See also – Letter to the Church about Reopening
and watch for other opportunities and services online.
Previous services and discussions are also available on Facebook and YouTube.
COVID-19 Update: With Northampton County moving into “GREEN” status on June 26, 2020 the Church Council met on June 22, 2020 and voted to proceed as follows: Effective the first Sunday in July 2020, First Baptist will continue to be open for worship and allow more than 25 family units in the sanctuary. Adult and Youth Ministries will also be open to meet for Sunday School as well as during the week for special programs/small groups. Please be aware that all Children’s Ministries will continue to be postponed during the months of July and August.
Dear Church Family,
After much prayer, consultation with leadership and recommendations of civic leader we have decided to suspend corporate worship for Sunday March 15th. We are taking the warnings about COVID-19 seriously and want our multi-generational congregation to be safe and well!
We encourage you to join us on FB live Sunday at 11:00 for a streamed worship service.
All programs at FBC Bethlehem will be canceled for the week of 3-15-20 to 3-21-20. Church leadership will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates for future events.
Please continue to pray for church leadership as we make decisions. Continue to pray for the most vulnerable in our community that the Lord will keep them safe. Continue to pray for our health care workers as they are on the front lines in battling this pandemic. Continue to pray for our elected leaders as the make decisions that affect all our lives in this unprecedented time.
As you pray please remember these words from the book of 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.”
God is in control. God is good. He will carry us through this. Do not be afraid, but do be wise, and safe.
Dear Church Family,
As you know the World Health Organization has now declared a pandemic with Europe as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. With the first confirmed case in Northampton County earlier today.
Scripture tells us repeatedly to not be afraid. Yet, we also need precautionary reasonable steps to assure our people are as safe as possible.
First, know that the church has a regular cleaning schedule, and a committed team doing a fantastic job. We have ramped up the process to include increase disinfectant wiping of all high-touch surfaces.
At this time, we plan to continue to offer all regularly scheduled events and programs, while making appropriate changes to assure safety. As the public health situation changes daily, we commit to keeping you informed of any changes to our scheduled events via our website, email and social media.
We encourage all members to implement everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases like COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC both at church and at home:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air-dry hands.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
• Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
This crisis is a fluid event, changing daily. We are monitoring all reports and recommendations made public by the CDC. and will also align with local officials with regards to our Nursery School (following BASD guidelines) and all our community groups that meet at our facility.
Let’s remember God is greater than any virus and He is in control. Pray for those affected by the virus, for health professionals caring for those affected, and for God to protect not only our community but communities around the world.
As God instructed in Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”