Church Services and Activities in the Midst of COVID-19
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear North Bedford family,
During our Sunday Worship on March 15, we announced a number of actions that we are taking to help keep our church family safe and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. We also stated that we would closely monitor our Local, State, and Federal Governments to ensure that we follow all guidelines for assemblies of people. On Sunday afternoon, March 15, the governor of Virginia announced that gatherings of 100 or more people should be suspended to help prevent the spread of this virus. Additionally, on Monday, March 16, President Trump released guidelines recommending that we not gather in groups of more than 10 for the next 15 days. Therefore, to ensure the health of our church family and surrounding community, the pastor and deacons will follow these guidelines as stated above and cancel all church activities for the next 15 days, through Sunday, March 29. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation and any new guidelines that our authorities will issue and communicate our plan with you. These are difficult times and seemingly drastic measures, but the welfare of our church family and neighbors is very important to us. We will continue to monitor this situation and communicate regularly.
It is vitally important for us, as a church family, to stay connected though we cannot meet together in person. That’s what families do. They communicate with each other.
So, let’s use our phones and check in on each other. Many of you have already been doing that! There may be needs that arise, especially with our older brothers and sisters. These needs may be things like: picking up groceries, picking up prescriptions and anything else we can do to prevent these folks from having to engage in the general population. If you have a need, or know of a need, please let me or one of our deacons know. We will be compiling a list of needs within our church family and potentially soliciting help to meet those needs.
We will not be recording or livestreaming a church service either of the next two Sundays. However, I and several of our leaders and Sunday School teachers will be creating videos of ourselves, in which we study a particular passage that offers encouragement for us all from God’s Word. We will upload this series of videos to our website throughout the next two weeks. As these become available you will receive an email notification.
Finally, let’s earnestly seek our Lord during this season. Let’s turn to Him in prayer: for His grace during this crisis and His power to be demonstrated by saving lives; for our national, state and local leaders and all who serve our community to have wisdom to lead us. Let’s pray that many would come to recognize their need for Jesus, and trust Him as their Savior. Let’s pray for our missionaries around the world who face this virus in places with much less advanced health care. And let’s pray for each other. Let’s lift each other up! We are commanded “with all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all saints (Eph. 6:18).”
“And He will be the stability of your times!” Isaiah 33:6
Loving you and confidently trusting Him,
Chad Brady, Pastor & Mike Hicks, Deacon Chair