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Racism and the Death of George Floyd

It has been several weeks since Easter, when life was exuberant and expectant. We were so hopeful, even though we worshipped in ways different from our norm because of COVID-19. Now, weeks have passed, and life does not seem as hopeful as it did. The death of George Floyd took our breath away and ignited a rage that has been building with racial tragedies across the country.

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Considerations Before Deciding to Re-gather in Person Amidst COVID-19 

As churches are seeking to make safe, wise decisions about when and how to re-gather in person, BGAV has received a lot of questions. We are sharing with our pastors and church leaders some basic information and things to consider as each church weighs its options.  The Governor of Virginia has said we will likely move into Phase One on Friday, May 15, and he stated on Friday, May 8, that faith communities could meet inside at 50% capacity only if they are able to do so in a way that follows the Phase One mandatory requirements specified on their website. Strict social distancing limitations are still in place, for example, as are requirements regarding signage and facility/surface cleaning and disinfection. A list of best practices is also available on that same web page (click to read article and access source links).

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Important Events for Pastors and Church Leaders

BGAV Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting This webinar occurred Monday, April 6, but you may click here to view the video!   Executive Order 55, Drive-In Church, and the CARES Act Webinar Friday, April 3 – 10:00 a.m. EDT This webinar occurred Friday, April 3, but you may click here to view the video!      

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COVID-19 Response

BGAV leaders are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the federal government related to our operations at home and abroad. Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of our staff members and all who voluntarily support our organization. BGAV Disaster Response …

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