COVID-19 Status Updates
After a year-and-a-half of navigating the frequently changing landscape around the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of public understanding, policy, recommendations, and so on, the staff of Providence Baptist Church are cautiously optimistic that the end is in sight—at least in the United States.
As of May 14, 2021, NC Governor Roy Cooper has lifted all mandatory capacity/gathering limits, social distancing requirements, and most mandatory mask requirements. Therefore, Providence will no longer require masks or social distancing. Our campus may be considered generally "open" for the first time since March 2020. The NCDHHS still recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks. And certainly, anyone who feels better protected or has received advice from a doctor to do so should continue to wear a mask.
There remains much to be done towards full recovery in our country, our state, our town, and our church. We ourselves; our friends and neighbors and co-workers and school mates; our brothers and sisters in Christ at Providence—all of us have had to make, and will continue to make, hard decisions about how we re-engage each other and society at large. So we will continue to require God's wisdom and grace, and will continue to need to demonstrate the same to those around us. Now is not the time to cease praying and cease caring for our neighbors. Rather, your church staff would encourage the opposite—a doubling down of our commitment to seek God and His Kingdom first and to actively engage the world around us as ambassadors of that Kingdom.