high quality broadcast of the weekly morning worship service to residents of the Big Country. Join us weekly at 10:30 am on The CW Channel for our morning worship service. CW can be found using Digital Antenna–Channel 20.2, Suddenlink Cable–Channel 8, Dish Network–Channel 40, or Direct TV – Channel 13.
First Baptist Church morning worship services are streamed live at http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/community-first-baptist. If you are away from Abilene and have a computer connected to the internet, you can join us live for worship! The order of service can also be downloaded by clicking here.
Copies of the services can be order through the church office.
Audio CDs as well as DVD and Blu-ray are available.
To order, call the office at 325-673-5031 or click here to email your request.
Abilene Baptist Association
(Abilene/Callahan Baptist Association)
There has been a strong relationship with the Abilene Baptist Association (ABA) to assist fifty-two Baptist churches in Taylor County in carrying out the Great Commission through: cooperative ministry and mission projects, new work starts, providing evangelistic opportunities, strengthening existing churches with training, and provides a Director of Missions, who is a friend to the pastors. Abilene Baptist Social Ministries, Christian Women’s/Men’s Job Corp, and the Eunice Chambless Hospitality House are some of the valued relationships with FBC Abilene.
For more information, please call 673-8349.
Hardin Simmons University
There has been a strong relationship with Hardin Simmons University (HSU) since 1891. Located just a few blocks down the FBC campus, HSU is a leading private institution of higher learning enlightened by Faith. HSU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941. A fully accredited university, HSU offers six undergraduate degrees with more than 70 majors, and seven graduate degrees with 18 programs.
Pre-professional programs include dentistry, engineering, medicine, law, pharmacy, seminary, and physical therapy. Combining its commitment to academic excellence and a concern for the development of the total person with a distinctive Christian perspective, HSU serves students through quality educational programs designed to provide An Education Enlightened by Faith.