CSBC COVID-19 Update

In light of recent developments and coverage of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in our country and our community, we want to provide you with an update on what we are doing at Cherry Street Baptist Church. We take very seriously the health and safety of those who attend any of our services.   We want to encourage everyone to pray for those impacted by the virus. We must remember that we serve the Great Physician. Being a source of calm and reason is vital in light of an outbreak of this nature. An article to help Christians understand and think through the implications of all that is happening with COVID-19 can be found here.

In light of the recommendation by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and to minimize exposure, Cherry Street Baptist Church will broadcasting all of our services online at mycsbc.com/messages. We will also be on facebook live at facebook.com/mycsbc. We will not be meeting on campus for GROW outreach, Reformers Unanimous, or GriefsShare. These groups will be meeting virtually until further notice.

As far as our facilities go, our church staff will continue monitoring updates and following protocols to ensure our disinfecting processes meet or exceed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control related to COVID-19.  We have already taken or are implementing the following steps beginning this Sunday and going forward to keep us all as safe as possible:

  • Our facilities team is working diligently to keep high-contact surfaces and heavily-trafficked areas clean and disinfected.
  • We are encouraging everyone to take the following personal precautions:
    • Wash hands often. Try not to touch your mouth, nose and face.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. 
    • Immediately dispose of the tissues in trash cans and wash hands as soon as possible.
  • All services are available via live stream on our church website here
  • We also encourage you to consider online giving available through our website or the Realm Connect App available here.

We will continue to follow CDC and Springfield-Greene County Health Department recommendations when it comes to public gatherings and disinfection protocols. 

Remember, there are no precautions that guarantee immunity from infection from COVID-19. Ultimately, we must all pray to the Creator God for His protection and healing. This is the most obvious request for most of us. Our city leaders have requested for us to join in a prayer for our country, county and city – for those who are ill from this virus already, and for all who are treating them and responding to this world health crisis. Please add these other requests to your prayers:

  • Pray that those who have the virus will be healed, and that its spread would slow and soon be eradicated.
  • Pray that government agencies would have wisdom and skill in containing the epidemic, and that doctors and nurses would be energized for their work.
  • Pray for scientists and biomedical engineers scrambling to find a cure and immunization against this virus.
  • Pray that gospel conversations will be had by salt and light Christians, true disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for our church unity. Satan would love to use this opportunity to cause disunity among brothers and sisters.
  • Pray for wisdom in how to minister during this time to our church family and the lost community.
  • Pray for our church family – for their health, finances and encouragement during this difficult season.

I would add that in any time of uncertainty, it is good to remember the promises of God. I do not believe that it was anything but the Lord speaking into our situation when we read from the Psalms in our Bible reading plan today, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  (2) From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I,” (Psalm 61:1-20). 

Blessings,

Pastor Dennis Jennings  

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