Church Family,

    We appreciate the continued prayers, patience, and support as our staff has been processing the proper timeline for our church meeting back together at our facilities. Over the past few weeks we have been able to get more detailed feedback from our church survey, as well as local, state, and national government leaders regarding the phase in recommendations and approach. Local businesses and churches have already started reopening in various ways in Fayette, Hardeman, and Shelby county and we have also been able to discuss our potential plans with various other church leaders and pastors. Every church is unique in itself based on size, demographics, and campus facility space and we have tried to process all of these various challenges and opportunities regarding our specific congregation at Fayette Baptist Church.

     With that being said, our pastors, directors, and deacons have had some great collaboration and prayer time regarding our worship services, programs, and activities this past week and we are excited to announce that we will be beginning to meet back at our facilities on Sunday morning, May 24. The plan and phases are laid out in detail on our website for each ministry with a Phase In Plan starting with Life Groups first, and adding our first Worship Service back on campus on Sunday, June 7. We strongly encourage each person to click the link below and look through everything so that you can properly understand the various steps taken to meet, as well as times and locations for each program, worship service, ministry, and activity. This plan is essentially our new “summer plan” highlighting what will take place in May, June, and July. We will also be mailing out this plan to each family next week.

      Every step will be taken on campus each time that we meet to have things sanitized, clean, and organized for safety purposes. We want each member to come as they feel comfortable based on their family dynamics and health situations. We also encourage those that want to wear masks to feel free to do so and for those that may be sick to stay home. As things unfold on campus we will constantly be evaluating everything in efforts to best minister to our people and community. This may progress things faster or slow things down. Either way we will all need to be flexible as we adjust and continue to make adjustments to whatever needed. The calendar and phase in plan laid out could be tweaked or changed if needed at any time. 

      In closing, as we process everything and look to meet I am reminded of what Paul said to the church at Philippi in Philippians 2: 5-8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Pauls urging to the church was to think like Jesus would think. What was Christ’s mentality as he approached various people and situations? He humbled himself and served others. He didn’t make the situation about himself and all of his wants. He put others before himself. To what extent did Jesus humble himself and serve others? His death on the cross. There was no stopping point of humility and service for Jesus. This same mentality is the example and standard that we should all have as we make decisions to come back together physically or continue to watch worship services via live stream for the time being. The Lord has been overwhelmingly faithful and gracious to our church over the past seven weeks and we are trusting in that same faithfulness and grace in the days to come. Let's unite together around His example as brothers and sisters in Christ. See you soon!

Through Christ,

Pastor Drew

Fayette Baptist Church

John 15:13