Welcome to First Baptist Church of Asheville
Sometimes, our middle name—Baptist—confuses people, because many people expect a Baptist church to be harsh and condemning, to use high-pressure and hard-sell tactics, and to treat women as second-class citizens. We’re not that kind of church.
To us, being Baptist means freedom. At First Baptist Church of Asheville, we celebrate your freedom to be and become all that God made you to be.
We’re convinced that God loves everyone—the whole world and each person in it. All people deserve our respect and love, so our arms and hearts are open to young and old, rich and poor, longtime Christians and seekers after faith. We’re trying to live in our world like Jesus lived in his, accepting everyone and serving our neighbors, community, and world.
Ash Wednesday Worship • Wednesday, March 1 • 6:00 p.m. • Sanctuary
The Lenten season begins with the ancient practice of the imposition of ashes in this service of spiritual discipline. The church will gather in the Sanctuary to be reminded of our mortality and our need for God’s grace. Children and youth will join in this service. Childcare will be available for preschoolers.
Celtic Evening Liturgy Wednesdays, March 8 – April 5 • 6:00 p.m. • Crouch Chapel
You are invited to this contemplative evening worship experience, with prayers and liturgy informed by the Celtic tradition. This service invites you to enter into a place of rest, prayer, and reflection. The atmosphere is one of stillness and peace. Musically, you will hear expressions from Celtic and other local traditions. Silence has a place of importance at various intervals as well. Visually you can expect to see a darkened space with many lighted candles. Each week, Mack Dennis will lead a homily around the Lenten themes of giving alms, saying prayers, fasting, healing, penance, and reconciliation. Often, you will hear testimony from one of our church members. The Celtic Evening Liturgy is a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend, family member, or acquaintance to join you. This service is intended to be inclusive and welcoming of all people. We invite you to this experience, hoping it will allow you a deeper place of spiritual attentiveness, a place where you experience God in your midst.