Due to the spread of coronavirus in our nation and state, we have been continuously working this week with local, state, and federal officials to be good stewards of both our resources and the most current knowledge we can obtain. Due to the call to limit exposure through gatherings of over 10 and our desire to be proactively for our community in every way, we’ve made the (new!) decision to temporarily suspend all in-person gatherings at both locations through the end of April. More details will be added as we move forward and assess the situation.
Why the change?
We did not come to this decision easily or lightly. We have sought the best information possible and spent much time in prayer to reach this decision. We believe corporate gatherings of prayer and worship are incredibly important for all believers. Still, after consulting with health and government officials, we believe this is the best way for us as the Church to lead the way in caring for our community during this time. We feel a responsibility to be part of the solution and not the problem of spreading the virus, which is significantly increased in large social gatherings.
We are planning to resume gatherings as quickly as we are able.
We are still gathering online!
The good news is that you can still gather with us online! We will be streaming services via Facebook Live, where you can not only watch the services but also chat with us live online at 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 2:00 PM, & 4:00 PM on Sundays.
The live streams will also be available on our website here.
We are still the Church. Even if we’re not gathering as the Church.
While it’s easy to feel like life is on pause during an event like this, we believe that God is still at work in and through us. When you think of reaching your neighbors and friends, you might default to thinking of in-person discussions or asking them to attend a church event. With many concerned about coronavirus and the emergency response throughout the nation, we think this is an excellent opportunity to share the hope of Jesus and invite your friends to join you for our online worship services.
A simple way to do this is to host a “Watch Party” on Facebook. This enables you to invite your Facebook friends to a private group chat interface as you watch the Sunday message together. You can get started by using the “Add to Your Post” section at the bottom of Facebook’s “What’s On Your Mind?” window or by following Facebook’s instructions here.
Also, please be aware of the needs of those around you. Reach out to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. and see how you can serve them. This might be providing groceries, offering financial assistance, running simple errands, etc.
A Note About Giving
If you’re a regular giver, please continue to be faithful in your generosity here at The Chapel. If you’re not currently giving online, this is a great time to make the switch. You may not know this, but in the rare event that we’ve closed our weekend gatherings, it’s challenging to recover from just one missed Sunday for the rest of the year.
Your weekly gifts are a vital resource that allows us to continue the work that God has called us to do, and our in-person Sunday gatherings only represent a small portion of that work. When you continue to give, your gifts allow us to maintain critical ministries that many depend on.
You can give online at any time at thechapelbr.com/give or by texting GIVE to (225) 372-7277 or by mail at 3355 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
A note on Groups and NextGen:
On-campus Community Groups and D-Groups are suspended along with our other in-person gatherings. If you lead or are a part of an off-campus Community Group or D-Group, continue to meet at your discretion. You might also consider meeting digitally with tools like FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangouts. We will still be providing sermon-aligned curriculum and discussion guides.
Our NextGen (Chapel Kids and Youth) ministries will also be providing online resources for families to stay connected as well. Keep an eye on social media and our website for resource links and updates.
Our Refuge College Ministry will also be hosting Refuge 7:37 live services each Sunday night.
Faith, not Fear.
We are a people of faith and not fear. As Christians, we do not live in fear at times like this, but we do have the responsibility to respond prudently and lead the way. One of the main ways we can lead in faith is by loving our neighbors.
We are working to create systems and processes to mobilize our Church to help those in need. If you are interested in joining this effort, be on the lookout for more information.
If you or your family need any assistance during this time, please let us know, and we will do whatever we can to meet your needs. Email to stay in touch.
We love you and are praying for you. Our staff team meets daily to pray for you over Zoom!