COVID-19 Update

August 4, 2020

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to make a number of undesirable adjustments. Given our great affinity to assemble together to worship God, the lack of physical spiritual interactions have been one of the hardest adjustments of all. I am thankful for the hard work of our Multimedia Ministry who has tirelessly planned and implemented virtual worship services, which have helped sustain us. 

As the pastor of First Baptist Church, my primary responsibility is to protect the members of our congregation and community. To that end, I assembled a team, which has worked diligently under my direction, to develop a plan for safe reentry. As we near the end of summer and another possible spike in COVID-19 cases, please know that we have been actively strategizing the best time to reenter our facilities of worship. 

Therefore, we would first like to hear from our members to help inform our reentry timeline. It is important that each of you complete our FBC Reentry Survey, which can be found below, no later than August 11, 2020. In the very near future, you will receive our Reentry Plan, which will outline the safety procedures and precautions designed to reopen the building. Keep in mind, the building is currently closed but, the church has remained open.

In His Service, 

Pastor Lewis N. Watson

Complete FBC Reentry Survey

Worship Services, Adult Sunday School, and Bible Study

Virtual Worship is live every Sunday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Fill My Cup (Adult Sunday School) with Lady Watson is every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Bible Study is live on our website and Facebook page on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bible Study will replace W.O.W. Services until further notice.

The Shepherd’s Table

The Shepherd’s Table (Soup Kitchen) will be closed until September.

Tithes and Offerings

Giving is critical to the function of our church. Although we may not be physically present in service, the ministry work we are tasked with continues. Please continue to support First Baptist Church with your tithes and offerings.

Online giving options:
• E-Giving: Visit www.firstbaptistsby.org, click ‘Give,’ click ‘E-Giving,’ and follow the instructions to give.
• Givelify: Download the Givelify App, search First Baptist Church of Salisbury, and follow the instructions to give.
• Text to Give: Text ‘Give $Amount’ (Ex. Give $50) to 410-847-7725.

Additionally, if you want to give using your envelope, please mail your tithes and offerings to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1738, Salisbury, MD 21802 or drop-off your tithes and offerings at the Church Office, using the mail slot located in the vestibule of the Family Life & Cultural Center, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. If you are using a long envelope, please be sure to fold it in half before dropping it into the mail slot.

Thank you for your contributions!

Additional Information

Virtual Holy Communion is every first Sunday at 10 a.m. Please have your elements (grape or fruit juice and bread or a cracker) ready to participate.

Devotions with Pastor Watson is every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. on our website and Facebook page.

Discipleship Study Class is every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the GoToMeeting website and app, access code: 566-893-429. You can also dial-in at (872) 240-3212.

The Prayer Call is every Wednesday from 6 to 6:30 a.m. The dial-in number is (646) 749-3122, access code: 609-676-261. Please remember to mute your phone. Note: We have a new dial-in number and access code. Please discard the old number.

We will not physically meet for meetings and rehearsals, including tutoring and Zumba classes, at FBC until further notice.

Baby blessings, weddings, and funerals are limited to no more than 10 people – No exceptions. These guidelines are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

We will keep you informed of any updates. Please be sure to connect with us.
• Text FBCSBY to 84576
• Visit firstbaptistchurchofsby.flocknote.com

What You Can Do

Take steps to protect yourself:
– Clean your hands often.
– Avoid close contact.

Take steps to protect others:
– Stay home if you’re sick.
– Cover coughs and sneezes.
– Wear a face mask.
– Clean and disinfect.

Educate yourself:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
– Stay up on current events.