Valley Grove Baptist Church
This morning (3/16/20), our staff met to discuss our ongoing response to the Corona Virus outbreak currently going on in our country. I first want you to know that none of the decisions we have made were made lightly or without consideration to the way it would affect families and the ministries of our church. In addition to being concerned about ourselves and our desires, we have an older population who are more susceptible to this virus than maybe you are. We have a responsibility to make sure we take into consideration every way that our congregation might be affected and then make decisions that we believe are in the best interest of the whole congregation. These are unusual times and I’m sure everybody has an opinion about what we should do or shouldn’t do. I promise you I have had all those conversations in my head and heart and I simply prayed that God would give me wisdom as I attempt to lead this church through these uncertain times.
Having said that, we have decided to suspend ALL activities on campus at Valley Grove through Monday, March 30, 2020. This includes worship services, FLC activities and any other events that might have been scheduled. The church office will remain open during this time and our staff will do our best to respond to your needs as they arise. Our governor has requested that we avoid meeting in groups of more than 50 until this virus is contained and
until the biggest danger has passed. As good citizens (Romans 13), I believe we must lead the way in doing all we can to assist our government leaders in responding to this virus.
We DO NOT believe we are abandoning God or His church. The Bible is very clear that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against” the church. God is in control — always has been and always will be. But He also expects us to use our best judgment and not put ourselves or our
members in circumstances which could potentially cause harm to them.
In the days that follow, what can you do?
1. Listen to medical and government officials and heed warnings they may give about the spread of this virus.
2. Check on your neighbors and especially the elderly to make sure they are safe. Offer to run errands for them. Go to the grocery store or the pharmacy for them. SERVE others the way Jesus commands us.
3. Worship with your family. We will provide the Sunday morning sermon online for the next few weeks. It will be on Facebook and we are working to livestream to YouTube as well. We will send links to that later this week.
4. On Wednesday (3/18) at 10am, Pastor Keith will host a LIVE prayer meeting via FaceBook Live. During that time, he will share a devotional thought and lead us in prayer for our church, our community and our nation.
I’m sure you will have questions as these events unfold. I encourage you to reach out to any of our deacons or call the church office and we will do our best to minister to you and your family the very best we can.
May God bless each one of us.