UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how the Christian County Baptist Association is responding.

We are carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page will be updated. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church families and surrounding community.

 

SHOULD CCBA CHURCHES GATHER THIS SUNDAY?

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear released an executive order 3-25-2020, #2020-257, that states “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department of Public Health have recommended that everyone practice social distancing, meaning staying home when possible and otherwise maintaining six feet of distance from other individuals, to minimize the spread of the disease. Where people congregate unnecessarily, or fail to follow adequate social distancing practices, they are spreading the disease, creating scenes of an emergency.”

 

WILL ALL CCBA CHURCHES BE OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?

Since each church is autonomous, that decision will be made individually by each church.

We recommend a deep cleaning by each church. Additionally, certain ministries may decide to cancel their meetings for various reasons. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, contact your church’s ministry leader.

 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN AT HOME?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you or a family member are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly

 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE CCBA CHURCHES TAKING TO MAKE THEIR GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?

We recommend each church take extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:

  • Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
  • Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
  • We recommend continuing to baptize people in pools filled with sanitized water.
  • We also encourage everyone to take common sense precautions and consider creative interactions –like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking! 
  • Performing additional in-depth cleaning of your facilities on a regular basis. These deep cleans will potentially involve closing on certain weekdays, and we recommend each church include all information about scheduled closures on their webpage.

All Preschool, Children, and Student areas, to include various surfaces/objects/toys used by our children, should be sanitized on a regular basis.

 

Each church should continue to follow their standard health protocols:

  • not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F)
  • A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to any of our ministry activities/events/meetings.

You can help your church by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.

 

WHAT ABOUT CCBA MISSION TRIPS?

 

We are continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other states, countries, the State Department, North American Mission Board, organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any needs to adjust, postpone, or cancel trips.

At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in trips to prayerfully consider any decision to travel through consultation with medical professionals, as appropriate.

As of right now we are still going on mission trips. There is always an inherent risk in any kind of travel whether stateside or abroad. Should a situation arise where we need to cancel or postpone, we will do so and update this page to reflect the decision.

 

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. This coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

You can also find more information from the World Health Organization and www.kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news.

God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus.

The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others.

Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
  • Avoid every appearance of prejudice or racism. Considering the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. We want every Asian-American, as well as Asians around the world, to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in our thoughts, our words, and our actions.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups, as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
  • Continue to faithfully give financially. Tithes and offerings can often be given online or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives in the midst of difficult days.
  • Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.