This year’s National Day of Prayer is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th. Normally, this is a day of large gatherings around Burke County, praying for our communities, nation and world. This year, because of COVID-19, most gatherings (if not all) have been cancelled. However, our CRBA Spiritual Renewal Team is urging each of our churches to continue with this prayer emphasis but to emphasize and celebrate it online. We are asking our churches to host virtual prayer meetings via stream, Facebook Live, ZOOM, etc. If your church does not have an online presence (Facebook, etc.) please spend time in prayer (every day) but especially next Thursday. We hope not only churches will participate online but family units (living in the same residence) will gather and pray and post it online, encouraging others to do the same. Let’s flood heaven with prayer praising the Lord for who He is, thanking the Lord for what He’s done and asking the Lord for mercy and salvation for those yet to know Him. To God Be the Glory!
Next Tuesday, May 5th at 2 p.m. we will be hosting a ZOOM meeting for anyone wanting information on simplifying the streaming process for churches who stream services and/or bible studies. Topics will include (but not limited to) choosing the right camera, software, etc. This informative time will be led by Kevin Purcell and is open to anyone wishing to learn. For more information and to receive the ZOOM link please email Robby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 Great Ideas for Vacation Bible School from Lifeway
In this strange season of unprecedented circumstances, we’ve all found ourselves needing to get creative with different aspects of church ministry. As programming needs and methods shift, one thing remains the same—people need to hear the good news of the gospel, perhaps now more than ever. VBS is the single largest evangelistic outreach of the year for most churches. So we’ve got to get creative in how we effectively—and safely—utilize this important strategy to reach our communities this year. No one knows what public gatherings will look like a few months from now, but we know there are at least four forms that VBS might take this summer. Pick the one that works best for you and we’ll provide you with the tools and resources to accomplish it!
- Traditional VBS — This is the ‘VBS as usual’ approach. Go all in and all out! For some places it may well be that, by the time VBS rolls around, VBS can happen as it always has. You may have to pick an alternate date, but VBS can still happen as planned. You might even experience record-breaking attendance!
- Neighborhood VBS — Conduct driveway, front porch, backyard, or cul-de-sac neighborhood gatherings. This approach utilizes church-member “hosts” in multiple neighborhoods throughout your community to conduct a small-scale VBS at their homes. This could be a great solution if we are able to meet in smaller groups of 10-20.
- Alternate VBS — Embrace a creative approach using alternative timetables such as conducting VBS over five consecutive weeks (e.g. Wednesday nights, Sunday nights, Saturdays), as a back-to-school kick-off, or over Labor Day weekend or Fall Break. This approach allows you to still do VBS, but in a low-maintenance, low-prep manner.
- VBS at HOME — Deliver VBS directly to the home. Post or livestream media-driven Worship Rallies to engage kids as viewers, and utilize home delivery methods to equip parents to facilitate Bible study, rec, and crafts at home.
As we seek creative solutions, we are sure of this: VBS is worth it because the gospel is worth it!
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. Please note, beginning May 20th our CRBA Prayer Conference Calls will move to Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Mission Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio is Cancelled due to COVID-19
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, 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mull’s Grove Baptist Church is currently seeking a Full-time Senior Pastor. Please send resumes to email@example.com.