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At First Baptist we believe that living a faith-full life means putting in faith into action by serving God’s people and the world. We are deeply committed to Service and Social Action, and continue to grow and explore new opportunities in this part of our church life. Current and recent programs include:

Environmental Stewardship

Individuals: First Baptist Church in Newton was one of two congregations statewide to be honored recently as a Leader by Example by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) for winning the Noah Challenge – a statewide initiative to encourage individual home energy audits, which help homeowners and renters lower their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprints by increasing the efficiency of their homes. The church is also an active supporter of the Newton Eco-Team Project

Church Buildings: In recognition of its work with the Noah Challenge, First Baptist Church in Newton received a MIP&L Environmental Stewardship Assessment or energy audit of our church buildings and facilities. Copies of the report and executive summary may be found here:

Click here to see the: Executive Summary

Click here to see the: Full Environmental Stewardship Assessment Report


In Greater Boston – A Focus on Hunger and Homelessness



In The World – Focus on Disaster Relief

First Baptist in Newton has a long history of responding to the needs of victims of natural disasters and poverty. Most recently, the church was active in raising funds and needed supplies in response to devastating earthquake in Haiti. This included hosting a successful benefit concert with The Duke University Chorale to support the work of the Boston-based aid organization Partners in Health.

In addition, this year a team of volunteers traveled to Appalachia for a week-long mission trip with the Appalachia Service Project to help make a home damaged by recent storms, “safer, warmer and drier.”

The congregation also raises funds to purchase needed supplies such as heart health kits and school kits to help international communities affected by natural disasters or war through offerings such as the One Great Hour of Sharing and the World Mission Offering. In addition, there is an ongoing project to support Habitat for Humanity which helps low income families afford their own homes.