The Church Downtown

Sunday Service 5-26-2019

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 Sunday School for children through High School every Sunday at 10 am, and two more adult Bible Study groups Tuesday at 7pm on Google Hangout, and Wednesday at 1:30 at the church.  We are also affiliated with two other churches who offer Sunday Service in French/Haitian Creole and Spanish.  For information on the French/Haitian Creole Church please visit:

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:


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

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


Coming Up this Week


Tuesday, May 28

Online Bible Study: 7pm join Reverend Walters online for the next chapter of 

Laying Down the Law of Christ: The Apostle Paul and the Romans Road to Salvation 

To join the study contact Reverend Walters through the church office at

Wednesday, May 29

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, June 1

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

Sunday, June 2

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

Future Events

Thursday June 6

Picnic at the Church Downtown

Thursday June 6

Saints Alive Indoor Picnic

If you're 55+ come out and enjoy an "indoor picnic" right here at First Baptist Church!  Food and fun.  This will be the last luncheon until the fall so you really don't want to miss this one!  Call the Church office or email to get on the list.

Saturday June 8

The Church Downtown

Saturday June 8

Lemonade and Bake Sale!

At the Church building - proceeds will go to help fund the Passport trip!  To help contact Fran Walterman or email the church at

Ladies Brunch


Saturday June 8

On Saturday, June 8 from 11am to 1pm we're hosting a Ladies Brunch.     

Join us for an exciting time 

of fellowship featuring 

Shirli L. Hughes,
a gifted concert artist and motivational speaker.  There will be a cost of $5 per person.

Passport Missions


A mission trip to Danville, VA this summer for 6 days, 5 nights of PASSPORTmissions.  They will experience the excitement of summer camp with the adventure of a mission trip, growing closer to Jesus and discovering new friends throughout the week while putting faith into action to make a difference in the world. 

Vacation Bible School


August 5th through August 9th

This year's Vacation Bible School will be held at our main building in Downtown Silver Spring. 

We guarantee kids will have a roaring good time!  

Sessions will start at 9am and end at 12 noon.  Children from age five through sixth grade are welcome to join us.

If you would like to have your children attend or you would like to help out please contact the church office at 301-754-1100, by email at

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First Baptist Church of Silver Spring

828 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910

(301) 754-1100