COVID-19 UPDATE (March 18, 2020 4:00pm)
Responding to the challenge of COVID-19 with exciting news and ministry opportunities. This communication will be updated each day between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
Digital Sunday School Small Groups for All Ages! Even though we cannot meet face-to-face for Sunday School we have digital options available for each age group. Your Sunday School teachers are being notified of these options, and in tomorrow’s communication you will get all the details!
Care for One Another! Our Sunday School Small Groups also provide the natural organization to care for one another. Make sure you check on the members of your class and reach out to your neighbors. And, if you become aware of anything our church or staff needs to know about, please call or email us in the following ways: (864) 223-4377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting Webpage Launch! As you are aware, we will let you know about breaking news each day around 4:00 PM. In tomorrow’s communication, we will be directing you to a special page on our website that will be a one-stop place for all kinds of important information you might need during these weird times! This includes breaking news, access to Sunday School information, family devotions, ministry opportunities, online giving, inspirational videos, and how to share prayer requests with each other.
TWO WAYS TO LIVESTREAM WORSHIP
Go to Church Without Going to Church! Again, these times dictate that we cannot worship together face-to-face, but we are still providing LIVE worship that you can stream each Sunday morning.
Two Ways to Stream! Just go to our South Main Baptist Church facebook page to click and stream at either 8:30 AM or 11:00 AM each Sunday. Or, if you don’t do facebook, just go to (www.southmain.church) and click on the LIVE link at either 8:30 AM or 11:00 AM each Sunday.
RECAP OF CLOSURES
Sunday Schedule. “Public” worship at South Main is cancelled through March 31. You can still “attend” worship virtually by streaming (www.southmain.church), or by listening on radio (Sunny 103.5 FM). Try it…you will like it!
Sunday School. “Public” Sunday School small group meetings have been cancelled through March 31 but in tomorrow’s (March 19) communique you will be given some exciting options on how to participate in Sunday School remotely.
Sunday Evening Activities. Like Sunday morning and Sunday School small groups, all Sunday evening activities at South Main have been postponed through March 31.
Wednesday Evening Activities. All Wednesday activities at South Main are cancelled, but stay tuned for some exciting ways we are planning to still share prayer requests and prayer activities through emails, phone chains, etc.
Learning Express Preschool. Our Learning Express preschool, following the advice of our governor and public-school system will be closed through March 31. Please contact Learning Express if you need any other details or if they can be of service to you in any way. Email us at email@example.com or call us at (864) 229-1843.
Office Schedule. Our office hours are currently unchanged, but initially, we are only available by phone or email during regular posted hours. Please contact us if we can ever be of service to you in any way. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (864) 223-4377.
MINISTRY NEEDS IN OUR CHURCH
Ministry Organization. We are organizing most of our church ministry needs through our Sunday School small groups. The Deacons and Staff are also ready to help with spiritual or practical needs that may arise.
Let Us Know. If you know of current ministry needs please email us at the following address email@example.com or call us at (864) 223-4377.
MINISTRY NEEDS IN THE COMMUNITY
Wonderful Developments that You will Hear about Soon! We are working with community, educational, medical, and governmental leaders to help with community needs that may arise. You will be hearing these plans as they develop.
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH
Physical Health. Please continue to be safe and healthy by following these hints. Remember to use social distancing. Instead of shaking hands use other ways to greet like elbow bumps, smiling, waving, verbal greeting, etc. Next, please be sure to wash your hands well and frequently and avoid touching surfaces that may be contaminated. Also, if you have any flu-type symptoms (especially if accompanied by fever), contact your preferred health provider.
More Information. Detailed info about how to stay healthy during this COVID-19 outbreak is available at the Centers for Disease Control website or contact your local doctor or department of health.
Spiritual Health. Last and most important, remember that the Lord is in charge of this, and every situation we confront. I have no doubt that He will lead us through this time.
Dr. Toby Frost
Senior Pastor, SMBC