On Monday, April 17, the Billy Graham Library grounds were once again made available to the public, starting with limited access to the property for those who wish to visit the outdoor memorial prayer garden for prayer and reflection.
With stay-at-home orders still in effect in both Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina, precautionary measures are being implemented to assure social distancing standards are maintained. Visitors will be limited to 20 on property at a time. Added hand sanitizer stations and increased cleaning of benches and surfaces will be in place.
People interested in visiting are encouraged to adhere to CDC guidelines for being in public places and are discouraged from visiting if they have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus.
“During this time of crisis, having hope provides a positive outlook toward what’s ahead. That hope can be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Scott Holmquist, executive director of the Billy Graham Library. “The memorial prayer garden gives guests a place to come to pray, take a short walk and find respite from the uncertainty amid this global pandemic. We continue to pray for those affected by the coronavirus here in our community and around the world.”
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains will be available to listen to and pray with those who visit. Chaplains serving at the Billy Graham Library are subject to health guidelines including having had their temperatures screened and wearing face masks.
“During this time with the coronavirus, fear is gripping the hearts of people around the world,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “We need to share the ‘reason for the hope that is in you’ (1 Peter 3:15). Jesus Christ is our hope, our anchor, our comfort, and our peace. Let’s share His love with as many people as we can, making every day count.”
All indoor facilities within the Billy Graham Library remain closed at this time, including The Journey of Faith tour, Graham Brothers Dairy Bar, Ruth’s Attic bookstore, and Graham family homeplace. Announcements about reopening these facilities will be made at a later date.
The Billy Graham Library remains committed to proclaiming the message of God’s love and will reopen its indoor facilities as soon as possible.