This Summer looks differently than any of us had planned. Our Pastors and Staff have been working hard to create new ways for us to experience our faith and community together. Learn more about them from each ministry below:
Thank you for you continued generosity to our First Baptist Crisis Response Fund for COVID-19. With your generous gifts, we have already been able to help partner agencies:
- Feed school children all over Guilford County on the weekends when county meals are not provided
- Provide support, shelter and medical care for the most vulnerable in our community to help keep them healthy and safe
- Help those whose paychecks have dwindled or disappeared with the advent of the pandemic
- Translate the health risks and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into other languages to help educate refugee and immigrant neighbors
- Enable safely distanced transportation to and from medical appointments
- Care for House Parents and children in foster care during quarantine
- Distribute hygiene and food bags for the vulnerable population in NYC
- Thanked COVID-19 healthcare workers at the Green Valley Campus with a meal and virtual cheer of gratitude
This is only a glimpse of the way you have impacted Greensboro and beyond with generous giving. As you continue to give above and beyond to the Response Fund, we will continue to share with our community.
This new Special Fund was established by our Deacons, with our Finance and Missions Committees in April to maximize our church’s response to the impact of our current health crisis. While your regular offerings continue to support our church’s community ministry, any additional gifts to the Crisis Response Fund will go to further support our community partners in their urgent work at this time. If you would like to give to the COVID-19 fund, simply go to fbcgso.org/give.
Midweek Prayer & Devotion | This summer, join us for a virtual time of prayer, music and meditation. Each Wednesday night we will pray for those on our Covenant Concerns and participate in a brief devotion time related to each week’s theme.
Sunday School | All Sunday School classes are encouraged to continue learning throughout the summer. Teachers have the option of hosting a class Zoom, or signing up for outdoor space to gather safely on the church grounds. Courtney will continue to teach Sunday School online throughout the summer. She will be using both Formations and Nurturing Faith literature. At the beginning of each week, be on the lookout for a preview of the scripture and a couple of questions to be thinking about in advance of each lesson
SPECIAL EVENT – REI Virtual Groundwater Presentation | Tuesday, June 16 | 1:00–4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
CBFNC has partnered with the Racial Equity Institute to offer its “Groundwater Presentation” as a virtual experience. In this three-hour, lively and participatory presentation, participants will examine characteristics of modern-day racial inequity.
This event takes place over Zoom. We have reserved 10 spots for FBC members to attend this presentation. If you would like one of these spots, please contact Courtney Willis (firstname.lastname@example.org) (I just noticed that my e-mail is written incorrectly on this part of the website- please fix that when you have a minute) or you can register yourself. Registration ends June 15 if you register yourself directly through CBF.
Books will be available for purchase through the church or you can order and pick them up yourself through Scuppernong Books downtown on Elm Street (336.763.1919).
Readers of each book will have the opportunity to participate in discussion around the conversations presented. Learn more about these groups and the books we’re reading here.
Hymns for Life | Great hymns of the faith have been chosen to undergird the summer theme of “Precedents.” In a time when we cannot easily gather to sing as a congregation we will explore other ways to deepen our understanding and love for these venerable hymns, including weekly devotional posts.
Creation: All Creatures of Our God and King
Covenant: The God of Abraham Praise
Exodus: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Call: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
Tragedy: It Is Well With My Soul
Wisdom: Be Thou My Vision
Exile: How Firm a Foundation
Justice: There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy
Coming: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Kingdom: The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy
Death/Resurrection: All Praise to Christ
Spirit/Community: We Are One in the Spirit
Redemption/Fulfillment: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Virtual Choir | Our choir will provide four virtual anthems over the summer months. Music and weekly virtual rehearsals will be provided for anyone who is interested in joining. Previous horal ensemble experience and music reading is required. Perhaps this period when we are not confined to a space or time will be just the right time for YOU to share your gifts with the congregation. Please contact Doug Vancil at email@example.com for more information.
Summer Sanctuary Concerts | Two concerts of inspirational music by First Baptist Church musicians will be recorded in the sanctuary and posted this summer.
June 28 Baker Lawrimore and Tony Sanders
August 9 Matt Messick and Doug Vancil
Hymns for Life Project-Online for Children | While we are limited in our ability to be together and to sing together, it is SO important that children KEEP singing! And, one of the best things we can continue to sing are hymns. Hymns are written to be easily sung and easily understood. Hymn texts stand the test of time and enable us to understand the Bible and memorize the stories of Jesus. They not only allow us to praise God, but they also give us direction and comfort in the tough times.
Each week children will receive a Hymns for Life email highlighting a hymn especially chosen for our Sunday worship services. The Hymns for Life email will include a video in which children may listen, learn and sing a hymn with Mrs. Vancil, plus a packet with a hymn story and related activity. We hope children will memorize the first verse of the hymn and send in a video recording of themselves singing (or playing) the hymn. It would also be a great opportunity for siblings or the whole family to sing together. A plan for celebrating memorization achievements will be developed as we progress through the summer.
Hymns can be the reassurance we need these days. What a great morning or bedtime routine for children and adults! Find a time that works and let’s keep singing Hymns – for Life.
Small Group Music Circles-Outdoors | Thursdays, beginning July 16 through August 20
Preschool and Parent Music Activities
Elementary Children Drumming Circle
Youth Beginning and Intermediate Guitar
Specific meeting times will be announced at a later date. Preschool and Elementary groups will meet simultaneously for ease of families.
Music circles will take place in shady, outdoor areas with appropriate distancing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.