Providing church sermons through social media during COVID-19 pandemic

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. First Baptist Church of Scottsbluff has temporarily stopped hosting gathered-together services.

As of now, Senior Pastor Ben Poole of First Baptist Church and his staff provides pre-recorded sermons and children’s messages through Facebook and their website every Sunday. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

As of now, Senior Pastor Ben Poole and his staff provide pre-recorded sermons and children’s messages through Facebook to be posted on their website as well.

“It’s imperative I would say to have social media,” said Poole. “I think that’s something we’ve been blessed with here. It’s basically in everybody’s hands already so people are more comfortable with it; even the older generation.”

These services are posted on Sundays and can be watched at any time.

Pastor Poole would like to add a full service in the future instead of just a sermon in his office.

Poole wants to provide a more normal feel for service.

“A lot of people may look at this as churches having this as a concern of how we are going to move forward,” said Poole. “We don’t see this as so much of a concern but more as an opportunity for the church and the people in the church to take their faith and put it into action.”

So far, staff has received positive outlooks from staff and the community.

With the loss of tides and offerings during service, the church has set up options on their website to donate on https://www.firstbaptistscottsbluff.com/.

Pastor Poole will still provide office hours from Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.