About First Baptist Church

About Us

First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines offers an assortment of programs and ministries for the entire family. We are a warm, loving church and we hope you find your time spent with us a blessing!


Our mission is “Lighting the Way to Life by Centering People on Christ.” We exist to reach out and help people who are seeking to find, renew or strengthen a relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.



Sunday Worship Schedule

Worship begins at 10 o'clock each Sunday morning and generally lasts one hour. We observe the ordinance of Communion on the first Sunday of each month. A typical Sunday schedule:

  • Coffee/Tea/Juice Fellowship  9:45 to 10:00 am and 11:00 to 11:15 am
  • Christian Education classes 9:00 am and 11:15 am
  • Worship (in-person & live stream)  10:00 to11:00 am    

If you are unable to attend or live stream Sunday's service, or if you would like to review a past sermon, click here to access archived services. 

What to Expect

Prior to worship, all members and guests are invited to gather for Coffee Fellowship time.


Our worship includes personally relevant and inspiring Bible-based sermons,  traditional hymns and sacred music,  and fellowship. The pew Bibles are the New Living Translation. Scriptures and song verses are displayed on large video screens at the front and back of the sanctuary. Our worship is periodically enhanced by adult and children choirs and instrumental ensembles.  


The dress for worship is generally "casual," although all are welcome regardless of their attire. Our greeters and ushers are available to provide direction, and are happy answer questions and assist our guests.


Assistive listening devices are available for those with hearing impairments. Accommodations are accessible for persons who use wheelchairs. Large print editions of the Bible are available upon request.  Members and guests are welcome to use their smart phones or tablets as their Bible and may access our free guest wi-fi internet service.


The Church is sensitive to concerns about COVID-19 and respects an individual’s choice to wear a mask or to request social distancing when participating in activities in the building.  Masks, hand sanitizer, and tissues are available in the narthex. 




Adult Small Groups Study & Fellowship  9:00 to 9:45 am and 11:15 am to noon 

Children & Youth

Childcare  is available from 9:00 am to noon  for  infants and pre-K toddlers in our nursery (shown below). Childcare workers and adult volunteers are trained and criminal background checks are conducted as a part of their screening. 

Children's Group
activities for students In Kindergarten  through 5th grade  are held on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, from the second Wednesday of September through the third Wednesday of May.


Youth Group activities for students grades 6-12 are held on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, from the second Wednesday of September through the third Wednesday of May.


Community Outreach

First Baptist has a 170-year  history of helping to meet the needs of the local community on an on-going basis and for special needs. First, and foremost, the Church regularly prays for the welfare of individuals and the community.  The Church takes on  community service projects, provides  financial and in-kind support to individuals and organizations, and offers the building as a place for local groups to meet.  We are determined to serve others. We share the good news of God’s unconditional love  for the metro area, the state, the nation and the world.