June 3, 2020 - Update
As our region and country begin the process of reopening, the staff at Fort Caroline Baptist Church has prepared a phased reopening plan that mirrors the strategy outlined by the government. We will start Phase 1 beginning on July 5, and hope to progress to the other stages in accordance with the guidance from the CDC. Click below to learn more about our plans to reopen.
May 5, 2020 - UPDATE
For now, we are continuing to worship with you online. These services go live each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on our Facebook. We invite you and your family to worship with us by visiting our Facebook page or our Worship Online page.
March 16, 2020 - update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more through out the U.S.
Following this and prayerfully, we are announcing that all future worship services are online, and all events and activities at the church are canceled until further notice.
As done yesterday, we will continue to worship with you online. These services will go live each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We invite you and your family to worship with us by visiting our Worship Online page.
We know this is an inconvenience for many, and we regret that. However, this is also an opportunity for us to care for others and love our neighbors as Christ has instructed. Please follow us on this page and our Facebook or Instagram for future updates. If you need prayer, let us know how we can pray for you at fcbc.life/prayer. Through your continued giving, we are able to keep supporting missionaries as well as assisting those in our community that may need help. To give, visit fcbc.life/giving.
Until further notice, our offices are closed. You can reach out to us here or call us at 904-642-2288.
A Message from Our Pastor
STATEMENT ON PREPARATION AND PREVENTION
March 12, 2020
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more widespread in the United States, it is important that we stay vigilant to separate fact from fiction. Our church believes it is important and appropriate to take precautions for our members and the community we serve. We also want to speak peace into this situation by helping people focus on what they can do during this outbreak, and point people to our God who is present in all circumstances.
We appreciate our government officials, community leaders, educators/administrators, healthcare providers, and civil servants, who are taking preventative steps to minimize the spread of this virus. They are given a challenging task, and we should pray that God gives them wisdom. Still, we can do much more as individuals to maximize their preventative measures.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20-seconds. Wash your hands frequently and vigorously especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available use hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them until your hands feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Attempt to minimize contact with doorknobs, handles, handrails, and other commonly touched objects.
- Personally disinfect objects that are in regular use and surfaces that you may have touched with unwashed hands, including keyboards, tablets, and phones.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then properly dispose of the tissue in available trash receptacles.
- Reduce unnecessary exposure to sick persons by avoiding all personal contact, remaining the recommended six feet away from anyone suspected of having flu-like symptoms. Avoid medical buildings and hospitals unless absolutely necessary during this season of elevated concern.
- Do not share food or drinks with others. While this is always a good practice, it’s even more important during times like these.
- Remain at home if you become ill. Those who have been diagnosed with the flu or have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat or shortness of breath) should not be out of the house or around other people.
- Let us know if you are sick so we can pray for you or assist you, as needed. Visit fcbc.life/prayer.
This is not a time for panic, but for trust. No matter what we are going through the Lord is our “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Therefore, we encourage everyone to remain calm, while taking the necessary steps to minimize risk. We ultimately trust the Lord, though we must make responsible decisions to take care of the flock. We will evaluate these policies daily and communicate future adjustments when needed. We will post updates on our Facebook page and here on our church website.