CORONAVIRUS

See below for the latest updates on our response and measures related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10:45am

It’s amazing to see how people are coming together during this extraordinary time!  Recently, I connected with over 120 Nazarene pastors and leaders from across our district, to talk about how we navigate these challenging times.  Our District Superintendent, David Bowser told us something I felt is worth sharing.  We are experiencing a cultural reset.  It’s like we are going back two generations, with the opportunity to have “life around the table”.   For many of us, we are eating together more, playing games together more, and talking more to each other than we did before, with our busy schedules.   There is no question this is a challenging time, but it is also a time when can find blessings in the midst of those challenges.   Let’s continue to see where God is working!

It’s important to remember we are likely closer to the beginning than the end of all this.  While many of us have the opportunity to enjoy more time together at home, let’s also be thinking of others.  Let’s continue to pray for others and let’s continue to find ways to help others.  Also, let’s be responsible towards others by following “social distancing” guidelines.    

Below is updated information related to events and plans for our church community:

  • Today, Sunday, March 22nd, we will once again offer an online service via Facebook Live, beginning at 9:30am.  We hope that you are able to tune in while in your homes.  We ask that you show caution with developing watch parties and house churches this week, as we strive to follow CDC suggested guidelines of no more than 10 gathering together for a time, so that we can help “flatten the curve” when it comes to the spread of the COVID-virus. 
  • We will have no church activities or events on-site until further notice, BUT we have developed numerous options for the church community, small groups, parents, teens, and children to connect online, as well as receive resources that you can do together at home.   To learn about all of these options, CLICK HERE.  This is a one-page format that shows you everything at a glance.  For more information about what we are doing, contacting the following pastoral staff:
    • Also, you can keep up with what is going on by checking out our church’s Facebook or Instagram pages.
  • We continue to practice flexible office hours at this time for our pastoral and support staff.   The best way to contact our pastoral staff is via email. You can access those emails by CLICKING HERE.

We will be planning alternative options to our traditional on-site Sunday service for at least the next 4 Sundays, including Easter, April 12thWe have cancelled the Children’s Easter Celebration (Easter Egg Hunt) planned for Saturday, April 4th.   We will offer our online Facebook Live service for each of those Sundays, and we are also discussing alternative ideas for other services and activities we typically have scheduled during Holy Week.  We will keep you updated as these plans develop.    

We continue to call on the church community to be the hands and feet of Jesus. 

  • A big way to do this is to PRAY. We are joining with other churches across the US and the world with the COVID 19:00 PRAYER INITIATIVE.  This is for any day you are able to participate, at 7pm.   It’s a call for us to pray daily in our homes and then walk through our neighborhoods and pray.  Pray for leaders making decisions, first responders and families, those especially susceptible to the virus, your neighbors and their needs – because of this unprecedented response.  This is a WORLDWIDE Initiative!  Churches in Northern Africa, Kenya, Cambodia, New Zealand, England, the United States, and more are participating.  How exciting to be uniting in prayer with believers all over the world!
  • Our blood drive this past Monday at the church was a great success!  The Red Cross collected 26 units of blood, which was 10 over their goal!  Their representative contacted us to say it would go a long way in helping those who need it.  There is still a critical need for donations of blood.  You can sign-up to give blood by CLICKING HERE.
  • You can help us further identify needs and learn of ways you can help by CLICKING ON THIS LINK and completing the online survey.

If you have any questions or needs, please feel free to contact me (galsbrooks@belairnazarene.org) or Noah Tharp (ntharp@belairnazarene.org) or any of the pastoral staff listed above. 

May God bless you and keep you.  May His face shine upon you!

Grace & Peace, Pastor Gregg

Wednesday,March 18, 2020, 5:30pm

I was excited to see the response to our first ever Facebook Live service this past Sunday!  Although we were not able to be together in one physical location, it felt like we were one big community.  And, it reminds me of something we all need to remember during this time – we’re all in this together! Even more, the foundation of our community is the presence of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.  This allows us to have a calm in the midst of an anxious time.  Also, with this, comes a call to be the Kingdom to those around us.

More stringent guidelines are being put in place day by day by local, state, and federal authorities.  More and more businesses are having to shut their doors, or downscale their service for an undetermined amount of time.  This means there are people who are not able to work, which creates greater need.  Along with praying for leaders who are having to make difficult decisions like these, and praying for those who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, let’s be in prayer for those who are facing financial hardship because of the way we are having to respond as we seek to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Below is updated information related to events and plans for our church community:

  • First of all, here are a couple of upcoming online live events you may want to join:
    • Wednesday, March 18th, we will have a FB Live Panel Discussion (open for everyone), from 7pm-8pm.  You can join in the same way you do for our Sunday worship service via our church Facebook page.
    • Thursday evening, beginning at 7pm, Pastor Jared will host a Zoom call for teens with Payne Ford & Heather Ingram.  It will include a game, a talk about COVID-19 & hope, and activities you can do while we are staying at home.  Information about how to join will be sent out via email, text, FB, and Instagram.  You can also contact him at jtucker@belairnazarene.org to get the information.
  • This coming Sunday, we will once again offer an online service via Facebook Live, beginning at 9:30am.  We hope that you are able to tune in while in your homes.  We ask that you show caution with developing watch parties and house churches this week, as we strive to follow CDC suggested guidelines of no more than 10 gathering together for a time, so that we can help “flatten the curve” when it comes to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We will have no on-site programming at the church on Sunday, March 22nd.
  • We are developing more options that will begin next week through the online platform Zoom & Facebook Live for our community to interact online:
    • This Sunday, March 22nd, our teens will have Sunday School from 7pm-8pm via Zoom.
    • We are communicating with our small group leaders to meet via Zoom as well.   We should have a schedule of current small groups that will meet online soon. Also, we are prepared to offer additional online small groups for those who would like to participate, and are not currently a part of a small group.
  • In addition to online connecting, Heather Ingram is offering resources and fun daily challenges for our children.  For more information on this, you can contact her via email at hingram@belairnazarene.org, or request to join the FB Group, “BACN Kids”.
  • We are practicing flexible office hours at this time for our pastoral and support staff.   The best way to contact our pastoral staff is via email. You can access those emails by CLICKING HERE.

We are starting to look ahead to plans for Palm Sunday/Holy Week/Easter.  We have cancelled the Children’s Easter Celebration (Easter Egg Hunt) planned for Saturday, April 4th.  We are discussing alternative ideas for other services and activities we have scheduled for Holy Week, if this will be needed.  No decisions have been made yet, but we will keep you updated. 

We continue to call on the church community to be the hands and feet of Jesus.   You can help us further identify needs and learn of ways you can help by CLICKING ON THIS LINK and completing the online survey.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Grace & Peace,  Pastor Gregg


March 15, 2020, 9:00AM

We continue to follow the ever-changing and rapidly developing situation regarding our country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  In the midst of uncertain and anxious times for all of us, let’s look to God, who is with us, and strive to be His Kingdom, discerning where God is working in the world around us, and joining Him there.  Let’s be in prayer, and let’s look for opportunities to help those who are in need.   (Please see the link below to a survey where you can help us know where there are needs, and how you are able to help with initiatives we are working on.)

In this unprecedented time, we are being forced to slow down.  We are seeing the cancellation of many events and activities, so we can distance ourselves and slow the spread of the virus.  In the midst of all this, let’s embrace the opportunities we have been given to spend quality time together as families and neighborhoods.

Below is information related to events and plans for our church community the week of March 16-22:

  • We are cancelling ALL church community programming for the week of Monday, March 16th through Saturday, March 21st. This includes all meetings and all small groups.  Any exceptions should be approved through the church office, and any exceptions will be communicated to those affected directly from the church office.  If you have any questions, you can contact the church office by phone at (410) 838-8290 or by email at galsbrooks@belairnazarene.org.
  • We are preparing to put alternative plans in place for our service on Sunday, March 22nd, just like we have done for Sunday, March 15th.  This will include broadcasting the service via Facebook  Live.  We will send updated information about this later in the week.
  • The one exception we want to make known here, and even promote, is the blood drive scheduled at our church this week on Monday, March 16th.  The Red Cross is experiencing a critical blood shortage at this time, and we are calling on our community to help by giving blood.  We have been assured that the Red Cross is following stringent standards because of the coronavirus situation, to ensure those who come out to give will be safe.  For more information on what they are doing, CLICK HERE.  The blood drive will be here at the church from 2:00pm-7:30pm. You may sign-up online at www.redcrossblood.org, or contact the church office after 9am on Monday morning, the 16th.

We are calling on the church community to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  The needs that are out there include…

  • getting groceries or running errands for those who are elderly or who should not go out in public because they have weaker immune systems,
  • providing groceries or other support for someone who may be struggling because they are not able to work,
  • or, helping with child care for a parent whose child normally goes to school.
  • Below is a link to a survey where you can help us know where there are needs, and how you are able to help with initiatives we are working on.

I believe there are two keys for us to help in the greatest way possible:

  • Keep our eyes, ears, and heart open to the need around us.
  • Join with others who are helping.  There are initiatives already being organized within our community, along with what our church is doing.  Where you can, join in! 

Our church leadership is working on specific ways we can help. 

  • We have identified a group of teens and adults who can help with child care. 
  • We are compiling a list of those who can help others by getting groceries and running other errands.  
  • We are asking our church community to let us know of the needs you are aware of. 

You can help us further identify needs and learn of ways you can help by CLICKING ON THIS LINK and completing the online survey.

We serve a God who provides peace for us, even when things don’t make sense, or when we can’t understand what is happening!  Let’s lean on Him, and let’s be a representation of His presence in others’ lives!

Grace & Peace, Pastor Gregg


Thursday, March 12th, 10:30pm

Dear Bel Air Nazarene Community,

In light of state officials’ directives given today regarding prevention of COVID-19 transmission, I want to make you aware of changes in our normal schedule for this Sunday, March 15th.  But before I do that, I want to encourage all of us to follow the call of God to be His presence in an uncertain and, for some, scary place we find ourselves.

Let’s be PRAYING. 

  • Let’s pray for our civic leaders who have been elected to guide us on how to minimize the spread of this virus. 
  • Let’s pray for those among us who are fearful, because they are more susceptible to severe illness and even death if they contract the virus.
  • Let’s be in prayer for those who serve in the medical field, for those who are providing care and administering tests, to those who are giving information and guidance to our leaders making decisions, and for those who are working to find vaccines to help with the spread of the virus. 
  • Let’s be in prayer for those who will be affected financially because of the drastic measures we are having to take – to those who live paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford to lose work because of less business, or because they need to stay home with children who will not be going to school. 

Let’s REACH OUT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED. 

  • Let’s identify those in our neighborhoods and in our church community who should not be going out in public because they have weaker immune systems, and bring groceries and hygienic products to them and help them with other errands that would mean going out in public.
  • Let’s be aware of those who may be struggling to make ends meet, and help them get in contact with those who can help.
  • Let’s be a peaceful presence to those who are fearful right now.

Because of the State Governor’s directive to not meet in large groups of more than 250, we will offer an ONLINE worship service this Sunday, that will begin at 9:30am.  This service will be available via FACEBOOK LIVE off of our Facebook page, and we would encourage you to worship in your homes, or gather in a friend’s house and worship together in this way.  (The link to our ‘Church Facebook’ page is to the right, or you can click on it within this message.)

No community programming will take place at the church on Sunday.  Also, the lock-in planned for our teens this Friday night has been cancelled.

This is an extraordinary time, but we can find strength by worshipping together, even if we cannot be in the same physical place.  So, I invite you to join us online at 9:30 am for our normal Sunday morning worship service – you can do this from home, and even stay in your pajamas!  Even better, I hope you will find others from the church community (and friends from your neighborhood, too!) and get together and have a HOUSE CHURCH this Sunday by worshipping together as a small group! 

Another way you can provide help is to think of those in our church community who might not know how to access Facebook Live, and could use your help so they can participate in the service.  Reach out to those you think of who might be in this position, and offer them a hand. 

If you are not able to worship with us at 9:30am via FACEBOOK LIVE, the audio of our service will be available via our website by noon on Sunday.

We will continue to provide you updates about future church services and events, as we navigate through these next few weeks.

Especially during these extraordinary times, let’s Love Jesus and Love Like Jesus!

Grace & Peace,

Gregg Alsbrooks