Category: Response

Fruit Cove Baptist Church Coronavirus Response

As We Move Forward…

We continue to monitor official updates regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 as it impacts Fruit Cove and our community. All regularly scheduled on-campus ministry and programming events remain suspended until further notice.

Sunday Worship Plans

  • Online services will be offered for the foreseeable future at 9:30 am and 11 am
  • Facebook Live and LiveStream will air at 9:30 am and 11 am
  • Listen live on radio 94.1 FM (Jax Country) at 9:30 am and 100.7 FM (The Promise) at 11 am

Sunday School Plans

  • We’re providing an in-home Bible study guide for use on Sunday mornings
  • The theme is “Dark to Dawn” and will walk us through Easter Sunday
  • Use this teaching guide for personal Bible study or to guide your family
  • For a sense of normalcy we recommend individuals/families doing the Bible study at 9:30am if that is their normal Sunday School hour, then join online worship at 11am
  • If normal worship hour is 9:30am join worship online at that time and do Bible study afterward
  • Weekly guides will be posted by Friday and can be found at Fruit Cove Sunday School
  • Some of our Adult and Student classes will offer online gatherings so stay in touch with your teacher(s)
  • Please share this resource with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!

MidWeek@Home Plans

  • MidWeek options for children, students and adults will be posted at MidWeek@Home

I Need Help

  • If you find yourself in need of an encouraging phone call, urgent supplies or a personal shopper for a grocery store run contact us at info@fruitcove.com and we’ll see how we can help

How Can I Help?

  • Prepare to minister to fellow church members and neighbors, especially those who are older. If you live beside or are in close contact with families who have high-risk individuals in their homes, reach out to see if they need anything. Maybe that means offering to pick up supplies on your next trip to the store or dropping off some food if they’re unable to get out.
  • Look for opportunities to share the gospel. When conversations of fear and uncertainty arise with neighbors, talk about the hope you have in Jesus. Many people are looking for answers that only He can provide. Click on our Jesus link for help in communicating the Good News!
  • Here’s an easy way to let your neighbors know you are there to help. Print this out as a postcard or full sheet and place in mailboxes or on doors of homes on your street
  • Download the Help Postcard

How Can I Pray?

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” As believers, we can trust that God brings triumph in our trials. As believers, we have the authority through Christ to pray against the spread of any disease and to pray for healing for those who have the Coronavirus.

  • Begin your prayer time by praising God for His sovereignty. He still is and always will be in control of all things. Pray that we will trust Him to help us navigate this season of uncertainty.
  • Pray for wisdom for government leaders, the CDC, researchers, other medical personnel, and leaders in churches and other strategic places to respond wisely and appropriately.
  • Pray for the protection of doctors, nurses, crisis response teams, emergency first responders, researchers and other medical professionals who risk their lives to protect ours.
  • Pray for comfort and healing for those stricken with this virus. Pray they will receive the quality health care they need to regain health and strength. Pray for their healing and for a vaccine to cure and eradicate this virus.
  • Pray for peace and calmness, as well as freedom from fear, anxiety, and panic among individuals and communities.
  • Pray that we would be proactive in proclaiming the gospel and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray that this event would be a catalyst for revival in Northeast Florida and around the world.

Continue to give 

  • Fruit is a generous church and we want to demonstrate our faith by giving in this time of crisis
  • The funds given help us to minister to many local, national and international agencies who will bring relief to those affected by Coronavirus.
  • You can send your tithes/offerings to 501 SR 13-St Johns FL-32259, stop by the church office and drop an envelope through office foyer door mail slot, or  Give Online

Daily Video Updates

Look for daily video updates posted by our staff team members on Facebook and Instagram.

ALL ON CAMPUS ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE //

We’ve made the call to go ahead and cancel all on-campus activities until further notice including Sunday morning worship.
We will have worship services online at 9:30 and 11am tomorrow on https://fruitcove.com/live/ and Facebook Live (@FruitCoveBC). Please make plans to join us online.
The church office will be closed next week.
Why this decision?
  1. We want to honor the wishes and requests of our local, state and federal governments.
  2. We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
  3. We are not being fearful, we are being responsible.
  4. This is what love requires of us in this season.
With these changes come unique opportunities. One major opportunity is to worship together online. We have some information on our Facebook page that you can share with friends. If you are not on Facebook share the https://fruitcove.com/live/ link with people you know. For a world suddenly thrown into chaos, an invitation from you to a friend to “join us for worship online” may just be the start of some great gospel conversations!

This is an evolving situation so stay up to date on how our church is responding at this website and our social media channels @FruitCoveBC (Facebook, Twitter, Insta).

UPDATE: 03/12/2020 2pm

We’ve had several questions about plans for this coming Sunday, March 15. At this time all regular Sunday programming is on, Sunday School/Small Groups at 9:30am and 11am, Worship services at 9:30am and 11am.

We have decided to make the following postponements:

  • Caregivers Conference scheduled for March 14
  • Car Show and Spring Fest scheduled for April 4
  • Spring Break Mission Trips to London, Puerto Rico and Jersey City

UPDATED: What About Missions Trips

3/12/20

In conversations with the International Mission Board and our church planting partners on the ground in London we have decided to postpone the HS Senior mission trip to London. This was a hard decision to make but we feel it is the right decision. You can read the full IMB statement here https://www.imb.org/2020/03/09/imb-recommends-volunteers-postpone-travel/.

We have also decided to postpone the 10th and 11th Grade Mission Trip to Jersey City as well as the MSM Family Mission Trip to Puerto Rico. We will be working with airlines, hotels and car rental companies in the next few days to determine what costs can be recouped or transferred to a future mission trip, so if you were one of the team members impacted by this decision please bear with us as we seek to gather that information. Once we have enough information to share we will do that with the Mission Team Leaders and participants.

At this time the Miami Family Mission Trip is still on. We feel good about this in that families are responsible for getting themselves to South Florida via personal vehicles and our participants will not be crossing state lines. We continue to monitor the situation and will make any updates as needed.

These decisions have been hard but at the end of the day necessary. In closing I wanted to share one of the messages we’ve received from field partners as we’ve relayed our postponement news to them:

Thanks for being willing to send these guys. Even though they’re not coming, it’s not been a waste. They stimulated us into thinking how we can keep on reaching our neighbourhood. We’ve accelerated some plans for questionnaires. We’d be delighted to host them again at some point in the future. – Richard Perkins, London

All is not lost. Fruit Cove will continue to mobilize people to the ends of the earth for the sake of the gospel. But for now, our mission efforts in Jersey City, Puerto Rico and London will be concentrated on praying for those churches and their leaders. Would you join me this week in praying for:

  • Harvest City Bible Church in Jersey City, Pastor Ed Ramos
  • Iglesia Bautista La Gracia in Yauco Puerto Rico, Pastor Junior Martinez
  • Bridge Church Peckham London, Pastor Richard Perkins
  • Chiswick Baptist Church London, Pastor Steve Messersmith

 

Jonathan Wilson
Pastor to Families and Missions
Fruit Cove Baptist Church

 

 

A word from Pastor Tim regarding the Coronavirus

Fruit Cove family, we are aware of and up to date with the precautions and measures we should take to be a clean, healthy, and safe campus in light of the Coronavirus. We care deeply about our guests and our church family. We have an opportunity to show our neighbors and the world what it means to live our lives trusting God and not in fear. To our knowledge no member or attender of Fruit Cove has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, and our prayers are with the 14 Florida residents that have. Our plan is to gather every Sunday and Wednesday (per our schedule), unless there are extraordinary circumstances. Here are a couple of simple notes about the Coronavirus in regard to what we are doing and what we are asking of you:

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
  • Stay home if you are sick. Watch Fruit Cove online at fruitcove.com or Facebook!
  • If you have been exposed to anyone with the coronavirus, the flu, or any other contagious condition please stay home for 14 days (per the CDC).
  • If you have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea please stay home to watch your symptoms 14 days (per the CDC).
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
  • We are instituting the “fist bump” as the official greeting on campus. No more “right hand of fellowship” handshakes until this situation clears. For reference and a lesson in proper technique see the Sunday morning message from March 8 at fruitcove.com/sermons.
  • Our Facilities Team will continue to make sure our campus is clean and ready for use. This includes a plan for regular sanitization.
  • Beginning this Sunday we will be sanitizing highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, and sinks. This includes a heavy focus on our preschool and kids ministry areas.
  • Offering time will be moved to the very end of the worship service where congregants will be able to give their tithes and offerings as they exit.
  • Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and will stay home if they are sick.
  • We will be providing additional hand sanitizer stations around campus for everyone to use. These will be located in ministry area welcome centers and The Pavilion.
WHAT IS OUR SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY?
  • We need to remember that followers of Jesus do not need to live in fear. He has power over all things, and we are eternally secure.
  • Our calling is to love our neighbor, whether they are sick or healthy.
  • Pray for God’s mercy and wisdom for US and global leaders as they deal with the crisis.
WHAT ABOUT MISSION TRIPS?

 In conversations with the International Mission Board and our church planting partners on the ground in London we have decided to postpone the HS Senior mission trip to London. This was a hard decision to make but we feel it is the right decision. You can read the full IMB statement here https://www.imb.org/2020/03/09/imb-recommends-volunteers-postpone-travel/.

At this time we are evaluating that status of planned trips to Jersey City, Miami and Puerto Rico over Spring Break. We will continue to maintain contact with our partners on the ground and unless our partners think it is not safe for us to come, the state of Florida recommends no travel, or the US State Department issues a travel warning we will proceed with all trips as planned. Participants of these trips do have the option of cancelling by contacting the Missions Office at 904-287-0996.

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