Dear Members and Friends of RBFC,
It has been a blessing to hold worship services outdoors for the past few months, but with the colder weather, it is time to move back indoors. Starting on Sunday, October 25, 2020, our services will be held inside.
With this move back indoors, we’d like to remind you all of the policies that we have in place that seek to provide a meaningful level of safety and protection for everyone.
- Face coverings are required at all times when you are inside the church. We have facemasks at the door if anyone needs one.
- Hand sanitizer is also available for use when entering and exiting the building
- If you are experiencing a fever, or any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are sick, or experiencing flu-like symptoms, we ask that you participate in the service at home via the live streaming.
- There is enough reserved space between the platform and the front pews so that anyone serving from the platform can safely remove their mask in order to do their ministry. This will be the only time anyone will be permitted to remove their mask, and only for the time they are ministering from the platform.
We want as many people as possible to feel comfortable worshiping together indoors. A number of our regular attenders have an elevated risk for COVID-19 for a variety of reasons, yet still desire to worship in person. Out of love for one another we ask that these guidelines be followed as closely as possible so that we can provide the safest practical environment for everyone. We know that there are a wide range of opinions on what precautions to take. We see this as a wonderful opportunity for our unity in Christ and love for one another to be what holds us together. We are hopeful that the joy of worshiping together in person will overcome the potential awkwardness and possible frustrations we may experience. We will not be able to anticipate every scenario of social interaction nor remove every risk. Each individual is responsible for their own personal health. We will continue to provide our live streaming service on Zoom and YouTube Live for anyone who does not feel comfortable participating in person. If you are watching the live stream, we recommend that you try to YouTube Live version, as it provides a higher video and audio quality than Zoom.
Let our actions be consistent with Christ’s admonition is John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The Elders of RBFC
HELPFUL RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS:
RESOURCES RELATING TO CHILDREN
7 BIBLICAL TRUTHS TO TEACH CHILDREN ABOUT DISEASE AND DISASTERS
Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Truth78.
Here is a book that relates specifically to the area of fear.
Go to Truth78.org and in the search bar type in “afraid.” The children’s book When I Am Afraid will pop up. This book provides parents with an opportunity to show their children the wonderful promises of God and encourage them to look to God when they are fearful. There are also Bible Memory resources call “Fighter Verses” as well as music. Enjoy!!
TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS – Brad Hambrick, Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC
RESOURCES RELATING TO ADULTS
HOW THE PANDEMIC PREACHES THE GOSPEL:
SEVEN WAYS TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS WHILE SOCIALLY DISTANCED – by Jill Waggoner who serves the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in the areas of public relations, and Brandt Waggoner, lead pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.
COVID-19 – LIVING BY PROBABILITIES OR PROVIDENCE? By Mike Emlet, Dean of Faculty, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
FREE ONLINE BIBLICAL TEACHING RESOURCES FROM LIGONIER MINISTRIES
FREE DIGITAL BIBLE RESOURCES DURING CORONAVIRUS – FROM CROSSWAY PUBLISHERS
Eight Reminders in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dane C. Ortlund, chief publishing officer and Bible publisher at Crossway.