BRENTWOOD — The First Baptist Church of Brentwood was founded on May 2nd, 1771, under the ministry of Dr. Samuel Shepard, who remained as Pastor for forty years.
During his ministry, Dr. Shepard undertook a great many missionary trips around the area, planting no fewer than twenty-three congregations, each of which remained part of the Brentwood church.
Area churches such as Danville Baptist and some of the Hampton Baptist churches were originally part of the Brentwood church, which was set apart in 1810 by the Portsmouth Association as its own Association, known as the “Brentwood Baptist Church and its Branches.”
The First Baptist Church of Brentwood is the oldest active Baptist church in New Hampshire and the time has now come to commemorate 250 years of continuous ministry.
On the weekend of April 29 - May 2, they will celebrate those 250 years with a host of activities, including:
Thurs., April 29 at 7:00 p.m.: a visit with former Boston Red Sox star, Bernie Carbo, who helped lead the Sox to the World Series in 1975. Following Bernie’s talk will be a “meet and greet” time.
Fri., April 30: A hymn sing, open to all who love traditional and contemporary worship music.
Sat., May 1: They will host a public supper, beginning at 5:00 p.m. (The menu and cost have not yet been determined.)
Sun., May 2: Worship outside at 11:00 a.m., under our two big tents (to accommodate both the crowd and the social distance mandate). Communion will be served by former Pastors of the Brentwood church and Rev. Dale Edwards, Region Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Vermont/New Hampshire will bring the message.
There will be a lot going on, including a visit to Dr. Shepard’s grave, displays of church memorabilia, and the burial of a time capsule.
The public is cordially invited to celebrate with us. As some of these activities are COVID-19 and/or weather dependent, please call 603-679-5259 for the latest updated information.