We seek to be a welcoming community where every child of God is included. We welcome and affirm as Godís people all who wish to join us in our journey of faith. Individually we espouse soul freedom, endeavoring to live by the moral and ethical principles taught by Christ and revealed in scripture, realizing that God is the ultimate and sole judge of our thoughts and actions. As a worshipping community, we celebrate and seek to be worthy trustees of God's creation in all its diversity. We uphold freedom of religious expression, expect no conformity to any creed, and strive for social justice within all human relationships. If it is your desire to continue your journey of faith with this community, speak to any member of the congregation.
The practice and policy of the First Baptist Church of Rochester is to welcome into full membership and participation in our faith community all persons who profess Jesus as Lordóregardless of race, class, gender, disability, place of origin, or sexual orientation.
This policy is realized through the welcome we share within our community, as well as through those organizations in which we are affiliated including the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Alliance of Baptists, the Baptist World Alliance, and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists which believe in a universal welcome. See our Affiliations Page for a complete list of all of our affliations.
A few of the ten members of First Baptist-Rochester supporting and waiting patiently for the joyful festivities to pass by at the Rochester Gay Pride Parade on July 18, 2015.