RBC Weekly Newsletter (7/1/20)



Regarding Sundays, for those who are not feeling well, have a temperature, or are not ready at this time, or are unable to attend for any reason, we will continue serving you through our Facebook Live broadcast, and the local Raymond Town Channel 13 from which you can watch and worship at home or wherever you may be during the week.

Because our priority is to ensure a safe and reliable return to Sunday Morning Worship, please note, until further notice all church buildings will remain closed to any group meetings regardless of size. This will help to ensure any cleaning processes that will be in place during the week will not be compromised and potentially inhibit our gathering on Sunday. We will continue to monitor this throughout the summer.

Following is a reminder on the policy and procedure for re-opening at this time.

Sunday Worship Requirements: For those who would like to attend in person, please know that we will be following safety guidelines designed to keep us all well while helping ensure the good health of all during this challenging time. These guidelines are not about fear or control and are everything to do with simply following Jesus’ teaching of considering others before yourself, serving one another, and uniting in worship regardless of our individual preferences.

Gov. Sununu’s guidelines on the surface seem too short, but read it in their entirety, there is more than is being reported in the media. They also include compliance with approved CDC guidelines and best practices, which, to the best of ability will honor to protect the vulnerable amongst us.

If you choose to come in person on Sunday, the following safety guidelines will be in effect. You may agree or disagree with the plan in place, that is your prerogative. You may voice your thoughts to the elders, names are listed below. Please do not plan on attending if you are unwilling to abide with the policies we will have in place. Sunday at the door is not the time to have that discussion, or make a point, but do so now. Again, we feel this plan is in the best interest of our entire community- regardless of personal opinion. We all pray that these guidelines will be short-term and can be relaxed as the pandemic eases locally and worldwide, however we reserve the right to reset guidelines if community conditions change. This will be a process of return for all of us.

Sunday Morning Guidelines for Attendance Starting Sunday July 5th 9:00AM.

You will be asked at the door if you are feeling ill in anyway or are in a high-risk health category. If so, please stay home and continue to worship with us from there.

Masks will be required for all. If you do not have a mask, we will be glad to provide one for you at the door.

Wearing of masks at this juncture will be mandatory for all who are physically able to do so. Masks protect others. Masks help our vulnerable who may attend. Masks are a way of saying we care about others and are willing to place their interest above my personal preferences. At this time, we will reserve the right to ask you not to enter the building if you are unwilling to abide by this.

Attendance will be taken of every person entering the building so that if a possible exposure occurs on a Sunday morning you may be contacted.    

Seating will be greatly reduced according to guidelines. We will be setting up according to the six-foot social distancing guidelines from the CDC. This number will be different than the 40% capacity number that has been advertised. Our capacity cannot exceed the space required to provide six feet among attendees.

Family units may sit together. All others will be required to have a six-foot separation from the nearest person. Ushers will ask you to move if your seat is too close to a non-family member.

You will be ushered to a seat, and dismissal will be regulated by the ushers.

We may or may not need reserved seating but we reserve the right to ask for reserved seating if needed.

While we will continue to worship with music, there will be no congregational singing at this time. It has been demonstrated and documented the rapidity of the spread of disease via singing over normal speech.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ENTERING THE BUILDING: Entrance doors to the church will not open until 8:45 a.m. Please remain in your car, or at a safe distance of six feet while standing outside. There will be not seating available during this time so if you are dropped off at Church on Sunday mornings, please plan on arriving at 8:30am so that we can get you comfortable into the Church and in your seat in a timely manner.

During this phase of limited re-opening, there will be no child care or children’s church. Children must remain with the appropriate adult during Sunday mornings at all times.

During this phase of limited re-opening there will be no Youth Group.

To help eliminate handling of common objects, the ushers will not collect your tithes and offerings—please place them in the designated basket located at the back of the worship center, or continue online giving. Please bring your own Bibles if you have one.

Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the building—please use them often, especially after you have touched an object (such as a door or a pen). All hard surfaces will be disinfected throughout the morning by a sanitizing team.

Please love each other from a distance. No hugging, fist-bumping or hand-shaking (unless they’re members of your own family).

Restrooms are limited to no more than 2 at a time. Please clean all surfaces when done and minimize trips during service is possible.

During this phase of limited re-opening, coffee and other beverages and food will not be served.

Please do not congregate in the Foyer before, during or after the service. You will be directed outside immediately after service. You are welcomed to social-distance visit outdoors after service (weather permitting).

MOST IMPORTANT: Please PRAY for all of our Raymond Baptist Church family, whether in attendance or worshiping from home during these difficult times.

Continue to Stay Connected to Raymond Baptist Church: Facebook Live (every Sunday at 10:30am); Raymond Baptist Church App – Download for Free; Channel 13 – Raymond TV;

Raymond Baptist Church Website: www.raymondbaptistchurch.com or via email at marion@raymondbaptistchurch.com.

There will be not seating available beforehand during this time so if you are dropped off at Church on Sunday mornings, please plan on arriving at 8:30am so that we can get you comfortable into the Church and in your seat in a timely manner.

Summer Sermon Series: “What’s Normal” ~ “Ripping the Face Off of Fear”. (Acts 10:23-48).

We have added a new way to Give – Check it Out! Text to Give: Text “Give” to (603) 333-1657. You’ll be taken to a link to enter your information. (All sensitive financial information is stored with the highest bank level security. Your phone number will never be sold, traded, or given to third parties. (You will only be texted to confirm your giving.)

ONLINE GIVING Instructions (This is a safe and secure site as well as 100% goes to RBC, there are no processing fees.)

Go to the website: www.raymondbaptistchurch.com

Go to My RBC

Click on Give

Choose a Fund

Fill in the blanks requested (amount, check, credit card or debit card number and amount)


Anyone mailing in checks for the offering please use the following mailing address:

Raymond Baptist Church

PO Box 106

Raymond, NH 03077

If anyone is in need of assistance of any kind, please contact the office by calling 603-895-2859 or email at marion@raymondbaptistchurch.com.

RBC SERVICES WILL AIR ON CHANNEL 13. Channel 22 has been designated for Town and Government Notices.  If you know of anyone who is utilizing the Public Raymond Station, please pass the word.  Following is the Schedule for RBC Services:

Sunday 9:00am

Monday 2:00pm

Tuesday 6:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am & 7:00pm

Thursday 10:00pm

Friday 2:00am

Saturday 6:00am

HANNFORD PICKUP ON SATURDAY’S:  If anyone is in need (Church and Community) of the Hannaford Produce, Bread pickup from Saturday please contact Sandy Unger. 


YOUTH GROUPEvery Wednesday you can find a YouTube lesson video at: “Impact Youth RBC”

This week’s Lesson: Jesus Struggles Too: https://youtu.be/YMqaTtGG8pU

Bike Ride

Thursday, July 2nd ~ 11:00am-1:00pm

Meet at Matt’s home (307 Prescott rd. Epping NH) Please have your students bring a lunch and water. Students during these times need to be aware of social distancing rules!

This Week’s Video and Lessons: https://youtu.be/Fp1EGWjpOkg


Please contact: Matt Chouinard (603)895-2859 Matt@raymondbaptistchurch.com



AWAY or PLANNING A TRIP?  USE THE RBC APP: Now Available~ Online Giving; Sermon Messages (Audio & Video); Important Alert Notifications; Weekly Bulletin & Prayer Requests; Upcoming Events; Pastor’s Blog; and more! Download from Play Store or iTunes for Tablets & Smart Phones. Check it out and keep in touch!  Check Out: Facebook Live

Anyone with an Android phone and have noticed that you cannot get into the current sermons please try the following. Try a hard refresh. While in the app, go to the menu (horizontal bars upper left), and press and hold the refresh icon (circle with arrows bottom left) for 10-12 seconds until a message says it needs a few moments to sync. Give it about 10 minutes to sync, then get out and go back in to the app and this should allow you to get into the current information.

We are now on Facebook Live. Check it out!



Men’s Group 6:00am Tuesday Bible Study (meeting via zoom. Anyone interested can reach out to Les Houston for the zoom meeting link).



Canoe and Kayak TripThe Outdoor Club is pleased to invite paddlers on a canoe and kayak trip on the Contoocook River in Concord, NH.  This family friendly event is planned for July 18th, meeting 9am at the Raymond Baptist Church, or 10 am at the launch site 9 Horse Hill Road, Concord, which is the site of the Contoocook River Canoe Company.  The planned route includes about 4 miles of paddling in very gentle river conditions.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Daisy Beach and plenty of hydration.  Canoe or kayak rentals are available and should be made individually in advance with Contoocook River Canoe company.  Those launching their own water craft will owe a small fee of roughly $4 per vessel. Reservations are required so the group size and launch location of each party is determined.  Social distancing will be maintained at gathering points, and masks will be available. Call the church office or email to sign up.


Raymond Baptist Church Food Pantry has been selected by local Hannaford store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Fight Hunger Bag Program!  For the month of July, Raymond Baptist Church Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store located at 2 Freetown Road, Raymond NH.

As we get ready for re-opening we could use 2-3 additional volunteers each week who will help either on Sunday AM with keeping surfaces sanitized, or would be willing to be trained to come in for one hour during the week to assist in preparation for the following Sunday. If you can help let the office know. Thank you.

Friday, July 17th from 1pm – 3pm (while supplies last) Comcast Parking Lot 676 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH Please enter on East Industrial Park Drive The NH Food Bank will bring truckloads of food to distribute to families and individuals of the Southern NH region.  This is a drive thru event.  All items will be distributed to you in your vehicles.

Marion will be out of the Office from July 2nd through July 7th.


Prepared By: Marion Guay | Church Office | Raymond Baptist Church
145 Route 27 :: PO Box 106 :: Raymond, NH 03077 :: 603-895-2859


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