Dear Church Family,
I trust that you and your family are well. We continue to pray for deliverance from the effects of the Coronavirus and remain focused on listening attentively as God leads us through this season. The Governor has begun the transition to Phase 2 of reopening the State, but the changes put in place mostly affect business that had been limited in capacity on top of social distancing requirements. Since churches were not limited in the same manner, Phase 2 looks a lot like Phase 1 for churches.
This does not mean that things are static at First Baptist Church. Several initiatives have been put in place to actively engage the congregation while we await further reopening. These initiatives include Drive-In worship on Sunday mornings at the Eagle Mountain property, Front Porch Church during the week for those who are not able to travel, and outdoor Youth activities that follow Coronavirus safety guidelines.
The guidelines for places of worship published by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention continue to include asking people to observe strict six-foot social distancing, to wear face masks if they are 10 years of age or older, and to refrain from attending worship if they are in the vulnerable population which includes people age 65 and older and individuals with serious underlying health conditions. As your Pastor, I strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines for your safety and for the safety of others.
While these are different times, your staff will keep finding ways to stay connected to the church body and keep the church body connected to one another. The Lord willing, we look forward to the eventual transition to Phase 3 when we might be able to restart Sunday School, children’s programs, choirs, and Ministry Teams. We look forward to seeing you all soon, and are convinced that even in these different times God’s spirit is still drawing the lost and developing the saved.
God bless you all,