Summary: In light of the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19, the new coronavirus, we want to continue equipping families to serve the Lord, even as we attempt to slow the spread of the infection. In light of guidance from the President, the CDC and Brazoria County, we will not hold any events on campus for the remainder of March. As the situation continues to evolve, we will make determination for the month of April.
Services will be livestreamed at normal times (10:15 AM and 6 PM on Sundays, 7 PM on Wednesdays) on Facebook, watchambc.com and Youtube. We will be providing activity sheets for kids by email and our normal daily devotionals (2020NT.com) to try and help maintain a sense of normalcy for families. Please sign up for emails and text messages to help us stay in touch.
I know that we have all been watching the developing situation with COVID-19, the new coronavirus, and wondering what will happen. Many of you have seen your children’s education, your job and even normal errands completely reshaped by the tiny virus sweeping the world. Unfortunately, AMBC is not immune to these factors. In light of the President and Brazoria County’s request that we avoid groups of ten people or more, we will be moving to exclusively online services through the end of the month of March.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to predict what will be necessary beyond that at this time, but we are diligently following the news and medical recommendations and will do our best to serve the congregation and community as well as possible. We will continually post updates here, and send out information via alvinmbc.flocknote.com. In the meantime, we are going to hold livestreams at our normal times (10:15 AM, 6 PM on Sundays and 7 PM on Wednesdays). The Sunday morning livestream will be a full service, while the evening services will not include music. The easiest way to access the livestream is watchambc.com, although it will also be available on Facebook Live and Youtube.
Sister Debbie Trappe, several Sunday School teachers and I are working hard to develop materials that can be sent to parents to help continue with their discipleship of their children through this period. Please be patient as we iron these details out (this is our first global pandemic too), but send in feedback so we can provide the best program possible.
We know that giving to God’s work is both a blessing and a command, but that some people’s employment will be affected by the virus, limiting their ability to contribute. That makes the cheerful generosity of those who can give even more important. Whether online, by bill pay or mail (2102 West Lang Street, Alvin, Tx 77511) or simply dropping a contribution off at the office, your generosity helps us continue to serve, both now and in the future.
If you are looking for concrete ways to help, call someone! Offer to pray with them on the phone and let me know if they have any concrete needs we can help with. Depending on your situation, consider picking up medicine or their grocery pick-up order. As food and supplies become available, think about picking up a little extra and donating it to the food pantry for us to deliver to those in need. The ways to help will certainly be changing in the days and weeks ahead, so stay in touch.
There are many churches that will struggle to cope with these events, but the love and fellowship that makes AMBC strong make us uniquely suited to stay together, even when we cannot gather together. As the relationships between individual members deepen and grow, we will leave this crisis with our whole church stronger than ever.
In His Service,
Pastor Justin Gatlin