COVID-19 Update – Our Projected Journey

COVID-19 Update – May 19th

FBC Family,

Sunday, May 17 was the first time FBC gathered for worship since March 8.  While it was strange to see people singing and worshiping in masks, it was so great to be together.  After evaluating the services, FBC leadership has decided to make a few adjustments.  Details are as follows:

Services:

  1. We will NOT have a Thursday night service.  
  2. Sunday morning services:
  • 8:15 AM Contemporary Service.  This service will be in the SANCTUARY.  
  • 9:30 AM Worship Service.  This service will be in the FELLOWSHIP HALL.  Crying babies and rambunctious toddlers are welcome (see details below).
  • 10:45 AM Traditional Service.  This service will be in the SANCTUARY.  Notice the time change.  

Accessing the worship service.  We realize that there are still many who are wisely going to refrain from worship gatherings right now because you fall into the high-risk category. We want to encourage you to not feel guilty. We care about the safety of all our members and the last thing we want is for you to do something unwise.  We will be livestreaming BOTH our 8:15 AM contemporary service and 10:45 AM traditional service as well as airing a service on the radio at 101.1 FM at 10:30AM.

Families with young children.  There are some who have small children and since we’re not offering childcare right now, you fear that your children will be a distraction.  The leadership has discussed this issue in detail, and have decided to designate the 9:30 AM worship service in the Fellowship Hall for families with crying babies and rambunctious toddlers.  We will still have singing, prayer, and preaching, there just might be some loud cries and kid chatter in the room.  That’s ok!  We expect that to happen in this service (Matt 19:14).  Don’t feel bad or embarrassed if your children start to get antsy or make noise.  The sound of children is the sound of life.  A church without babies is a church without a future.  The most awful sound in church is when we DON’T hear that kind of noise.  Not to mention, personally, I have become accustomed to the sound of crying babies.  In other words, don’t throw me in the briar patch!;)

Sign-ups.  There will still be signups at least for the near future.  We encourage families and individuals to sign up as early in the week as possible.  If one service fills up to maximum capacity (which is approximately 200 people), that service will close and you will need to sign up for one of the remaining available services.  In the event that all three services fill up, we will add an additional service(s).  You can sign up online at www.fbcenterprise.com/worship or call the church office at 334-393-5683.

Sanitation and safety.  In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, the staff has worked tirelessly to maintain thorough sanitation and safety in the church building.  We methodically clean with misters between services.  We have set up many hand-sanitizer stations in exit and entry points.  We have detailed sitting arrangements along with entry and exit strategies.  All of this is an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy.  

Thank you for your patience as we make adjustments for our corporate gathering.  More changes are likely to come.  Be alert and flexible as we work together to glorify God by making disciples of all nations.  May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Pastor Ben 

COVID-19 Update – May 11th

Worship Services by Reservation Only

A Letter from Pastor Ben:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are excited that we get to worship together this week.  However, we must do so in a way that is pleasing to the Lord and safe for our community. The information below will help guide you as we get ready to worship together. 

Here’s a Breakdown of the Four Worship Services (You Must Make a Reservation).

  • Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary (Bro. Edd will lead the music)
  • Sunday, May 17 at 8:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (Bro. Chris will lead the music)
  • Sunday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary (Bro. Edd will lead the music)
  • Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (Bro. Chris will lead the music)

Here’s How to Make Reservations:

Here’s What You Need to Know:

  • We will still be on the radio and internet at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
  • We will have NO child care, children’s church, or Sunday school.
  • We will open the doors about 20 minutes before each service for people to check-in at the door.
  • Please wear a mask, bandana, scarf, etc. (*especially required if you plan to sing)
  • Please do NOT hug or shake hands.
  • Please do NOT congregate in groups before or after the service.
  • Please sign up ONLY if you are a member or consistent attender of First Baptist Enterprise. We have limited space available. Therefore, if you are a member of another church, we lovingly ask that you do not sign up so that space will available for our members.
  • If you have been sick or been around someone sick, we ask you to please stay home.
  • If you are among the most vulnerable or simply feel hesitant to come, please consider staying at home (guilt-free) and participating through internet or radio.
  • If you are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, use the Fellowship Hall entrance.
  • If you are worshipping in the Sanctuary, please use the Main Street entrance.

I love you First Baptist. I can’t wait to see many of you face-to-face as we worship together this Sunday. 

In Christ,

Pastor Ben

COVID-19 Update- May 8th

  

Dear Brothers and Sisters

On Friday morning, Governor Ivey announced a plan to further reopen the state beginning Monday, May 11.  She also gave recommendations to churches in order to maintain public health as we seek to gather for corporate worship again.

I am excited to announce that the leadership at FBC has already met and we are scheduled to meet again on Monday in order to put together a comprehensive plan so that we may gather and worship together in a way that is pleasing to the Lord and safe for our community.

Our goal is to gather on May 17.  While we have not worked out all of the details, here are a few things to be prepared for:

1.We will still be on the radio and internet at 10:30AM.  If you are among the most vulnerable or simply feel hesitant, please consider staying at home (guilt-free) and participating through internet or radio.  

2.On Sunday morning, we will have two services in the Fellowship Hall and two services in the Sanctuary.  Here’s the breakdown:

a.8am – Fellowship Hall

b.9am – Sanctuary

c.10am – Fellowship Hall

d.11am – Sanctuary

3.You will sign up for the service you plan to attend.  Details to come.  

4.If you are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, use the Fellowship Hall entrance. 

5.If you are worshipping in the Sanctuary, please use the Main Street entrance.  

6.Plan to come into the service 10 minutes before it starts (no earlier so that we can thoroughly clean)

7.Plan to leave immediately after the service.

8.There will be no Sunday School.

9.There will be no nursery/childcare.

10.We encourage you to wear masks.

11.If you’re sick or have been around someone who has been sick, please don’t come.  

Some of these details may change and all of them will be refined. I just wanted to prepare you as we work out a plan to gather for worship very soon.  I miss you and love you FBC.  I can’t wait to gather with you again.

Pastor Ben

COVID-19 Update- April 3rd

Brothers and Sisters,

This week President Trump announced to extend social distancing through the end of April.  Therefore, we will continue to have our Sunday morning service strictly online and on the radio until further notice.  All weekly church activities are also put on hold for the time being.  We will keep you posted as things change.

Unfortunately, this means that we will NOT be gathering on Easter Sunday.  I know that I am expressing the sentiment of many when I say that this breaks my heart.  Easter Sunday is such an exciting time to gather.  However, the Bible is clear that every Sunday is resurrection Sunday.  Therefore, an inability to gather does not suppress the reality and benefits of the resurrection.  Because Jesus resurrected from the dead, we are assured that no matter what comes our way, our sins are forgiven and nothing will snatch us from our Father’s hand. 

We realize that there are many of you who are facing financial constraints or other practical needs.  If you have a practical need or prayer request, please email us at info@fbcenterprise.com. We genuinely want to help, so please, please let us know.

I am so grateful for you and our amazing church, especially during this time. Please be praying for one another.  Fight the good fight.  Keep the faith.  This thorny path will lead to a joyful end.  As Basil Manly, Jr. wrote so many years ago:

Morning and evening sow the seed,

God’s grace the effort shall succeed.

Seed times of tears have oft been found

With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.

In Christ,

Ben Bowden