How CBC is addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus has been confirmed in New York City. While updates are being made daily by local and federal authorities, for the foreseeable future, we would like to modify how we worship with one another to ensure we are doing our part to keep everyone healthy.
- Sunday Service will be done on Livestream. (For instructions on this, see below.)
- We have decided to suspend all church-wide fellowship activities outside of Sunday worship and the youth basketball program. This includes the following: Friends & Family celebration (2nd Sunday), Sip & Chat (3rd Sunday), and 4th Sunday birthday and other church celebrations.
- In addition, all Senior ministry events have been cancelled until further notice. As well, our Wednesday night and Sunday morning adult bible studies have been cancelled. Please see below for how we will continue to connect you to God’s truth for your life while we are going through this time.
- We are suspending in-home communion visits. The church will call the sick and shut in member and send mailers, but we want to stay out of their homes for their safety.
- If you have any questions about how your group will meet, please contact your group leader or ministry head.
Virtual Worship: Connect to our Sunday service via Livestream:
- Click here to link directly to our livestream broadcast through a web browser, either on your phone or personal computer.
- You may find it more convenient to use the Livestream app. The iOS (Apple) version is here and the Android version is here. Once you download the app, search for “Central Baptist Church of NYC.”
Virtual Study: Using RightNow Media
With changes to how we fellowship, we want to make sure that there are still opportunities for everyone to learn and grow in the knowledge of God. We will be leveraging the resources at RightNow Media to accomplish that. There a many bible studies available that we can share together.
- This study format will begin on March 25.
- If you do not have a login to the RightNow Media platform, please email Pastor Robert or connect with your personal deacon.
- Go to the RightNow webpage here. Use your login.
- Click on the “Libraries” icon on the top left of the page (three vertical lines) and choose the sixth option which says “Central Baptist Church.”
- You will then see the current study.
- Watch the video as directed and then phone in on our conference line ((712) 770-4711, Access code: 667-293) at 7 PM on Wednesday night to discuss the topic.
For more detailed directions, click here for pdf instructions.
Virtual Giving: How to do online tithes and offerings
The health of our members is extremely important to us, and so is the health of our church. When attendance goes down, we often see the reduction in giving. At this time, it is probably easier to give online. To do this, please do the following:
- Click here to go immediately to our online giving portal.
- Click on the blue bar on the left hand side of the page which says “Click here to pay now.”
- Fill out the form with your envelope number (if you have one). If you do not have an envelope number, please call Diane Singleton at (212) 724-4004 x11.
- You will create an account username and password. Please keep track of this in case you wish to stop online giving or need to update a debt card.
- Once you’ve established your account for the first time, any correction to your account will be done by going back to the same page and using the log in option on the right hand side of the page.
Things you can do to help during this time
- Pray: Please continue to pray for our church, its members, regular attenders, visitors, and its leadership. As well as our city, state, and national government leaders. As these times are unknown, we more than ever need to seek God’s guidance.
- Connect with your deacon: if you have an issue, please reach out to your personal deacon. They are committed to helping you and will be a better resource than calling the church office immediately.
- Assist your neighbor, if you are able: as frustrating as this time is, it is also a great opportunity for CBC to show what it means to be neighborly. Seek to help those who need assistance.
Health Guidelines and Up-to-date information
- You can get the most current information by going to the CDC Information specific to COVID-19 can be found here.
- Currently, the recommended courses of action to fight the spread of this virus are the following:
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your handsoften with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contactwith people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and otherpeople if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick:You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfacesdaily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them:Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
- Clean your hands often
Thank you for your understanding while we work through the above changes. Feel free to reach out if there are any questions.