The Church Downtown


Sunday Service 12-8-2019

Advent worship schedule for 2019

Our Advent theme for this year will be: Looking for Jesus: Christmas Through the Eyes of Isaiah.


December 15 - Isaiah 35:1-10 - Pastor Eric Walters
December 22 - Isaiah 7:10-16 - Reverend Gil Gulick
December 22 - Longest Night Service (7 pm) - Reverend Gil Gulick
December 24 - Isaiah 9:2-7; Isaiah 52:7-10 - Reverend Gil Gulick
December 29 - Isaiah 63:7-9 - Ann Marie

Coming Up this Week



Saturday, December 14

Food Closet: open at 10am to 12n at the Main Church Building. Enter from the Bonifant Street entrance.

Children's Christmas Party;  2pm to 4pm 

Sunday, December 15

Bible Study-Sunday Service: Adult and Child Bible Study begin at 10am at our main church building.  Sunday Worship Service begins at 11am. Church services also in Spanish and French/Haitian Creole

Tuesday, December 17

The Wired Word Bible Study:  The Wired Word, led by Pastor Gil, takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15pm to 1pm.  Bring your lunch and join in a study that examines the Christian response to current events taking place in our world today. 

Zoom Online Bible Study: 7pm to 8:15pm with Dr. Walters.  Contact the church office for more information at 301-754-1100

Wednesday, December 18


Handbell Rehersal: 6pm at the Main Church Building. 

Choir Rehearsal: 7pm at the Main Church Building.  

Bible Study: 130pm to 330pm at the Main Church Building.

Coming Up

Saturday, December 14th


Children's Christmas Party December 14 - 2pm to 4pm

Sunday, December 15th


Christmas Concert December 15

Tuesday, December 24


Join us for Christmas Eve service at 7pm on December 24th.


Join our Support for Eliberto and Molly Juarez in Ministry

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Eliberto and Molly are endorsed to serve as global servants in El Salvador with IM partner Mision Vida y Paz (MVP), or Mission Life and Peace.  They share a strong commitment to peace building and social transformation through the power of the gospel.  MVP is an educational program based on biblical values to be used in public schools in El Salvador.  The couple will build the MVP program by educating and training Christian volunteers who are committed to serve as agents of transformation in their communities.  These volunteers will work with Eliberto and Molly to deploy the MVP curriculum.  They seek to see churches living out their calling to bring God's peace to children, families and communities.

Learn More

You can help support their mission by making a gift by credit card or to set up monthly giving.  Click the button below to connect to  Eliberto and Molly Juarez by emailing them at or by clicking the button below.


Lunch Break!

Join us every Tuesday

Get ready for a new way to dive into God's Word. The Wired Word, led by Pastor Gil, takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15pm to 1pm.  Bring your lunch and join in on a study that examines the Christian response to current events taking place in our world today.


Starting September 10, 2019

Led by Eric Walters, M.Div., Ph.D.


We will begin our new online study on September 10th, 2019:  “Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King: Theology and Anthropology of the Hebrews Epistle.”  Our first class will discuss the format of our study, which will involve topical, exegetical (i.e. line-by-line analysis of the text), socio-cultural, and theological-anthropological platforms that are localized within the Hebrews epistle, and we can mine important correlations that resonate with many challenges confronting today’s faith communities.

The Church downtown

Our Story

In 1924 Silver Spring was a tiny little village made up mostly of apple orchards and dirt paths.  It was in this setting that 14 people met on October 22, 1924 to establish the Silver Spring Baptist Church.  Since that time the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring has had a presence in downtown helping people in the community to make their lives better through ministry and fellowship.  Our commitment to be a shining presence in today's urban environment is stronger than ever with a brand new building in that same location - the heart of Silver Spring. 

You can still join us every Sunday at 11am for the weekly Sunday Service.  And we hold Adult Bible Study and Bible Study for children through High School every Sunday at 10 am, and another adult Bible Study every Wednesday at 1:30 at the church.  Additionally, we offer a study at your own pace Bible Study called the Essential 100, which you can read more about below.

We are also affiliated with two other churches who offer Sunday Service at our downtown Silver Spring facility in French/Haitian Creole and Spanish.  For information on the French/Haitian Creole Church please visit: and for Spanish language service visit Iglesia Baptista Immanuel or call them at (301) 879-5155.

On March 31, 2019, Reverend Gil Gulick took the congregation out of the worship service and to the lobby of our Wayne Avenue entrance.  From here you can look out the glass exterior walls and see the downtown Silver Spring skyline.  With this view Reverend Gulick articulated "The Church Downtown" vision.  See his comments in the video below:


The Church Downtown Vision

Take Advantage of Our Food Closet

First Baptist Church of Silver Spring Food Closet

If you need help making ends meet please take advantage of our Food Closet.    

The Food Closet is open every Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

You can come once a month to get food.

The entrance is off of Bonifant St at the rear of the church.

If you would like to help with the food closet, either with your time or with a contribution please contact the church office at

The Church Downtown food bank.  If you need help please reach out and let us help.
The Church Downtown food bank. If you need help please reach out and let us help.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

Stop by and say hello.  The best time is Sunday mornings at 11am

First Baptist Church of Silver Spring

828 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910

(301) 754-1100


Open today

09:00 am – 05:00 pm