Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
"A message from Bro. Kyle" - May 27, 2020
Dear church family,
Exactly 71 days ago I called a very unusual meeting with the leadership of our church to decide what we as the leadership of the church needed to do to best keep you and the church as a whole safe with an issue that we knew very little about at the time. That issue of course was what we collectively thought was the most responsible thing to do concerning the Coronavirus. I said this meeting was unusual because for this meeting I asked that my wife and the deacon’s wives also be in attendance. The deacons and I desired to freely hear words of as many as possible as to make the best decision for our church families. At that time, we all went around the room and voiced our concerns and each of us unanimously decided to follow the suggested guidelines our governor had asked by closing the doors of the church for what we all initially thought would be for two weeks. We decided at that point that the deacons and I would meet every two weeks to decide what our next step to reopen the church would be, and we have done that very thing. When we left the first meeting with our wives back in March Gary Page closed in a tearful prayer as we had no idea when we would be opening the doors of the church again, nor did we know when we would all see each other or you, our church family again.
Last night the deacons and I met for our usual two-week meeting to decide when we would open as we have since this all started. This meeting closely resembled the first meeting as we all went around the room giving our thoughts as we have all prayed and sought discernment from our Lord. Each one of us all had different thoughts that for the most part closely resembled each other’s. As we left the meeting, we were all of one mind and one accord with the decision you are here to hear this morning. The following is the decision that was made, not by one person in leadership at Chevis Oaks Baptist church, but by us all.
The church will open this Sunday morning for 11am service. There will be no Sunday School, no children’s church, and no nursery at this time. The only part of the building that will be open will be the main sanctuary, all other parts of the building will be caution taped off and we ask you to please watch your children to make sure they stay in the sanctuary with you at all times. We will stay on this schedule of Sunday morning services only until June 21st when we will resume Sunday night services if all stays on track and remains heading in a positive direction. The reason for taking such precautions comes from the advice from the Georgia Baptist State convention, their advice, “Do what you can defend”. Please know that we are considering you individually and the church as a whole with the decisions that have been made.
I am now going to give you some information concerning how things are going to be a little different as you come back to the building.
If you do not feel comfortable at this time coming back, do not come.
If you are sick or you or any family member have any signs of the Corona virus stay home.
We will continue to livestream our services weekly on our Facebook Page.
At this time every other pew will be tapped off to create an adequate distance between you and others.
There will be hand sanitizers and face masks as you walk into the church. Masks are NOT required but will be available if you want one.
There will not be a time of fellowship until further notice for obvious reasons. We are huggers and I ask that you do not hug on the church premises at least for a while. This is going to be hard for me as I know it will be for you. I cannot make you not hug, and I am not going to police a no hugging policy, we just ask that you don’t for now.
There will be no offering plates being passed or even an offertory time for that matter. There will be plates sitting on the remembrance table for you to put your tithes and offerings in at either the beginning of or end of the service. There will also be a deacon standing at the back doors at the end of the service to receive your offering as well.
The balcony will be open to properly distance if needed, and if room is still an issue, there will be a tv set up in the social hall.
All church facilities other than the sanctuary will not be available for use by members until further notice. We do not want to be responsible for spreading this virus, nor do we want to be held legally liable for someone catching the virus on the church property.
We ask you to please accompany your child to the bathroom for the next few weeks to make sure that they wash their hands and clean up after themselves in the restrooms.
The church has continued to be cleaned during the time of our absence. Vicky will be cleaning the sanctuary one more good time before you return Sunday.
Please know that the deacons and I will be meeting with each other during this reopening every two weeks and speaking to each other as needed. We are all watching what is happening as other churches and businesses reopen, trying to foresee any issues we may have to face in the future.
Please know that we love each and every one of you and our desire is to protect you as we all strive to serve the Lord by serving our community. None of the decisions we have made in the last weeks have been easy decisions. There is not an easy way to reopen the church that fits all churches in the same manor. Please be in prayer for us as we move forward and do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.
God Bless you all and I hope to see you Sunday morning.
Some Additional Notes:
- You can still watch later and catch up on past servics on our Facebook Page and Here on our website.
- You can currently give your tithes now through any of the following ways:
- In the offering plates on the rememberance table or to a Deacon before or after Sunday morning services.
- By mail: Chevis Oaks Baptist Church, 102 Sylvania Road, Savannah, GA 31419
- Using online banking through your personal bank. (Your bank will mail the check to the address above)
- Bring by the church office during office hours 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (M-F)
- On the Giving Tab of this website
- At our giving website https://app.sharefaith.com/app/giving/chevisoaks
- The Food Pantry will be keeping the same hours, but on a drive-up basis only. This will allow this Ministry to continue meeting the needs of those within our community. If you would like to bring any canned goods or paper products to keep this ministry stocked, the church office will be open Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM for your convenience. We are still in need of Mashed Potato Flakes and Grape Jelly at this time.
Deborah and Becky had a Directors meeting in regards to Vacation Bible School, and it is with sad hearts that we have decided that with things still so unpredictable that we have no choice but to CANCEL VBS at this time. We will look at dates in the fall to do something VBS related once we know more of when things will be opened back up and safe! If you already have your literature, we do ask that you drop it back by the church at your convenience opened or unopened. We will return some and keep some for later. As always, be in prayer for this and the many needs that we encounter everyday! Read John 16:33 relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.
- Children’s camp has also been cancelled, keep checking this page and our newsletter for updates as we are trying to come up with a plan to do something else later.
- If you know of any of our church members who need assistance during this time, please call the church office at 912-925-3852 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION
AND OUR CHURCH DURING THIS TIME
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