Worship at Second Baptist is a truly diverse experience centered in the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Musically, you will hear and sing classical hymns as well as praise music. Our chancel choir sings anthems, and our gospel choir sings contemporary gospel. The congregation is a mixture of ethnic backgrounds, African, European, Hispanic, Asian, of all different socio-economic backgrounds as well. Our prayer time provides an opportunity for congregants to briefly express a concern for prayer, and the pastor and church will pray together for your concerns. The preaching is biblically centered, lifting up the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the grace of God available through Him. The mission of the church is to, “share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone…” Whoever you are, whatever situation you find yourself in, you are welcome to come to Second Baptist and worship with us.
Sunday Worship begins at 10:45 a.m., and generally finishes at 12:15-12:30 p.m. Our Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages.
Second Baptist Church of Germantown strives to have a music ministry that reflects the diversity of our congregation. To that end, we have several different choirs, all under the leadership of our Minister of Music, Mr. John R. Custis. And we have stretched our definition of this area of ministry to include a Praise Dance Team. Any one is welcome to join any of these groups.
The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Mr. John R. Custis, has the greatest range of our musical groups, singing mostly classical and anthems but ranging to gospel songs by Richard Smallwood and the Mississippi Mass Choir. They do spirituals and contemporary arrangements, sing with organ or a cappella, and they minister every Sunday throughout the year except during the summer months. Their rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
This is our newest ensemble, formed by Mr. Nathan Irwin-Diehl in the Winter of 2010. They sing contemporary Gospel music such as, “Perfect Praise,” “We Sing Praises To Our King,” and “Grateful.” They rehearse on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Upper Room, and they minister during worship services every second Sunday of the month.
Another new addition to the worship experience is our Praise Dance team which has blessed us on 4 occasions this year with inspiring dances to the Lord. They rehearse at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the church.
Children and Youth Ministry
We make it a priority to provide excellent children’s ministry throughout our Sunday worship experience. For infants, the church nursery is staffed with an attendant, and there is a closed-circuit video feed to the nursery. You may leave your infant with our attendant; you may stay in the nursery with our attendant and watch the worship on TV; or you may take your infant into worship with you. Whichever works best for you and your family.
For children ages 10 and under, we have a children’s prayer during the middle of the worship service, after which the children go to the Kids’ Space for the Children’s Church Ministry. They have fun, sing songs, and learn a bible lesson, all while the main worship service is going on. After worship, parents may pick up their children from the Kids’ Space.
Youth 11 and older are in the worship service most Sundays, with the exception of when the Jesus And Me (JAM) youth ministry meets to provide specialized ministry to youth.
Directions to Second Baptist Church
6459 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
From I-76 (from Valley Forge, take I-76 East. From Center City, take I-76 West.)
Take the Lincoln Drive Exit, and follow signs to Lincoln Drive. The third light is Johnson Street. Turn Right on Johnson Street. Turn Left onto Germantown Ave. Proceed one block to Cliveden St. and turn right onto Cliveden St. The parking lot is located on the left side of the street.
From the PA Turnpike:
Take Exit 339 (Ft. Washington/Ambler). Take Route 309 South. Take the Easton Road Exit to Mt. Airy, which will put you onto Easton Road heading west. The street will change names to Wadsworth, and then to Mt. Airy Ave. At the ‘T’, turn left onto Germantown Ave. Proceed to the third light, which is Upsal St., and turn left. The Second Baptist Church of Germantown is on the corner of Germantown and Upsal. To enter the parking lot, drive around the block by turning right onto Morton St. and then right onto Cliveden St.