The Church Downtown

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:

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Coming Up this Week


Tuesday April 16

Online Bible Study: 7pm on Google Hangouts join Reverend Walters for the next chapter of 

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

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Wednesday, April 17

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.

Thursday  April 17

Maundy Thursday service: 

 In observance of Holy Week, we invite you to come join us for a special service of remembrance and communion.  The service will be at 7pm on Thursday April 18. 

Saturday, April 19

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

Sunday, April 20

Sunday School-Bible Study-Sunday Service: Sunday School and Adult 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

Future Events

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday service at the Church Downtown Silver Spring

Thursday April 18

In observance of Holy Week, we invite you to come join us for a special service of remembrance and communion.  The service will be at 7pm on Thursday April 18.

Quarterly Business Meeting

business meeting church downtown silver spring

Sunday April 28

The First Baptist Church Quarterly Business Meeting falls on Easter Sunday.  The meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday April 28 after the worship service.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


 Sunday May 5

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Enjoy the evening out at Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia while supporting the National Center for Children and Families.  This year's benefit brings The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo's epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.  Tickets are $61 and includes the show and a buffet dinner.  Contact Vernell DeWitty for tickets.

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.

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. 


Starts April 29th!

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 


Begins April 29th!

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

Sunday service 4/14/2019

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First Baptist Church of Silver Spring

828 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910

(301) 754-1100