COVID-19 Update

As you are aware, concerns regarding COVID-19 have been circulating in recent weeks. Because this is a dynamic situation where additional information and recommended responses are rapidly changing, our staff and leaders are closely monitoring the situation. We want you to know that the health and safety of our members, guests, and the community are our priority.  As information develops, we will update this page accordingly.

Our Confidence as Christians

As Christians we realize that our hope and well-being are tied into something, actually Someone, much greater than a virus--Jesus Christ; however, as a church we must be prudent and responsible as we work alongside local health officials. Although the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 may naturally lead to panic, Christians must be the first to emphasize that there’s no reason to experience such anxiety (Matt 6:33-34; Phil 4:6). Our God is Creator God and every microbe and organism falls under his control.

Our Response to Date

Through love of the local church, the body of Christ gathering under the preaching of the word and ordinances together, our response to the COVID-19 situation has been prayerfully and painstakingly considered. With this in mind, out of a clear conviction for love of neighbor and our local community, all in-person gatherings of First Baptist Church have been suspended through at least April 30th. This includes Sunday morning, on- and off-campus Connect Groups, Wednesday Night ministries, and all other regular and special events.

In order to continue ministering to the members of our church family and local community during a time when we’re unable to assemble, we plan to move to an online format for our main Sunday morning worship service. Since the New Testament is clear that local churches are not merely places or events that we attend but a people to whom we belong, it would be an oxymoron to assert that we can truly “take church online” or put forth a sort of “virtual church.” Rather, we take seriously our commitment to love our neighbors and the local community well, and so understand this solution to be temporary during an extremely unique crisis.

How should I respond to COVID-19?

Although our official gatherings for services and events will be restricted over the coming weeks, we encourage you to:

  1. Stay connected to the church body through personal community, calls, texts, and online engagement.
  2. Continue to faithfully give financially in a spirit of benevolence to our church family and on-going ministry efforts—you can give online above and cash/checks may be mailed or dropped off at the church office. Our church office will remain open from 8am - noon Monday - Friday.
  3. Pray for those affected by this virus as we wait for Christ to return and bring about a day without sickness, suffering, and death. What a glorious day it will be!
  • It’s Here!

    March 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Curriculum Resources were delivered. Church members are invited to join in these Bible study tools at home as a family or as a personal study time. These Bible study tools are really good. Studying God's Word is so rewarding.  Create your account, and get into God's Word today! Curriculim Resources Here All other resources can be found on the COVID-19 Update page, under Resources. Keep tuned in for more details about church services, Bible study, and opportunities to stay connected.… Read more…

  • Pray and Give

    March 20, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Our work as First Baptist Jennings is alive and well. While the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is affecting our lives, the Lord is using this threatening force to open doors for us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others through creative ways. While communities, cities and even countries are slowing to a standstill, the Lord still reigns in all of His power and glory. Continue to PRAY. We Praise the Lord for the church’s giving pattern over… Read more…

  • DevoHub

    March 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    First Baptist Jennings would like to offer a free devotional resource to our members and the local Jennings community. This great tool is called DevoHub. (instructions below) There are 7 amazing monthly devotional magazines now available through this app. “Journey” written for women, “Stand Firm” written for men, “Open Windows” written to help you read the bible through in one year, “Renew Daily” daily devotionals, “Quietud” devotionals written in Spanish, “Essential Connections” written for teenagers and “Family Journey” for families.… Read more…

  • Right Now Media

    March 18, 2020 at 11:39 am

    To our First Baptist church family and All who are looking for positive media content while you are at home, We invites you to be our guest and use a Christian version of Netflix called RightNowMedia.org. www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/FBCJennings You can click on this link provided and go straight to their site. Create your own personal login and then enjoy the resources for your kids both preschoolers and children, teens, young adults and older adults, Bible studies, programs, music videos and much more.… Read more…