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Thursday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. CDT: Staying Healthy During COVID-19
Thursday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. CDT: Keeping Your Children on Track During the COVID-19 Disruption
Feel free to print and post these signs throughout your building as your church reopens and onsite worship services resume:
Download as PDFs: Social Distancing Wash Hands Wear Masks Fever
Click on a meme below to download, share, or print:
The following additional resources are available for churches and individuals:
- NCLL Resources for Churches Concerning the Resuming of Public Worship Services
- FAQs Regarding the Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations Receiving Small Business Administration Loans
- Resources and Updates from the Board of Retirement
- Randall House & D6 At-Home Discipleship Resources (many are free!)
- Questions in the Storm (A Bible Study by Dr. Barry Raper)
Free Will Baptist National Office Building to Remain Closed
April 2, 2020
Antioch, TN—In cooperation with the “safer at home” order issued for Davidson County, first from Nashville mayor John Cooper, and more recently from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, the Free Will Baptist National Office Building will remain closed through April, according to Executive Secretary Eddie Moody.
Governor Lee issued Executive Order 22, on Monday, March 29. The two-week statewide mandate closes non-essential businesses and strongly urges Tennesseans to stay in their homes to combat the spread of the COVID-19. The order began at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, and lasts through April 14. The order from Mayor Cooper extends restrictions even further, stretching through April 24.
Free Will Baptist ministries will continue to operate with departmental employees working from home. The building also will receive packages and mail throughout the restricted period. Contact the office by phone at 877-767-7659.
“It is important to work closely with government officials to guard the health and wellbeing of our community,” Moody noted. “By following the guidelines issued, we hope to become part of the solution to COVID-19 rather than the problem.”
Please address questions or concerns for the Executive Office to: email@example.com.
Executive Office Statement Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 12, 2020
Antioch, TN—With growing concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the Executive Office of the National Association of Free Will Baptists encourages all churches and members to take caution, use common sense, and take appropriate measures to help curtail the spread of the virus.
“We must treat this virus with the seriousness it deserves,” noted Executive Secretary Eddie Moody. “At the same time, we must not give in to panic and fear; instead, remember that our faith in Christ and the hope of the gospel give believers a firm foundation in times of personal and international crisis. The coronavirus, as terrible as it is, provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate faith, courage, and compassion to our communities.”
Moody urges all Free Will Baptists to follow the simple recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control:
- Wash hands often.
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick (especially in affected communities).
- Protect others by staying home if sick, covering coughing and sneezes, wearing a Facemask when sick, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces.
- Understand the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are at greatest risk.
Additionally, churches and church members are urged to work closely with community leaders and government officials in local and regional efforts to contain hotspots and outbreak points.
“Each church must consider its own context and risk regarding services and gatherings,” Moody noted. “For instance: if the virus continues to spread in the U.S., churches in highly affected regions may discourage those at greatest risk to the virus from attending services and meetings until the threat passes.”
Although the 2020 National Convention is still four months away, the Executive Office will closely monitor this situation. Changes or cancellation will only be considered in extreme circumstances.
The Executive Office encourages all Free Will Baptists to pray for the following during this health crisis:
- Those battling the virus (both patients and medical personnel)
- Missionaries and international ministry partners
- Strength against fear and panic
- Leadership decisions and direction
- The hope of the gospel made clear to a frightened world