COVID-19 Response Update
How are we arriving at decisions?
Pastor Michael has put together a response team consisting of the ministry staff, leadership in our deacon body, our bookkeeper, our Office Manager, a church member who is a physician, our Bible Study Director and a servant volunteer with media communications expertise, that is working together to reach conclusions on how to proceed during this time.
Are services, Bible studies and events cancelled at Seaford Baptist Church at this time?
In light of the mandates and recommendations from our government at the federal and state levels, as well as a desire to keep our church body and community safe and healthy, we have decided to cancel all Seaford Baptist events and gatherings through April 24th, 2020. This includes our ministry at Colonial Harbor Retirement Community. This date is in accordance with the governor's orders that went into effect on Tuesday, March 24th. More information on the governor's order can be found HERE.
Our response team will continue to meet every two weeks to discuss the situation, as we receive more information and direction from authorities and experts.
Will there be services meeting online?
We will be using Facebook Live to stream a Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:15pm and a Sunday Morning Service at 10am. Starting on Sunday, March 22nd, Pastor Michael will be teaching through Proverbs until we are able to gather again at the church. You do not need a Facebook account to access the Facebook Live stream. The videos will appear at the appointed times at this link: https://www.facebook.com/seafordchurch/
We will be striving to provide other content as well for all age groups in our church. This could include family devotions, videos, live streams for our Student Ministry, worship playlists, book recommendations and podcasts. All the resources you need for our online worship gatherings can be found HERE.
Is the Food Pantry still open?
At this time our Food Pantry is still operating under its normal protocol and will be open for regularly scheduled pick-up.
If I need help, can I still contact the church?
At this time, the church office remains open for business Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm. We encourage you to do as much business as possible with us by phone and e-mail, but we are available.
What if I feel isolated or need help?
You can call our church phone number, 757-898-5384, at any time if you are needing assistance. We are using technology to re-direct phone calls and ensure that help and contact is available for our church members. In particular, if you are a senior member of our congregation and would like someone to pick up your prescriptions for you, we have volunteers ready to assist in that. If you are having a medical emergency, you should dial 911.
If you would like to help serve our senior members by picking up their prescriptions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How should we react to the COVID-19 epidemic?
Situations like this can stir up anxiety and fear for us, however, God is sovereign over all things and our hope is found in His Son, Jesus Christ. Although we are not meeting for services, we urge you to stay connected to our church and your fellow members with texts, calls and online engagement. Pray for those impacted by this sickness and thank God that one day His Son will return and sickness will be no more.
You can also strive to love your neighbor by taking the following steps to minimize risk:
● Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
● If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Maintain social distancing when you do have to go out into public.
● Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.