Church Update – March 16, 2020
Dear First Baptist Church Family,
In accordance with the pandemic protocol passed at the March Diaconate meeting, First Baptist Church of Savannah will suspend all in-person meetings for the foreseeable future including worship services, meals, and gatherings of outside groups. We believe that this is the best way to care for our congregation and our community as we seek to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We have many within our congregation who fall into the “high risk” categories as laid out by the Center for Disease Control. As your Co-Pastors, we want to mitigate as much risk as possible by keeping the church building shut down. We have developed a plan for staying in contact with our congregants who are older and already experiencing greater amounts of isolation.
We also want to be mindful of all of the congregation’s need for connection in this time of social distancing.
–Church-Wide Check-In: We will be holding a church-wide “check-in”Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Zoom. Zoom is a video and phone conferencing platform that will allow as many people as we would like to talk together, see each other, and socialize while we are isolated. This will be a time of sharing and fellowship, in which you can stay on for the entire time, or just drop-in when you are available. Look for an email with instructions beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
–If you have a computer with a webcam: You can join us on the link sent out via email each morning.
–If you have a phone: You can call the number given and type in the meeting number sent out via email each morning.
–Pastoral Care Calls: Most hospitals and nursing homes are restricting visitors to family only. We would like to still be made aware of any pastoral care needs in hospitals and nursing homes. We will be making phone calls over the next several days to all of our congregants who fall into the “high risk” category.
–Communication: All official church communication will come through e-mail, Facebook, and by phone.
–Worship Services: We will stream worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday morning for you to view live or to watch at a later time. These will be available on our church Facebook account. The link to this past Sunday is available here. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch these videos.
Inscribed over Carl Jung’s office doorway was, “Invoked or not invoked, God is still present.” This inscription has been emblazoned on the front of our minds in these last few days as we have witnessed our world deal with the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. God is still present with us and will continue to be present with us in the days to come as we discover what church will look like in this peculiar season of life.
Though we may not be gathering at the church, we still have plenty of opportunities to be the church in these days. We love you all and are a phone call away.
Grace and peace,
Katie and John Callaway, Co-Pastors