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COVID-19 Response at Redland Baptist Church

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact people and businesses around the world.
Stay informed about the virus and our response to help Redland protect our members, volunteers, staff, and our community.

In a time of uncertainty we would like to provide these 
reliable sources for up-to-date information

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Messages from our Pastor

March 13, 2020
Fellow Servants,
I’m sure you have heard by now of Governor Hogan’s decision to cancel schools and to limit attendance at all churches, to no more than 250 people until further notice.
Our church staff met today to decide how best to respond and have agreed that for the next two weeks our campus will be effectively closed (this includes Rec events in the ROC, Grace-In-Store, Ladies and Men’s Bible studies, Wednesday night activities, etc).

However, in spite of COVID-19, our “church” is still alive and will be functioning at 100%.  Your staff is on duty---as are you! In fact, this is a great time for each of us to BE the church as we show our faith in tangible ways.
In the early 3rd century a plague blew through Rome and the Christian response stood out. Unlike their pagan peers, they helped the sick and shared the love of Jesus in powerful, tangible ways.  We can and should do the same.

For example, it looks like our Serve Saturday will have to be post-poned---but we can still serve our community during this crisis by offering to help neighbors who need childcare, running errands for the elderly, sharing a meal with others, and by being sensitive to faith conversation opportunities.

To help equip you for this we will be doing the following:
  • We will live-stream Sunday morning Bible study and worship.
  • We will offer special on-line Bible study opportunities for youth and children.
  • Mondays through Fridays a member of our staff will post a video-devotional designed to help you be the Body of Christ in the midst of the spread of this virus.
  • Our staff and deaconate will be available to help you in any way you need.
  • The church office will be open 9am-12n Monday-Friday. We will reassess on March 23 or sooner as this situation develops.

I will send out another e-mail tomorrow with details as to how to access the on-line helps.

Remember---as I told you in my last e-mail---we nave NOTHING to fear so instead of giving into panic---I encourage you to rest in the character of our loving, all-powerful Heavenly Father.

Keep the SON in your eyes!
Mark
[email protected]
March 12, 2020
Fellow Redlanders,
The responses we received to our prior e-mail about the COVID-19 Coronavirus reveal the need for a follow-up, hence this communication.
First, let me reiterate what I said before. We do not need to be afraid. God is still on His throne. He is still all-powerful and all knowing. He “hems us in behind and before.” (Psalm 139)
One of the curses of mass media with its repeated reporting on numerous venues is the way that it magnifies news such that we feel like whatever they are reporting is closing in on us and we are helpless before it.

As Christians we are never helpless! Our Almighty God is “an ever-present help in time of trouble.” (Psalm 46) He has not given us “the spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). This is a time for us to embrace this year’s vision and walk by faith---not by sight.

I also want to remind you what your church family and staff have been doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  1. Anti-bacterial hand cleaner is available at each entrance to the Sanctuary and throughout the building.
  2. All handrails in our building are wiped down multiple times.
  3. Toys in nursery and children’s area as well as all counter surfaces are wiped down with Clorox wipes after every session.
  4. Video games, pool tables, etc. in Youth Barn are wiped down after FUEL and Grace Groups.
  5. At Wednesday night Fellowship Meals, we will not have an open salad bar until the crisis passes. Other safety procedures have also been put in place (silverware will be on tables; food and beverages served by food service volunteers, etc.)
  6. Changes have been made to the way people access the coffee service stations.
  7. We are discouraging people from shaking hands or hugging necks as part of greeting in worship and we are encouraging everyone to practice safe hand washing while on campus.
  8. Congregants who feel ill are encouraged to stay home and to let us know so we can pray for them and make sure their needs are met. If you feel the need to avoid crowds and remain in your home, we certainly understand. Sunday messages are available online.

If the situation worsens such that we decide it is best to cancel services or Grace Groups for a time, the Pastor and Staff will make the decision and you will be notified by your Deacon.
This crisis will pass.  God is still in control.

Keep the SON in your eyes!

Mark