The Executive, 1 High Street,
High Times, Highlands
Central Baptist Church Telephone: 843.393.8581
512 Spring Street Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlington, SC 29532
We’ve been closely monitoring news of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Central Baptist cares for our people and community, and it is important to us to take measures to assure you that we are caring for you. We believe in a safe, clean environment, so this Sunday, and until this has passed, you will notice extra measures taken to keep you healthy. First, before we tell you the changes we are implementing, we would like to speak first to our faith and beliefs as Christians.
As we are all inundated with constant updates and closings/cancellations, the COVID-19 virus has caused fear and anxiety in many people. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”. My prayer is that we all would sense peace during this unprecedented time. God wants us to gather together as a church and worship. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary; rather, may we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control.
Our staff will continue to monitor things from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local officials, and medical professionals to formulate a preparedness plan. This plan will change and adjust based on the updates we receive, but as of this Sunday, March 15th, we are taking the following precautions to increase health measures and mitigate the spread of germs:
We will not pass offering plates during our services. You can place your tithes and offerings in the offering plate the ushers will be holding at the exits at the end of the services. You can also set up a payment to the church through your online banking Bill Pay.
We will have folks available to hold exterior doors to greet you as you enter and exit the sanctuary to minimize your need to touch door handles. In addition, we are making hand sanitizer more readily available in the sanctuary. As you may have experienced, hand sanitizer is in short supply. We are working diligently to purchase more to have it available throughout the campus.
We will not have our normal greeting time after announcements. Our recommendation is that you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.
We are committed to wiping down check-in surfaces after all services with disinfectant wipes.
If you find yourself feeling sick, we encourage you to catch up on the preaching service through our website. Sunday sermons are available each Monday through the following week on the home page of our website.
Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website to protect yourself and others:
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
We will update you as new information is available. You can find those updates on our website and our Facebook page. Please pray for our community, our world, and the decision makers who are forced to make hard decisions to ensure safety of our people. We ask that you pray for those folks who have contracted the virus and those who are high risk for this and any other illness.
Rev. Tim Coker, Senior Pastor