We have received several phone calls recently with questions about Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year. There’s so much uncertainty about how much longer we will need to shelter in place. There’s also uncertainty about whether or not parents will want to send their children where hundreds of others will be after our restrictions have been lifted. Pastors and leaders are also concerned because spring is prime time for us to make preparations for VBS.
The real question isn’t “Will we have VBS?” but rather “How do we make sure we have VBS?” Below are some options provided by Jenni Carter:
Select an alternative date in case there are still restrictions for large gatherings.
Consider having several backyard events in church members’ yards.
Find volunteers willing to host Bible Clubs in their yards. There are a number of ways you can divide the groups (i.e. age). You can still follow the social distancing and hygiene requirements.
Plan to have virtual VBS.
Prepare packets for parents to pick up and offer online VBS. We have had a lot of resources come out about recording video or even doing live streams.
Maybe you’re asking why is it so important that we have VBS.
The best and most solid reason is that thousands and thousands of people make salvation decisions each year during VBS! I can’t overestimate the impact the events can have. Boys, girls, and entire families need to know that we only have one strong foundation – Jesus! Don’t miss this opportunity to share the gospel this summer.
VBS leaders are the most creative people on the planet. If you can turn your Worship Center into a jungle, a clubhouse, or even an amusement park, you can make VBS 2020 happen in your church and in your community. I can’t wait to hear how you reach your community this summer.
The CRBA is collecting homemade cards for Burke Hospice and other nursing home facilities. During this time no outside visitors are allowed in so we hope these cards will bring a smile to each patient’s face. This is a great project for children (and adults) stuck at home. There is a large purple box in the lobby of the CRBA office to drop in your cards. The cards will be taken to the locations and distributed by the nurses. Cards can be dropped off at the CRBA Thursday mornings. We have collected over 150 cards.
COVID-19 Grant Request
Baptists on Mission is setting aside $100,000 for assistance for families affected by COVID-19. A church may apply for a grant up to $1,000 to help feed children who no longer have access to school meals or care for families who are isolated because of the virus. We know many churches will struggle financially in the coming weeks and may not have the funds to fully support those in their community who are in need. These funds are available to churches to help meet those needs. To apply for this grant please go to https://baptistsonmission.org/Coronavirus/Church-Response-Information/COVID-19-Grant-Request-Form
Each Monday at 10 a.m. we host a Prayer Conference Call for anyone wanting to take the time to pray with others. Join us on Mondays by following the instructions on the above picture. We would love for you to join us next week. You can pray with us or remain silent if you prefer. Whatever you choose to do it will be a time of blessings. To God be the Glory!!!
In recent weeks, North Carolina church leaders have risen to the challenge of “doing church” differently. Pastors have traded their pulpits for studios. Sunday School classes and small groups have gone virtual. Our homes have become houses of worship. Every week, church leaders are striving to make Sunday morning as normal as possible.
Normalcy and familiarity is important for our congregations. While being together in person with our church families is not possible right now, hearing challenging messages and seeing our church leaders online brings comfort during difficult times. This is especially true for senior adults. To help them adjust to the current COVID-19 world, here are 15 ways to care for senior adults beyond the Sunday morning worship time.
- Make regular phone calls. Challenge a Sunday School class or small group to call senior adults on a weekly basis to check in.
- Mail Bible study, Sunday School or small group materials to them.
- If you discover or suspect that an aging church member or neighbor is experiencing loneliness, encourage them to call the N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry’s “One Hope” hotline at (866) 578-4673.
- If you suspect a senior adult is lonely, you can also submit a request for a member of the N.C. Baptists on Mission’s prayer team to call and pray with them.
- As a family project, deliver a boxed meal to their home. You can refer to this guide on “How to Safely Prepare a Boxed Meal” developed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
- For those with internet access, help them set up what they need to stream services. For those without, mail them a DVD, CD or transcript of the Sunday sermon.
- Go to the grocery store for them.
- Go to the pharmacy for them.
- Do yard work or wash their car as a family project.
- Take out their trash and recycling.
- Have your children write them a personalized letter or card.
- Keep them up-to-date using one of several group-messaging resources. One web-based system to consider is Call Multiplier.
The Lord has given us a wonderful opportunity to care for the senior adults in our churches and neighborhoods. In these days, there are many practical ways to live out Leviticus 19:32, which says, “You are to rise in the presence of the elderly and honor the old. Fear your God; I am the Lord.” –Mark Smith (Baptist State Convention of North Carolina)
We are excited to begin working with church planter Amer Safadi in Cincinnati, Ohio beginning June 22, 2020. Our Mission Team is planning this Mission Trip for June 22-29 to help Amer and other church planters reach their communities through Block Parties and Vacation Bible Schools. If you or your church would like to join us on this wonderful mission trip, please call our CRBA office for more details. The cost is $200 per person. For more information and to download the registration form go to http://www.crbanc.org/cincinnati-mission-trip-sign-up/
We are excited to announce we will be taking another team to Kenya. The plane will leave from Charlotte on February 9th of 2021 and I hope you will be on it. Our team will be limited to 14 people and we already have 2 who have committed to go. With that being said, pray, commit and send in your registration form (call our CRBA office for the form) with a deposit of $300 before July 16th of this year. The cost of the trip is approximately $2,600.
Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.
Cornerstone Baptist Church is seeking a Bi-Vocational Pastor, please send resumes to email@example.com
Cornerstone Baptist, Greensboro, NC is seeking an interim worship leader for our blended services on Sunday. We would need the person to lead choir rehearsal, lead choir & worship on Sunday mornings and lead congregation during Sunday evening services. May also request him to assist with children’s choir at times. We believe this position will take approximately 12 hours per week.
We are also searching for a FT worship pastor who would lead our entire music program; being in charge of both blended and contemporary services. If intrested please email Sharon Riccio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Drexel First Baptist Church is currently seeking a Part-timeYouth Ministry Leader.
Send resumes to:
Drexel First Baptist Church
Attn: Bert Eastwood
P O Box 308
Drexel, NC 28619
or email to: email@example.com
Mull’s Grove Baptist Church is currently seeking a Full-time Senior Pastor. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.