To the Congregants and Friends of First Baptist Church of Pittsfield (FBC)—
Yes, I am grateful that I followed the Holy Spirit’s guidance to facilitate a discussion around: Overcoming the Pandemic Mindset—the purpose was to foster a discussion regarding where we go from here since FBC has reopened and restrictions around the community have been lifted. It appears that people are going wherever else they choose to go, however, attendance at FBC worship has not come up to full speed. What is the reason, since I hear people want to fellowship and connect to the church family?
Thank you to all congregants who participated, and also, there was a person from the community who participated in our gathering. We discussed feelings, ideas and recommendations as to how to excite people to return back to worship in the Sanctuary. There were different perspectives offered and it was truly a great discussion amongst minds.
During the discussion, it was stated that some people have become comfortable with turning to the FBC Facebook Livestream or watching PCTV. But with that, church attendance via technology has been superb, and for that I am grateful. I have heard from people across the country who are now viewers of the worship. Some people are still cautious with regards to not being aware of the vaccination status of others, and this is understandable because of concerns regarding the well-being of family members. Some folks are not returning because of the inability to do congregational or choir singing.
One participant said that congregants should be trusted more regarding seating arrangements.
Whatever the perspective, we must remember that each congregant has a right to their personal feelings as it relates to their health and well-being, and venue for worship. And with that, my goal is to foster a growing spirituality and connectedness as it relates to an ongoing relationship with God through Christ. All of the recommendations, suggestions, ideas…which were GREAT will be further discussed as it relates to implementation. Many of the recommendations are exciting and could propel us to new heights as a church.
Part-2 of the message God’s Power in Our Weaknesses…coming from Isaiah 64:4 and
II Corinthians 12:6-10 will conclude this coming Sunday, June 27th at 10 am. Join us in the Sanctuary or watch on PCTV – 1301. You can still go to the FBC Facebook Live Stream (First Baptist Church of Pittsfield, MA) and “friend us.”
Yours in Christ,