March 18, 2020
Shores at Home is our response to the current global crisis brought on by the Coronavirus. For the forseeable future, we are now ministering one hundred percent online. Check out the many ways for us to connect virtually as a church family.
March 16, 2020
Pastor Ron posted a new blog titled Coronavirus, Bible Prophecy, and the Last Days of Planet Earth. Enjoy the read!
March 14, 2020
We know people have experienced a wide range of emotions in regard to the coronavirus outbreak, from fear to doubt and disbelief. The one thing we are confident about is this: we have a mandate from our Lord Jesus Christ to care for and minister to people. We desire to preach the word, share the gospel, connect in real biblical community, love our neighbor, and be good global citizens all at the same time.
Because this is a fluid situation, we are updating our ministry response to the coronavirus as we approach the first Sunday impacted by the worldwide pandemic. For the near term, we are adjusting our ministry outreach. Please read the information below carefully and respond as the Lord leads you.
How Can We Pray for You?
We believe in the power of prayer. We also believe God loves you and cares about what concerns your heart, and we care, too. So, please let us know how we can pray for you and your family during this coronavirus crisis. Click here to share a confidential prayer request with our prayer team.
If there are other ways we can minister to you during this coronavirus crisis, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sunday Worship Gatherings
Starting tomorrow, March 15, we will continue to minister to people by offering one Sunday morning worship gathering at 9:15am with two options: (1) in–person and (2) at-home or via live stream.
We are implementing a family worship policy for our in-person worship gathering at 9:15am. That means, out of abundance of caution, we have suspended Shores Kids and Shores Students programming on Sunday morning. No childcare is available. Instead, for those who choose to attend our in-person worship gathering at 9:15am, we encourage families to sit together while maintaining a reasonable social distance from others in the auditorium.
Families or individuals may also choose the live stream or at-home worship option via Facebook or YouTube at 9:15am on Sundays. We are grateful for the technology that is available to us today. Although not a perfect option and something that never replaces person-to-person biblical community (Acts 2:42-47), we will continue to minister to people by providing a live stream of our worship gatherings.
Our ministry staff is also working on creative ways to serve the body of Christ and cultivate biblical community. Check back for video gatherings specifically for kids and students happening during the week. Our ministry leaders will communicate those and other opportunities using email, social media, and our website.
Something Good Radio
For additional spiritual nourishment during this crisis, listen on demand to Something Good Radio with Dr. Ron Jones. Locally, the half hour Bible teaching program airs daily on WWIP "The Word in Praise" 89.1 FM (M-F at 11:30am and Sundays at 7:00am) and WPMH 100.1 FM (M-F at 11:30am, Saturdays at 12:00noon and 5:30pm, and Sundays at 2:30am, 9:00am, 1:30pm, and 9:00pm ). Something Good Radio is also available on these podcast platforms: Spotify, iHeart, iTunes, Stitcher, Podbean, One Place, Google Home, Google Podcasts, and TuneIn.
Both on campus and off campus life groups are currently suspended. Life group leaders are encouraged to look for ways to minister to the people in their life group, especially to the elderly who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Shores Bible Institute, Shores Bible Institute for Kids, and Shores Students are currently suspended on Wednesday nights.
On Campus Bible Studies
All on campus Bible studies during the week are suspended, including Bible studies for both women (her) and men (Man Up), plus Financial Peace, Recovery for Life, and Grief Share.
Food Pantry and Grocery Assistance
The closings of schools, workplaces, and organizations will have drastic implications for many. If you are in need of assistance with food, we invite you to visit our Food Pantry (located in the Life Center) and receive an emergency relief grocery bag. We also encourage donations to the Food Pantry at this time from our church family. The Food Pantry is currently open from 10:00am to 11:00am on Wednesdays. We are exploring an expansion of those hours.
When we planned by the Lord’s leading to roll out our FORWARD initiatives, nobody could have anticipated the coronavirus except our sovereign and omniscient God. Because we believe it is important for the church to stay on mission in both the short and long term, we will continue our FORWARD communications and schedule with some modifications. Specifically,
- Pastor Ron will continue the FORWARD sermon series as we offer one Sunday morning worship gathering at 9:15am with two options: (1) in–person and (2) at-home or via live stream.
- During the week, Shores Kids and Shores Students will be offering live stream options that continue the FORWARD study of the life of Abraham.
- We encourage the church family to continue the FORWARD prayer calendar, devotional reading, and Bring It Home family exercises found in the FORWARD Guidebook.
- The FORWARD advanced commitment worship gathering scheduled for March 15 at 5:00pm in the Life Center has been postponed. However, if you are a leader or volunteer, we encourage you to make an advanced commitment. Later this week, Pastor Ron will be posting a message from 1 Chronicles 29 about how and why leaders go first. You can make your advanced commitment by filling out an online commitment card or by mailing your card to the church office at 1861 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23456.
Please pray for all who are negatively affected by the coronavirus and that we, as the body of Christ, will continue “making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). Also, please check back for further updates as we are monitoring the situation day-by-day and week-by-week.
March 13, 2020
At the present time, we are planning to offer our regular in-person worship gatherings this Sunday at 8:00am, 9:15am, and 11am. However, we are monitoring the situation as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold. We are also planning to offer a live stream of our worship gathering for those who prefer an at-home worship option. Please check back for details and updates.
March 10, 2020
We have been closely tracking the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. While we know this virus is primarily spread through close contact, we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship. Before we get into the details of the plans, we want to speak first to our posture as Christ followers.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture is clear that God has given us a spirit of love, not fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Our prayer is that we would sense peace in the midst of these circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary; rather, may we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control.
This is also a time to stand in awe of our great God who created us with an immune system that fights off so many diseases and viruses (Psalm 103:3, 139:14). Of course, if your immune system is compromised for any reason, you are more susceptible to dangerous and infectious pathogens like the coronavirus, and may endanger others. Please use common sense and personal precautionary measures.
We are monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, as necessary, will partner with local officials and medical professionals to formulate a preparedness plan. This plan will change and adjust based on the updates we receive, but as of March 10, 2020, here are the precautions we are taking to increase health measures and mitigate the spread of germs.
As part of our regular prevention against the spread of germs and viruses, the church employs a professional staff and cleaning service to clean our buildings.
Baptism is a sacred part of our faith journey. We are taking the necessary measures to ensure the highest and safest water quality in our baptismal pool.
We will not pass offering baskets during our worship gatherings. Instead, we recommend that you give your tithe and offering online or in the offering boxes in the church lobby.
Out of an abundance of caution, we may choose to postpone our regularly scheduled observance of the Lord’s Supper on March 29 (last Sunday of the month) and will continue to carefully monitor the situation until the next month.
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our Guest Services volunteers will hold doors open as you enter and exit the building on Sundays.
Greeting One Another
As a way of keeping social distance from one another to avoid the spread of germs, we will not have a time of greeting one another during our worship gatherings. When in the church buildings (hallways, classrooms, and lobbies), please greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes, hugs, and fistbumps.
Volunteers are committed to wiping down check-in surfaces between all services with disinfectant wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more readily available throughout our building. Also, please strictly observe our wellness policy which is always in effect in our kids ministry areas.
Hand Sanitizer Stations
Hand sanitizer stations are readily available throughout our campus. Please use them frequently. We also encourage you to bring your own sanitizer and antimicrobial wipes.
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here.
Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
We ask you to join us in praying for those effected by the coronavirius. Thank you for your continued participation in our faith community.
The Elder Body at Atlantic Shores Baptist Church