Gethsemane Garden Baptist Church

223 East 7th Street, New York, N.Y. 10009, 212.353.3403

Earlean Oliver: Overseer, Elizabeth Keels: Pastor

We Are Calling On A Fast

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:16-18

We will be fasting & Praying Tuesday, July 6th midnight-noon

Wednesday July 7th midnight-noon

Thursday July 8th midnight- noon on Friday July 9th


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Praise the Lord Everyone,

With July 11th quickly approaching as our date for re-entry back into our sanctuary, there are some rules and regulations we will be enforcing to ensure everyone’s safety. As we are excited and look forward to our return, we are most concerned about the safety of everyone who enters the building. Please review the protocol below and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.


Rules & Regulations Upon Re-entry

  • Upon entry into the church building, everyone's temperature will be checked immediately. Unfortunately, anyone with a temperature, will need to leave the building.

  • Mask must be worn by everyone, at all times while in the building, including choir members, soloist, and guest.

  • There will no longer be a need to walk through the church to bring offerings to the alter. The offering baskets will now be passed around and guided by the Ushers, and they will no longer be able to provide change, so please prepare you exact offering amounts in advance.

  • We will hold off on forming Prayer Lines for now. We will have mass prayer with everyone from where they are seated


  • Our services for now, will be shorter than in the past, and we will continue our Zoom service as an option for those unable to get to the sanctuary

  •  When seated, we ask that everyone continues to remain 6 feet apart, unless you are seated with your family members.

  • When service ends, everyone will be guided and lead by the Ushers to exit the building. Exiting will begin from the back rows, one side at a time, still maintaining social distancing. There can be no congregating in the aisles or in the lobby. Everyone must leave the building when service ends

  • We will have a designated member who will be responsible for keeping our microphones clean by changing the disposable covers as needed.

  • There can be no eating or drinking in the building as it would require the removal of mask.

  • We ask that restrooms are always kept clean and sanitary, with no more than two people present at a time.

  • For your convenience, we will have supplies available for those in need. It will include mask, gloves, and sanitizer when you enter the building.


We ask for your patience and cooperation with all these rules and regulations. And please know that we love you and plan to make your safety our number one concern at this time. We thank you in advance for your love and support.


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If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

God bless you!

Overseer Oliver &

Pastor Elizabeth Keels

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