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March 12, 2020 - April 29, 2020
BECAUSE CHURCHES’ PLANS ARE CHANGING RAPIDLY IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, PLEASE CONTACT CHURCHES DIRECTLY TO FIND OUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL RESPONSES AND EFFORTS.
We will continue to update information as best we can as that information is shared by churches.
Go to the Churches page on this website to find links to individual church websites.
Since Wednesday, March 11, life has been a whirlwind for many of us and our congregations. CBF/GA had to make the difficult decision to cancel March Mission Madness as well as postpone our Senior Adult Retreat, which was to be held in late April. Many of our congregations have been proactive in their response to the COVID-19 virus and the spreading pandemic around our globe. Below you will see a list of our partner congregations and their current plans for scheduling and closures over the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor this list and make changes as we receive more information. If you have questions or changes, please email Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, if you or your congregation would like more information and helpful ministry approaches to responding this season in our country’s history, I would invite you to visit www.cbfga.org/covid19/.
Finally, as many have noted, while we may physically distant from each other, whether voluntarily or not, we need not – and should not – be spiritually and emotionally distant from anyone. There are many within our congregations and our spheres of influence who are vulnerable and frightened; worried or confused; and even angry and despairing. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this. Whether it be a brief, single encounter or the daily fellowship of years, Christian community is only this. We belong to one another only through and in Jesus Christ” (Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community). “We belong to one another…”. During these times of fear and anxiety, let us belong to one another. Check in on those who are hospitalized or home bound; if possible, give out of your abundance to those who may be struggling through possible lay-offs and furloughs; write cards to friends and neighbors; practice grace and love when others are filled anger and despair. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia is a network of congregations seeking to be the presence of Christ in our local communities and partnering together to make a difference in our state and our world. Our “community” is needed now more than ever before. Amen.
CBF/GA Churches Responses to COVID-19
The following churches have let us know of their plans at this point. We will update this information as the situation develops.
Johns Creek Baptist, Alpharetta: Cancelling all church-related activities and services, beginning March 15, for at least one week. Continuing to monitor future plans.
Second-Ponce de Leon, Atlanta/Buckhead: Canceling Sunday worship on 3/15/20 and Wednesday activities on 3/18/20. Church office will remain open for the time being.
Wieuca Road Baptist Atlanta/Buckhead: Please join us for worship at 11 o’clock this Sunday via livestream on the Wieuca Facebook Page or the livestream link on the church web site. Kidstown, Youth Sunday School, and Covenant Group meetings are temporarily suspended. Wednesday Night Bible Study and activities will be canceled this week. In correspondence with local school system closures, our Day School will be closed for the next week and then will re-evaluate their schedule. Our After-School Program will be closed for the next two weeks. At this time, we plan for the Church Office to be open during regular office hours. We will make decisions about our schedule week by week and hope that we can resume our full schedule of services and activities as soon it is safe and prudent to do so.
Northside Drive Baptist, Atlanta: No Church School or Worship Services on 3/15/20 and 3/22/20. No mid-week activities either.
Trinity Baptist, Conyers: No cancellations at this time, although Wednesday night activities are being reviewed and this is subject to change. Implementing increased sanitation protocols per CDC guidance. Will be modifying some elements of worship to eliminate contact. Worship is streamed live weekly for those who can’t or prefer not to attend in person.
Church at Ponce and Highland, Decatur: No in-person worship services on Sunday, March 15, or Sunday, March 22; worship will be streamed via Facebook. No in-person Sunday evening Bible Study on 3/15 or 3/22; will be streamed via Facebook.
FBC Decatur: All office activities, gatherings, Bible studies, worship services, and building usage will be suspended until at least April 1. Further determination will made at that time.
Parkway Baptist, Duluth: Only holding 11am worship service on March 15. No other activities – Sunday School or meeting – are scheduled for 3/15.
FBC Marietta: All church activities canceled through March 27. Worship is streamed weekly at 10:58 am.
FBC Roswell: Through March 29, cancelling all church activities.
Smoke Rise Baptist, Stone Mountain: Will be cancelling events through the end of March and, possibly April. Easter will be live but other services will be streamed with ministers leading in the sanctuary. Some Sunday school class lessons will be videoed and made available along with some youth and children’s studies, too.
North River Baptist, Roswell: Sunday School will be cancelled for Sunday, March 15. We are asking people not to attend worship on Sunday, March 15, but to join us on our live Facebook feed, beginning at 11 am. Several of us are planning to meet at the church to have a presence during this crisis. There will be music and a devotional thought. We are also canceling Wednesday activities for March 18.
FBC Morrow: All public activities are canceled at First Baptist Morrow beginning with Sunday School and Worship on March 15. This cancellation is based upon the Nation and State declarations of states of emergency, consultation with other faith community leaders, advice from medical professionals, as well as guidance from state and local health departments. Members will receive detailed information in the mail this week.
First Baptist Church of Augusta: 3/15/20 worship service will be streaming online only and other activities on campus are cancelled for the next two weeks.
Harlem Baptist Church, Harlem: No planned cancellations at this time but carefully monitoring the situation.
First Baptist Church of Eatonton: No cancellations planned at this time but encouraging at-risk church members to take care and stay home if necessary.
First Baptist Church of Forsyth: No cancellations planned at this time but encouraging at-risk church members to take care and stay home if necessary. Will be modifying some elements of worship to eliminate contact.
Haddock Baptist Church, Haddock: All services and activities cancelled for Sunday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 18. A short devotional message will be livestreamed on FACEBOOK at 10:30 am Sunday.
First Baptist Church of Christ at Macon: Cancelling worship on 3/15 and 3/22, along with other weekly church activities. Will be evaluating situation in the days ahead.
Highland Hills Baptist Church, Macon: Worship as planned on 3/15 but no Sunday School. Starting 3/16, all church activities will be suspended and a determination about Sunday, 3/22, will be made in the days ahead.
Vineville Baptist Church, Macon: Church activities and building use canceled through at least the end of March. Livestreaming the Sunday worship and offering Wednesday night Bible study online. Will be evaluating next steps in the weeks ahead.
Hardwick Baptist Church, Milledgeville: No changes to worship time for 3/15. Will be modifying some elements of worship to eliminate contact. Children and Youth Activities will follow local school system calendar and recommendations.
Community Baptist Church, Milledgeville: No changes to worship time for 3/15. Will be modifying some elements of worship to eliminate contact.
FBC Athens: Worship only (no Bible Study or group meetings) on Sunday, 3/15. Worship will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Other schedule and activity changes will be decided in the coming week.
Milledge Avenue, Athens: No cancellations planned for this Sunday, 3/15, but evaluating next steps. Encouraging those most at risk to stay home and live-stream worship on Facebook Live
FBC Commerce: No cancellations planned at this time. Will be monitoring the situation.
FBC Gainesville: Worship on 3/15 as planned. All activities will be cancelled beginning on Monday, 3/16.
Celebration Church, Hoschton: Cancelling worship services and all activities on Sunday, March 15. Sermon will videoed and emailed out as well as being available on Facebook Live. Closely monitoring the situation in the days ahead.
FBC Lavonia: We have extra hand sanitizer and encourage bumping rather than hand touching or hugging. We’ve also encouraged those at higher risk, or unsure, to stay home. But as for now, we are planning to meet Sunday. We’re following the lead of our school systems.
Heritage Baptist Church, Cartersville: Suspending all church activities, including worship, until the end of March. Will be reevaluating in the days ahead.
First Baptist Church of Dalton: Suspending all church activities, including worship, until further notice.
First Baptist Church of Jasper: Following School System (which has cancelled classes for the next two weeks) and have cancelled Sunday and Wednesday activities and Preschool for the next two weeks. Church Office will be open. Will be utilizing streaming social media to engage congregants and others.
First Baptist Church of Rome: Suspending all church activities through Wednesday, March 18. Continually evaluating the situation for further cancellations and suspensions of activities
North Broad Baptist Church, Rome: Cancelled Sunday School and Worship on 3/15, along with Wednesday night activities on 3/18. Will be closely monitoring the situation, especially as it relates to local school closings.
Horizon Baptist Fellowship, Summerville: No cancellations planned at this time but encouraging at-risk church members to take care and stay home if necessary. Will be modifying some elements of worship to eliminate contact.
Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Rome: All events and building use canceled for the foreseeable future, with two exceptions: two addiction groups that may meet for now, and the Weekday Preschool (until/unless instructed to close).
First Baptist Church of St. Simons: No cancellations planned at this time but encouraging at-risk church members to take care and stay home if necessary. Will be modifying some elements of worship to eliminate contact.
First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald: Continuing with regularly scheduled activities and services but monitoring closely with the help of public health officials. Encouraging members to avoid unnecessary contact and practice safe hygiene.
First Baptist Church of Hawkinsville: Continuing with regularly scheduled activities and services but monitoring closely with the help of public health officials. Encouraging members to avoid unnecessary contact and practice safe hygiene.
Trinity Baptist Church, Moultrie: Cancelled all children’s activities and Wednesday Night Supper for the next week. Will have a “no touch” worship service that will be live streamed.
First Baptist Church of Carrollton: Only one worship service on 3/15. The church will be closed and suspending all activities for two weeks beginning on Monday, 3/16.
Tabernacle Baptist Church, Carrollton: Modified worship service 3/15 and 3/22. No Sunday School on 3/15 and 3/22, along with no Wednesday night activities for the next two weeks.
First Baptist Church of Columbus: Continuing with regularly scheduled activities and services but monitoring closely with the help of public health officials. Encouraging members to avoid unnecessary contact and practice safe hygiene. Cancelled events dealing with or located in areas of concern (nursing homes, assisted living, hospitals, etc.).
First Baptist Church of Griffin: Sunday worship will be broadcast on the usual Comcast Channel 26 and on WKEU 88.9, in addition to being livestreamed and on Facebook. Sunday School offerings are available for various age groups, along with Wednesday Bible study – consult the church website for more information.
Central Baptist Church: We are canceling all Sunday activities and all events for the next week in order to minimize the possible spread of the virus.
First Baptist Church of Warm Springs: Services will be livestreamed through Facebook Live at 8:45 am and 11 am this Sunday.