Update: March 21, 2020
We are postponing all services through the end of March after conferring with our church leaders. We will continue to monitor this situation week by week and hope to resume our normal Sunday worship service as soon as we are able.
Knowing that this could be a longer-term, we are moving to a full virtual and live stream platform for our congregation. Our mission does not change as the church. We are a people sent by Jesus Christ to bring the message of the Gospel to others and meet the urgent needs of our neighbors.
As your pastors, we are preparing to do this in the following ways.
- Currently, we have 14 church members standing by to run out to the grocery store or to bring items to those self-isolating in their homes.
- We are planning for our first live feed of our worship service this Sunday at 11:00 am. This will be available through our church website at http://www.
roundhillbaptist.org/. A link will also be available later this week through email for our church members.
- We are looking at other media means for Small Groups and Sunday School classes.
- Our Round Hill Kids ministry is posting teaching videos for the children of our families on our private Facebook Group.
- Our church email newsletter will be sent on Wednesdays instead of Fridays.
- We are setting up teleconferencing for our church committee meetings and other meetings that are needed. Members that are involved in committee meetings will be contacted with the call-in number to attend the teleconferences.
- As your pastors, we will be praying continually for each of our church families, calling through our church roster to reach out and get updates of our families during this time.
- Not everyone will be able to read email or visit our church website, so we will also be mailing information to our church family.
Everyone is reaching out in love, so we are seeing the nature of Christ continue to abound! Don’t hesitate to text, email or call your pastors. We want to serve you in any way possible as we navigate an unprecedented health crisis in our nation.
We ask that you continue to pray. Pray for our church, community and our neighbors. This is the time for the church to be the church. We are now the church scattered rather than the church gathered. God is scattering His church for His glory that we may still speak the truth of His love giving hope. Over the next weeks, God will guide us in showing us how to serve in these days.
Continuing in prayer,
Update: March 14, 2020
Yesterday morning, I contacted our deacon co-chairs and Pastor Cale about the possibility of canceling our Worship Service and Sunday School at Round Hill Baptist Church this Sunday, March 15th. We have made the compassionate decision to cancel all services this Sunday in view of the safety of our congregation and our community that has various risk ranges to the COVID-19 virus.
Yesterday our Governor, Ralph Northam, ordered K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of COVID-19.
As we continue to dialogue over the next few days, we will send the updates to further cancellations that we believe would be the safest for our church members and the health of the community. We believe this honors our Lord in caring for one another through precautions and safety.
Much of the decisions being made nationally and locally are with keeping our medical professionals in our hospitals and physician practices in our hearts and minds. I am thankful for our church leadership teams and being able to get this announcement to you one day after our Governor's announcement for Virginia.
We will begin the prayer tree to notify and give a call to prayer for our National Day of Prayer tomorrow. We will also notify our community of our cancellation on our website and on social media.
I want to encourage you to join our nation and our Southern Baptist Church families nationwide to set aside tomorrow morning as a time of prayer with your family or as you get alone to pray. See our prayer guide here: Day of Prayer for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Pandemic
If you are unable to get out to get groceries, during this time, we have people standing by that would be glad to help you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have need of an errand and cannot get out.
Prayerfully, Pastor Chip Corbin
Update: March 13, 2020
Round Hill Baptist is monitoring the related effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how this can directly impact our ministry work, as well as our Sunday gatherings. We recognize that ministry and the work of the Lord’s church must move forward. In fact, you may find increased ministry needs during this time and opportunities to share the Gospel as people are reminded that we need hope, peace, and answers only found in knowing the living and resurrected Christ.
With that in mind, we still want to utilize best practices at our events and gatherings. Like our neighbors across the US, we are looking to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts to advise us on best decisions when it comes to gatherings: CDC Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders. *
Like many of you, we will continue to monitor, and work with our county and town officials in the coming days and weeks concerning the health of our community.
Remember, as "Christians we have been given a distinct opportunity—even calling—to live as people without the same kind of fear as the rest of the world. This is not because we are free from tragedy or difficulty or persecution, but simply because we believe that the God who calls himself “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25) will make everything right for his people in the end (Revelation 21:3-5)." - Doug Ponder
In Christ, Pastor Cale
*additional source SBCV