Given that the US Center for Disease Control currently recommends that gatherings of 50 people or more be postponed or cancelled for the next eight weeks, BCMC will be cancelling worship services and church activities until April 5, at which point the situation will be reassessed. Cancellations include Wednesday evening suppers, choirs, and children’s clubs. It is up to the discretion of commission and committees as to whether or not they will meet.
We have made this decision out of concern for our congregation (a vulnerable demographic), as well as for our community, as we work together to slow the spread of the virus (help flatten the curve of the pandemic) so as not to overwhelm health care systems. This is a step we can take now for the greater good.
This is an anxious time for many of us and we will miss gathering together for support. However, this is also a time for slowing down, intentionally connecting with friends, family, and members of the church community via phone or other technology, going for walks, and enjoying the signs of spring emerging around us.
It is also time for creativity! The pastoral team is currently working on ways to help us to stay connected and spiritually nourished during this very unusual time. Look for an email later this week with plans and ideas for interacting together as church community at a distance. We are looking forward to the possibilities!
In the meantime, if you need support or care along the way, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any of the pastors. We are available by phone or email. We are also glad to share your prayer requests with BCMC’s prayer network.
Our prayers are holding you all during this unsettled time. May the peace of God that transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
(on behalf of the Pastoral Team)