First Baptist Church of Manlius is, of course, a place for worship and spiritual enrichment, but our congregation and our building and grounds serve our community and beyond.
We GIVE to our community
Grace Abounds Wear-House
With God’s help and direction, the First Baptist Church of Manlius opened Grace Abounds Wear-House in May of 2018. This is a no-charge mission to provide new and good used clothing for people in the FM community who need a “hand up.”
Grace Abounds Wear-House hours are Tuesday & Wednesday 1–7 pm for “shopping” and dropping off clothes. Drop-offs are also available by appointment. Closed during inclement weather (call ahead if in doubt).
Enter the First Baptist Church of Manlius’ parking lot on North Street. The entrance to Grace Abounds can be found by walking towards the playground, and looking to your left to find the Red Door near the rear of the building. Press the intercom button to speak to a volunteer.
If you are in need of this type of assistance or you would like to volunteer for this mission, please contact Jo Ann Mostar via the church’s email:
Or, please call the First Baptist Church office at (315) 682-8941
Please click on the following link for our new Covid-19 guidelines: GraceAboundsCovid
Luke 3:11 “…Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none…”
Operation Christmas Child
Every November, we participate in this wonderful Samaritan’s Purse project. Individual shoeboxes are packed with multiple gifts and necessary items for children in need around the world. Members of our congregation fill these boxes, as well as the families of children who participate in our Playschool preschool.
Road2RecoveryCNY is a non-profit volunteer organization that saves lives by sending people who are struggling with opioid addiction to a long-term, 12 step recovery program. It was started by a member of First Baptist Church of Manlius after this recovery program saved the life of her own child. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Please visit their website: road2recoverycny.com
In July and November, we organize and host blood drives for our community.
Each month, tote bags are distributed during church services, and members of our congregation take them home and fill them with the items most needed by our local food pantry.
Every November/December, we provide pajamas for local families in need.
Every December, our congregation and the families of children who participate in our Playschool preschool fill a Christmas tree with mittens and gloves for local families in need.
For years, members of our congregation have participated in this worthwhile effort to end hunger.
Our church Mission Fund gives money to various organizations: Meals on Wheels, The Rescue Mission, FM Community Outreach, American Baptist Churches’ Refugee Ministry, and more. Our Mission Fund has been recognized as one of the top 5 in New York state by American Baptist Churches.
We TEACH our community’s children
For over 20 years, Playschool has been providing a well-respected preschool program for children from ages 3-5.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer, our congregation hosts a 5-day Vacation Bible School. Approximately 50 children from our community take advantage of this amazing week of fun, learning, and creativity.
We HOST our community
Our beautiful sanctuary is used for piano, violin, and viola lessons, recitals, and more.
Our Pianist/Organist, John Spradling (on right), with a student.
Suzuki Violin Recital in our sanctuary.
Our building has classrooms, activity rooms, a fenced-in playground, and a gymnasium.
Our gym and activity rooms have hosted Irish dancers, basketball leagues, indoor soccer leagues, and more.
If you would like to inquire about utilizing the spaces and amenities that the First Baptist Church of Manlius provides, please contact our church office for more information:
Phone: (315) 682-8941