COVID-19 Updates

OVERVIEW

Know that we love you all and have been praying for you during this extremely bizarre time. Remember Philippians 4 as we put ourselves in the hands of our loving God.

 …do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 While this is not easy and not natural, God in his grace will meet us where we are, be with us and empower us for love and good works.

 The Elders made a decision to cancel all events at the church including Sunday worship.  By following this recommendation we seek to honor our governing authorities who are urging extreme caution based on local and international outbreaks of COVID - 19. 

We are reminded of…

Romans 13:1

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 

Second, we believe that postponing our corporate worship services is an act of loving you and our neighbors (Matt 22:37). We are responsible for you and there are many vulnerable people in our church and city who will be put at great risk by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As Christians, we are called by Jesus to care for and defend the vulnerable. In lieu of a public gathering we can actively fight to slow the spread of COVID-19 and can give health professionals better bandwidth to deal with the issues that are coming.  

SUNDAY MORNING VIRTUAL WORSHIP EXPERIENCE AND SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

We have come up with plans, made decisions, and executed in order to put the gospel of Jesus Christ in front of our Church and the community on Sunday mornings. While a virtual experience of a Sunday morning is not the same as being able to pray the Bible, sing the Bible, read the Bible, and preach the Bible corporately, we want to remind one another of the gospel as we do every Sunday. Beginning at 9AM and 10:45AM on Sunday morning there will be a virtual Sunday order of worship. We will be worshiping through song led by our worship team and there will be preaching (John 3:1-21). While this will be a different format, it will be an opportunity for us to unite together, to sing and hear of the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is neither a forsaking of nor a replacement for the gathering (Heb 10:25) we all long for, but we believe it appropriate in these circumstances.

You can find the link to the Sunday service here firstbaptistdurango.online.church 

After that, you will be able to find the full service at our vimeo (link). Thank you for your patience as we figure out these new tools! 

If you would like to be a part of the 9AM Sunday School, there will be a ZOOM online meeting at 9 on Sunday, March 22nd. The link to the meeting is: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5080450665 . You will need to register with a screen name to be a part of the meeting.

If you would like to follow along with our 10:45 Adult Sunday School class the teaching can be found at http://www.firstbaptistdurango.org/resources/audio-resources/ along with the a link to notes to follow along.

Also, Devona has made an audio recording available for Kid’s ministry check that out (link).

If you have any questions please send an email to and we will respond as quickly as we can. 

 If you or someone else would like to come by for prayer or have questions for us please give us a call (970) 247-0624 or come by. 

CHURCH ACTIVITIES

For the foreseeable future we will move most if not all of our Sunday Schools, other ministries and Sunday services to an online format. This will include using different tools for different parts of our ministry. Coming throughout this week we will begin to send out more information detailing the precise web addresses for you to participate with us.

With regard to Gospel Communities, you are able to continue to meeting at your own discretion. If you are uncomfortable meeting as a group, I will be sending instructions for the use of the web conferencing tool Zoom to all Elders and Gospel Community leaders. During this time do not neglect community. The Lord has given us the great gift of technology that even when we need to be apart we do not need to be alone.

WAYS TO SERVE

PRAY- this is the most important thing we can do for one another at this moment.

  • Pray for those individuals and families who either are or will be affected by this virus and for their healing.
  • Pray for the doctors and medical professionals who are on the front lines caring for those who contract coronavirus. 
  • Pray for medical researchers who are diligently working to create a vaccine for this virus. 
  • Pray for our leaders in office, including the president, vice president, governors, and local officials as they guide us through this moment. 
  • Pray for the church to respond with thoughtfulness, wisdom, and love.
  • Pray for the continued advance of the gospel even as this trying moment continues to unfold.

 RELATIONSHIP

  • Call church members that you know who may feel uncomfortable with getting out of the house. Take the time to ask how you can bless them whether that is going to the store or merely just chatting and praying on the phone.
  • Check on your neighbors.  Ask how they are doing and you might be of help them during this time. In short--use this time to show one another and the world the love of Christ.
  • Be aware of people in your life and neighborhood who are home alone and reach out with a phone call or facetime. This will become a very isolating time but God did not mean for us to be alone. Seek to serve and care for those who are in need of love and encouragement.
  • Know who the people who are a part of our body that live around you. While this seems obvious it is not often the case. These are your brothers and sisters in Christ whom you have a responsibility to but also an opportunity to be loved by during this very trying time in which we find ourselves.
  • Use this as an opportunity to build into your relationships with family and close friends. While this can be a difficult time it can also be used as an effective tool to the glory of God.

 PRACTICAL NEEDS

  •  Donate imperishable food items to the church in order to serve those in our body or our community who might be in need of food at some point.
  • Donate to the deacons fund online – This enables us to love those in our congregation who will come up against financial needs which they will not be able to cover because of losing hours at work.
  • Be a grocery and food delivery driver – Those most vulnerable in our community would be well served by you bringing them groceries.
  • Continue to give to First Baptist Church online so that we can effectively minister to you and the community at large.
  • If you feel comfortable, in wisdom, offer neighbors or friends that are in need childcare your home and your time.

If you need to be cared for in any of the ways mentioned above please contact us at the church at info@firstbaptistdurango,org and we will do what we can to serve you.

Resources

During this chaotic time, we know it can be hard to find faith-based resources to entertain your family. We have put together a list of our favorite podcasts to help teach and encourage you during this difficult time. Listen away! 

For Families:

  • The Bible Project Podcast 
  • Think Biblically with Sean McDowell Podcast
  • Foundations by Ruth & Troy Simons Podcast
  • The Real Life with The Bethkes Podcast
  • Famous at Home with Dr. Josh + Christi Podcast
  • Help Me Teach The Bible with Nancy Guthrie Podcast

For Men and Women:

Just For The Men:

Just For The Women:

Just want to listen to some music? Here is a playlist on Spotify with encouraging worship and songs we sing in Church!

OPPORTUNITY

Finally, while this time is bizarre and potentially a cause of great suffering, we get to live in this time for the glory of the name of Christ. Right now, more than ever, people will be fearful of what will happen. We have the opportunity to offer them the Savior of the world who will walk with them in whatever they are going through or will experience. May we never forget the great hope we have Christ, the hope of the world.