First Baptist Church, an American Baptist Church in the U.S.A., was founded in 1915. Our church has grown throughout the years as we have occupied properties within Filer; first on 5th St, then Yakima Ave and now our current location that we have occupied since 1982.
Our current facility has undergone two major remodels, the most recent addition being completed in 2008. This recent remodel has dramatically increased our square footage as well as positioned ourselves for future church growth and expansion.
God has blessed our church with several pastor's throughout our nearly 100 years of ministry. Pastor Andy Paz began his ministry here on August 1, 2011. Our church has a multi-board operational system. Each Board has a specific function as outlined in our bylaws. These Boards work hand in hand with each other and the Pastor to further the ministry of the First Baptist Church.
We are a ``small town church`` with a Gospel mission whose church roles count 70+ families (approx. 80-130 individuals attend on any given Sunday). We have several families travelling from the neighboring communities in Buhl, Twin Falls, and surrounding rural areas. The majority of the families live in Filer or just outside our city limits. We welcome all families, races, and backgrounds knowing that God's Word has the power to transform lives regardless of the past.
Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior said it best, ``Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.`` -Matthew 28:19,20
As a church we actively seek to accomplish this command by engaging our church family and our local community through specific actions and efforts involve the following:
Cathedral Pines Camping Program - camping programs for all ages and seasons.
Kidz Zone- a daily after school program, Summer program - Open to grades K-5th grade in helping them study, play, relate and grow.
Kidz Zone Preschool - Is now available! For details, please call church office.
Bible Club - A Friday after school program that intentionally introduces Biblical principles to young lives.
Filer Ministerial Association - Food pantry assistance, benevolence help, and community action resources.
Missions Outreach - coordinated efforts with AB World Mission around the globe and in our area.
Engaging our community and world indeed is a worthy task that requires preparation and coordination on our part. This happens through intentional programs:
Sunday School - Bible instructional session that meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Men's Bible Study - a men's study group that takes up the challenge of God's Word and work in our community.
AB Women - a woman's service group ministering to local and global needs.
Team Eternity - Weekly meeting that provide Jr. & Sr. High teaching that also include regular activities.
AB Girls - a teenage service group ministering to local and global needs.
Jr. Church - a service geared toward K-6 grade youngsters during the regular Sunday morning service.
Nursery - a supervised and safe place where infants to age 5 can be brought during Sunday services where they can play, interact with other children with activities and snacks.
Library - a wide variety of available books that will entertain and encourage you in your life.