Central Baptist Church of Magnolia has issued a statement regarding its plans for dealing with the coronavirus situation.
Dr. Michael Seabaugh, pastor, began the statement by saying that “the number one thing needed in survival situations is not water or weapons, but community.”
“We desire to lead a response that is faith affirming while at the same time exercising the wisdom and prudence His Spirit gives to each of His children. We are all called to be ‘salt and light’ in the midst of an uncertain situation,” the statement said.
“Because this has already proven to be a quickly evolving situation, this statement addresses only this coming Sunday, March 15. We are constantly monitoring the information available and will make whatever adjustments deemed necessary as the circumstances continue to unfold,” Seabaugh said.
Central Baptist Church will have its Sunday school and morning worship at the regular times. Sunday evening activities and the family meal will be canceled.
The church office will remain open and ministry staff will continue to work.
The church is sanitizing and cleaning the total facility. This includes high-contact areas such as push-bar doors, handles, knobs and security buttons.
A “no contact greeting” policy will be in effect. “Smile and speak, even salute or bow if you like, but no handshakes, fist bumps or other form of contact should be engaged during this time to help relieve any fear of spreading germs,” the statement said.
Central Baptist Church is urging members in “at-risk” categories to take all precautions to protect their health.
“We are compiling a list of our members who feel they need to take extra precautions so that we can check on them and minister to their needs,” Seabaugh’s statement said.
Decisions about services for Wednesday, March 18 and beyond will be made later.