Please watch this important video from Pastor Brad and read the notes below.
PHASE 1 – SUNDAY MORNING MINISTRY RE-LAUNCH
This is a moment that matters in the life of First Baptist Church! While all moments of life are important, I believe there are strategic moments that matter more. They are significant in that how we respond in these critical moments, has important and lasting impacts on the short-term and long-term future of the church.
Over a year ago, our church, along with all churches, was forced to drastically alter ministry initiatives as we wrestled with how best to deal with the global pandemic. It has been a difficult, unprecedented, and unpredictable time. We are thankful that we have been able to stay connected to the body of believers and FBCW families in a primarily creative online capacity, but at the same time, it has been 15 months since we have had important Sunday AM ministry for all ages on campus.
Now that the Executive Order restrictions have eased, COVID cases have significantly decreased and things seem to be returning to some semblance of normalcy, we believe it is the absolute right time to begin re-launching Sunday AM ministry in-person on campus.
We believe this is the right decision at the right time for the following reasons:
Sunday AM ministry for our families is important for the spiritual formation of disciples and the overall organizational health of FBCW. Since it is important we ought to seek to re-launch as soon as it is safe and feasible.
If we wait to phase-in (soft launch) until August/September we will not have enough volunteers and ministry options to accommodate the large crowds that traditionally return to church after the summer. We want to be ready.
The longer we wait to re-initiate Sunday AM ministry programming, especially for our children, will continue to prohibit families from fully re-connecting in our worship services.
The summer months will allow a perfect opportunity to phase in, soft launch, and train volunteers ahead of the full launch of ministry in September.
WHAT WE WILL BE OFFERING
Beginning Sunday, June 20 our goal is to have a Sunday School ministry offering on-campus in-person for every age group. Remember, this is just referencing Sunday AM ministry and this is the first phase.
9:55 AM HOUR
o FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP HOUR
This is a family-focused small group discipleship time. Each family will be assigned their own table as we guide everyone to participate in engaging early arrival activities, opportunities to hear, discuss, experience, memorize, and pray the Word together. The Gospel will be central. Fun will be had. (Online streaming available)
11:30 AM HOUR
o NURSERY, TODDLER, & PRESCHOOL DROP-OFF
o K-6 SUNDAY SCHOOL LARGE GROUPS
Large group Sunday School will communicate the Bible in a solid, creative, fun, and interactive manner.
o CLUB 112 – SPECIAL BUDDIES PROGRAM
1:1 support to children with special needs within a classroom setting. Buddies will demonstrate care, flexibility, patience, and the ability to set consistent boundaries with love. Curriculum and special training provided.
o S3 – STUDENT SUMMER SERVE
Students will serve and help disciple our younger generations for the summer months. Small groups will continue to connect monthly and there will likely be a small group opportunity on Sunday mornings for those not serving with S3.
Beginning in August/September a brand new re-designed Sunday AM programming will launch. Stay tuned for more details to come.
o SMALL GROUPS RETURN TO CAMPUS AT EACH HOUR
We will have almost all of our adult small groups returning to on-campus in-person meeting. Some classes will be offering hybrid options as well.
WE NEED YOU!
We are excited to re-launch these important Sunday AM ministries, but that cannot happen without dedicated volunteers. Before COVID it took over 300 volunteers to provide Sunday AM ministry programming. While we will not be launching at full capacity and will not need that level of volunteers, we do still need a sustainable level of volunteers to make this happen!
I know that many are waiting to re-connect as soon as we offer Sunday AM ministry, BUT we cannot offer Sunday AM ministry with out our people re-connecting and getting in the rotation to serve and volunteer. I believe that we can do this FBCW!
Our church always steps up to the challenge! I believe we will this time as well. This is a moment that matters, let’s respond and launch ourselves ahead on solid ground to continue to be a “Go and Tell” church for the families in Woodbridge, VA.
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Pastor Brad Kirby