I hope this letter finds you doing well in your socially distanced spaces! It is my desire to keep you informed as to Bayview’s position regarding the coronavirus. The governor has extended the state of health emergency for two weeks. This means that at the earliest we could congregate together for Sunday worship is April 19th.
This past Sunday we moved our teaching and worship online to a newly created Bayview media page that you can find here. Our intent is to adapt our ministries to function with compliance with the governor’s directives. It took some effort to create a media ministry in the span of a few days last week, but getting past the learning curve we hope to have more ways to connect our church and minister to each other.
This Tuesday evening (3/24) at 7 PM we will host our first live stream ministry event. This event is primarily to connect people in prayer. For a limited time in the evening, we encourage you to check out the live stream on our church FaceBook page here. People are invited to share a prayer request, be encouraged and hear what prayer needs other members may have. It is a time to pray, exhort and encourage one another. If you only drop in for a few minutes and share something in the chat space then that is great. We want to hear from you and stay connected to one another. “With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).
Thank you for the great response our church had to the Sunday message to be living stones. This week I will be tasking our staff with how to better coordinate corporate responses. If you find ways to minister to people individually then be encouraged to practice recommended safeguards. Several of you asked about the at-risk or elderly in our church—thank you! Our leadership is checking on them. It could increase their chance of contracting the virus if numbers of our congregation visit them. Let’s keep the social distancing in mind when being a holy priesthood to one another (1 Peter 2:4-5). One of the ways you can help is by contributing to the Samaritan Fund located here at our church website.
As stated last week, if anyone is in need of ministry our office will remain open. You can contact someone during regular business hours and we will try and serve and assist you—or connect you with a servant minister who can.
As your pastor, I want to tell you that we are reshaping ministries with a long-term plan in case the effects of the virus run into the summer, or longer. If this ends sooner—that will be a blessing, but I want to be vigilant and prepared.
Remember, God comforts and ministers to us in our own affliction so that we will do the same to others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Let’s keep it up.
P.S. Here is Dr. Andrew’s second video concerning the Coronaviras with some pastoral words on how we must live as believers.