Update on 3/19/20 at 12:39 p.m.
Hello Church Family!
I want to update you on some important things related to church life.
Although the coronavirus pandemic prevents us from gathering together physically in the same place on Sunday mornings, we can nonetheless worship together. We will continue to provide FBCCH worship services via livestream. Simply go to YouTube.com and enter First Baptist Church Chappell Hill in the search pane. Services will go live every Sunday at 11:00.
Also, Matthew and I are working with other leaders to continue to provide Sunday morning Bible study classes for adults, youth, and children, as well as the Wednesday evening Bible study. We're not talking about prerecorded lessons. We're talking about fully interactive Bible studies that will allow you to see and communicate with everyone in real time. We hope to have the Wednesday evening Bible study going by March 25 and Sunday morning Bible studies going by March 29.
We have no excuse for allowing our spiritual development to go on hold along with everything else in the world. Our continued participation in these things is vital!
We can continue online with our worship services, Sunday school classes, and Bible studies, but maintaining our sense of family and community is the greatest challenge we will face during this time of quarantine. Overcoming this challenge will require action on the part of each and every one of us. There are things you can do.
Use social media to share testimonies and pictures of your family's participation in online worship and Sunday school. If it blesses you, talk about it and share links! This will encourage others to participate.
Keep each other connected. Make direct contact with others, especially with those who are shut-in or otherwise "out of the loop." It is entirely impossible to overstate the importance of this. Some of our people live alone and this time of quarantine will leave them in virtual isolation, which will take a tremendous psychological and spiritual toll on them. We cannot allow that to happen. We must care for them and reach out to them. Matthew and I will do our part, but the task, which is difficult to keep up with under normal circumstances, will certainly overwhelm us unless you help. Call or email one of us if you need contact information, help identifying who these people are, or even if you need help knowing exactly what to say.
We will be working to generate other ideas on how we can maintain our sense of family and community. If you have ideas on how to do this, we would love to hear about them!
Finally, when routines are disrupted, it is easy to forget to do certain things that we might normally do out of habit. In the case of suspending our worship services, giving can be one of those forgotten things. Don't forget to give! The church cannot continue to function and provide ministry if you forget to give. I have included an attachment to this message that provides instructions for online and text giving.
In the meantime-
Wash and sanitize your hands frequently!
Don't touch your face!
Block coughs and sneezes (but not with your hands)!
Stay more than 3 feet apart!