Message from Bro. Richard Bray Concerning Coronavirus and Guidelines
I come to you with a thankful heart. I am thankful to God because He has provided a way for us to meet together during this Coronavirus pandemic through the use of an FM transmitter. Many churches have not been able to do this. Even though we have been able to do drive up services, I have missed being together with you in the same room.
I have some exciting news to share with you! After receiving guidelines from the governor’s office, I met with the deacons to explore what steps we could take to be together in the building. We agreed the safest course of action was to begin opening the building in stages in order to honor God and at the same time try to protect those of us who are most vulnerable.
Beginning May 17, 2020, at 11 a.m., we will have Sunday morning worship, and on Wednesday night, May 20, prayer and Bible study (6:30 p.m.) in the worship center. These services will continue unless something else happens.
Before I share the guidelines we will need to follow, I would like to share a word from my heart. I know some of you have been practicing social distancing and some of you have not. I realize we probably all have a different idea about the restrictions we have faced. But I have talked to enough of our church members to know some are deeply concerned about this virus. God’s Word tells us we are to put each other’s interests before our own. I preached on the “one anothers” found in Scripture back earlier this Spring. We saw how God’s Word tells us to love one another, honor one another, and serve one another. Let me remind you of what the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2:1–8, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 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.” I would ask you to show great humility and patience with brothers and sisters who do not share your opinion or your practice. Please consider them as you read through and seek to abide by the guidelines listed.
For those who are not yet ready to enter the building, we will continue to broadcast the service on FM 87.9. You can stay in your car and listen on your radio. If you choose to worship in your car, please let someone know you are here so we can get an accurate count of those attending. We will continue to record the sermons and post them to Facebook, YouTube, and our website: rockhillbaptistlex.com.
Please continue to pray for your pastor and deacons as we navigate a new way of doing things. We are exploring some different possibilities for Sunday School and Sunday night services and will keep you posted as decisions are made. We still have not determined when we will be able to have youth and children activities. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I love you and look forward to seeing you face to face.
Here are the guidelines we are asking everyone to follow during the foreseeable future:
1. Please take your temperature at home before you come. If you have a fever, please stay home.
2. Please enter the sanctuary building through the main doors underneath the portico/canopy. The other doors will be locked. Please do not use your key to enter any other door.
3. Some areas will have “Do Not Enter” signs. Please obey by these signs.
4. Please maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others (this does not include others in your household) the entire time you are in the building.
5. Please wear a mask while you are in the building. We would ask each of you to bring a mask with you. We will have a few available but would like to reserve those for our guests.
6. When you approach the front doors, someone will open these for you. If at all possible, please do not touch the door handles.
7. When you enter the foyer, if bulletins are available, they will be spread out on a table. Please take one but try not to touch others.
8. When you enter the sanctuary, please sit with your family at least six feet away from other families. Parents, your children will attend worship with you. We will not have any children activities (including nursery) at this time.
9. We will use the screens to project the words for our songs. You will notice all the hymn books, pencils, papers, and Bibles have been removed. Please do not leave your Bible (or anything else) in the book holders on the back of the pews.
10. At the end of each worship service, I will dismiss the church by rows or sections. Please maintain six feet between you and others while leaving.
11. Offering plates will be on a table as you exit. Please worship the Lord through the giving of your tithes and offerings.
12. Please do not stop in the foyer to visit with others (before or after the service). If you want to visit, please wait until you are outside and away from the front doors.
13. The sanctuary and restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized before every service. The restrooms will have sanitizing wipes to clean toilet seats and fixtures. If you use one of these wipes, please do not place them in the toilets. You will find trash cans in which to deposit them. Parents, please accompany your children to the restroom in order to help them follow these guidelines.
If you have any questions about any of these, please call me. My cell phone number is (731) 602-2828. See you soon!