Thursday, March 19, 2020
This week our church staff and chairs of Diaconate and Board of Management have been working on plans to help us stay connected during this time when we are not able to gather in person.
Here is the Latest:
Sunday Morning Worship
We will continue to live stream our 10:30am services through Facebook. You can follow the link to our Facebook page on the bottom of our website. You do not need a Facebook account to watch our live stream.
Later in the day on Sunday, our services will be posted to YouTube. From YouTube, search for “First Baptist Church Halifax” and you will see a link to our channel (look for our logo). There you will find all our recent videos.
If you need assistance connecting to Facebook for the live stream, click here for an instructional video.
Church Building Closed
The church building is closed. We are limiting access in hopes of maintaining the ability for church staff to continue using the building for live streaming and other upcoming online opportunities.
Contacting Church Staff
Please use email to contact the church staff. You can also reach Rusty on his cell (email him at email@example.com if you need his number). For congregational care needs you can also contact Chair of Diaconate, Kathy Schwartzentruber (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can continue to call the church office during regular hours. However, voice mail on church phones has been turned off. Regular office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30-2:30
Clergy are following NSHA guidelines and not making hospital visits, visits to residential facilities, or any in home visits except in an emergency. Rusty is available to meet by phone, faceTime, and Zoom.
ARK Sunday Supper
FBCH is still scheduled to provide casseroles for the March 29 ARK Sunday Supper. There are important changes:
Drop-Off Time – All casseroles need to be delivered by 3:30pm
Serving – No FBCH volunteers are allowed to stay and serve. A small team of ARK Supper volunteers will prepare to-go meals and will serve those at the door.
Other Opportunities to Serve
We are concerned about those in the congregation who will need assistance during the period of social distancing. If you or someone you know in the FBCH congregation needs help picking-up groceries or has other needs, please email the church office. If you would like to be on the list of ready volunteers, please also email the church office. At this time we do not have specific needs to share.
Contact Information – Staying Connected
Jean is concentrating her time on advancing a project to establish a new congregational database. In the next week, it is likely that you will be contacted by a volunteer to confirm we have your correct contact information and to seek permission to be included in a contact directory available to the FBCH community. You may also update your information but indicate you want to keep it private (only church staff will have access to private contact information). Once we have this work accomplished, we will determine the best way to share a contact directory with the FBCH community.
Over the next two weeks, Rusty, Lynette, and Rhonda will be working to implement ways to continue Faith Development, committee meetings, prayer and reflection opportunities and social gatherings via Zoom. The church has a new Zoom business account that gives us an ability to connect. When those opportunities are ready, we will let you know (and do not worry, it is easy to connect via invitations we will send).
If you have an idea for creatively connecting online, let us know!
Our hope is to have some of these new opportunities ready for Holy Week.
We are also working with our website developer to create a new link from our homepage to all the ways we are staying connected online (live stream, YouTube, Zoom meetings, etc.). When that work is complete, we will let you know.
Property Redevelopment Committee (PRC) – Congregational Feedback
While the Lenten PRC Small Groups have been postponed, the PRC is working on ways to continue engaging the congregation and receiving feedback. Rest assured that there will be opportunities to share your concerns and hopes. Look for more information in the coming weeks.
Clyde Evans, David Morse, and Mary Banks have provided updated information on how to make donations to FBCH. Please find a copy in the latest edition of News Notes. A summary of the information, including ways to give directly from our website or through e-transfer, is available on our website (click “ways to give” under “donate” on the top menu bar). Your support of the mission and ministry of FBCH is appreciated.