East Sylva Baptist Church will hold it’s annual Vacation Bible School from Sunday, June 21 through Thursday, June 25. Classes for children up through 6th grade will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. Children will have a time of Bible study, recreation, crafts, and snacks on each of these evenings. Commencement will be on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. We also have a class for an Adult VBS Bible Study each night starting at 6:30 p.m.
Information from Pastor Reed Benson
The following information has been shared with the ESBC members concerning our on-campus-plan for when we are again able to be together to worship. Even though our plan is in place, things could change depending on the virus and the guidance we receive from our state and local officials. Our main concern as we come back together is your safety. I will share a few general things, then I will share more specifics about our phase plan.
Now I will share with you our plan for a phased in approach to coming back together.
Phase 1 – The Governor issued Phase 1 orders on May 8, 2020. We are restricted indoors to ten or less people with social distancing guidelines in place. Phase 1 should last several weeks. We will continue offering online worship on Sundays at 10:00 and Wednesday nights at 6:30. We will not have Sunday School or other activities during Phase 1.
Phase 2 – We are hoping to begin our Phase Two plan beginning Sunday, June 7. This date could be pushed later depending on any directives from local or state officials. If this date changes, we will let you know through our One Call system. In Phase 2 we will still need to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet. In order to do that, we will have TWO services on Sunday morning. Service One will begin at 9:30. Service Two will begin at 10:45. In order to limit our numbers, we are suggesting if your last name begins with A – H, you come to Service One at 9:30. If your last name begins I – Z, you come to Service Two at 10:45. The two services will be the same. If this suggestion does not work for you, then come when you can. The two-service plan will help us control our numbers better. During Phase 2, we will have a few changes.
Phase 3 – Date unknown currently.
Greeting from Pastor Benson
Welcome to the East Sylva Baptist Church website. I believe that the world wide web is a vital tool in sharing our passion for the Gospel and compassion for people in our community and around the world. I encourage you to visit often to learn how God is working at East Sylva Baptist. Our faith grows and matures most effectively in relationships with other believers, so I invite you to explore our ministries on the web and then join us at East Sylva to engage in face-to-face fellowship and discipleship. As you do, I pray that God will reveal your next steps in your relationship with Him.