|Vision and Mission|
|The First Chinese Baptist
Church, San Francisco is a multigenerational bilingual bicultural church.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called to be a people so transformed
by God’s gracious love in Jesus Christ that we joyfully commit ourselves
in worship, witness, discipleship, and ministry.
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|FCBC is American Baptist|
|Our church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and the San Francisco Chinese Christian Union. We support the work of the National Council of Churches of Christ, the National Conference of Chinese Churches (CONFAB), and the ABC Asian Caucus.|
|Outreach to Newcomers|
|From the time the church was organized
in 1880 to the present, community outreach to immigrants and newcomers has
been an essential part of its ministry. When Chinese students were not allowed
to attend the City’s public schools, it was the church that provided
them with a day school and a Chinese language school staffed by missionary
teachers. Night school for adults learning English has been always a part
of the church’s community outreach ministry.
Today, the church offers English language instruction and citizenship classes in partnership with the City College of San Francisco, Monday through Thursday mornings and evenings and Friday mornings. On Friday evenings, the church offers English conversation groups, citizenship classes, dinner, and a Christian fellowship time afterwards.
During the summer months, the church has a six-week Summer Day Camp program for 100 Chinatown community children that includes Bible study and outdoor education activities.
|History and Witness|
|This church was organized in 1880
by Dr. Jesse B. Hartwell, meeting in a store front on Washington Street
across from Portsmouth Square. The congregation moved to the present location
on Waverly Place in 1888. The first church building was destroyed by a fire
after the 1906 earthquake. With the help of American Baptists across the
country, a new building was erected in 1908, with the ground floor housing
a sanctuary and a reading room, and the second floor classrooms. The third
floor, added in 1930, included a fellowship hall and offices for the pastors
of the church. The present sanctuary, designed in the “round”
is the result of extensive renovations connected with the Centennial celebrations
of the church in 1980.
In 1998 the church sent forth thirty-five members to plant a sister church in the southwestern corner of the city, Sunset Ministry. The new church reaches out to predominately English-speaking Asian American families.
In 2000, the church underwent a major seismic retrofit and renovation project with the total redesigning of the vestibule, the second, third and fourth floors. The project included the addition of an elevator and modular classrooms on the third and fourth floors.
The church currently has a membership of about 500, and carries out an extensive and comprehensive program for both Chinese speaking and English speaking persons. We invite you and your family to join in our program, and participate in the life and mission of Christ’s church.
Opportunities for Christian service and spiritual development are plentiful at FCBC! Volunteers are needed in newcomers outreach on Friday nights. On Sundays, you may share gifts to teach children or to lead youth. Teacher training is available. During recent summers, mission teams have been commissioned to Hong Kong, China, Macao, and Mexico.
At Day Camp, youth serve as counselors where they practice their faith and learn leadership skills. The Annual Summer Church Retreat deepens spiritual life, makes the Bible come alive, and fosters Christian fellowship. For a week in August, young people attend Youth Camp, an annual tradition going back for 30 years. Over the Labor Day weekend, young families and friends attend Family Camp. College and young adults attend their annual retreat for fellowship and renewal.
Supporting missions happens through pledging to the church’s annual budget, receiving of special offerings, and giving specific designations. Disciples at FCBC are privileged to serve the Lord!
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