FBC and COVID-19

UPDATE
The deacons will once again evaluate the situation of when we will gather together in the sanctuary.  For now, we are have 2 drive-in services outside: Sunday morning at 9:30 for Bible study; Wednesday evening at 6:30 for Bible study. Hope to see you soon. The next deacons meeting will held on Sunday, October 18 at 12:15 p.m. through conference call. 

As reported to the church family on Thursday, March 12, 2020
Good afternoon church family,
In order to best protect the health of our congregation, the deacons have voted to reschedule this Sunday’s Homecoming service.  Dr. McGee and I both support this decision and are working to select a future date for this service.  In addition, after consultation with and input from local healthcare providers, the deacons voted to cancel in-person services for both this Sunday and Wednesday service.  We will still broadcast a service on G104 and livestream on Facebook, but no one will be permitted in the sanctuary. We will communicate further next week as more information becomes available for future services.  Stay safe. Practice good hygiene. Check on one another. Above all pray.  Panic and anxiety are defeated through prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us to take our concerns to God in prayer and His peace will guard your heart.

We will livestream the worship service each Sunday morning and post a Bible study for each Wednesday night.

Welcome by Jason Coen, deacon chair, as read Sunday morning, March 15, 2020.
Good morning and welcome to this historic Sunday service at First Baptist Church Rockingham. I’d like to welcome those of you listening on the radio at WJSG G104, as well as those of you watching this, either live or recorded, on our website at fbcrock.com or on Facebook. As I said earlier, this is truly a historic service. Instead of looking out and seeing the familiar, loving faces of our church family, all I see now are empty pews. An empty building. And like our sanctuary this morning, the world today looks a little different than the world that we’re used to. Things have changed, and things will continue to change over the coming weeks. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Cooper ordered - for at least the next two weeks - gatherings of more than 100 people be canceled, postponed, or streamed online. We will abide by this mandate. We will do this not because we’re looking for an excuse to not be here, but in order to give our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals a fighting chance at combating this virus. We will do this because we care about those with weakened immune systems due to chemotherapy, age, or health problems. We will do this simply because we love each other and this gives us the best chance at minimizing the effects. Just because we’re not in this building today - and might not be again for several more weeks - it doesn’t mean we can’t worship God with the same reverent spirit we did previously. Things change. As much as at any time in recent history, our way of life is about to change. We did not expect nor did we invite this challenge, but it is here. Scripture tells us “joy cometh in the morning,” and I know this is true. I hope this morning, and every day going forward, you notice the awesome work of God in your life. I ask that our congregation remain in contact with each other. Check on each other. Encourage each other. Lift each other up. Don’t allow fear and anxiety to cause conflict. Take time to appreciate those you love. Take time to appreciate the world around you. As I was walking over here a few hours ago, the grass seemed a little greener, the sun a little brighter. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Things change, but our faith in God remains constant.  On each Wednesday we are unable to meet - and again, we can’t say for certain how long that might be - Reverend Lee will post a Bible study video on Facebook for you to watch and participate with. I hope you take advantage of this. Just because we’re not in this building doesn’t mean we can’t worship. Please keep yourselves safe this week, and remember to wash your hands.

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