COVID-19 Stories

DAVIS, Okla. (BP) - Oklahoma Baptists announced May 18 that Falls Creek Youth Camp and CrossTimbers Children's Mission Adventure Camp would not hold any camp sessions this summer. Factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the cancellations. In April, Oklahoma Baptists had announced tentative plans for a delayed start and revised schedule, with the provision to continually evaluate … Read more

DALLAS (BP) -- With many churches reporting strained budgets due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, GuideStone is offering a one-time opportunity for both Group Plans and Personal Plans to step down to a lower-cost health care plan for the remainder of 2020. Generally the option to change plans is available only during re-enrollment. Read more

ROSWELL (BNM) - When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled First Baptist Church, Roswell’s Easter service, Music and Media Pastor Jacob Bassing found a creative way to bring his congregation together. Combining his two primary functions, Bassing organized and edited a virtual choir comprising of approximately 20 singers. Choir members recorded themselves singing and then sent their footage to Bas… Read more

NASHVILLE (BP) - The coronavirus has propelled our world overnight into patterns that are not normal. Many of us had never heard the term "social distancing" until health professionals recommended that this is the solution toward "flattening the curve" of new coronavirus infections. Read more

TULAROSA (BNM) - A Tularosa pastor recently found a unique way to meet the needs of his congregation in light of social distancing guidelines and regulations. On March 29th and April 5th, Pastor Dan Abercrombie and his wife, Brenda, visited members of his Cross Church congregation at their homes, in place of traditional Sunday morning services. At each house, Abercrombie stood outside and … Read more

FORT WORTH, Texas (BNM) - A Texas seminar professor wants to help families at home and small groups meeting virtually to continue experiencing worship. Acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Crider said, “I know life looks a lot different for all of us as we navigate the uncharted waters of ‘shelter at home.’ All of us miss the vital connection of community as our churches … Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Ricardo Rivera, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's Hispanic strategist, reported that COVID-19's social distancing and job losses are affecting the convention’s Hispanic churches. But, those hardships have not defeated them. Read more

AZTEC (BNM) - In a desire to "walk with you during these ever-changing and challenging days," of the COVID-19 pandemic, First Baptist Church, Aztec, has made some resources available to people in need. The church has made them available to the Aztec area community through a page on the church’s website: www.firstaztec.org/response. According to Mike Napier, the church’s pastor, "Everything… Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief joined forces with the State of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Division. NMBDR volunteers prepared food boxes for elderly and disabled New Mexicans throughout the state. Read more

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (BNM) - On Feb. 25, Dudley Bristow, pastor of First Baptist Church, Truth or Consequences, watched his vision become reality: workers were installing a granite monument, inscribed with God’s Ten Commandments. The monument stands visible in front of First Baptist Church, facing North Broadway Street. Read more

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BNM) - During the COVID-19 pandemic, churches are helping their communities. Many of them deliver meals to vulnerable individuals. Other churches make face masks. Nearly each one of them is trying out new ministry methods: livestreaming, teleconferencing, video conferencing and holding drive-in church services. Read more

Churches will have to continue their current worship and activity restrictions until May 15. On April 30, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced an extension of the state’s “Stay-at-Home” instructions and business closures through May 15. In addition to keeping all non-essential businesses and non-profit entities closed, the extension continued the general mass gatherings ban… Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Churches can help parents lead and teach their children spiritually at home. Since children are missing church activities, helping families continue spiritual education while at home is important. Below are several ideas, short activities and tools may help churches enable parents to spiritually educate their children.  Read more

Many churches have moved their worship services to some form of electronic media. Churches are learning new ways of doing worship, small groups, and Sunday School through Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Instagram TV or other platforms. They are approaching ministry differently, trying to connect the church through prayer, phone conversations, email and other means. Read more

ROSHARON, Texas (BP) - The 165 students studying toward a Bachelor Degree in biblical studies at the Darrington Prison Unit in Rosharon, Texas, can no longer attend classes. The prison locked down once it discovered COVID-19 in the facility. But, the change is a learning experience for the men in the process of training to minister while serving time at prisons across Texas. Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - In any disaster situation, many activities occur “behind the scenes” before Disaster Relief work becomes visible. What happens when a national disaster occurs and people need emergency help? What are Disaster Relief workers doing? Why have they not been deployed?  Read more

LAS CRUCES (BNM) - Due to the COVID-19 virus, Christian Challenge has canceled all summer mission assignments. Christian Challenge is the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s state-wide collegiate ministry. It consists of ministries on nine university campuses in New Mexico.  Read more

Editor’s Note: By press time, initial stimulus funds accessible by churches were already exhausted. However, Congress is debating extending programs such as the Payroll Protection Program. In light of that possibility, The Baptist New Mexican offers this information about stimulus funds. Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - On April 15, Baptist Convention of New Mexico Executive Director Joseph Bunce announced that the convention had postponed its triennial Ministers and Family Retreat until 2021. The BCNM originally scheduled the retreat for July 30-Aug. 1, 2020. The retreat will now take place Aug. 5-7, 2021. Read more