Special News and Updates

MESSAGE FROM PASTOR KEVIN | for July 8, 2020

Making Decisions and Living in Humility 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have to make decisions every day.  Sometimes decisions only impact you, but oftentimes decisions impact those around you such as your spouse, family, friends, co-workers, or your church family.  It seems that the larger the impact, the more difficult these decisions can be. So where should we go when we need wisdom in all of life’s decisions?  Our first source, should always be God’s Word.

One passage in particular, which helps guide us to make wise decisions was given to the Apostle Paul.  He writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:3-8 (ESV)

This passage reminds us that our decision making can and should include our personal preferences and convictions, but it cannot be limited to that.  In humility, as we look to Christ, we should also be looking out for others.  Life will never be void of controversial topics, misleading and conflicting information, and hard decisions; but we can, in Christ, show humility in the process.  There is always a bigger picture than just, how does this impact me.

As an example, the wearing of masks.  The “wearing of masks”, may or may not side with our personal preference or convictions.  Regardless of where we personally land on the subject, we can choose to approach the situation, with whatever information we have, in humility.

Why walk in humility?  Because it reflects and represents, Christ in us.  We are aware that the smartest people in the world are debating the issue of should we or should we not be wearing a mask.  We aren’t experts in this area, but we are pretty sure there is truth and error on both sides.  Either way, we can walk in humility because we certainly don’t know all the answers.

How does this specifically impact Charleston Baptist Church?  Please walk in humility.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I helping or hurting the cause of Christ?
  • Am I imposing my preferences and convictions in a way that is unbiblical?
  • What is consuming me more, His Spirit or my flesh?
  • Am I desiring to reflect my citizenship in Heaven or my citizenship in this world?
  • How do I respond when others differ from me, when there is no clear biblical error?
  • Am I seeking unity in the body of Christ?
  • Am I showing love for others?

The answers to these questions will often show us if we are living in humility or not.  We would encourage you to walk through these questions when making any decisions.  So why the long post?  Because our greatest gift is Christ in us and our greatest blessing is reflecting His life in us.  Our actions and words matter.  Not only do our actions and words matter, but the motivations behind those actions and words matter.

Based on the guidelines and ordinances that have been given to us by our governmental leaders, below is CBC’s stance on the “wearing of masks” and other guidelines for in person on-campus worship:

  • To ensure the highest level of safety, Charleston Baptist Church requires all staff and most volunteers to wear a mask during on-campus events.
  • Even though churches are technically exempt from the “wearing of masks” ordinance, we highly recommend that all people wear masks, unless you fall in one of these categories:
      -Wearing a mask would exacerbate an underlying health condition.

      -Inability to remove a mask without the assistance of others.

      -If you are under the age of 10.

  • If you choose not to wear a mask, you are still allowed to worship with us in person and on-campus.
  • If you are concerned about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask in person on-campus, please join us online.
  • Beginning July 12, we will be offering worship inside at 9am & 11am. We have limited seating for our in-person on-campus worship services.  For the safety and health of yourself and others, we ask that you please “RSVP” online as to which service and location you will be attending. This RSVP process will continue for the foreseeable future, so that we can ensure we are complying with regulations. The deadline for Worship RSVP is every Friday at 12 noon…so we need everyone to RSVP for the July 12th service by Friday, July 10th at 12 noon. Here is the link to RSVP online: https://charlestonbaptist.org.  Please click the blue button that says “Worship RSVP”. If you do not have online access, please call the church office to RSVP (843.556.4673) and Ms. Rita will take your information.  Please share this information with those who may not have online access.
      -As a reminder, we will have main worship areas, during both worship hours:

      • Main Sanctuary (General worship attendees)
      • Gym Building (General worship attendees and special areas for those who are seeking smaller extra family friendly environments)
      • Kid’s Building (High risk worship attendees)

      -As a reminder, each worship area has a specific parking area and main entrance.

      • Main Sanctuary (Park in the front parking lot and enter into the Main Building entrance)
      • Gym Building (Park in the front parking lot and enter into the main Gym Building entrance)
      • Kid’s Building (Park in the back parking lot and enter into the main Kid’s Building entrance)

      -As a reminder, you may only enter into the assigned main entrances.

      -As a reminder, you may not enter into multiple buildings.  This will help ensure the safest environment possible.

      -As a reminder, we will only be having worship services on Sunday mornings. CB Kids, CB Students, and LifeGroups will resume on campus on a later date/appropriated time based on best interest of all.

    • Each worship area has been initially arranged with seating that is “spread-out”. Please feel free to put seats together for your family, while at the same time, maintaining appropriate social distance from others.
    • We will take the appropriate measures to make sure our facilities are clean and sanitary before, between, and after our worship services. These measures include wiping all common surfaces, disinfecting restrooms, and sanitizing all worship and gathering areas.
    • We will have hand sanitizer stations throughout our campus, but please feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer.
    • Offering will not be collected during the worship services, but you will still be able to give online or in one of our giving boxes as you exit the service.
    • Please take personal responsibility in making sure you and your family are coming on-campus, without any known fever or sickness.
    • In the event you or your family member tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the church immediately. Please call 843 556-4673 or email @ info@charlestonbaptist.org
    • If one of our pastors or staff tests positive or has a family member test positive for COVID-19, they will not be allowed on campus for at least 10 days.

    We are so looking forward to worshipping again inside and we hope the above measures will help you in your worship experience inside beginning on July 12.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of your CBC pastors or staff members.

WORSHIP OUTSIDE THE WALLS UPDATE | for June 14, 2020

Hello church family.

Here is the latest news regarding worship outside the walls for tomorrow June 14, 2020.

Due to the growing possibility of rain tonight and tomorrow morning, the outside worship has been cancelled. We will be doing live stream online at 10am. We hope that you will join us for the live worship service online. You can view this service on our Facebook or our YouTube channel at 10 am. Here is the link to our website where you can view the service live at 10 am: https://charlestonbaptist.org/live-stream

If you are unable to view the service live at 10 a.m., you can view the service on demand on our website  https://charlestonbaptist.org/read-watch/messages/ or YouTube channel beginning at noon.

Please communicate this message to folks who may not have access to online communication.

Weather permitting, we will continue worship outside the walls next Sunday at 10 am. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. God bless you.

Tammy Davis
Communications
Charleston Baptist Church

WORSHIP RE-ENTRY PHASE 1 | IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM PASTOR KEVIN

Worship Re-entry Phase 1 Officially begins 07.12.20

Two Services

  • 9:00 am
  • 11:00 am

Worship Areas

  • Worship Center (Sanctuary) for General Attendees
  • Gym building for General Attendees and Extra Family Friendly
  • Kids building for High Risk Attendees

Entrances & Parking

  • Park in the front parking lot and enter through the front doors of the main building, if you are worshiping in the Worship Center (Sanctuary)
  • Park in the front parking lot and enter through the front doors of the gym, if you are worshiping in the Gym
  • Park in the back parking lot and enter through the back entrance, if you are worshiping in the Kids building
  • Please enter only into the building where you have registered to worship
  • Please refrain from entering into multiple buildings if you are not worshiping in that area

Worship RSVP

  • Worship RSVP is required.  Please visit the RSVP link (on our website home page) weekly in order to reserve seats for yourself and your family on a weekly basis.
    https://charlestonbaptist.org (please click the Worship RSVP button).
  • If you do not have on-line access, please call the church office to RSVP (843.556.4673) and someone will RSVP online for you.

What to Expect upon Arrival

  • Our hospitality and parking team will be ready, willing, and able to assist you in getting you where you need to go.
  • We will take the appropriate measures to make sure our facilities are clean and sanitary before and after our worship services.
  • We will have hand sanitizer stations throughout our campus, but please feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Offering will not be collected during the worship services, but you will still be able to give online or in one of our giving boxes as you exit.

Worship Online still available

  • Live stream @ 9 am and 11 am will be available beginning 07.12.20
  • Worship service will be available on-demand, after the service is completed
  • If you aren’t feeling well, or if you are caring for someone who is in the high risk community, please join us for worship at home.
  • In the event you or your family member tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the church immediately. Please call 843 556-4673 or email @ info@charlestonbaptist.org

Reminders

  • As a reminder, we will only be having worship services on Sunday mornings. CB Kids, CB Students, and LifeGroups will resume on campus on a later date/appropriated time based on best interest for all.
  • Please take personal responsibility in making sure you and your family are coming on-campus, without any known fever or sickness.
  • In the event you or your family member tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the church immediately. Please call 843 556-4673 or email @ info@charlestonbaptist.org
  • If one of our pastors or staff tests positive or has a family member test positive for COVID-19, they will not be allowed on campus for at least 10 days.

WORSHIP OUTSIDE THE WALLS UPDATE | for June 14, 2020

Hello church family.

Here is the latest news regarding worship outside the walls for tomorrow June 14, 2020.

Due to the growing possibility of rain tonight and tomorrow morning, the outside worship has been cancelled. We will be doing live stream online at 10am. We hope that you will join us for the live worship service online. You can view this service on our Facebook or our YouTube channel at 10 am. Here is the link to our website where you can view the service live at 10 am: https://charlestonbaptist.org/live-stream

If you are unable to view the service live at 10 a.m., you can view the service on demand on our website  https://charlestonbaptist.org/read-watch/messages/ or YouTube channel beginning at noon.

Please communicate this message to folks who may not have access to online communication.

Weather permitting, we will continue worship outside the walls next Sunday at 10 am. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. God bless you.

Tammy Davis
Communications
Charleston Baptist Church

Worship Outside the Walls Updated Info 06.03.20

General Info

  • Worship will be held on campus in large grassy area in the back of church.
  • We will be ready to welcome you by 9:15 am.
  • We ask that you be ready to worship by 9:50 am.
  • If on campus worship is not possible due to weather, that decision will be made by 8:30 pm on the preceding Saturday evening and will be communicated via Facebook / Email / website (Special News).

Entrance & Parking

  • Enter and Exit church campus using San Miguel Rd / Savage Rd.
  • Park in the main, front parking lot.
  • Designated parking available for folks with mobility issues – grassy area near CB kids playground.
  • Volunteers will be here to direct traffic and assist you by carrying items.

Restrooms

  • Available in the CB kids lobby
  • Can only be accessed through CB kids building entrance
  • Use only if absolutely necessary

What to Expect

  • A time of incredible worship
  • Song lyrics and scripture reference for the sermon
  • Graduate recognition for high school and college graduates
  • Some staff/volunteers will be wearing masks; however masks are not mandatory – please use your discretion
  • Social distancing
  • Dress casually & comfortably
  • Welcome tent to assist with hospitality needs
  • Continue giving online or drop offering with volunteer located at front entrance before or immediately following worship

Items to Bring (Items not provided by CBC)

  • chair
  • umbrella
  • tent
  • blanket
  • water
  • suncscreen
  • bug spray
  • hand sanitizer
  • mask (if desired)
  • Bible

Worship Online still available

  • Live stream @ 10 am
  • Worship service will be available on-demand, after the service is completed
  • If you aren’t feeling well, or if you are caring for someone who is in the high risk community, please join us for worship at home.

Important Info from Pastor Kevin regarding Phase One Worship Re-entry

An Update From Our Pastor About COVID-19

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?

  • WORSHIP

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.

  • GROW

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 jason@charlestonbaptist.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.

  • CONNECT

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 jason@charlestonbaptist.org.

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 info@charlestonbatist.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!

  • SERVE

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!

In Christ,

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

Updated Info for Sunday evening, March 15th Activities

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: info@charlestonbaptist.org.

A Letter From Our Pastor About COVID-19

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.)

 

CHURCH PRECAUTIONS

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/ 

 

INDIVIDUAL PRECAUTIONS

  • 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.

ENCOURAGEMENT

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.

http://www.bpnews.net/54460/greear-floyd-entity-heads-issue-call-for-day-of-prayer

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/christians-anxious-coronavirus/

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-early-church-teach-coronavirus/

https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/?fbclid=IwAR1fjisSVxB9Nq-SgqSA1cMxROupQeN74nEmhAtHsCRYqK3JFwmmqP9gjaA

 

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.

 

In Christ,

Kevin Giordano, Lead Pastor

 

13 San Miguel Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407

Office:  (843)556-4673           Fax:  (843)556-9639

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