First Baptist Church of Shelby Response to COVID-19

The uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 is creating concern within many communities across the United States, Montana, and here in Shelby.

I am sure at this point everyone has heard the Governor’s announcement regarding a 2 week closure of all public schools in Montana. In the press release, he is also "strongly recommending" that the public limits all gatherings, especially those more than 50 people, in every community across the state. Governor Bullock is also recommending that people over the age of 60 or who are immunocompromised or with chronic health conditions not participate in gatherings of more than 20 people.

Today, President Trump requested that people avoid gatherings of over 10 people.

I have been in frequent contact with our Church Council over the past week as we have placed a greater focus on prevention and safety measures to keep our church as safe as possible. And in light of Romans 13:1-5, we have been in communication with the Toole County Health Department, school officials, Sheriff's department, and other leadership in understanding this situation.

Based on our prayer and discussion as a Church Council and with officials in our community, we have come to the conclusion that in an effort to love and care for our community, our services will not meet in person for the next two Sundays (March 22nd and 29th.) You can join us at 11:00 am as I will preach live through our Facebook page ( and services will be able to be heard on our website ( immediately following our normal meeting time. During this time we will not have our Wednesday Night activities and we are also canceling the community Lenten lunches.

We know that these times may bring financial challenges as well. But, if you feel led, you can bring your offering for the church or the church’s building fund, or for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, by the church or mail it to 751 Marias Ave; you can also bring any candy or golden egg prize donations by the church as well. We are also working to set up our online giving as an option.

We are trusting God in the midst of this situation. I would encourage you to take some time to listen to this past week’s sermon about Peace in these challenging times if you haven’t already. That can be found at or on our Facebook page. Please join First Baptist in praying for those affected by this illness.

We will stay in communication with you as a church family through this time. If you have further questions or if you have any needs that we can help with please feel free to contact me at 406-470-0712.

And just as a reminder in these times, “God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I am praying for you.

In Christ,

Pastor Chad Scarborough and the First Baptist Church Council

Ward Hecock

Zelma Skinner

Brenda Longcake

Monte Fauque

Becky Ergenbright

First Baptist Church (Shelby, MT)

Address:751 Marias Avenue Shelby, MT 59474


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We are so glad that you're here! Take some time to look around and discover more about who we are and what we're about here at First Baptist. We pray that our church will be a place where you can experience the love of God. 

Maybe you are returning to church, or coming to church for the very first time. Or, maybe you're an active church member who just moved to town and needs to find a new church home. Whatever your story may be, you probably have a lot of questions before you visit First Baptist Church. First Baptist Church’s calling is to the town of Shelby and the surrounding rural community. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only answer to life’s pressures, questions, and difficulties. Only through a relationship with Him can we find true life and hope.

We are looking forward to you visiting with us at First Baptist soon! First Baptist Church has been ministering to families in Shelby and the surrounding area since 1954. Today we have the same goal to preach God's word in the town of Shelby and the surrounding rural community. 

Affiliations: Southern Baptist Convention, Montana Southern Baptist Convention, Triangle Baptist Association.