With the stay at home order given by our Governor, the church is considered part of the essential services listed. Our office will continue to remain open with a small staff on site and others working from home. We have also reduced the number of people here on Sunday mornings for each of our services. We want you to know that we are taking every precaution to be safe and continue to have church with you.
If you joined us this past Sunday for service on our livestream, you noticed the difficulties we had in broadcasting, especially during the 9am service hour. Unfortunately, with the millions of people streaming services from tens of thousands of churches, the internet became a traffic jam. Almost all churches experienced major issues as we did. We wanted to let you know what we are doing to help things go smoother this Sunday.
Different Service Times: We will be pushing both of our services back an hour to 10am for Traditional and 11:30am for Contemporary. Not only is the hope to stagger our service times to avoid the most popular hours, but also, that by pushing the times back, we avoid colliding with east coast churches.
Streaming Service: If you join our livestream through our website, you may notice a difference in the way it looks in the coming weeks as we are considering changing the service we use. We are weighing the cost so this one is still up in the air.
Social Media: You may have noticed that the stream we had on Facebook this past Sunday was significantly more reliable than our normal stream through streamingchurch.tv (the one linked to our website). If you are not on Facebook, you may consider creating an account. If you are already on Facebook, please know that we are working on getting our standard stream quality available for this Sunday. We are also working on doing the same for YouTube. On the backside of this letter you will find links to all of our Social Media accounts so you can stay connected to your church community during this time. Pastor Bruce, Worship Ministry, Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry are all sharing videos, devotionals and music every day to keep us connected.
Communion: On Sunday, April 5th, we will observe communion through our services on livestream. We will have prepackaged communion that you can pick up at the church office next week or you can feel free to use what you have in your home.
If you need assistance in any way, please let the church office know. We have volunteers ready to help! If you are healthy and able to help assist others with needs, please let us know so we can match you with someone.
Finally, if you have any social media, phone, text or email contact with any of our volunteers, reach out to them and let them know how much you appreciate them. Our orchestra, band, vocal and tech teams continue to give their time so that the church may glorify God together. We could not do what we do without their efforts.
Stay healthy, trust in God during this uncertain time, and we will continue to keep you updated with any developments. See you on the web at 10am and/or 11:30am on Sunday!
El Camino Baptist Church
In light of President Trump’s press conference today regarding COVID-19, El Camino is suspending all on-site meetings, including all worship services, connect groups, youth groups, Bible studies and prayer meetings. We are in the process of contacting all of our groups and alerting them, so please be patient through this process.
We will be monitoring this situation closely as it unfolds and will be sure to communicate any changes to you as they happen.
We will continue to livestream both of our Sunday services: Traditional at 9am and Contemporary at 10:30am. You can find our livestream by going to http://www.elcaminochurch.org with the Livestream link being in the top, right corner or you can go directly to it by heading to https://stream.streamingchurch.tv/stream.php?churchid=church3952¬es_id=.
You can also continue to give:
-online at www.elcaminochurch.org, click the Donate tab at the top of the page.
-by texting any dollar amount to 84321, follow a quick, self-guided setup process to tie your mobile phone to El Camino, your donor account, and a payment source.
-through our church app, Church Center. If you need assistance in downloading or setting up the church app, please contact the church office and we’d be happy to walk you through the process.
-by check through the mail or drop off during business hours.
Finally, and most importantly, we want to encourage you to pray over this situation. Pray for those that are affected by the virus, both nationally and worldwide. Pray for leadership at all levels that God bless them with wisdom in how to approach this situation. Pray most of all that God would be glorified during this time through His people and that His matchless Name will be lifted high.
Stay healthy and we look forward to worshipping our Lord through livestream this Sunday!
El Camino Baptist Church