In addition to the music which fills the air inside our building, we are also blessed to have in our steeple a set of authentic, vintage Tower Chimes which ring to the entire surrounding community.

bells_02sThe Tower Chimes were given to FSBC as a gift in 1917 by Mrs. A.L. Turner. Purchased from the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, NY; they were installed in the church steeple and completed before the start of 1919. The ringing mechanism, specifically the cables and pulleys were all repaired and restored as part of a massive restoration project undertaken by the church just prior to its 150th anniversary. Mounted in the church steeple just one level below the chimes themselves, the chimestand is rarely seen by anyone other than individuals who play them.  Our principal player is Sean Bilby who is a member of Suffolk Christian Church but works in downtown Norfolk. Every Wednesday he walks over to the church and plays the bells for a half-hour at noon.

Individuals who would like to see the bell tower mechanism or to learn to ring the bells at FSBC should contact Robert Shoup at for more information and to set up an appointment.

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9:45am – Christian Formation Opportunities

11:00am – Online Worship Service
(contact the Church Office to attend in person)


12:00pm – Facebook Live


7:00pm – Evening Worship and Prayers via Zoom


8:30am – The Norfolk Street Choir Project (showers, breakfast, and activities)

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