EBC UPDATES ON COVID-19
With the heightened awareness and public concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the ongoing seasonal flu virus and the common cold, we want to assure you that your health and wellness is of the highest importance to us.
At EBC, it is our goal to provide a clean and safe environment for you to worship God. Our janitorial staff is working around the clock to comprehensively clean of all restrooms and various touchpoints (doorknobs, handles, nursery, etc.).
Ebenezer Baptist Church Leadership Team
We are practicing social distancing!
If you are high-risk or ill please join us online via Facebook or our live streaming.
Giving can be done online or dropped off to the church during business hours.
Sunday School has been suspended until further notice.
Due to Carmel Clay School District protocol all Carmel Campus services have been canceled until further notice.
Food Pantry will be closed until further notice.
As our world grapples with how to handle the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we know that your heart is being bombarded with many different messages. Our prayer is that you feel supported and strengthened during this time by your church family.
HERE’S WHAT CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS DOING
This viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength. We are to “trust in the Lord with all our heart” (Prov. 3:5) amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe in the power of prayer, so we seek help from the Lord.
The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to an influenza pandemic, which is applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.
The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Pray for our city and those how are directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our world from the further spread of the virus.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the Church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with those who are sick and stay home from public functions if you’re sick.