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BGAV Offices Temporarily Closed; Staff Working Remotely

BGAV leadership has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and the recommendations of healthcare officials. In order to provide for the safety and welfare of our staff and community, the offices of the Baptist General Association of Virginia are temporarily closed. All staff is currently working remotely from home due to COVID-19. BGAV staff is consistently monitoring voicemail and email as we continue to offer support and resources to our churches, so feel free to contact us by phone or email. An update will be posted when the building reopens. We are thankful for your flexibility as we navigate these days together.

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BGAV: Walking with You

Posted: 3/17/20 at 4:00pm. Written by John Upton. BGAV Family, It goes without saying that we are in the one of the most surreal moments we could ever have imagined. Yet here we are, and now we turn our attention toward how to be the church and God’s people during a time of national and global crisis. First, I encourage …

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A Message from John Upton, BGAV Executive Director

I have been receiving a large volume of inquiries from church leaders concerning COVID-19, asking for suggestions. The BGAV is not a professional health organization, so we are not qualified to give advice regarding the disease. What we can do is share links to professional health resources and share how other churches have chosen to respond. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation and are in communication with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both of which have issued specific interim guidance for faith-based organizations that can be accessed here.  Please, at a minimum, follow their recommendations. Also, I encourage you to have your leadership meet and make a decision regarding church activities based on the welfare of the most vulnerable in your church and community such as older members, children, those with health issues, and neighbors. Watch closely the decisions of your local school systems and follow the recommendations of the Governor’s declaration of emergency. The BGAV is doing the same regarding all its events for the next couple of months. 

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