Welcome to First Baptist Church of Asheville
Some people just know us as “that church with the dome,” and if you’re downtown, it’s hard to miss our landmark building, designed by renowned architected Douglas Ellington in the mid-1920’s. What about the church that meets under the dome? What are we like? First, our “middle name,” Baptist, means freedom. We invite people to make up their own minds about God and faith, and to do it at their own pace. We welcome the freedom to use the mind as a gift from God to ask questions, to debate, and, even, to doubt. Freedom means equality between men and women, older and younger, rich and poor. Freedom gives hope as one comes back from heartbreak and failure or let go of guilt and fear. Freedom welcomes us into being and becoming all God made us to be. In living out this freedom alongside other Baptists, our church partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a network of Baptists who are committed to freedom, diversity, and meeting human needs in the name of Jesus.
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.
But, there is so much more to this community at the corner of Oak and Charlotte. Come and share in our journey as followers of Jesus. Tell us your story. In the practice of loving one another and God, we can find ways to live and serve together.
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.