No In-Person Gatherings
Sunday, March 15, 2020
COVID-19 Update from Rev. Moore
Greetings, First Baptist Family—
Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Mayor of New York City has declared a State of Emergency, and the Governor has prohibited gatherings of more than 500 people. Many of our neighboring faith communities are also closing to protect the most vulnerable people in their midst.
After consulting with several medical professionals, elected officials, and neighboring clergy, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend all in-person worship services, classes, meetings, and programs until further notice. This decision is based on our concern for the safety and health of our congregation and community.
We will continue to monitor City, State, and CDC guidance, and remain in contact with medical professionals. In the meantime, I am asking that you continue the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. While we are absent one from another, here are a few things we can do to maintain our fellowship and devotion:
We will provide a variety of websites, online tools, devotionals, and meditations to inform your prayer, Bible study, and daily worship. This information will be shared on our site, social media platforms, and e-blast. Please take a moment to sign up for our text alerts by simply texting FBCCH to 64600. You can also receive emails from Rev. Moore by signing up for our e-blast. Lastly, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
Continue to Give
During this season, we can continue to support the ongoing efforts of our ministry. Even though we will not worship together in-person, that does not mean that our ministries aren’t functioning. You can give easily and securely by visiting this link or texting FBCCH to 323.613.2224. We strongly encourage you to consider arranging automated giving in this season. The church will be open during regular business hours if you prefer to bring your gift to the church.
Keep the Faith!
As we work to do our part in controlling this global pandemic, let us keep the faith. This is a unique moment to become the church, the body of Christ, in ways we have never imagined. This hour requires that we embrace new ideas, new platforms, and new ways of being together—virtually. Let us pray for those who are infected, and for caregivers and professionals who are caring for them. Please take a moment to reach out to those who may be in need.
With Love & Concern,
Rev. Rashad Raymond Moore
Stay informed by following updates from the NYC Health and always take the following precautions:
Wash your hands with soap and water often.
Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
Avoid shaking hands. Instead wave or bump elbows.
Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold and flu symptoms.
Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, fever, or sore throat.
If you have chronic conditions like lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system, avoid unnecessary gatherings and events.