A Response from Pastor Robin Donley
In anticipation of questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and our church services, I felt it was best to communicate our care as your church for all of you through this statement.
I firmly believe in the power of II Timothy 1:7 and its admonition not to live in a spirit of fear. However, as a church, we want to be balanced in our approach to this situation with preventative measures and an abundance of caution.
After much consideration, prayer and recommendations from church officials, we have decided to cancel all BCF services until further notice. We will continue to monitor all situational changes and will advise accordingly. We will be offering an online livestream experience on Sunday's, Wednesdays and Fridays via facebook live. Be sure to like our page and join us at facebook/BCFFontana or facebook/ourchurchbcf
We would like to encourage you with the following guidelines:
In lieu of a "handshake welcome," plan to greet each other in ways that avoid handshaking.
Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the duration of any service. Keep in mind it is recommended to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Use hand sanitizer when it is available. While at BCF, there is a station at the back doors of sanctuary. Please feel free to use!
Stay home please if you are sick.
I understand this is causing stress for many given the rapidly changing information. I want you to know we are monitoring the situation closely, and are proceeding with an abundance of caution, evaluating the situation daily. During this time, may we be used as the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and care for others.
Here is some wonderful guidance in how to pray during this coronavirus outbreak:
Pray we will be driven by faith and not fear.
Pray in accordance to Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Pray for the people who have been greatly impacted.
We believe that God has the power to heal every sickness and every disease. Pray for scientists and researchers as they seek to provide treatments and vaccines.
Pray for our missionary family and global partners.
Pray God's protection that they would stay strong, healthy, and effective where God has called them to be.
Pray for hope, the Blessed Hope, of Christ.
As we pray for healing, may we not lose sight that our hope is not in a medical breakthrough or in the effective systems of the world. Disasters such as these should remind us of our eternal hope in Christ and awaken us to the need to share His hope with those around us.
Let’s Not Fear, Our Hope is in the Lord!