BF's Response to COVID-19

November 13, 2020 Update

Church Family,

We have received a few questions over the last few days regarding Gov. Hutchinson's announcement earlier this week of updated guidelines for places of worship in Arkansas.

To the best of our understanding, the only change to the existing guidelines was a renewed emphasis on wearing masks/face coverings at all times while indoors. Prior to this week, the guidelines suggested wearing masks while entering or exiting the building and when unable to physically distance indoors.

With our state seeing a record-breaking amount of new COVID cases & COVID-related hospitalizations, our Governor has called on churches and houses of worship to do our part to avoid unnecessary transmission of COVID. We are thankful to all of our governing and healthcare officials who work hard to get us the best information and recommendations to keep our communities safe.

As a reminder, here's what we're doing at BF to maintain a safe environment:
  • We clean and sanitize the building every week between services.
  • We have arranged our seating to enable physical distancing between family units.
  • We offer hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
  • We provide complimentary masks at the entrance.
  • We offer online services every Sunday in the BF app and at on our website's virtual worship center. This enables those who cannot get out the ability to still join us every week for worship. It also enables us to quickly transition to online-only services if necessary.

In addition, we will be doing even more in the future as we face this new wave of cases and the current flu season:
  • Temperature screenings for all volunteers and ministry workers every Sunday and Wednesday.
  • Signage and friendly reminders encouraging our church family to wear face coverings when inside the building and/or unable to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet.

Wearing a mask isn't living in fear, it's living with a heart of love and compassion for those who might be vulnerable to developing serious complications from a COVID diagnosis. We are thankful that so far, BF has not been directly affected by this virus and we want to do everything within our ability to keep it that way.

Throughout this entire pandemic, we have put our trust in the Great Physician to be our healer and our protector.

  • We pray for His healing presence to be with every patient currently suffering. 
  •  We pray for those who are grieving loved ones who have died. 
  •  We pray for the front-line medical workers, public health officials, and governing officials as they serve and lead us through these troubling times. 

As your pastors, we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our BF folks for your continued faithfulness to the Lord, service to His Kingdom, and loving support of your church and community.

We firmly believe that better things are ahead and that we will see God do the miracles He has already promised us!

Blessings,
Pastor Seth & Pastor Katie