---Upcoming Events

Explore the Resurrection

Dr. Cornette will lead this DVD-driven examination of the proofs behind the resurrection. This one day study will examine the world’s greatest event from the eye’s of world renowned historians, theologians, researchers and the writers of the Old and New Testaments. Cost: $15 per person and lunch will be provided. Register today! Type “Explore the Resurrection” in the subject line.


Good Friday Prayer Service

The First Annual Good Friday prayer service is an opportunity for you to join with other churches in Venice to pray for the salvation of the people we love dearly, but also the souls throughout the world.


Finished: God’s Plan for Redemption

The crucifixion of Jesus can move even the hardest of hearts. This event, sponsored by One Christ One City will offer an opportunity for everyone to see what Christ endured for our salvation.


Easter Services and Schedule

Easter is an incredibly exciting time at First Baptist. Our worship experiences begin on Sunday, April 7 at 9am when our choir and orchestra present “Worthy.” The following week both the 9am and 10:30am services will celebrate Palm Sunday. Easter Sunday offers three options of worship. Easter Sunrise at The Lakefront at 6:45am | Classic Worship at 9am and 10:30 contemporary at 10:30 meeting at our Miami Avenue Location.


Volunteer and/or Register Your Child for Vacation Bible School

Volunteer to serve in Vacation Bible school as we zoom in and focus on Jesus. Volunteers must have completed 6th grade. Fill out the form below to volunteer to serve or please click here to register your child for Vacation Bible School.


Kennedy Space Center

Ticket Price $56.18 (includes tax), buffet lunch with an astronaut from NASA’s shuttle and rocket program, optional $32.50 (includes tax). If you choose to have lunch with an astronaut, I will need to pay for that at the time I make reservations. Additional charges: Van rentals and van parking ($15 per van). The expense for the day will be approximately $120 per person which includes estimated additional charges and a buffet lunch. There are two other restaurants on-site, American foods, burgers, pizza, hot dogs, chicken tenders, salads, etc. Other activities for the day include tour of the rocket garden and we will see space come to life in the IMAX theater and a guided bus tour. The park opens at 9 AM and closes at 7 PM. We will be leaving the church at 7 AM, arriving at the Kennedy space center around 10 AM. The trip is Friday, April 19 and you can contact Jill Whaley for additional details or for sign-up information.


Annie Armstrong 2019

Your prayers and gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® provide support for more than 5,000 missionaries. These men and women are planting new churches in unreached communities and meeting needs through compassion ministries in North America. Every day, lives are being impacted and transformed. The needs are great, but the living hope of Christ is greater. Thank you for reaching out with hope to your own community and for your passionate support for North American Missions. This offering will be taken March 24-April 14. You can give my sending your check to the church, on Sunday mornings or digitally through your bank.


Membership Matters

Membership Matters is both our church membership class and guest information class. We meet on the last Sunday of every month except November and December. There is no charge to you for attending. Dr. Chris Cornette, our Associate Pastor leads the 1.5 hour class. Please dress casually, grab and cup of coffee and know we will make you feel at home. Membership Matters meets at 10:30 | Building D-Room 204. Membership Matters dates are: March 31 | April 28 | May 26 | June 30 | July 28 | August 25 | September 29 | October 27 | Jan 26. An RSVP is required. Simply write in the subject line “Membership Matters | Your Name & how many people will be attending with you.”


National Day of Prayer 2019

The body of Christ will be gathering together at Centennial Park at 7pm for a time of extended prayer for our nation. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. Please bring a chair and join other believers from around the country in lifting up our nation and our leaders in prayer.


Israel and Oberammerga

Brochures are available at exits. Israel and Oberammergau July 14-25, 2020. Join with Pastor Tom and Tassie for an unforgettable trip to the Holy Land and the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play. The Passion Play is conducted every 10 years and has been performed since 1634. Pilgrim Tour Company has 24 places left for this trip. These 24 places are not limited to only our group. There are very few opportunities to combine Israel and the Oberammergau Passion Play in one trip. Since the Oberammergau Passion Play is presented only every 10 years, this is the trip of a lifetime! Follow this link for details and to secure your place. You can also dial 941-484-8484.



We hope you enjoy your online experience and will get a taste of our loving church community. No matter what your background may be, or what season of life you are in, you are welcome here. After browsing the site you may have further questions, we encourage you to contact us. We are here for you! We strive to reach out to an incredible community of people in Sarasota County and to touch the hearts of people everywhere.



Our church celebrates “One Worship” during the summer at 9:00am on Sundays. During the fall and spring the church offers classic worship at 9:00am and a modern worship experience at 10:30 AM. We also gather for worship at 6pm for a traditional worship experience.

 Connection Groups and Venice Discipleship Network


We recognize most people find a church home in a worship service, however, we believe our Connection Groups are where you will find your church family. In times of great joy or great challenges, your Connection Group will be there for you.



Serving our community should be at the heart of every church. Our passion is to get involved in the lives of people who are far from God. First Baptist offers many opportunities for you to serve the community by serving those He loves.