March 18, 2020
Dear Church family:
These are strange days. The official word is “unprecedented”, meaning that these are strange days.
I wanted you to hear directly from me so that you will have accurate information about how your church is responding to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
First, I don’t know how long this will last. Nobody does. Patience, planning and prayer are key ideas. That said, here’s what you need to know.
1. All in-person church activities are cancelled until further notice. I’ll let you know when we can resume normal church life. I am following guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control, our city government and an Advisory Group from our church made up of medical professionals, school administration, federal and local law enforcement, mental health experts and church staff. They are all smart people.
It will get better. The rainbow will come out after the storm. God never stopped being mighty and loving and in charge. He was and is and will be.
Trust God, be His Church, love one another.
3-15-20 6:15 pm *UPDATE*
At the request of our Mayor, Bart Castleberry, we are cancelling our live service on Sunday, March 15. We will livestream at 10:30 am on both our website and on Facebook.
Please join us in praying for our community and all who are, and will be affected by this virus.
3-15-20 1:15 pm
Friends and Family of Conway’s First,
As you are all aware, there have been significant changes this week regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus. While your staff and church leadership recognizes that this is a serious issue, we also maintain the fact that our trust is in God and his providence in our church and community. That being said, we want to make sure you all know that we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our church family.
As I said to you earlier this week, our maintenance staff has stepped up their cleaning protocols throughout our church. We have also increased the number of hand sanitizing stations around our church. Finally, we have a group that is working on long range contingency plans should this issue make its way into Faulkner County. These plans will include how we care for our people, what we do on Sunday mornings, and how we will move forward in the weeks to come while this issue works itself out.
Regarding the Sunday morning schedule, here are a few things we want you to know about this weekend. Our worship services and Bible study groups will continue as usual, but we are implementing some modifications for the safety and health of our church family.
Beginning this Sunday, March 15th:
- We will be closing the Fellowship Café to help minimize the spread of any germs.
- We have asked our greeters to help open/close doors to help limit contact to hard surfaces.
- For the offering time, our ushers will be at the back doors of the worship center to collect the offerings. Offering envelopes can also be dropped in the drop boxes at the back of the room.
- We are asking that our church family avoid hand-shaking and hugging for the time being. An elbow-bump greeting is recommended.
- If you or a member of your family have been sick recently, we would ask that you stay home and get better soon. You are welcome to join us via our livestream. We go live on our website beginning at 10:30am. You can access the website at http://www.conwayfbc.com/livestream
- If you’re unable to attend due to illness, or you’re just not comfortable being at church during this time, please know that you can continue to support our church financially by giving online through the Realm Connect – Our Church Community app, through our church website (http://www.conwayfbc.com/give) or through the mail.
If you have any questions regarding our policies and procedures during this time, please don’t hesitate to respond via email and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. We will also work to put any updates on the main page of our website – www.conwayfbc.com, and via our social media accounts. Our desire is to love on and serve our church family in a way that honors one another and glorifies God.
Thank you all for being part of the CFBC family. Know that you are loved.
The Staff of Conway’s First Baptist