People of Midway,
As we approach the beginning of a new year, we all hoped that the number of cases would be in decline. However, in light of the recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases in our area, the leadership of Midway Baptist thought it best to keep you informed and full of faith. We urge each one to remain vigilant and strong in the Lord.
As believers, we are not to be influenced by fear. Instead, we should always remember that the perfect love God has for us is designed to “cast out fear” (1 John 4:18). For most of the American public, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. However, for the already sick, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, the risk is higher. With that in mind, read on for a reminder on how we’re approaching this concern.
We will respond in faith, not fear, fully aware that disease is a fact of life. We are not to panic, but to trust God. The Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
We are called to be people of prayer, caring for the sick and infirmed (Matt. 10:8), at times even at the risk of our own lives (John 15:13). Let’s continue to love our neighbor within the bounds of wisdom, pray for them, drop off meals, etc. Pray for our leaders, doctors, and caregivers to be protected from harm as they bring healing (Psalm 91).
We are called to be biblically wise, and here’s what that looks like at Midway:
Gatherings – Our Sunday gatherings (Sunday School and Worship) are all still happening. Nothing has been canceled. However, if you or a family member are sick, or you think you might be, please stay home. If you let us know of your illness, we are committed to praying for you and will minister to you as best as we are able. We’ll continue to monitor the best recommendations from public health officials.
Increased Cleanliness – We always clean all our spaces well (e.g. the toys in the nursery are disinfected after each worship service), but we’ll be taking an extra measure of care, especially in the Children’s Ministry and Nursery spaces.
Personal Hygiene – Wash your hands regularly! We recommend you check out the CDC Flu Prevention Guidelines. These include everyday preventative actions that can help stop the spread of germs like washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough, etc.
Remember, we’re called to make disciples. Nothing—no disease, no war, no fear can stop the advancement of the gospel and the building of God’s church. Remain faithful, stay in the Scriptures, and let’s continue trusting God for a speedy and safe resolution to this disease and its effects. If anything changes, we’ll let you know.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to worship this Sunday,