In light of the information shared by our governor earlier this week, our church council met Wednesday evening through video chat and asked Dr. Ron Brownfield to join in. After considering the guidelines issued by the governor and the advice of Dr. Brownfield, we have chosen to maintain our current course and have only live stream services throughout the month of May. We will continue to evaluate the spread of COVID-19 in our community and seek God’s direction for when we might be able to open our building for services and what that will look like.
We are currently working on a survey to get your feedback on your feelings regarding returning to in-person services: what are your anxieties, what are you looking forward to, what measures would you expect to see in place, and what you are prepared to do in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others attending (such as wearing masks, sanitizing hands, social distancing, etc.). Your input is incredibly important to us! We will work to share this survey electronically and send hard copies to those who would rather not complete it online.
I miss seeing everyone on Sundays and no doubt we all share that feeling. However, it’s also important to remember that our efforts to grow spiritually are continuing even while we cannot meet in person. God in His sovereignty has prepared us for this! Our groups are meeting online, our deacons continue to touch base with our members, and our Sunday live stream still gives us the opportunity to worship through music, giving, communion and the teaching of God’s Word. Our student ministry is connecting each Wednesday evening and our children’s ministry is sharing teaching videos each Friday. Our staff members are working hard to further God’s kingdom each day.
We must all continue to seek how God desires for us to focus on making disciples during this time, and take advantage of opportunities to grow in our walk with Christ and help others do the same. It can be a simple phone call, text message, video chat or a social distance visit. While we have many ways of connecting, there are some of you that may still feel alone. Please reach out! Call the church office at 304-736-5572 or send an email to email@example.com and we will help you get connected. If you have a financial or other type of need, please let us know.
Our church leadership understands how important the Sunday service is to all of us. We look forward to gathering once again, but we are trusting God to show us when that time will be for Pea Ridge Baptist Church. There will be churches that will resume services before we do. There will be others who wait even longer than we do. This is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Let’s commit to praying not just for our church, but for all churches who are seeking God’s direction in how to move forward. Our God is still at work. He is still leading us to grow in our faith. He is still saving people and transforming their lives. Nothing can separate us from His love, through Christ Jesus our Lord.