It is difficult to go to any public media source right now and not see something negative or devastating related to the coronavirus outbreak. We are living in truly unprecedented times. But, we are hearing so many creative ways that churches are ministering around the SBC of Virginia during this global pandemic. It’s offering hope to the community and spreading the Gospel right into family’s homes. We wanted to share those stories, ones we’ll call Not Alone Stories, with you to offer hope and foster some ideas for you to implement in your ministry.
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The deficit in medical protective gear provides opportunities for Sky View Missionary Baptist Church in Fancy Gap to minister to medical personnel. They are filling needs by making face shields, masks, and plexiglass intubation boxes to send to multiple medical facilities. Wendell Horton, senior pastor, and Gary Horton, associate pastor, talk about their strategy.
This season forces creativity. Associate Pastor Jose Hernandez and other leaders at Nuevo Amanecer in Lynchburg are using technology to reach their people in unique ways. Using surveys, Nuevo Amanecer is resourcing the church body to learn how to minister. Watch this video to find resources they are using and how they are implementing them.
God is uniting families together at Parkway Baptist Church in Moseley through focusing on God in prayer and Scripture memorization. In a time of isolation, God is preparing ways for His people to minister to others. Watch this Not Alone story with Pastor Derek Futrell.
Live streaming is something First Baptist Church in Norfolk has been doing successfully for years. Steve Harper, minister of media and communication, covers some affordable and quick ways for churches to go LIVE during this season of social distancing. Watch this Not Alone story to help your congregation’s crave for connection with their church family.
God is working amid COVID-19. Our next Not Alone story takes us to Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown. Pastor Doug Echols talks of their response to the new normal of social distancing. For example, their church opted to record their service instead of going live for their online service and several small groups are meeting via video conferencing.
This Not Alone story highlights First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va. People are connecting in their small groups and looking for opportunities to serve – like making hundreds of masks for medical professionals who serve in local hospitals. Watch this message from Pastor Eric Thomas.
This Not Alone Story is from Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) in Lynchburg. Pastor Charles Billingsley and the worship team at TRBC are supplying free resources to help churches with their online worship services.
If your church needs a worship leader to lead your congregation in their living rooms, consider this useful tool.
Watch this story on how Crosslink Community Church is using food distribution to meet the needs of families in Harrisonburg City, and how God is expanding their ministry to surrounding counties. God is using this to open opportunities to minister to families they otherwise would not have had contact with.
Hear how Fincastle Baptist Church is utilizing a time of prayer in this difficult time.
Watch this story on what Nansemond River Baptist Church is doing during COVID-19 to minister to their people when meeting in person is not an option.