COVID-19 UPDATES

UPDATE 5/24/20 – The leadership at Zoar Baptist Church is excited to announce the reopening of the church!  Next Sunday, May 31st, we will meet in person at the church and online. We will only have one service that will begin at 10:00am, and you will notice some changes that will be implemented to keep you safe. 

Here are some of the precautions you can expect to see when you come to church:

  • Masks will be encouraged, but not required. We will have masks available for anyone who doesn’t have one.
  • Several pews will be marked off to allow for proper social distancing.
  • There will be hand sanitizing stations set up at every entrance.
  • You will be taken to and dismissed from your seat by an usher.
  • There will be intensive cleaning/sanitizing taking place before and after every service.

In addition to these changes, you may notice a few other differences. All of these steps are being taken to help protect our most vulnerable members. We do ask that if you’re considered high risk, or if you feel sick to please stay home and continue to join us online.

We are looking forward  to seeing everyone at church on Sunday, May 31st, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we make our service(s) as safe as possible!

 

UPDATE 3/31/20: In order to comply to the guidance set forth by the President of the United States and Governor of the State of Ohio, Zoar Baptist Church will be suspending all in-person gatherings for the month of April.  We will be providing online opportunities for worship, community, and ministry for our ZBC family and beyond, while also keeping those who are most at risk as safe as possible. We pray you’ll take part in these worship opportunities as we creatively think of ways to minister in this rapidly evolving situation.

With Love and Prayers,

Jim Beals, Pastor

Jeremy Dillon, Youth Pastor

 

UPDATE 3/16/20: On Sunday, our pastors, deacons, and trustees met together to review the orders given by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, including the order banning gatherings of over 50 people in the state, and how these orders apply to our congregation at Zoar. The following decisions were made as a result of this meeting:

  • All in-person gatherings at Zoar Baptist Church have been suspended until at least Sunday, March 29th.
  • Our pastors, deacons, and trustees will meet on Wednesday, March 25th, to further evaluate the latest orders and our future plans.

There is no need to panic. Our God is still in control. He is our refuge and strength. He’s an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46). But, we believe times like these call for us to step up and be proactive instead of reactive. In whatever small ways we can, we want to be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

We care deeply for our people and our community, and there are many people we love who are considered most vulnerable to this new disease. We also want to do our small part to minimize the impact of this crisis on our local healthcare system.

As such, we will be providing online opportunities for worship, community, and ministry for our ZBC family and beyond, while also keeping those who are most at risk as safe as possible. We pray you’ll take part in these worship opportunities as we creatively think of ways to minister in this rapidly evolving situation.

With Love and Prayers,

Jim Beals, Pastor

Jeremy Dillon, Youth Pastor

 

UPDATE 3/13/20: We would like to take a moment to address some of the concerns our friends have concerning the COVID-19 Virus. As of today, we are taking these precautions at ZBC to protect our members and their families. Changes will be made as more information is made available.

  • AWANA Clubs have been temporarily suspended. They will resume when our local schools are back in session.
  • We WILL have services this Sunday. However, we have implemented a no handshake policy. This will be in effect for our services this weekend.
  • Our Pastors and Deacons will be meeting to discuss what additional measures, if any, need to be implemented. 

We understand that there is a difference between not living in fear and being wise. With that being said, we are asking you to stay home if you’re not feeling well or in anyway uncomfortable. This Sunday’s service will be posted on our website and mobile app for you to listen to and enjoy.

As always, please remember to check our Facebook page and mobile app for the latest on this rapidly evolving situation.

With Love,

Jim Beals, Pastor

Jeremy Dillon, Youth Pastor