The Church Downtown

All three church leadership councils met at First Baptist Church of Silver Spring

On June 18, 2019 the leadership councils of First Baptist Church of Silver Spring,  Iglesia Baptista Immanuel  and Eglise Baptiste de la Foi met at the Church building in downtown Silver Spring to address the issues facing all three congregations including the kick-off of the new Joint Stewardship Campaign.

Sunday Service 6-16-2019

Roar VBS

Click the above image to register now for Vacation Bible school!

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.

At Roar Vacation Bible School kids will discover that God is good through all of life's challenges.  Life is wild for kids - full of ups and downs and twists and turns.  Kids will experience the solid foundation of God's goodness - something they can stand on, cling to, hold, and remember when the wild side of life doesn't feel so fun or adventurous. Kids will deepen their friendship with a mighty, loving, and good God who empowers them to boldy face life's challenges.  To submit your registration online, click here or call the church office at 301-754-1100.

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

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: 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:


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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

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.

Coming Up this Week


Wednesday, June 19

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 15

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

Sunday, June 16

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

Saturday July 13

The Church Downtown goes to the Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Museum

We have reached the maximum number of registrants for the tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Located near the National Mall, it offers a moving and educational experience while serving as a living memorial and reminder to visitors of one of the worst atrocities in our history.  If you would like you can put your name on a waiting list in the event an available slot should open up.  If you are on the list and something comes up, please let Sara Reed know so she can open your slot.

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. 

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First Baptist Church of Silver Spring

828 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910

(301) 754-1100