COVID-19 Information and Updates

With growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and confirmed cases in Winston Salem and throughout North Carolina, we want to let you know how Beck’s Baptist Church is responding.

Our leadership is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As more information develops, we will be in contact through email, phone tree, local news stations, our Facebook page, and at www.becksbaptist.com/covid19 . Please know, we are committed to doing everything we can to create a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.

 

Below we have composed a list of frequently asked questions to communicate our plan for moving forward during COVID-19. If you have any other questions, please reach out by email to info@becksbaptist.com or by calling the church office at (336) 924-2178.

Is Beck’s gathering corporately this Sunday?

No. All in person gatherings are temporarily suspended  through Friday May 15th.

We are temporarily suspending all worship gatherings, activities, and meetings through May 15th. We do not cancel services lightly. We believe that our God moves in power through the gathering of His people as they worship together and hear the preaching of His Word. However, we believe that in the short-term, this is the wisest and most caring path for our church family and the community around us. 

 

While we are not gathering for congregational worship, we do encourage you to set aside time in your home to worship through song, prayer, and engaging with God’s Word – either individually, with family, with a small group friends, or as a Sunday School Class. 

 

To aid you in this, we will make available weekly digital resources to lead you in worship through reflection, song, and preaching. They will be available by 8 am on Sunday mornings, and can be found at www.becksbaptist.com/homeworship

 

 

Why have gatherings at Beck’s been cancelled?

There are two primary reasons the leadership have come to this decision:

 

First, we are seeking to honor our government officials (Romans 13:1-7) who have urged us to use extreme caution during this time. 

 

Second, we believe that cancelling our gatherings is an act of loving our neighbors. There are many vulnerable people in our church and city who will be put at great risk by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As Christians, we are called by Jesus to care for and defend the vulnerable. In cancelling our gatherings, we can actively fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cancelling our gatherings will aid in giving health professionals more time to prepare and care for those who are most at risk from the virus.  

 

During the weeks we are not meeting for congregational worship, church leadership will continue to seek guidance from health officials, national and local recommendations, and the BSCNC to determine a plan of action moving forward.

Information regarding our May 3rd worship service will be announced by Thursday, April 30th. We will continue to update you with any new or additional information on our Facebook page and at www.becksbaptist.com/covid19

 

 

How can I continue to give to Beck’s while we are not gathering for services?

Your giving continues to be an important act of worship and a necessary support for the ministries of the church. You can continue to faithfully give through our online giving portal by dropping your offering off at the church office Monday – Thursday between 10am-3pm.

 

Or if you prefer to give by mail, Make checks payable to “Beck’s Baptist Church” and mail to:

 

Beck’s Baptist Church

ATTN: Office Manager

5505 Becks Church Rd.

Winston Salem, NC 27106

 

 

How can I better understand COVID-19?

Information in this section is from the World Health Organization. For more detailed information, please refer to their website. 

 

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness – an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to many other countries.

 

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most people recover from the virus without needing special treatment, older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. 

 

Like many viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will update the threat status regularly on their website. For more information, please refer to the World Health Organization website.

 

 

How should I respond spiritually to COVID-19?

 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world. Ultimately, none of us is immune to this reality. But God has not left us alone. Jesus came to heal the sick and set the captives free. He has conquered sin and death and is coming again with a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no suffering, no sickness, and no death. Our God sits on His throne and because we have this hope in Jesus, we can have peace in even the most challenging circumstances.

 

While you’re trusting Jesus in this situation, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Pray for mercy and healing for the sick, strength and endurance for medical professionals, insight for researchers, and wisdom for church leadership, and city and government officials.
     

  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others within our fellowship and outside of it with the love that Christ has shown to us.
     

  • Reject every instance of prejudice or racism. The church should be grieved by the rise in racist incidents and language against the Asian community as the world responds in sin to the origination of this virus in Asia. God desires people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to experience and know the love of Christ. So, let us be people who fight injustice and wickedness of racism and prejudice in all circumstances, making sure to also examine and guard our own thoughts, words, and actions.
     

  • Even if we’re unable to gather at certain times or as a full church body, stay connected to the church family through calls or texts, pray for and encourage one another without ceasing, gather with small groups as appropriate, and engage with online content at www.becksbaptist.com/homeworship .

ABOUT US

We are an old church in a new world. Becks was founded in 1880 and for nearly 140  years has proclaimed the good news of Jesus in Winston Salem.  We invite you to join us as we continue to be a church that exists to see God glorified by all peoples in all places.

LOCATION

336-924-2178

 

5505 Becks Church Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27106

 

becksbaptistws@gmail.com

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