COVID case numbers continue to climb in our area. Recently updated guidelines for businesses, recreational venues, and faith communities will hopefully reverse that trend. The restrictions maintain previous limits on capacity for churches, but also prohibit congregational singing and significantly limit the number of musicians allowed on stage.
While we are still legally permitted to continue in-person gatherings, albeit in limited fashion, as followers of Jesus we are bound by love. We are committed to making the best decision from our perspective and our convictions for the community. We want to acknowledge and communicate clearly that as a church, we don't exist for ourselves. We exist for the world around us! And we must show selfless and sacrificial love to our community in this time of crisis. We know there is anxiety and discomfort about our inability to meet normally, but we can trust knowing that Christ leads us (Prov. 3:5-6), regardless of how we worship.
Over the past two months we’ve seen attendance climb at church. This past Sunday, with the addition of dedicated family spaces, we had one of our highest-attended Sundays since the pandemic began! It was a great day and it made me excited about the future. However, we can't act as if this pandemic isn’t real and isn’t still a problem in our community. As we look forward and seek to cooperate with the efforts of our local health officials and care providers, we need to make some temporary adjustments.
Starting this Sunday, our weekend services will be ALL ONLINE and the campus will be closed for all activities through Monday, December 14, 2020.
CHURCH ONLINE //
Service will be accessible from our website and broadcast at 9am on YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo and will remain accessible on-demand afterward.
Quick links to find our service online:
- FBC Everett on Vimeo.com: vimeo.com/fbceverett
- FBC Everett on YouTube.com: https://bit.ly/35Rij3w
- FBC Everett on Facebook.com: facebook.com/everettfirstbaptistchurch
Lifegroups should meet virtually, or outdoors in groups of 5 or less. This is a great time to connect to a Lifegroup if you’re not part of one already. To join a group, contact Juli Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHILDREN AND TEENS //
FBC K!DS (preschool/elementary) will provide families with resources and activities to help you learn and worship together at home. Contact Bruce Fuller for details (email@example.com).
Middle School and High School groups will meet virtually through Zoom. Contact Nathan Yocum with questions about connecting your student to a group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These adjustments aren't fun. After re-gathering for the last couple of months, this was a hard decision. But we believe it's the right decision. Everything we do is rooted in the love of Jesus.
Despite the discouragement that COVID-19 continues to bring, as a church we will practice hope. This Sunday we will express gratitude and generosity in our Thanksgiving service. And we are looking to get back to in-person gatherings as soon as possible. We’re planning a very special time for our in-person Christmas services this year.
The FBC Elders and Staff have considered these options closely. If you have any questions or needs, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here for you!
The Elders and Staff of First Baptist Church