Dear BBC Faith Family,
The past several hours have brought changes at an incredible speed. Consequently, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel this weekend’s worship gatherings and go to an online-only worship format at 10:30 AM. You’ll be able to access the service video on facebook.com/bartlettbaptist or bartlettbaptist.org/bbc-live/. I encourage you to gather with your family and worship online!
We are not doing this out of fear; our God is sovereign and wasn’t caught off guard by the current health situation. But with the repeated requests from the CDC and Governor Bill Lee to limit large gatherings, we are;
1) giving respect and honor to those who are in authority; and
2) loving our neighbors, especially our weakest and most vulnerable.
In addition to Sunday’s services, we are also canceling all church events for this coming week. I know these decisions are disappointing to many, but I do believe they’re sensible.
Please share this information with others as you have the opportunity. (We will also be releasing this information through our numerous social media outlets, website, and email.)
I appreciate your understanding and encourage you to pray for people already impacted by COVID-19. I also encourage to pray that the Lord brings glory to Himself through the loving and compassionate response of His people.
(Latest Update: March 14, 2020 8:54 AM)
How you can help
We are committed to keeping all our building clean, but we need your help. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us keep one another safe and healthy.
World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before; during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.
- If you feel unwell (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.
Reduce Personal Touch – Instead of handshakes and hugs, offer waves and friendly smiles. Who wants an Air Five!
Use Discretion – If you or a family member are sick, please stay home and join us at bartlettbaptist.org/bbc-live for worship.
What we are doing
We want to make sure everyone knows what we are doing in our church to help keep them clean:
DR Mission Trip
After consulting with the IMB Mission Board as well as an Infectious Disease Doctor, we have made the decision to POSTPONE the Student’s DR Mission Trip. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact Todd Oakley in the church office.
Similar to other organizations across the nation, our staff and facilities team is implementing an extra layer of cleaning and sanitizing precautions around the building. That includes increasing our cleaning schedules and procedures, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces (such as door knobs), and applying an extra layer of detail to our kid’s areas and classrooms.
Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the church for your convenience.
Starting this Sunday, we will not be offering coffee. However, you are encouraged to bring your own and you are more than welcome to enjoy it during the service in the Worship Center.
As an added precaution, we will not be passing offering plates around during the offering collection time in our service. We’re encouraging members to give online, via text, or by dropping in-person gifts in the offering plates at the doors on the way out of our worship center. If you would like to give online and don’t have access to our online giving platform, please send us a message, and we will get in touch with you sometime this week.
Can I watch services online?
If you’re sick, or have been in close contact with someone who has been ill, our live stream is a great way to stay connected. You can worship with us live every Sunday on our Website and our Facebook page, and continue to connect with our church family and staff through hosted live chats on Facebook during every service. We want to continue to help you grow and pray with you, even if you can’t attend in person.
What about giving?
What about the Coffee
Starting this Sunday, we will not be offering coffee. However, you are encouraged to bring your own and you are more than welcome to enjoy it during the service in the Worship Center