Church family,
I know that this is a time of great anxiety and uncertainty as our world faces what is now being called a pandemic (due to its worldwide impact).
At Benson Baptist we are working hard to ensure the safety and wellness of those in our community of faith as we closely monitor the news about the continued spread of the coronavirus throughout our nation and state. 
At this time our calendar of events will continue as normal. We will be taking extra precautions to keep people well as we navigate the uncertainty of the path ahead.
Beginning this Sunday:
  • There will be no “passing of the peace” in either of our worship services.
  • At the 9:45am breakfast you will not have to handle any food by picking it up by hand. Please use the provided spoons, tongs, or utensils. If you are sick (even with a cold) please ask someone to fix your plate for you. 
  • We ask that you continue avoiding shaking hands or hugging for the time being. A wave is recommended as you greet one another.
  • We will not be suspending the invitation to the Lord’s supper/communion and will still offer it on Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday. We will not be administering communion by “intinction,” but will instead offer it in such a way that only those administering the elements, and those recieving them, will handle touch the offerings. Additionally, those preparing and those administering the elements will sanitize their hands prior to any action. 
  • If you are sick, please stay home. Our 11am service is live streamed, so you can still join us electronically if you are not well enough to join us in person. You can access the stream (and archives) here.
Below you’ll find our letter sent electronically on March 6. Please review the suggestions and practices and join us in helping our community stay safe and well. 
In Christ,
Rev. Lawrence Powers, Pastor

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

 

The Center for Disease Control suggests the following to prevent the spread of the virus and to stay well:

 

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and see your primary care provider if your symptoms persist or increase.
  • Cough into your elbow, sneeze into a tissue, and dispose of tissues properly.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after contact, eating, sneezing, and coughing, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.

 

Additionally, many churches are recommending attendees suspend the practice of shaking hands or hugging when gathered as a community of faith. While difficult, this is a good practice that we would to implement at Benson Baptist. We suggest a wave or word of welcome as you greet one another.

In addition to these steps, we also ask that you join us in praying for those infected, those who have lost loved ones, and those who are living in fear during this time of uncertainty.

Thank you for joining with us in keeping our community of faith safe and well during this time,

The Staff and Deacons of Benson Baptist Church