BCF's Response to COVID-19

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. -Jeremiah 29:7

As Christians we are called to lead the way in loving our neighbors and community. We are called to do this even when it is difficult for us. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whatcom County Health Department is recommending the cancellation of gatherings of more than 10 people. The reason for doing this is to help to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is with heavy hearts that the elders of BCF have decided to follow this recommendation and cancel our Sunday morning worship service this Sunday and evaluate the situation each week. By doing this we are hoping to do our part to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to allow those who do become infected to receive adequate medical care. We see this as truly an act of loving our neighbor as following the recommendations laid out by the county has the potential to save lives in our community. We believe that meeting together to worship, pray, learn and fellowship are essential for believers. We are not stopping these activities as BCF, but working on temporarily finding other ways of doing them while seeking the good of our community.

What We Will Continue To Do

This does not mean we will cease all church activities. Justin will continue to prepare and preach a sermon that will be available on our website and Facebook page. We will let you know when it becomes available.

Following the Health Department’s recommendations, we will continue activities that consist of groups smaller than 10. Therefore, the following activities will continue:

*  Women’s Bible study

*  Men’s prayer group

*  Youth group

We are leaving the decision about home groups up to the leaders of each home group based upon their demographics and setting. As you are probably aware, people over 60 and with underlying medical conditions are considered to be at a higher risk. We are urging those in those categories to be wise about what settings they put themselves in.

What You Can Do

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25

It is going to take some intentionality and effort on all of our parts to be united as a church and maintain community. We in leadership will be working on maintaining connection with our congregation, but we would encourage everyone to intentionally reach out throughout the week to others in the congregation. Don’t just limit this to people you already have contact with, but whether it is by phone, email, Facebook or some other means, check in with one another. Pray with one another. Meet with one another one on one or in small groups.

You can continue to give at bcfgiving.churchcenter.com or by mailing checks to the church at 902 Adelia St., Blaine, WA 98230

What The Future Holds

This is a new situation for all of us. Things can change quickly. We will continue to monitor and keep you informed about our meeting and services going forward. Please let us know your preferred mode of communication is and check the website for weekly updates.

None of us know for sure what the future holds, but we worship a God who does. And so whatever comes, we face without fear, but with trust in Him as he leads and protects us.