Every Wednesday First Baptist is filled with our neighbors receiving food, diapers, household goods, and hygiene products at the Food Pantry. Too many people must decide between food, diapers, health care, or winter heat. The Food Pantry serves about 90 homes a week and last year more than $73,000 worth of goods was given to people in our area. COVID19 protocols with masks, gloves, sanitation, distance, and more are followed. The Food Pantry is completely volunteer and has met needs for 22 years. The Food Pantry is open each Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
People arrive in the Amherst region from around the world for education and jobs. For over 20 years FBC has offered free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Classes meet at church on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Our tutors are dedicated volunteers who help students learn English and adjust to life in the U. S. Those interested in learning about the Christian faith are invited to ask spiritual questions and participate in the church. During the COVID pandemic classes are not meeting in person. For more information please contact the church office.
Winter is cold in Amherst!  The frigid weather is especially dangerous for our homeless neighbors. This is the 10th year First Baptist has partnered with Craig’s Doors, the Town of Amherst, and social service agencies to  make Craig’s Place possible every night from November 1 – April 30. The guests receive a safe place, nutritious meals, warm showers, and caring  community. Last year 181 people stayed at least one night at the shelter. Over the years more than 40 people have moved from the shelter into housing and jobs. Learn more or volunteer click here.

Operation Christmas Child is a tangible way to bless a child by packing a box with toys, games, school supplies, clothes, and more. This simple act partners with missions, schools, and churches in communities around the world. This year we can pack boxes online for safety during the pandemic by clicking here. We can even track where in the world our box goes! FBC has sent more than 1,400 boxes to children around the world during the last twenty years. Watch a video about Operation Christmas Child here.