Several times over the last week I have heard people say “The Church is not the building”. Let me tell you that truer words have never been spoken! We are the Church, and, in these strange days, I am so proud of the way we are working to care for, minister to, and creatively worship with each other.

Let me tell you a little bit about what the Children’s and Youth Ministries are looking like these days. Every few days, I am emailing and posting to the FBC Facebook page a short devotion and activity that families can do together. On Wednesday nights, the Youth meet on Zoom (a webinar site) to have Bible Study and chat. On Saturday nights our families (youth and children) gather on Zoom for a kid led Family Worship. A few of our Sunday School teachers are gathering their class on Zoom on Sunday mornings. These webinar experiences help us to connect and interact in a very positive and meaningful way. Adult friends, I encourage you to look into meeting in that format as well. I can’t tell you how joyful and hopeful it is to see each other’s faces!

The kids and youth are communicating through all manner of text threads, apps, and even the good old snail mail. I have never been so excited to hear the alert chime on my phone indicating that someone has sent me a message!

All that being said, we all miss the irreplaceable experience of having our church family together under one roof. We will be together again soon, and we will be so glad that we did our part to keep our community healthy. Y’all take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and gives thanks to God for the blessing of connection, no matter what form it takes.

–submitted by Holly Hatton

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