March 13, 2020
Dear Church Family:
These are surely trying times and have required us to take actions we could not have imagined even a few days ago. It was our intent to keep our church open for worship through this crisis. We have taken many precautionary steps to limit exposure and we trusted you, our members, to be diligent when it came to attending or not attending worship and other activities.
As you may know, the Governor issued recommendations for places of worship that include not meeting in groups of over 100 people. That obviously affects nearly every one of our normal Sunday and Wednesday meetings for worship, fellowship and Bible study.
As a result, I have consulted with the Chair of the Diaconate and Leadership Council, along with the ministerial staff and our Faith Community Nurse, as to how to best proceed going forward. This is not an easy decision we have come to; however, we feel the best response is as follows:
- We will suspend all Sunday and Wednesday Activities through the next two weeks as suggested by the Governor’s office. Sundays - March 15 and 22 - and Wednesdays - March 18 and 25. There will be a virtual worship service each week, which will be made available on our website (www.wakeforestbaptistchurch.org), the Wake Forest Baptist Church Facebook page, and by a link via email. All of these will take you to a YouTube link (Click here to visit our YouTube channel and subscribe). Be watching for one that will be shared tomorrow (Saturday) evening. An email notice will precede it and it is hoped that you will view it in a spirit of worship. It is a complete worship experience with hymns, children’s sermon, prayer, special music and message.
- The office will remain open with normal office hours.
- Committee meetings and other ministries can still occur but they should make those decisions. The use of technology is a recommended option if you choose to meet.
- The congregation is encouraged to give online by clicking here, by mail (118 E South Ave), or dropping off at office. I hope that you will follow up the reading of this post by immediately taking a few minutes to support our church in this way. It is vital that we remain strong in this area.
- The congregation will be kept updated through the website, email and social media. Please check in daily for updates.
Finally, let us continue to BE church these days. We have always GATHERED on Sundays only in order to SCATTER as witnesses to our faith the rest of the week. Our church’s theme, “LOVE DOES” is never more timely. In fact, the challenge this week is to call someone. Who can be blessed by a phone call from you today? Be particularly aware of those who may be more isolated or who have special ministry needs. Please keep me posted (
) if you know of any concerns.
As I always say, “Brave Journey.” I came into the office last night and wrote a new message that I hope will minister to all of you in these times. The thought of not being together in worship breaks my heart. But in the words of the old hymn, “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.” It is the best of all times to know we have a Savior.