The Church Downtown

Hurricane Relief


We're taking donations for the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian Relief donations are being collected by Dorian Snowden.  Checks should be made out to the Bahamas Consulate with Hurricane Relief in the memo.  She is aiming for a deadline of September 29th so that she can transport all donations to the Consulate on the 30th.


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.

Sunday Service 09-15-2019

Coming Up this Week


Tuesday, September 17

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

Wednesday, September 18

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

Handbell Rehersal: 6pm at the Main Church Building. 

Choir Rehearsal: 7pm at the Main Church Building.

Saturday, September 21

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

Sunday, September 22

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

Church Picnic:    Mark your calendars for our church picnic (weather permitting).  All three churches which call the Church Downtown home FBC, EBF and IBE, will come together for a delightful time of fellowship in our outdoor yard area. 

Coming Up

Sunday, September 22


Church Picnic

Mark your calendars for our church picnic (weather permitting).  All three churches which call the Church Downtown home FBC, EBF and IBE, will come together for a delightful time of fellowship in our outdoor yard area.

Online Pledge For Greater Things...Together


Make your Pledge today for phase two of the building fund!

Pledge Now!

Take Part in the Greater Things Together campaign. In order to stay in our new building and meet our monthly mortgage payments, to pay down the principal on the mortgage, and to purchase needed amenities, we need your help.  Please consider how much your time, talents, and treasure you can commit to this Stewardship Building Campaign over the next three years.  Click the link above to make your pledge.

This is not online giving - that is coming.  This is just your pledge for how much you think you can give so we can begin planning the budget.

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


Join Us

New Bible Study

 The Essential 100 is an online Bible Study designed for those with busy lives. Pastor Gil will post one passage a week for you to read and discuss at your convenience. The study will take us through the Bible with 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament passages. You can get the list of scriptures 


Click here to join the study

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!

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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


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