Safe Fellowship Protocol

Safe Fellowship Protocol at New Berean Baptist Church

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) provides us with recommended guidelines we can use to help protect ourselves, others and minimize the spread of the Coronavirus and other transmitted diseases. When trying to decide whether to attend or host gatherings or events, it’s important to consider several factors, including your vaccination status, the level of COVID-19 in your community, and whether you or someone in your household is at high risk of developing severe illness.

The following guidelines are given to consider when either attending or hosting a gathering:

  • Vaccination status: The best way to protect yourself and others at a gathering is to get up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. If you are gathering with people you know, encourage them to be up to date as well. 
  • Level of COVID-19 spread in the community: COVID-19 Community Levels are classified as low, medium, or high. The Levels are determined  by the number of new COVID-19 cases in the community in addition to data on COVID-19 cases in local hospitals. Check the COVID-19 Community Level in your area. 
  • Your own health status, such as whether you have a weakened immune system or have a medical condition that places you at high risk of having severe illness. Consider also if you live with or will be having social contact with someone who is at high risk of having severe illness. Consider self-testing to detect infection before any contact with them, especially when the COVID-19 Community Level is medium or high. 
  • The number of people at the gathering: The risk of COVID-19 spread also increases if there are more people at the event or if they come from many different places. If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, consider additional precautions (e.g., avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel, taking a test) in advance of gathering to further reduce risk.
  • Ventilation: Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings. Gatherings in large, well-ventilated spaces are safer than gatherings in smaller spaces that are not well-ventilated. 
  • Behavior of people at the gathering: Practicing safer behaviors during the event, like wearing well-fitting masks, especially when the COVID-19 Community Level is high, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the event. See the tabs below for more COVID-19 prevention strategies for hosting or attending events.
Wear Facial Coverings While Inside
  • Please, wear your mask or facial coverings at all times while inside the facility
  • Clean or wash your hands frequently or as needed.
  • Fellowship at a safe distance inside and outside the facility, considering your health risks and the risks of others.
  • Monitor your own health and take the necessary precautions that suited for you.
  • If you haven’t yet, consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • If you feel ill or “different” than normal and suspect you may have symptoms or have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, isolate yourself and seek medical attention.
  • Everything we can do to manage the one body God has given us is our biblical responsibility (I Cor. 6:19-20).

Most importantly, let us keeps in close contact with one another, our Deacons and Ministry Leaders. Let us care for one another and minister to each other in prayer that no one who has a need may go lacking. Paul shared these words with the believers at Rome in 12:12-13, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer, distributing to the necessity of the saints and given to hospitality“.

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A collection of messages from the pulpit preaching ministry of New Berean Baptist Church. Started as radio ministry by Founder Leroy E. Ricks, Sr. “Ordinary People” expands the teaching and preaching of God’s Holy Word as an opportunity to profit us in doctrine, in reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness, that the child of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Confidence: In the Lord

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. Psalm 14:26

We build confidence through knowledge. Knowledge that has come through training/learning and is supported by experience. Like this, our knowledge of the Word of God supplies the seed of faith (confidence) in our minds, and our experiences build our faith, strengthening our confidence, that God has all things in control. 

Our confidence through knowledge is based on 3 blessings:

  1. God’s Continual Presence (Exodus 13:20-22, Exodus 14:19-20, Numbers 9:15-23, Exodus 40:34-38)
  2. The Bible’s Precious Promises (Psalm 27:1, Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Psalm 46:1, Lamentations 3:22-23, John 14:27, Psalm 55:22)
  3. Past Experiences in Depending on God. (He’s taken us through various circumstances 2 Tim. 3:11

Here are some reminders (Do’s and Don’ts) that we can use to help gain, maintain and sustain that godly confidence.


  1. Learn to accept each day, just as it comes. (Matthew 6:34)
  2. A successful day is one where you’ve stayed in touch with God. (Isaiah 26:3)
  3. Remember that God will give you everything that you need to cope with challenges. (I Corinthians 10:13)
  4. Make wise choices – praying continually about decisions – trusting in God’s perfect wisdom. (Romans 11:33)
  5. Remember that God is the one who directs our steps and makes them safe. (Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 37:23-24)
  6. Remember our salvation. We have an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade, kept in haven for us. (1 Peter 1:4)


1.) Take control and DO NOT start thinking about problems that could arise in the future – worrying about tomorrow. (Psalm 112:7)

Finally, relax in God’s presence and trust Him to help us deal with problems as they come.  True contentment comes from accepting Christ and having faith that in Him you will have everything you need. (Matthew 6:31-32).

Men of Grace ministry is sponsored by the New Berean Baptist Church Ministry

Safe Fellowship Protocol Update

Health & Safety Considerations

Along with other organizations and ministries, New Berean Baptist Church developed it “Safe Fellowship Protocol”. The plan developed is to provide all guests and visitors of our facility with the confidence and assurance needed to safely fellowship, gather and serve in the ministry. There will always be a risk with the COVID virus and any other communicable disease. But in light of the health challenges we are faced with, we are working to provide you with the information and tools that will help you know what options are available to you when it comes to your Church family.

The below graphics were derived from the VDH Dashboard regarding activities and the associated risks.

VDH Guidelines for Social Gatherings

Until the statistical trends improve, we are using this “Safe Fellowship Protocol” plan for our ministry:

  • Masks or facial coverings are to be worn at all indoor, in-person gatherings, Masks are not required for small (3-4 people), non-sustained gatherings that are outside
  • We ask our guests and visitors to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others of different households for extended periods of time
  • We will continue to provide a facility, periodically cleaned and safely sanitized. We will continue to take body temperatures upon initial entries. Hand sanitizers, masks and gloves if needed.
  • We ask you to monitor your own health and if there are concerns, consider other options (i.e. virtual or audio transmittal service). If need be, talk with your medical specialist

Again, with any health and safety concerns, it is imperative for us to communicate with one another. If you have any special concerns for us, please share them with your Trustees or Deacons. The Believers in Peter’s first letter were scattered (I Peter 1:1-2) for different reason but were still encouraged to be about the Lord’s business. We encourage you our “beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (I Cor. 15:58). We thank you for your cooperation, input and patience during these and ask you continue to pray and be grateful to the Lord for how He has sustained this ministry as he has.

Sunday’s Pulpit Points


While at a dinner table, Jesus responds to a self-righteous Jew who spoke as though they were blessed or entitled to eat bread in the Kingdom of God. In the Parable of the Great Banquet, Jesus responds to his statement with a story comparing the Kingdom of Heaven with a great banquet, in which the guests gave excuses to reject the host’s gracious invitation. Selected passage Luke 14:15-24

The Great Banquet – Luke 14:15-17, Isaiah 1:18, 2 Cor 6:2

The Great Excuses – Lk 18-20, John 6:37, Heb 7:25

The Great Invitation – Lk.14: 21-24

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:19-20

Excuses, excuses. God is inviting both Jews and Gentiles to come to Christ and taste of His eternal grace and the goodness of the Kingdom of God. Those who offer excuses and reject God’s invitation to believe on His Son will never taste of God’s offer of eternal salvation but will remain under the wrath of God forever. So, what will you do with your invitation?

Previous Pulpit Points messages: Ordinary People (audio archive)

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Sunday Service

In preparation for you tomorrow, the grounds have been inspected and cleaned. The below images were taken earlier today. But be reminded the temperatures are expected to drop below the freezing mark tonight so there will be some patches of ice. EXTREME caution is to be used if you plan to attend in person.

Prayer, Praise & Preaching Fellowship Service

Service will begin in Prayer promptly at 9:00 am, followed by Praise in songs, hymns and spiritual songs. Then we will have the Preaching of God Holy Word by Minister DeWayne Cason.

As with all of our In-Person services, our “Safe Fellowship Protocols” are in effect for the safety of us all. Masks or facial coverings, the practice of distancing during fellowship is encouraged.

We will also transmit the morning service live from the parking lot on your FM frequency 107.5

In addition to the audio service, you can download the Faithlife Proclaim app to your cell device for a more enhanced experience as you follow the screen displays being used for the preached message.

(If you need assistance, contact Trustee Barnes)

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Service Notification

Due to the current inclement weather conditions, our “Sunday Prayer, Praise and Preaching Service” has been cancelled for January 23rd, 2022. As important as fellowship and gathering together is, we are equally responsible and aware for the health and safety of our family and guests. As the Lord leads, stay safe and check in on those you were expecting or hoping to see tomorrow.

Utilize our library of resources here at New Berean to stay spiritually refreshed, on guard and ever-growing in the things of our Lord.

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Leadership Meet to Plan

Ministry Leaders, let’s begin planning out this year’s events. Let us know how we can coordinate and collaborate to minister, bless and encourage God’s people and reach the community with the Gospel of Christ. Meeting date TBD

Be Diligent, Stay Safe

Over the past year, as we all can attest, have had our share of distractions. Some we could not avoid and other we could only minimize. God’s word reminds us “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit serve the Lord” (Rom. 12:11). It is our intent at New Berean to provide you and our guests a blessed worship experience and a place where we can all fulfill our calling through the preaching and teaching of his word. We can and will do this with a deliberate plan to protect you from all forms of distractions and adhering to these guidelines.

The safety of our worship facility is one we have and will continue to prioritize so we can minimize the risk of your health. Our signages, postings and verbal instructions are intended to be in compliance with the federal, state and local recommendations and directives. But more importantly it is to be in alignment with God’s words to attend to the needs of the people of God, especially those of the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). Our guidelines and expectations will remain in place until further notice.

New Berean Ministry still offers alternatives for those who are unable to come inside the building. We are grateful to the Lord for the things He has provided for us during these challenging times. We are always seeking ways to keep our church family and friends connected to the “Commission of Our Father’s Business”.

Pastor Cason’s Sunday morning messages are recorded and posted to our website under the “Inspiration” tab entitled Pulpit Points. Along with this we have our weekly ZOOM Ladies Bible Study, Pastor Cason’s Mid-Week Lessons series, the Sunday School Devotional and Pause-N-Pray. Pause-N-Pray is simply a mid-week reminder to join in with our Prayer Warrior’s to pause for a moment at the throne of grace and share with our Heavenly Father the things on our heart. We also have live FM transmission of the Sunday Morning service beginning at 9:15 am. If you have any questions, concerns or comments about your church, inquire with any one of the Officials or your respective Ministry Leaders

Just as it was for the saints of the early Church, being scattered is just another opportunity to spread God’s word outside the walls, encourage others in their faith and point people to the hope we have found in Christ Jesus. Nothing is impossible with God (John 19:26). While we are looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, let us encourage others to do likewise

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A Tale of Four Preachers

Pulpit Points with DeWayne Cason

In today’s message “A Tale of Four Preachers“, we learn that towards the end of the time of the Judges, God had been silent to Israel for decades. The priests are corrupt. The surrounding countries continued to jeopardize the land’s safety. Even Eli, the high priest and judge of Israel, was not faithfully serving God and the people. Israel needs more than a judge. Israel needs the Word from God. Israel needs a prophet, a Man of God. But who would God choose? Let’s find out in this is a tale of four preachers.

The Message:

  1. An Unusual Group of Preachers 1Sam 2:12-17
  2. An Undisciplined and Unfit Priesthood – 1Sa 2:22-26
  3. An Uncompromising and Upset God – 1Sa 2:27-36, 1Sa 3:11-14
  4. An Upended People – 1Sa 4:1-22

In conclusion, we see that Israel was witness to God’s uncompromising stance. He wants His creation to worship Him in His way from the pew to the pulpit. Perhaps we should take this tale of four preachers as a warning to all who serve God in his Church. Are we like Samuel, or like Hophni and Phinehas or their father Eli? Have we dealt with the sacraments of God with fear and trembling? Have we served Christ in every person over whom we have charge properly? Have we devoted ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers? Or has the Church become fat from comforts of finances and praises of men, lax in our duties or become self-serving in our leadership positions. Let us serve our God in such a way that when we serve the flock of God, we do right before God, before His people and before world who watches what we do.

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