November 16, 2020
We’ve all been through a lot this year with the hope that Covid cases would decrease and some sense of normalcy would return. However, it seems the opposite has happened. Cases have risen in our community with no end in sight. We’ve taken steps as a church to do our best to keep people safe and healthy while we gather together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.
With this in mind, beginning November 22nd, we are asking all members, regular attenders, and guests to wear a face covering while moving throughout the building. This will be in addition to maintaining a 6 ft distance while in the sanctuary or classrooms. We are adding this to what we’ve been doing out of concern for our fellow church family and our community we live in.
Some of the details:
- Signs will be posted at every exterior door reminding everyone to wear a face covering while moving in the building.
- We will have disposable face coverings available if you don’t have one with you.
- Parents will be responsible for their children and whether they will wear a face covering. You as a parent know if your child can and should wear one.
Reminders of what we currently do:
- Every other row is blocked off to maintain a 6 ft distance in our sanctuary. We also ask you keep at least 3 chairs between families in the same row if possible.
- Life Groups meeting in classrooms will maintain a 6ft distance as well. They will also enter and exit rooms with distancing in mind.
- We have hand sanitizer throughout the building, either on a table or mounted on the wall.
- Bulletins are placed on a table for you to pick up. We have offering boxes to drop off your offering in our sanctuary and by the church library. Both are done to minimize contact.
- If you do not feel well at all, do not come to the building. Stay home and worship with us online by clicking here.
With your help, we can continue to gather together as we faithfully follow and make followers of Jesus Christ. Let’s choose to elevate Him and ask the Lord to show us how we can consider one another’s wellbeing. Let’s choose to be a source of encouragement to one another. Let’s choose to engage our community for the sake of the Gospel in all we do. I love being your pastor!
May 26th, 2020
As we approach our regathering for Sunday, June 7th at 10:30am, I want to highlight what to expect in our service. We value the safety of our congregation and the health of everyone who will join us to worship our Lord Jesus. Here's what you can expect when we regather together:
- We will not have Life Groups at 9:00am. This will be revisited soon, but for now it's best to encourage each other online and over the phone. Now's a great time to be encouraged by each other in your walk with Christ. If you're not a part of a group, we would love to get you plugged into one, so let us know!
- We will start at 10:30am now. This will allow more time between Life Groups and service when they start again. If we need to add additional services to maintain social distancing in the future, this time will allow us to add services before or after with ease.
- We will not have nursery service. However, the nursery itself will be open for those who need to use it for their children.
- We will not have children's church. Instead, we will provide bags that have coloring supplies, activity sheets, and other fun surprises for our kids. We know this will be an odd time for our families who are used to children's church in their worship, so we want to make it easy for families to worship together. Each child will get an age-appropriate bag that they will reuse each week. We'll sanitize the bags and restock them for the next Sunday.
- We will maintain social distancing. There will be signs encouraging a 6ft distance between your household and others. This means that we will ask for at least 3 seats between you and another household. We have also blocked every other row to encourage social distancing. Our greeters will be there to help you find a good spot to worship the Lord.
- We are encouraging you to stay home if you are ill. You know your body better than anyone else, so if you feel ill, please stay home and worship the Lord with us online. You can access our live-streamed service by clicking here. Additionally, if you would feel more comfortable wearing a mask to our service, you are welcome to do so.
I'm looking forward to worshiping the Lord together Sunday, June 7th at 10:30am. It's a joy to faithfully follow and make followers of Jesus together!
May 12th, 2020
We've sent out letters to our families regarding our regathering for Sunday, June 7th at 10:30am. If you'd like to read the letter, you may do so by clicking here.
The congregational survey can be found by clicking here. The VBS survey can be found by clicking here. Please complete both by May 31st.
I look forward to when we can gather together once more for the glory of Christ!
March 31st, 2020
On March 29th, 2020, President Trump extended federal guidelines on restrictions for gatherings until April 30th, 2020. As cases of coronavirus continually increase, it is in our best interest as a church to follow these updated restrictions. Therefore, we will not resume services in April as originally planned. My hope is to be able to celebrate God's goodness in May together, but until then we will have to make due where we find ourselves.
This obviously makes celebrating Easter together difficult. I've looked into transmitting a radio signal and having our service from the parking lot, but I've yet to find an FM transmitter in stock anywhere online. For now, it seems that we must continue to press on online.
However, that doesn't mean that we cannot connect in meaningful ways. In fact, I believe that if we are diligent in connecting with one another through encouragement and pray, we will be a stronger church on the other side of this. It requires work, time, energy, and even trying new things. But Christ is worth it, isn't He?
One way we're going to connect with our community is an Easter egg giveaway. We're going to use the eggs you all have faithfully given and bring the Easter egg hunt to our neighbors and friends. We can also prepare baskets for those who can't get out to give them and put a smile on their face. Look for more info to come.
I appreciate your patience with me in these days as well. I don't have all the answers, and the things I'd like to do aren't moving as fast as I'd like them to, but if we're diligent in seeking Christ, He will provide. Keep praying for one another, keep reaching out to each other, and keep an eye on the Lord!
March 17th, 2020
As updates and news has progressed about the coronavirus, so too has our response to it. It's with a heavy heart I announce our church will be canceling services for the rest of March. I will give specific details, but I want to communicate my thoughts in this decision.
This decision was not made out of fear for what is to come. Our God is sovereign and in control of His creation. He was not surprised by this outbreak because He knows that sin still reigns in our hearts. Until His Son Jesus Christ returns to claim the final victory over rebellion and disobedience, the stain of sin will show itself in sickness, disease, and death. We know He holds our futures, and we trust that He will see us through these tumultuous days.
Nor was this decision made alone. Working with our church leaders and deacons, we have acted together to make sure our people are taken care of in the best way we can. Together our desire has been to heed the counsel of the CDC, state and local health officials for the safety of our people and the good of our community. In addition, I've consulted with many area pastors and leaders in the Jefferson Baptist Association and the Missouri Baptist Association before making this decision.
This decision was a heavy one to make because I care deeply for our people, and I believe the gathering of His believers together is one of the greatest blessings we experience on earth. Heaven meets earth when we gather together in His church, so to be apart, even for a few weeks, should cause our hearts to long for Christ's rule in creation and the day when we will gather together in His presence forevermore. Against that day is our hope!
What happens now?
After March 19th, Windsor Baptist's facilities will be closed. If any member has items or materials that need to be taken from the property, please come and get them before the end of the day on March 19th.
Our tentative plan is to reopen for service on Sunday, April 5th. This is subject to change.
During this time, we will be working to clean our facilities. Our desire is to properly disinfect every room so that we're ready to go when we return together.
Our Easter Egg Hunt will be postponed until a later date. We will also postpone our Wednesday studies until later in April.
How can I connect?
During this time, we want to make sure we can still connect with one another as a church. There are a few ways we are going to do this:
First, on March 22nd and March 29th I will present a video lesson for us to go through together. This won't be a service like how we enjoy together, but it will be something we can come together to enjoy. I pray it will edify and lift us up.
Second, our deacons will be ministering to our members directly. One of our deacons will contact you in the coming days to check on you and see how we can serve you in this time.
Third, we hope you will use this time to worship as a family together. In fact, March 29th I will use our video lesson to speak about family worship. In the meantime, LifeWay has made their children's materials available for free. These lessons go right along with what our children have done in Life Groups, so they can continue to grow in the Lord. I would encourage you to follow the directions to access this material:
Fourth, my hope is to work with Life Group leaders to find opportunities for us to connect.
How can I pray?
Pray that God would stop the spread of this virus in His goodness. Pray for those who have been affected by it. Pray for those who are vulnerable to it. Pray for our government leaders for direction, our healthcare workers for protection, and our emergency response for strength. Pray for one another!
I ask that you join our church leaders and deacons in prayer on Thursday, March 19th at 7pm for God's comfort and strength. A church that prays together is a church that can weather the storm together.
Know that I'm praying for each of you throughout this time, and I pray that very soon we will be together once more for His glory and praise!
Pastor Darren Webb