Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

No matter how frustrating, confusing, or scary this crisis gets, fear doesn't have the final say. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Our hope is built on the perfect love of Jesus Christ, so we've been called to share that love with the world. And that's exactly what we'll be doing in the coming weeks and months as more and more people in our community are in need.

If you need help, we first want to say that we see you and we care about you! Our goal during this crisis is to serve you however you need. Follow the instructions below (under “Get Help”) to get in touch with us and to let us know how we can serve you!

If you want to help, there are multiple ways you can serve people in your community who are vulnerable to or have been effected by the virus. View the opportunities to serve (under “Give Help”) to learn how you can help members of our faith community and of the larger Gulf Coast community who are in need.

FBG's Plan to Love Our Neighbors

The Centers for Disease Control have recommended strategies for communities and the organizations within them. You can read the recommended steps to try and contain the virus here: CDC Strategies. Because we desire to love our neighbors across our Coast well, we will follow some of the recommendations outlined.

If you have a need for prayer or for a care package from us, you can fill out this short >> CARE FORM HERE.

Is First Baptist Gulfport gathering for services on Sundays? 

No, we have decided to put our Sunday worship services EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE for the next few weeks, as well as postponing our Sunday PM and midweek programming, in order to minimize the risk of illness and to protect those who are entrusted to us and our congregation.  

On each Sunday morning, we will have a limited amount of people at our church campus who will record a LIVE worship service for our Facebook page, our church app, and to our Vimeo account.

We also want to help you invest in your family while you are home together! To stay connected with our Preschool Ministry, Children's Ministry, and our Student Ministry, follow them  on their primary social media pages for regular updates. 

Why have services been canceled?

We have not made this decision lightly, but we believe it is the wisest course of action at this time.

If someone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis by closing its doors, here’s our response:

1.We are loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors.
2.We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.
3.This is what love requires of us in this season.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and adhere to the recommendations of the CDC and local health officials. When we decide it is safe to resume our services and other events, we will communicate that to you. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website. We will be updating this page with the latest updates regarding First Baptist Gulfport.

How should I respond to COVID-19?

Though situations like these can stir up fear and anxiety, God is sovereign over all things, and our ultimate hope is found in Jesus. Although we won’t be gathering for services and events, we encourage you to stay connected to the church body through calls, texts, and online engagement. Pray for those affected by this virus as we wait for Christ to return and bring about a day without sickness, suffering, and death.

To minimize the risk of illness, here are a few practical things you can do to love your neighbor:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who do I call if I have a need?

You can continue to contact the church office by calling (228) 831-3400. We are able to access our office phone lines through our cell phones. You can also fill out this care form here.

How can I make sure that myself and someone I care about is prayed for?

Contact the church office at (228) 831-3400, or you can email abillings@fbcgulfport.org.

What if I need counseling about a situation I am going through?

Contact the church office at (228) 831-3400, and we will make every effort to be face-to-face to listen, pray, and give counsel.

Will we visit those in the hospital?

Yes, we will continue to make hospital visits as long as we are able to do so. But, when it becomes unsafe to those in the hospital or unsafe for visitors, we will follow health guidelines and rules.

What do I do about giving?

You can mail your tithes and offerings to the church office, or you can give through our online system.
Click here to give electronically.