No services or activities through March 28
March 17, 2020
As most of you know, Swift Creek’s mission statement is Connecting with God, Connecting with Others, and Connecting Others with God. But how do we do that in our world that seems like it’s been turned upside down? As we begin to live in what seems to be a completely different world, and adjust to living out a new normal, I wanted to give you some basic information of what we as a church, and as your pastors, are doing to encourage all of us to continue fulfilling our mission.
1. Connecting with God: Your pastors will be writing blogs that you will be receiving consistently. Please check these out as we address some important concerns and issues dealing with this pandemic. We have currently outlined at least 12 relevant topics that will be covered over the next weeks. You should receive the first blog tomorrow. (If you are not subscribed to our blog, you can receive posts directly to your email by subscribing at the bottom of the page at blog.swiftcreekbaptist.org.)
2. Connecting with Others: As we work from home, please know that you will be always be able to get in touch with us. If you call the church, your call will be re-directed to one of our administrative assistants. Also, all five of your pastors are here, and always welcome your phone calls, emails, or texts. PLEASE get in touch with us if you need us. At this present time, I believe the pastors and church staff’s main responsibility is to stay in communication with you. We want to connect with you during this time.
3. Connecting Others with God: During this crisis, our church would like to serve and help in any way possible. For starters, we are initiating a ministry where our church members will serve those affected by the coronavirus, or those who are self-quarantining themselves. If you cannot or should not get out of your house during this time, we will have a team of people who will go shopping or run necessary errands for you (such as grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.). If you would like for someone to help you in this way, please email one of our administrative assistants, Audrey Cash, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (804)739-3001. We will then match a person to go for you. By the way, if you are willing to serve on this team, please email me and let me know, so we can officially begin this ministry.
Even though our world has changed, we are still the church…whether we are gathered or scattered. Let’s be looking for ways to “be the church” even while scattered!
March 15, 2020
March 13, 2020
As concerns over the Coronavirus continue to increase in our nation and community, we have decided to NOT have worship service or other activities through March 28. To be clear, that means we will not have worship this Sunday, March 15, or the following Sunday, March 22. All other activities, including next weekend’s DNOW for students, have been cancelled.
Please know that this was a very difficult decision. We highly value gathering together for worship and fellowship. However, at this unprecedented time, we have the opportunity to fulfill two other biblical values and mandates: (1) to honor and submit to our government authorities (Romans 13; 1 Peter 2), who have urged that we act with extreme caution during this time. Our governor (as other states) has also discouraged large group gatherings. And he has also cancelled school for the next weeks, which is one of the main reasons we decided to cancel our worship services for the next two Sundays. (2) to love our neighbor (Matthew 22:39, and many other passages). At this time, one of the best ways we can love others is by not meeting together and risk spreading the virus.
This does not mean that we isolate ourselves from God’s people, the church. In this day and age of technology, we have many ways to connect with others. One of the ways we encourage you to do that is to watch a Bible study that I will be teaching this Sunday via our church’s Facebook page and our church’s website. This first message will be a Christian’s Perspective and Response to the Coronavirus. I encourage you to gather with your family on Sunday to worship and hear from God’s Word.
During this time, please know that your pastors will be available if you need us. And if you happen to be quarantined and need any supplies delivered to you, please let us know. We want to be servants, and be the hands and feet of Christ during this time.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. These are certainly unprecedented and uncertain days…but remember we serve a certain God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Church, I love you. May we continue to be Christ’s church during this time!
March 11, 2020
What precautions is SCBC taking to make our gatherings as safe as possible?
SCBC’s housekeeping staff is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes sanitizing handrails, doors, and counter surfaces. Also, to the best of our ability, we will try to provide hand sanitizer in our children’s area and at the welcome desks. (Please understand that, under the current circumstances, acquiring hand sanitizer is difficult.)
What else should I know?
Please know that you can still give online at our church’s website: www.swiftcreekbaptist.org
As this situation develops, please know we will communicate consistently through email, and will post the updates on our website, and our church’s Facebook page.
Please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for more helpful information and updates on this virus
While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our campus as safe and clean as possible.