Your Deacons and I met last night to discuss the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and our plans going forward. We moved to online worship this past Sunday knowing that we were likely to have to continue that practice into the near future. And here we are.
We have decided to suspend all in-person gatherings in our church for at least the next 3 weeks. That means no Bible Studies, Discovery Clubs, Youth Groups or any other gatherings including Sunday mornings through April 5th. The reality is that this will likely go on much further than that, but for now we are only making this decision for the next 3 weeks. We will have online worship available on our website at www.gardnerfirstbaptist.com/sermons, on our Youtube channel, and on Facebook beginning at 8am each Sunday morning.
I want to emphasize that every healthcare expert in our country is recommending staying home and isolated as much as possible during this time so we can curb the spread of this virus. So please follow those recommendations. Even if you aren't concerned about this virus, the potential to spread it to at-risk populations is incredibly high, so act responsibly for the good of others.
If you have any needs during this time, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or a Deacon and we will assist you. We'll be checking in by phone and continuing to communicate via Facebook.
Whether you are experiencing fear at this time, or are just frustrated with this situation, remember that God is present with us in times of trouble. He does not abandon us, but walks with us through whatever we go through.
And remember, "...in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) Even in isolation, God is working for our good. The things we may have taken for granted before - social interaction, church gathering, sports, education - will be a great celebration when we return.