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A Note From Our Pastor

Central Baptist Bearden
Response to Phase 1
After carefully considering Knox County and the City of Knoxville’s Strategy for Phased Reopening and after consulting with several members of our church who serve in the medical field, we are taking the following steps in response to Phase 1’s reopening.
Our church remains open Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • This part of the plan remains unchanged
  • We will be closed on Fridays.
  • For security concerns, we ask all members to be buzzed in through the Welcome Center. A staff member will be at the Welcome Desk during regular hours.
  • Staff at-risk and uncomfortable coming in may continue to work from home.
  • We ask all members to continue following the Five Core Actions outlined by Knox County and the City of Knoxville, even when in our church facility:
  1. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet when in public, except with members of your household – “Farther is Safer.”
  2. Wearing cloth face coverings when physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.
  3. Hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly soiled.
  4. Cleaning surfaces with soap and water or disinfectant.
  5. Staying home if you are sick or instructed to isolate/quarantine.
Our tentative plan is that our first Sunday service together will be May 31 (not May 17 as was formerly announced).
This is, of course, subject to guidelines which may change. 
  • We will observe the Five Core Actions outlined by the Health Department, requiring all in attendance to wear face masks and observe social distancing even in the sanctuary, by family units and/or individuals. We will limit attendance to half capacity and have overflow space available.
  • Our service(s) will be approximately 45 minutes long, providing enough time between services for sanitizing our worship space and restrooms. As we observe the response between now and May 31, we may need to add another service to accommodate our members.
  • We will continue to live stream the services.
  • Our first service together will emphasize praying together, scripture reading and meditation. There will be no offertory. Offerings may be placed in a receptacle at the doors.
  • Ushers will dismiss the congregation by rows to encourage social distancing and allow adequate time for cleaning before the next service.
  • Please note that during Phase 1 we are not allowed to offer a nursery, childcare, Kids Celebration, or small group meetings such as Sunday School or Bible Study groups.
We are daily reminded that our church is not the building, but you, the people who are diligently following Christ. Thank you for your prayers, phone calls to one another, amazing financial support, and consistent love. We look forward to seeing each other, laughing together, crying together, and worshipping together.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear”

(Psalm 46:1-2).
Wade Bibb
Senior Pastor

Prayer

National Day of Prayer – Prayer Guide
How to Pray for America – by Praying into Seven Centers of Influence in our Nation

Full Guide Available at nationaldayofprayer.org/prayforamerica

Government

Pray for your leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.

(I Kings 3:28; I Timothy 2:1-2; Exodus 18:21; Proverbs 11:3; Romans 13:1-2)

Military

“He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them…and encouraged them with these words: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him. With him only is the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles…’” (2 Chronicles 32:6-8)

(Psalm 91; Isaiah 43:2; Deuteronomy 31:6; Romans 5:1-5; Romans 13:1; Psalm 18:31-39; Romans 1:8-10; Proverbs 4:11)

Media

“…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

(Proverbs 8:10-11; Proverbs 2:1-15; Proverbs 8:35)

Business

“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working…” (Exodus 31:3-4)

(1 Chronicles 29:17; Psalm 132:15; Philippians 2:3)

Education

“If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:3-6)

(Psalm 1:1-2; Exodus 18:20-21; Philippians 1:9)

Church

“So then, just as you received Jesus Christ as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:6-8)

(Matthew 22:37; John 17:23; Psalm 1:1-3; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Chorinthians 13:6; Proverbs 9:10)

Family

“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)

(Romans 12:9-13; Malachi 4:5-6; Job 22:21-22; Proverbs 22:6)

Department Schedules

Children

- Tuesday Storytime with Ms. Carmel on Facebook Live
- Wednesday Bible Study at 3PM on Facebook Live and Vimeo
- Thursday 12-1 // Virtual Picnic on Zoom with 4th and 5th Grade
- Friday Family Fun Challenge
Summer Schedule available at centralbearden.org/summer

Students

- Sunday School Lesson on Vimeo
- Sunday 6PM Discipleship Groups on Zoom
- Wednesday Mid/Week Sermon Series on Vimeo
Summer Schedule available at centralbearden.org/summer

College & Young Adults

College Zoom group Wednesdays at 6PM
Email vfisk@cbcbearden.org for more information

Adults & Encore

Several groups and Bible Studies are meeting virtually. Email anelkin@cbcbearden.org for information regarding your group or to find a group to join!

Preschool Weekday

Following Knox County Schools schedule

Recreation

All activities canceled until further notice.

GIVE

Thank you for your faithful financial support. This is a great time to check out online giving from our Give page. Your giving continues to make a difference here and with all of our ministry partners around the world.

In order to continue social distancing, if you choose to give via cash or check, please do so by mailing it to us at 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919.

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