1401 Center Street Wellsville Ohio
Where Christ is exalted and the Word is proclaimed!
Dear First Baptist Family and Friends,
Our prayers go out all to people and families who have been personally affected by this unprecedented event and we are grateful for the healthcare workers and local community officials who are working tirelessly on the front line to contain the coronavirus.
As the impact of this global pandemic, coronavirus (COVID-19), evolves, First Baptist Church is firmly committed to the health and safety of our membership and our community. We are closely monitoring the changing situation and complying with public health guidance.
Because we are a house of faith it is important that we do not submit to panic and fear as those who do not know the Lord. We should rather take proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our membership as more information becomes available.
As many of you have noticed, public health authorities have advised business, houses of worship, social service agencies, and the general public to take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As a result, we are in the process of taking appropriate steps to minimize the possibility of disease transmission on our campus. We will have to begin steps to control the number of people gathering in our buildings and emphasize to our members the importance of practicing the recommended six-foot social distancing.
Our plans are to continue forward with this month's food pantry service. All volunteers must wear gloves and if interfacing with customers, must wear a mask or other appropriate face covering. If you are in an at-risk category: elderly, compromised immune system, etc. you are advised not to participate. Persons who are not First Baptist members assisting the food pantry, or non-member volunteers, will not be permitted to enter the building for any purpose! Not even to use the restroom.
We will provide 'curb-side' service only. Customers will be given a box of food. If inclement weather is anticipated, have them wait in their cars. Until further notice this is a curb-side service only!
We will go forward with our plans to clean the church on Friday and Saturday. No more than ten people. During this time, we must observe appropriate social distancing of six feet. Deacon Dorsey is engaging Stanley Steamer to deep clean our pews and carpets.
Until further notice we are cancelling normal Sunday Worship services and Wednesday evening Bible Study class. However, we will have Sunday morning worship via Facebook live and Instagram. I am also looking into how to use YouTube live as a resource because it is a reliable service used by public and private schools to teach kids while schools are shut down. It also allows us to send a hyperlink invitation that they can click on to join in the service. Please remember that while this public health emergency is in effect, we still have to pay the utilities and keep the ministry moving forward. This is a result of increased restrictions on public gatherings by those in authority. We must observe appropriate social distancing of six feet. We will limit our gatherings to 10 people until further notice.
As new information becomes available, the Church will respond swiftly and appropriately to keep you well informed. As new developments occur, rest assured we are committed to ministering to you, our members and the community.
Thank you for your support and understanding! As a society, we have moved into uncharted territory. But by the Grace of God we will get through this storm. May the Lord God bless you real good and may Heaven smile upon you!