---Upcoming Events

Living Nativity

An event for the whole family. Live animals, characters in costume, and hot chocolate. 6pm-9pm. December 21-22-23. 3100 Executive Drive behind WaWa on Jacaranda BLVD. Near I-75.


The Talleys

As part of the Winter Concert Series, the Talleys will be in concert on Sun, Jan 13 // 6PMThe Talleys are one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected families. Their commitment to excellence and creativity in music have been their trademark since their illustrious career began, and their clear communication of the gospel is a defining characteristic of a Talley concert. Reserve your FREE ticket here.


5 Love Languages

As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Timesbestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love. Join First Baptist on February 16 for The Five Love Languages. You can register now!


Bringing Home the Prodigals

Rob Parson’s best-selling book, Bringing Home the Prodigals catapulted him to the spotlight all over the world. Rob wants to give hope to parents and grandparents about their prodigal loved ones. His British accent, engaging communication style and his passion to see prodigals brought “home will bring you hope when you thought no hope still existed. February 3 | 9 and 10:30 am.


Christmas Eve Candlelight

5:00pm and 6:30pm.


Seniors Chili Cook-off

Sponsored by our Retired Adult Ministry. The chili cook-off will be held February 8, at 5 pm in Building C Room 103. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  To participate, just let me know and I will reserve a spot for your Chili.  Also, if you are willing, bring copies of your recipe to share. You can download the entry form or pick-up your entry form on Sunday morning. For more information you can contact Jill Whaley.


Israel and Oberammerga

The trip is 83% full.
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.


Senior Adult Cruise

Join us for a Caribbean cruise. This five night cruise sets sail March 4, 2019 and will return March 9, 2019. The Independence of Sea is a Royal Caribbean luxury ship. For more information or to make a reservation please e-mail Barbara Dumitru.


Lean In with Jennifer Speer

Jennifer Speer will be leading Leaning In To Listen Ladies Bible Study, beginning Wednesday, January 9-February 27. 6PM to 7PM in Building A. No registration required and a voluntary $5 donation is recommended. Please register for childcare today.
You will need to give us your child[s] birth dates.



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.