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Friday, June 05, 2020 • John Cole • COVID-19

A description of how we are phasing in our in-person gatherings amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dear Church Family,

 

It is the desire of our church to honor the Lord and be a Gospel-light within our community. Our church officers and I believe a careful and respectful approach to phasing in our physical gatherings attributes toward this end. There are varying beliefs regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and world response, and we have chosen to treat the matter with respect and discretion for this reason.

 

We are doing our part to provide a safe, reasonable phasing in of our in-person services. During our online services over the past two weeks, I have been talking us through the steps we will take, and I have now detailed these steps concisely for us in writing here. Please review over them and communicate with me regarding any questions or recommendations you may have. This Sunday evening will be a good time to discuss this in person.

 

Services

 

 

Online

We will continue online, live-stream services on Sundays at 10:45 AM and Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.

 

 

In-Person

Sunday Nights: We will resume in-person gatherings on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM, beginning June 7. At least initially, this time will be intentionally designed to give us fellowship around God's Word with an interactive Bible study. We will teach, review, and discuss Scripture together. Along with that, we will have available food and activities to promote re-joined fellowship. Weather permitting, we will initially hold these services outside both for safety reasons and to remove the need to wear face masks.

 

Sunday Mornings: We will resume in-person gatherings on Sunday mornings at 10:45 AM, beginning June 21. These services will also be live-streamed for everyone who prefers to watch from home for their safety. The services will include time of prayer, music, Scripture reading, and preaching of God's Word.

 

Wednesday Evenings and Sunday School: We will set a date for these services to resume after evaluating the resumed Sunday morning and evening services for at least two weeks.

 

 

Precautions

 

 

Cleaning

Facilities and used furniture will be disinfected before each use, and hand sanitizer will be available for use.

 

 

PPE

While inside facilities, we are asking everyone to wear face masks.

 

 

Seating

Seating areas will be labeled and dispersed by alternating pew ends, i.e., right side, left side, right side, etc. This will ensure we maintain six feet of social distance from non-family members. Our auditorium size enables us to meet the 50% capacity guideline.

 

 

Social Distancing

We ask everyone to refrain from making physical contact, including handshaking or hugs.

 

 

Illness

We ask that anyone with any signs of possible virus-like symptoms to refrain from meeting until the signs are no longer present.

 

 

Gratefulness

 

We are grateful to everyone within our church for your patience, support, and faithfulness throughout all this time and transition. We also wish to thank you in advance for your gracious compliance with the steps we are taking for all involved. 

 

Our church is much like the church of Philippi. We have joy and unity in Christ and His Gospel work. May we keep that testimony throughout this trying time.

 

May the Lord be glorified and the Gospel furthered as we resume gathering together in person.

 

Your Servant in Christ,

John Cole

Pastor

Rose Hill Baptist Church

 


 

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 • John Cole • Announcements

 

Dear Church Family,

 

Please know that our family is praying for each of you throughout this time. We do not want anyone in the church to be without necessities or to feel alone as we are unable to gather in person. If you or anyone you know is in need, please contact me so we can be of assistace.

 

Let us remain faithful to Christ through this. I trust we will. With the victory we already have in Christ, how could we not remain steadfast?

 

57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 

1 Corinthians 15:57â°"58

 

As it has been said, "The darker the night, the brighter the light." May we be shining lights within Alexandria and our immediate neighborhoods. Consider the words of Christ, in which Jesus' disciples are told they are the light of the world.

 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:14

 

With these truths in mind, I want to share practical steps we are taking as a church to continue in fellowship throughout the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

 

Practical Steps

 

Our current plan to continue in Gospel fellowship as a church includes utilizing live and archived online videos, online giving, texting, calling, and possibly group video calls. Many have been checking on fellow members and praying together. Some have so kindly purchased and dropped off care packages with groceries and gifts. Rose Hill Baptist Church is showing itself to be a steadfast, loving church family, and that is a testament to Christ's work through our members and pastors for many years.

 

1) Our church pastors and officers are meeting by video conference weekly to pray for and discuss the ongoing course we take as a church throughout the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

 

Your health, both spiritual and physical, is important to us. Please pray the Lord gives us wisdom. It is our prayer that we always operate wisely and with faith in God. 

 

Currently, we plan to meet as a church only by way of live stream video until further notice. We will keep you informed if this changes as we continue to meet.

 

We also welcome your calls with any questions. Your input is desired and will be heard. You can also email us.

 

2) We will continue connecting together online around prayer, song, and God's Word.

 

Thank you for your patience as we had technical issues in our first live stream service last Sunday. It is a learning curve for us all, but we are confident this coming Sunday's live stream will be smoother.  We will continue to take steps and make corrections, getting better each time.

 

Recent and new live stream videos may be found at: rhbaptist.net/live.

 

Sundays @10:45 AM | Live Video

Join us live online for encouragement, prayer, song, and Bible study.

 

Sundays @6:00 PM | Text Message

Look for a text message with a Scripture passage to read, discuss, and pray about with your family or over the phone with another member.

 

Wednesdays @7:30 PM | Live Video

Join us live online for the latest church news and a Bible study focused on helping us go through this time with a biblical perspective.

 

If you miss a live video, please keep in mind that recent and new live stream videos may still be found at rhbaptist.net/live, even after the fact. We understand not everyone will be able to participate during all these times, but we do hope all will find these helpful in keeping our church in fellowship.

 

If you know someone who is unsure how to watch services online, I would like to encourage you to either assist them with learning how or to talk with them afterward over the phone to help them stay informed and involved.

 

3) We set up online and text giving as options for our continued giving to the Lord.

 

We understand some may choose to wait until we meet again before they give, and yet others will mail in checks for their giving. Please know that officers of the church will continue to count, record, and deposit checks at least weekly throughout this time, even while we are not gathering in person. 

 

In addition to processing mailed in checks, we prioritized creating the options of online and text giving during this time as we believe there are a number who would appreciate this service. With online giving, you can even set up recurring giving. You may easily give online here: rhbaptist.net/give.

 

For text giving, simply text (703) 782-3396 and respond to the text prompts.

 

With both online and text giving, you can give by way of electronic check (ACH) or debit/credit card. We recommend giving by way of electronic check to help the church pay fewer fees to the payment merchant.

 

4) We will continue to send church text messages to keep you informed.

 

While we will be careful not to overload you with texts, this is an efficient way to provide you with the latest church news before it gets outdated. In the near future, we will likely add email subscription options for those who would like articles like this, as well as sermons and blogs, to be emailed to them.

 

Would you consider adding 874-47 as a Rose Hill Baptist Church phone number in your mobile contacts? This will help you quickly identify the text as coming from your church. You may also want to add the church text giving number provided above.

 

If you are not receiving text messages from our church and would like to receive them, you are welcome to call or text me directly or to contact the church

 

5) Let's continue to make personal phone calls to check on and pray with one another.

 

Martha and I have already enjoyed calling many of you, and we will continue to call. I would like to also encourage the entire church to contact one another, as appropriate. We do not want anyone to feel unloved or alone during this time. May it always be said that Rose Hill Baptist Church loves people.

 

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:35

 

6) We are considering adding group video calls for group discussion (up to 100 people) on Wednesdays.

 

We are not yet offering video calls to avoid starting too many new methods of communication at once. However, I wanted you to be aware we are considering this in case it does interest you. Even if there were just a few that would like to have group video calls together, I would be happy to get that set up. We would likely use either Zoom or Facebook Messenger.

 

Continued Fellowship

 

As we saw recently in Philippians 1:1-8, we can continue in faithful fellowship as a church even when we are geographically separated. Paul, Timothy, and the Philippian believers enjoyed more than a decade of fellowship in the Gospel, and most of the time they were apart from each other. Much of the time, they were enduring difficulties.

 

We can be confident that God will continue the work He is doing in us until the day of Jesus Christ. God knows all things, and He works all things for the good of making us more like Jesus. With that said, we can praise God for the hardship we are going through and look forward to how He will use it to do His work in us and glorify Himself!

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

 

May we continue in fellowship, whether by phone, online, or care-package door delivery! Christ is worthy.

 

Let's also be in prayer for our government leaders and health care providers. I am grateful for their service to us, and I am glad we are cooperating with them as a church to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

Let us also remember to pray for our neighbors and for servants of Christ around the world going through difficulties. God is faithful, and He will help us through it.

 

Let us know how we can serve you.

 

With love in Christ,

John Cole

Pastor 

 

Rose Hill Baptist Church

 

 

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