Week of: March 23-29
Bay Leaf family, we love you, and as the church (the people of God) let us be reminded of how we can come together in spirit and truth. There are three things to participate in regularly during this crisis:
1) While we are not gathering together physically, let us as the church gather in our homes to engage with the Bible (through sermons, Bible studies, workshops).
2) Let us serve one another (Matt.5:14) seeking ways to be a blessing to those around us.
3) And finally, let us look for ways to share the gospel with others. Let people see that in uncertain times, our hope comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let us be united in prayer as navigate these difficult days.
Here are some ways you can be praying:
- Pray for the growing pandemic, both in our communities and around the world.
- Pray for our medical professionals and government officials as they work to handle this crisis.
- Pray for the church, that local bodies would lead in trusting God and loving others.
- Pray for missionaries stationed abroad as they continue to offer the hope of the gospel.
If you have prayer requests or are looking for ways to pray for members of the Bay Leaf family, the best way to do it is to join the "Bay Leaf Prayer Partners" Facebook group. It is a secret group and just for Bay Leaf Members. To join send a friend request to "Christina Bay Leaf" and if you are a Bay Leaf Member she will add you to the group so that you join us as we pray for each other on a daily basis.
- March 27: We are postponing all weekend worship services, normal church-related activities, and events in addition to closing the church office until April 17.
- March 18: We are postponing all weekend worship services, normal church-related activities and events until March 31.
Access Weekend Sermons
We desire for our church family to gather around the Word of God in worship. To help us, the weekly messages will be available at each of the following locations:
- The Bay Leaf Church App (iOS and Android)
- Our Podcast Feed (using any podcast player. View Instructions)
- Our Facebook Page
This Weekend Kyle & Christy have invited you into their living room to worship with them on YouTube. Find the video here as well as in the description below the facebook video.
**If you need instructions on how to access a podcast on your device, please follow these broad instructions on our website: Podcast Setup Instructions.**
Care of Higher Risk Members
The CDC has identified some member of our community as having a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. If you are an senior adult or have a serious chronic medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease and need assistance in any way, including needing someone to pick up groceries or prescriptions, please call the church office (919-847-4477) or email Pastor Don Gilbert.
Ways to Serve
This is affecting everyone and there are ways that you can help to serve our community.
North Raleigh International Ministry Center: We are continuing to work with Pastor Patrick and the community at the Ministry Center. As oppoturnities arise, we will let you know how you can help.
North Raleigh Ministries: With schools being cancelled, children who are normally dependent upon meals at school do not have them. One of the ways to help with food insecurity is to donate to North Raleigh Ministries.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina: They are working to supply many of the food pantries like North Raleigh Ministries. You can donate and volunteer.
Ways to Give
During this time of not being able to meet together for worship during the weekend, we want to make you aware of one way that giving can continue online. bayleaf.org/give
Below are discipleship resources to access digitally during this time. You will find this list updated regularly including the full online class schedule (using Zoom) below.
One resource that the churh provides for everyone, is RightNow Media. If you do not have an account you can make one at: bayleaf.org/rightnow. And then stream Bible study videos on your computer, or download their app on smart phones, Roku, or AppleTV.
Sunday School with Billy: Join Billy for Sunday School each Sunday morning at 9AM. This Sunday 3/29, we will look at Romans 3:9-26. zoom.us/j/908955755
Intermitting Fasting Workship: Join Senior Adult Pastor Don Gilbert on Monday, March 30 at 1:00PM. zoom.us/j/384550805
Bay Leaf Podcasts: If you've missed listening to any of the weekend sermons, you can check them all out on our podcast, Click to listen.
Bay Leaf Spotify Playlist: We have the songs from this past weekend on a playlist for you to access throughout the week, Listen here.
H.E.A.R. Journal Bible Study Method: One of the best ways to engage with God's Word daily to learn how to study using the HEAR journaling method. Learn more here.
Resources for Family Devotions: Check out this article by Melissa Kruger giving a number of resources for family devotions from The Gospel Coalition.
How to Talk to Your Kids about the Coronavirus: This Gospel Coalition Article gives 3 questions to ask your kids as they navigate what they thinking given how much has happened around them in the last week.
LifeWay Kids at Home: We want to equip your family to study the Bible at home with the FREE LifeWay Kids at Home Digital Pass Experience. LifeWay Kids at Home includes a video session along with a downloadable activity page and conversation starters. To access LifeWay Kids at Home follow these steps: 1. Go to my.lifeway.com/redeem, 2. register if you are a new user or log in (it's a free account), 3. enter this redemption code: VZMD4SSQ38, 4. Click "Access" (you might be prompted to sign in again) and then click "My Dashboard" and go to LifeWay Kids at Home, 5. Download your Activity Page and One Conversation Sheet to use as you watch the video session. Content will be updated weekly as needed. **This is the Sunday School Curriculum that we are using.
Right Now Media Kids: One of the resources that Bay Leaf offers is RightNow Media and they have lots of options for kids so that you can use screen time to point them to Jesus. If you do have an account yet, you can get access here.
Guided Prayer Times: We are holding two Guided Times of Prayer this week. There will be a 15 minute guided time of scripture reading and prayer this week on Tuesday and Thursday for both students and parents. Join us at noon on Tuesday and Thursday.
K-Lyle Podcast: Lyle and Kyle have finally started that podcast they have been talking about for so long. They are going to review Christian books and history, spiritual leadership, and life in general. If you or your students have questions they want answered, send them to Lyle. Listen here or wherever you listen to Podcasts.
To keep with all the things that Lyle, Kyle, and Molly are doing with the students on Zoom, make sure you are getting Lyle's emails.
Connect: On Wednesday Nights at 7:30PM, Patrick will be hosting Connect. zoom.us/j/461736436
College and Young Adult Small Group: On Sunday Morning at 11:00AM, Join Patrick for this time of meeting together. zoom.us/j/919885517