A Word From Pastor Tom Re: Bon Air Baptist Church's Updated Response to the Coronavirus
Dear Friends,
 
As you can imagine, we've been receiving all kinds of emails and telephone calls about closure, upcoming events, planning into the future, etc., and I wanted to make sure you have the latest information.
 
Church Facilities Now Closed Through Tuesday, April 14
 
Church Council has passed a recommendation to keep church facilities closed through Tuesday, April 14. They will continue to monitor the crisis to see if further closure is needed beyond that date. 
 
Ministry is Ramping Up!
 
I wanted you to know that though our buildings may be closed, ministry is ramping up in all areas of church life. Staff continues to work a full schedule — some onsite and others offsite — and I'm proud of the way w e're working creatively and collaboratively to introduce ways to worship, learn, and serve together in virtual ways. We've pulled together a list of all of the details just below my note.
 
Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?
 
If you have a need or someone you know has a need, please do not hesitate to contact the James River Campus office at 804-794-2743 or email Pastor John at john.sawyer@bonairbaptist.org.
 
About Giving
 
I have also been amazed at how many folks have reached out regarding how they can give their regular tithes and offerings while the facility is closed. I shouldn’t be surprised; Bon Air Baptist Church (BABC) has always been faithful to the call of giving generously.
 
Many of you asked if you could still drop your tithes and offerings off at church, so we've made a way for that to happen along with the following online methods all of which can be trusted as safe and secure:
 
  • Give Online: Give via Pushpay online — no app required. You can give one time, or you can set up an account to set up recurring giving options.
  • Give By Check: Mail checks to the campus address at the bottom of this email or drop checks off at the Buford Road Campus lobby door Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Give Via Text/Mobile App: Text "BABC" to 77977 to get the free, secure Pushpay app or text "BABC" and a dollar amount to 77977 to give via text (example: BABC 50) — no app required.

Continue to Be the Church!
 
Many of you continue to ask how you can help meet critical needs in our community. I’m glad to say that we are being the church.
 
As this crisis continues and new needs become evident, we will need more people who are willing to serve. As we move forward, we'll hear about places that are in need of servant leaders like you who have been equipped for a time such as this. Take a look below for local serve opportunities.
 
Next Steps
 
We'll continue to provide new information as we receive it. Remember that bonairbaptist.org continues to be the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to frequently asked questions. 
 
I'm praying for you, Bon Air Baptist Church family. If there's any way we can serve you during this time, let us know. 

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. Tom Stocks
Lead Pastor
Bon Air Baptist Church
Worship With Us Online
While our buildings remain closed, we're blessed to be able to worship together online each Sunday.
 
Sundays through April 12 (Easter), join us as we gather together on Facebook and YouTube:
 
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
 
Facebook Live | YouTube Live (no sign in required)*
 
Message by Lead Pastor, Tom Stocks
 
Worship led by:
Buford Road Campus Pastor, Mac Jordan
James River Campus Pastor, John Sawyer
The Gathering Worship Pastor, Katherine Phillips
James River Worship Pastor, Daniel Johannesson
 
*Previous worship services and messages are also available at these links. If you're unable to attend at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m., the worship services will be available for replay.
James River Campus
Resources & Ways to Stay Connected
Bon Air Baptist Church is A Place to Belong... A Place to Become! — even as we practice social distancing. Here are some ways to stay connected to God and others during this time:
Wednesday Night Worship

Join us on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., for Wednesday Night Worship. Gather for a video call for a time of devotion and worship. Follow the Zoom Link below to join the meeting:

Meeting ID: 629 448 466 / Password: 023822
Connect With An Online Group

Sign up for RightNow Media

RightNow Media is an online video streaming service that provides powerful, Biblical video content anywhere, anytime, and it's available to you for free as our gift!

Email Sue Hickory (sue.hickory@bonairbaptist.org) to sign up! Once connected, you'll find excellent content for personal and family devotions as well as for group study.

Let’s Be The Hands and Feet of Jesus

If you're able and are not in a high risk group as defined by the CDC, please visit our JRC Website Calendar to see what opportunities are available, or reach out to Pastor John to find a way to help meet critical needs in our community.

Bridging RVA: Local Food Relief

  CARITAS:Purchase/Make/Distribute Meals

Chesterfield Food Bank

Feed More: Food Distribution

Hands On Greater Richmond: Food Distribution

We will continue to update this list as more need opportunities become available.

Get Help With Meals or Small Jobs

If you or someone you know needs assistance with meals or small jobs, call the church office at 804-794-2743 or email Pastor John at john.sawyer@bonairbaptist.org .

Request Prayer

Request prayer or ask to talk to a pastor at bonairbaptist.org/prayer or by calling the church office at 804-794-2743 .

  Stay Connected

Want to stay up to speed on what's happening at JRC? Please text the word "connect" to 804-409-2080 and we'll get you added to our text string. Be in the know!

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