Our response to the coronavirus

November 23, 2020


Dear Church Family,


The ever changing nature of the Coronavirus pandemic has caused us to constantly monitor the situation, listen to the guidance of our public health officials, and use our Covid Task Force and local church leadership to evaluate the information we receive. It requires flexibility from our church, and we are thankful to you for that.

 

Our church has established great protocols to keep people safe, and you have done a tremendous job of following the guidelines. We feel as though Versailles Baptist Church is as safe as any church could possibly be at this time. Still, we wish to be good citizens and partner with state and local health officials in helping protect people at a time when Woodford County cases are at an all-time high. As Christians, we do not live in fear but we do walk in wisdom.

 

On Thursday afternoon November 19, the State of Kentucky released new guidance for churches, requesting them to not meet in person for a period of time. That evening our Covid Task Force of Medical and Public Health Professionals, along with members of our Ministerial Staff, met and determined this is how we should proceed:

  • Out of respect for the state’s request for churches to worship online for a period of time and because of the Thanksgiving holiday causing an inevitable rise in cases in the days that follow, we will have worship ONLINE ONLY on November 29th and December 6th. The cases are already at an all-time high, and our Covid Task Force believes they will undoubtedly grow in the 3-14 days following Thanksgiving as people travel and enlarge their circles. Many in our community are making sacrifices, and we want to show our community that the church loves them enough to partner with them to keep people safe. Worshiping online only these two weeks is the most caring thing we can do for our church and community.
  • We expect to return to in-person worship on December 12th and 13th. We have a very strong desire to do Christmas Worship Services in person at Versailles Baptist.  
  •  Sunday School will be ONLINE ONLY from now through the end of the year. In-person Sunday School is our greatest health risk because people do not have the space to distance in classrooms like we do in the sanctuary. Sunday School classes are asked to meet via Zoom or another online platform.
  •  No in-person K-5th grade Children’s Worship from now through at least December 6th. We will extend this through the end of December if Woodford County elementary schools continue to meet virtually. We want to partner with our local school system to keep children safe.
  •  Hanging of the Green will still happen on December 5th. Our reservation process allows only three families to be in the sanctuary at a time, thus drastically eliminating any exposure.
  • Our Christmas Musical on December 12th and 13th and Christmas Eve Services are still scheduled to happen, pending further evaluation. We fully expect to worship together in person for these Christmas celebrations. 

Our Covid Task Force, Ministerial Staff, and Deacon Chair feel as though this is the best decision for our church. We are making these decisions out of love for you and to partner with our community in keeping Covid at bay. 

 

We look forward to worshiping with you online the two weeks following Thanksgiving.

 

In all of this, let us be reminded of our great God and His calling to be His people. Whether we are gathering in person or online, we gather to Worship Him! Let us be faithful in our worship, faithful in our Sunday School involvement, and faithful to our community as we seek to minister to them.

 

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a member of our Covid Task Force: Lee Hicks, Angela Dearinger and Jody Jaggers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pastor Michael Cabell

Worship Services

AND LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIR UP ONE ANOTHER TO LOVE AND GOOD WORKS, NOT NEGLECTING TO MEET TOGETHER, AS IS THE HABIT OF SOME, BUT ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER, AND ALL THE MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY DRAWING NEAR. HEBREWS 10:24-25


All worship services are streamed live on our facebook page.

facebook.com/versaillesbaptistchurch

Sunday

mornings

Sunday worship continues via facebook live. Our services are at 9:00 or 10:30am November 29 and December 6 will be online via facebook. If you miss one of our services, don't worry, all services will continue to be available on facebook throughout the next several weeks.


All Sunday School Small Groups will continue to meet via Zoom. If you would like more information on how to participate, contact pastor Jonathan.

Wednesday evenings

On Wednesdays at 6:30pm, one of our pastors leads in a community prayer time via facebook live. Participants can share prayer requests and encouragement with one another as the pastor guides our prayers through several topics.


Matthew leads in singing to accompany the prayer time.

Kids & Youth gatherings

Autumn, our Kids Minister, and Pastor Kevin, our Student Minister are working on ways to provide resources for families throughout the week.


See the resource section below to learn more about keeping your kids connected to God and the church during this prolonged time at home. 


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Get help when you need it. Give help when you can.

Opportunities for help

  • covid care team

    We are putting together a team of people to help care for church members during this crisis. Volunteers are needed to make phone calls and run errands. If you are in need of assistance please call the church office at 859-873-7338.

  • covid relief fund

    Many in our community will likely be affected by Covid-19 closures. We will utilize monies in this fund to help provide financial support to those in need. Consider donating today. Contact the church office at 859-873-7338 if you are in need of financial support.

spotify playlist

listen

It is important to care for your soul & mental health during a time of isolation and uncertainty. Pastor Will curated a playlist of devotional music for Covid-19 pandemic to help remind you of Biblical truth.