COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Fear and panic are not descriptors of the mature Christian life. Therefore, our decisions as pastors and church leaders should not be taken as based on fear, but rather based on being the best shepherd and ministers to those in our church. Our staff has met and discussed that which all are confronted with related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. There are more knowns than unknowns, but steps of precaution are being taken by schools, universities, sports leagues, and other large organizations.

Therefore, we have decided to only offer our Sunday service at 10:45am online until further notice.
 

Changes to Schedule Beginning Sunday, March 15

  • All gatherings and activities scheduled on our church campus are cancelled. Sunday morning worship will be at 10:45am and streamed online. Once we believe it is safe to gather together as a congregation in person, we will open our services again. Stay tuned for continual updates.

  • We will not be having MidPoint Bible Study on Wednesday morning.

  • We will not be having Wednesday evening activities (AWANA, Student Ministry, Choirs, Bible Study, Intercessory Prayer, etc.)

  • We are cancelling our March 19 Senior Adult Trip to DeLeon Springs State Park

  • We are postponing our March 28 Widows Luncheon.

  • We are cancelling the April 2 Senior Adult Luncheon.

  • We are postponing our April 4 Usher Appreciation Dinner.

  • We will not observe the Lord's Supper in April.

  • We are postponing our April 11 Easter Egg Hunt at Swimming Pen Creek Elementary.

  • We are cancelling our April 16 Senior Adult Game Day.

  • We are cancelling our April 27-29 trip in the Senior Adult Jubilee in Myrtle Beach.

  • The church office will be open on Mondays only and staff will work remotely from home the remainder of the work week (Tuesday-Thursday.)

  • Pastors and deacons (and we recommend this for other church members) will not be making visits to hospitals and nursing homes, though we will continue to keep our prayer list up-to-date and contact families and individuals as best we can.

 

Sunday Morning Worship

We will offer our 10:45am service online for people to join in virtually through Facebook Live and a streaming link available on our website (check our site's home page.)
 

The Creek Church and The Island Church

Our campuses at Swimming Pen Creek Elementary School and the Barco-Newton YMCA in Fleming Island are suspended until further notice.
 

Some Things YOU Should Consider

  • Check out this update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Join us for worship online We offer streaming free on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:45am of our worship service. You do not have to be a Facebook user to watch the streaming feed. Tune in and join us. The link is https://www.facebook.com/thefirstfam and the service begins at 10:45am. 

  • Though we know hand sanitizer doesn't do all that the labels indicate, it is better than nothing, so have some on hand and use it. 

  • Wash your hands with soap!

  • Be wise and do not let overwhelming worry and panic rule. Remember "Worry is not our friend, and panic is not our way." This article speaks clearly on this - https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/christians-anxious-coronavirus/

 

Online Giving Is Available - Please Use It
If you choose to not attend personally, please do not allow your participation through giving to wane. Our online offering option is available and safe. Give as God leads. Do so here or mail your offering to the church office at 1140 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073

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First Baptist Church & First Family Network
1140 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073