Dear Charleston Baptist Family,
With a sincere desire to love our neighbors as ourselves while exercising great caution for members of our church and community, the ministry team has made the necessary decisions:
- Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, all on-campus facility use will be suspended until further notice. The only exceptions to this are for staff and/or volunteers whose work necessitates being on campus and for the Bread of Life Ministry (community food bank).
- Beginning Sunday, March 22nd, all on-campus worship gatherings will be suspended until further notice. We are excited and looking forward to joining you in worship online at https://charlestonbaptist.org/read-watch/messages/.
WHY ARE WE MOVING CBC WORSHIP GATHERINGS ONLINE AND SUSPENDING THE USE OF OUR FACILITIES?
Our goal in these decisions, as in everything we do, is a desire to glorify God as biblically and wisely as possible. Decisions like these are very difficult to make because by God’s design and according to His Word, the church thrives on gathering together face-to-face. It is in these face-to-face gatherings that we can express love for one another, care for one another, and encourage one another. Every week, I am personally blessed, when we gather together in singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another. This is why Christians around the world gather together every single Sunday, some even at great risk.
The Bible calls us to care for one another and love one another (and all our neighbors) as ourselves. We believe the best way we can do this, in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, is by not gathering in large group settings. If we were to come together for a normal Sunday gathering, we would easily cross the threshold of the recommended group size given by our health officials. Charleston Baptist is blessed with facilities that people use throughout the week, so we believe the wisest way to love everyone is to limit exposure by suspending the use of our facilities
.Although we are suspending the use of our facilities and moving our worship gatherings to online only until further notice, this does not mean that the activities of the church are stopping. This is an incredible opportunity for us, as church, to discover new ways of ministering. This is a time for us to be the church like never before! We still believe and trust, that no matter the circumstances, God has called us and desires for us to Worship, Grow, Connect, and Serve together!
HOW WILL WE CONTINUE TO WORSHIP, GROW, CONNECT, AND SERVE TOGETHER?
As our worship gatherings move online until further notice, our ministry team will be providing you with weekly resources to supplement your online worship experience. These resources include: sermon notes/outline, age appropriate discussion/application questions, music, and the opportunity to give online. Worship resources will be available and updated on Sunday mornings and can be found at https://charlestonbaptist.org/read-watch/messages/. We encourage you to give online during your worship time; however, you can give online anytime. If you prefer to bring your tithe and/or offering to the church, our goal is to have office hours Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm.
As a church, we have been blessed by our online partnership with Right Now Media. RightNow Media provides some of the greatest resources for individuals and families to grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. If you are not
already connected with this resource, we encourage you to sign up by emailing Pastor Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our ministry team is currently working on some additional resources to help you and your family grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. These resources will be added shortly and regularly updated.
In times of crisis, connecting in biblical community cannot be neglected. We need each other! We are encouraging individuals across our church to consider alternate means for staying as biblically connected to one another as possible during this time. LifeGroup leaders, with the assistance of our ministry team, are formulating the means by which we can stay connected with you. Please continue to pray for your leaders. If you are not connected with a LifeGroup, please contact Pastor Jason at email@example.com.
We also believe that connecting through communication is important. The plan is to continue providing the midweek update. If you are not currently receiving the update, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also stay connected through the following online options: CBC Website, CBC Facebook page, CBC Community Facebook page, and other related FB pages under the umbrella of CBC.
One of the great burdens we have for our church family is for our senior adults. Our senior adults are some of the most loyal, sacrificial, and godly people in our church family. They are not only in the window of high risk for the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) virus, they are also a group that is at high risk for not staying connected with the body of Christ. This risk has nothing to do with their desire to be connected, quite the opposite is true. Not all our senior adults are familiar or comfortable with online technology. Our ministry team, our Deacon ministry, and our church body, will provide the care they deserve!
As individuals and families, we urge you to engage your community in the ways that you can. One way that we are continuing to serve our surrounding community is through our Bread of Life ministry. We will keep this ministry operational for as long as possible. Please be encouraged! You never know what a phone call, a text message, a face-to-face conversation, or a time of prayer with your neighbor, can accomplish.
As we live out the vision of Worshipping, Growing, Connecting, and Serving, we do this together for the glory of God. Thank you again for your prayers and support. From myself and your entire ministry team, we love all of you very much!
Kevin Giordano, Lead Pastor
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”- Colossians 1:28-29
Dear Charleston Baptist Family,
Thank you for your faithfulness and service to the Lord. In light of the press conference held by Governor McMaster just a few moments ago, all Sunday evening activities are cancelled for tonight, March 15th. We hope to update you regarding all other scheduled activities sometime tomorrow and will communicate to you via email, social media, and our church website.
Know that we, as a church staff, are praying for you and your loved ones and we are carefully considering all options. Pastor Kevin shared some very wise insight in his email message last Friday…may we hold on to the promises of God and not let the spirit of fear take control of our hearts.
Again, we appreciate your support and we thank you again for your cooperation and understanding.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us directly by emailing: email@example.com.
Dear Charleston Baptist Family,
In light of the increasing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to update you on how our church is planning and preparing for the next several weeks as our nation and community navigates the effects of this virus. As of now, all activities on church campus will remain as scheduled. (This includes worship services, LifeGroup meetings, Bible studies, Sunday and Wednesday night activities, etc.)
As we trust in the Lord together, we want to take the appropriate precautions to minimize any impact on our people and our community. Keep in mind: no amount of cleaning or sterilizing can guarantee the elimination of germs, but we can do all we can to minimize their spread and effects.
- We are continuously monitoring medical and government agencies for information and will inform you of any changes in our regular scheduled activities.
- We are increasing our sanitization of all bathrooms, eating areas, gathering areas, kids and student areas, and worship center.
- Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout our campus.
- All self-check in kiosks will receive increased cleaning and sanitization.
- During our offertory, we will have our normal time of worship through prayer and song, however the offering will be collected at the doors as you leave.
- For the next several weeks we will forgo our normal welcome time during both services.
- For the next several weeks we will forgo our normal snack time in the CB kids ministries.
- We are discussing and preparing for alternative worship formats including live Facebook video and other social media formats should the need arise.
- If you wish to give online you can do so here: https://charlestonbaptist.org/read-watch/realm/
- If you wish to listen to the sermon online you can do that here: https://charlestonbaptist.org/read-watch/messages/
- We recommend that anyone who is at high risk (older adults, those with chronic medical conditions, etc.) use your judgment as to attending services or church activities.
- If you or any of your children show signs of sickness, we do ask that you take an extra-conservative precaution and please stay home.
- Wash your hands as often as possible.
- If you are a senior adult or anyone who would like assistance with shopping needs, or to pick up prescription medicines, please contact your LifeGroup leader or church office, so we can assist you.
We know that many of you may feel anxious or worried about the situation, both because of health fears, but also the economic and social impact it may have on your lives. Please know our pastors are praying for you and are here for you as you navigate through this season of time.
- Be encouraged by God’s Word
– We have not been given a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
– We can draw near to God (James 4:8)
– We are to be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6)
– We are to trust in the Lord and not in our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Use this opportunity to share and live out the gospel
Use this time to reach out to your neighbors and friends as they work through their own fears and anxieties. Pray for opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ, and be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
- Use this opportunity to pray or to pray and fast.
Pray for our brothers and sisters of the Chinese Christian Church. Many have loved ones in China and are facing high anxiety and potential stigma because of the outbreak’s origin.
Please be in prayer for everyone around the world as we all face this challenge together. Tens of thousands of people have contracted the virus and thousands have died. Please pray for healing, for restoration, and for people to come to know Christ, who is the only one who can make “all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
· Take a moment to read these articles.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if anything changes over the next several weeks. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please let us know.
Kevin Giordano, Lead Pastor
13 San Miguel Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407
Office: (843)556-4673 Fax: (843)556-9639