COVID-19 Update from Pastor Chuck

Our goal at First Baptist Church of Pinehurst is to serve our community in the way we feel that the Lord is leading us. Sometimes, decisions are difficult, but rest assured that we are doing our best with the information that we have.

With schools officially reopening, we have decided that it is time to reopen the doors to our regular in-person gatherings. We know that there are a variety of approaches and health considerations in our community during this season, so we encourage you to attend with us in the way that makes the most sense for you and your family. Whether you plan to attend online-only for a while longer, or feel comfortable coming back to in-person gatherings, we’ll meet you where you’re at to help you stay connected.

Here is a list of our current procedures to help you make the most informed decision:

1. We are asking that adults check their temperatures at home if they feel sick or unwell and take the proper precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.

2. When children arrive, they will have their temperatures taken as a part of their Sunday School check-in process. If your child’s temperature is greater than an average of 99.1, we will ask that you take the proper precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.

3. We will social distance as best as possible and ask that you respect the distance of those who wish to keep social distancing standards.

4. We encourage staff and congregants to maintain good hand hygiene, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

5. We have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for those who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.

6. We encourage staff and congregants to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed.

7. Whenever soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Like the rest of society, we expect that the way we interact with each other will look at little different for a while. We’re going to continue to modify the parts of our services and programs that required physical contact before (such as passing offering buckets and greeting each other with handshakes), and we’re doing everything we can to keep our facilities clean and safe. Even if you see more face masks (and a lot more hand sanitizer) when we gather together again in-person, we hope it will feel like coming home.

If you plan to attend with us in-person again, we want you to know that we are happy to have you with us. It is our policy here at First Baptist Church of Pinehurst to encourage wearing masks, but masks are not required. To help with those who are concerned with wearing masks, we have masks available to any who need them. Also, to for any who wish to join us in-person and are concerned about wearing masks, we will have a “masks required” room (Joint Heirs) for those who wish to use it.

Let me encourage you that during this time, when it is easy to develop an "us vs. them" mentality when considering people who have a differing opinion on CoVid 19 or the social unrest we are seeing among other things, don't give in to that mentality! As we relate to those with differing perspectives on these issues, let us practice love and humility, holding one another up in prayer and serving where we have opportunity!

Jesus said "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another!" Our world desperately needs to see us as believers remaining untied in love and serving one another through this tumultuous time! Our mission has been and will continue to be to lead people to love Jesus and we have been presented with an incredible opportunity to do just that during this time!

Lastly, as a church staff, we would like to thank you for your prayers, patience and flexibility as we navigate the seemingly daily changes in our world! We are praying for you and love you all! This has been a challenging year for everyone, but always take an eternal perspective! In the grand scheme of our lives, a few months is but a blink! Do not fret, fear, or worry but take courage Christian, because Jesus has overcome this world and He is in control!

If we can be of any service to you, please let us know!

Blessings,

Pastor Chuck