Dear First Baptist Church of Clayton Family,
In accordance with NC Governor Roy Cooper’s 30-day ‘stay at home’ order and President Trump’s extended guidelines for social distancing, our church is cancelling in-person gatherings for Sunday and Wednesday activities through Wednesday, April 29. This includes Sunday worship services, Sunday School, youth and children’s activities, choir rehearsals, fellowship meals, Wednesday Bible studies, and special events.
We encourage you to join us for worship through our Vimeo channel https://vimeo.com/channels/1406153. We also have Wednesday Bible Studies available at https://vimeo.com/channels/1549116.
Although we miss our time as a gathered community, our church staff continues to make innovations and adaptations in their ministries to connect safely with our extended church family. Keeley, Jill, and Stephanie are teleworking from home. I am working half from my house and half from the church. Our financial administrator, Tommy Bedford, works at the church on Mondays and Thursdays. Our interim administrative assistant, Terry McCallum, is available full-time to answer your calls and questions, M-F. Please contact any of us if we can be of assistance.
Our Church Office hours during the month of April have been adjusted to allow Terry to telework from home in the last half of each week. She works in the church office Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30 AM to 5 PM and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. On Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays, and Friday mornings, she will be working from home. She will still be happy to assist you from there because, through the gift of modern technology, we are having all church office phone calls forwarded to her laptop.
One of the positive outcomes during this time of social distancing is that our church staff has employed two new social platforms for our church family to interact with one another. In addition to finding church news on the church website and The Outlook each week, we can connect with one another through Facebook now. You can check out our new church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fbcclaytonnc. For many of our younger church members, Instagram is their favorite social media site. A new Instagram account has been established at https://www.instagram.com/fbcclaytonnc.
I hope you will continue support the ongoing ministries of our church. You can either mail your contributions directly to the church or give online. To give online, go to our website at www.fbcclaytonnc.org and click the “Resources” icon at the top right section. From that menu of items displayed, select the “Give Online” option and fill out the information. It only takes about one minute.
With God’s help and the combined resources of our church and family, we will survive the days ahead. Let’s encourage one another and see what God can teach us as we grow to become more like Jesus. God says to us in Isaiah 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Rev. Dr. Randy C. Clipp