An Update from Pastor Jeremy
(Woodstock, GA, April 24, 2020 - 9:00AM)
First Baptist Woodstock Family:
We’ve referred to this season of life as “unprecedented times” so often– but can you think of a more appropriate description? The next few months will require an enormous amount of grace and patience from all of us.
In light of Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to begin the process of reopening the state of Georgia, let me share with you the heart of our church leadership. Two things are simultaneously true:
- First, we strongly desire to return to our churchwide worship gatherings, and we plan to do so as quickly as possible. We miss everything about it: worshiping together, the friendships, hearing the many voices sing to the Lord, and laughing together. On a deeply personal level, we especially miss “seeing” you and your family.
- Second, we must also be prudent and cautious as we consider reengaging together as a church family. We plan to do so as we follow the government’s guidelines for different phases. We must be certain that our gatherings are contributing to the solution and not the problem. Many unknowns about Covid-19 still linger. In the midst of these concerns, First Baptist Woodstock must be vigilant to protect all of our congregation, but particularly our children, our senior adults, and the immunocompromised.
Additionally, we must keep in mind that the state of Georgia includes many different regions. Our central campus is located in a large, densely-populated community. While the size of our campus presents many wonderful opportunities for ministry, there are also some challenges when it comes to social distancing.
At this time, we have made the decision to continue our online worship services, with no physical gatherings of any kind until more critical information can be obtained. Our staff has developed a plan internally that coincides with our government’s recommended three-phase rollout.
We are praying about tentatively returning to public, on-campus worship services in late May or early June. We are considering multiple options for what this could possibly look like, including preregistered attendance, social distancing, a limited number of attendees in the room, and more. Plans at this time are tentative, fluid, and subject to change based on how elected officials monitor the three-phase approach.
We are also unable to commit to any on-campus activities at this time. Our plan is to remain cautious, vigilant, and proactive about ensuring the health of everyone on our campus. We will continue to monitor our local and national situation and provide more details as we are able. This is all part of a big picture plan in a staggered return to normalcy.
I am frequently praying James 1:5 for myself and for our church leadership and I’d so appreciate you praying this for us as well, “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God – who gives to all generously.”
I love you all. I miss your physical presence more than words can describe. I have never needed your prayers more. Thank you for the honor and privilege to serve as your pastor for such a time as this.
About First Baptist Church Woodstock:
First Baptist Woodstock is a part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). We want to be a church that reflects the love of Jesus Christ and his love to our community.
For more information about this topic, please call the Office of the Executive Pastor at (770) 926-4428, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.