Update May 18, 2020
Hello church family,
We are extremely happy to announce that HFBC will be gathering for worship next Sunday morning, May 24!
As uncertainty concerning the coronavirus continues to be an issue we want to exercise a measure of caution and safety in our gatherings. Please carefully read through what you will need to know before you attend and what you may expect upon your arrival.
We look forward to seeing many of you there and continue longing for the day that everyone can safely come together again as a family at Henderson’s First Baptist Church.
Before you attend:
- Morning services will take place at 9:00 and 11:00. This will allow for ample time in transitioning crowds and sanitizing sanctuary surfaces.
- Our sanctuary will be open at a 33% capacity and we will be asking individuals to sit according to spacing guidelines. Should attendance exceed the 33% capacity at either morning service the fellowship hall will be set up for overflow (also at 33% capacity). If you arrive after the sanctuary has reached capacity you will be directed to the fellowship hall (first come, first seated).
- Prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance in accord with your own conscience. Please, only attend if you feel safe in attending and can do so without judgment of others who may have a differing opinion from your own.
- If you have pre-existing medical conditions or are listed in the category of “vulnerable” please consider continuing to worship from home via livestream or radio.
- Be sure you and everyone in your household is healthy and not contagious. Anyone who is or has been running a temperature in excess of 98.6 should not attend church for at least 72 hours.
- Face masks are recommended for the safety of others but will not be supplied. Please plan to wear or bring your own face mask.
- Childcare will not be provided. Unattended cry rooms with the televised service will be available should you decide to attend with a child that you need to attend to outside the worship service.
- Commonly touched areas within the building and sanctuary will be cleaned prior to and between services.
- There will be no Sunday school, children’s activities, or student activities on campus until further notice.
- There is no way to accurately project how many people will attend this first return to live services at HFBC so please be patient and understanding if adjustments need to be made due to a larger than expected attendance.
When you attend:
- Traffic patterns for entry and exit of the building will be clearly marked and communicated. Please follow these predetermined routes for the safety of everyone.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be located at all entrances to the sanctuary and at the parking lot entrance.
- Allow ushers to direct you to available seating. Please obey and do not move signage concerning closed seating.
- Family units living in the same household may sit together while distanced from others by 6’.
- Every other pew will be closed for seating. This will allow for distancing and for ushers to collect offerings without passing the offering plate.
- Please refrain from greeting others through touch (handshakes, hugs, back pats, etc…). Smiles and discussions from the suggested 6’ distance are encouraged and acceptable.
- Children’s activity packets will be provided to help families worship with small children.
- All areas outside the sanctuary, fellowship hall, main floor hallways, marked cry rooms, and marked restrooms will be closed. Restrooms nearest the sanctuary and in the fellowship hall will be open.
- We will engage in congregational singing. Individuals are encouraged to sing along quietly if not wearing a mask or to wear a mask if planning to sing in full voice.
Serving the Lord with you,
The staff and leadership of HFBC
March 20, 2020 Update
The leadership and staff of HFBC have been prayerfully watching the progression of the COVID-10 virus situation. From the very beginning we assured you that we are committed to being a faithfully biblical church while also being mindful of the safety of those in our church and community. On the first Sunday of the crisis Bro. Rich assured you that we would meet together following the direction of Hebrews 10:24-25 as long as we could do so legally. Yesterday, March 19 our governor clarified an earlier executive order including church gatherings in the prohibition of any public gathering in excess of 10 individuals. At this point we have a clear order from our state government to whom as believers we are called to submit (Romans 13:1).
Therefore, in a combined effort to honor God and His Word and to protect the members of HFBC and the community of Henderson we will be cancelling all public gatherings in excess of 10 individuals until further notice which includes Sunday services.
The staff is working to provide a number of opportunities for continued worship as well as ways for you to be involved in ministry/outreach to the community during this chaotic time. Listed below are some of those opportunities/efforts and more will be shared in the days ahead.
- Engage in corporate worship remotely:
- Dr. Coppenger, Bro. David, and a small musical ensemble will gather at 9:30 as they stream our service online via FaceBook Live. Also, please pray for the efforts of Darrin and our wonderful tech volunteers as they are working tirelessly to solve the necessary issues in bringing live streaming to our website (be on the lookout for updates).
- Tune in to the radio broadcast of our morning service at 11:00. The service is broadcast on WSON 860-AM and 96.5-FM. You may also join this broadcast using the TuneIn App on your smartphone.
- We will also be bringing our 6:00 Sunday evening service to you via FaceBook Live. Thanks again to Dr. Coppenger, Bro. David, and his team!
- The church will be open on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 for those who may want to simply be in the proximity of other believers for a time of focused prayer. In the event more than 10 individuals attend we will utilize small groups on distant parts of our campus.
- Stay involved in the Word through your Sunday School class and Family Worship:
- Bro. Ken has already been encouraging the adult Sunday School teachers to use creative ways to help keep classes connected. Many of our leaders have already made arrangements for classes to continue their study virtually.
- Ms Ellie and Ms Jill have prepared packets allowing parents to bring Sunday School home to their children. Parents can stop by the church office to pick up an 8-week Sunday school packet for preschool and for children as well as resources to help you successfully engage in family worship.
- Jacob, David, Alan, Jonathan, the prayer team, and deacons are also working to implement some great plans so watch for updates on how you can stay involved.
- Remember to remain faithful in worship through giving. In the middle of this global crisis we need to be sure we continue to support missions through the efforts of the Cooperative Program, our missional partners, and local ministry.
- Mail your tithes and offerings to Henderson’s First Baptist Church at 307 Center St. in Henderson, KY 42420.
- Give online at www.fbchenderson.org
- Text the word GIVE to 270-560-0709 and follow the prompts.
Please be encouraged that your leadership (deacons, trustees, church council, and staff) will continue to monitor the situation and look for creative ways to minister. Remember, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” so remain calm, help those around you, and be “salt and light” by exhibiting peace in the middle of chaos.
Trusting God as we serve with you,
The Deacons, Trustees, Transitional Church Council, and Staff of HFBC
March 18, 2020 Update
Peace, love, and joy to you,
There is no doubt that we are living in an environment that is unprecedented in modern history and as a church we face some unique challenges. We are called to meet together (Hebrews 10:24-25) for the purposes of learning, encouragement and prayer (Acts 2:42) in order that we might be equipped to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) in our community and around the globe. These biblical commands along with the current environment of caution create a need for wisdom in finding a way to protect the public safety while simultaneously being the church.
Therefore, we will be cancelling activities that require the attendance of multiple volunteers. We do not want anyone to feel compelled to attend services due to their volunteer activity if they would otherwise choose to self-isolate. This means there will be no Sunday school, Wednesday evening activities (although the church will be open for prayer at 6:00 pm), or other activities outside of our regular Sunday worship services until further notice.
Details concerning our meetings are as follows:
- We will have worship services at 9:30, 11:00, and 6:00 on Sundays until further notice. During these services we will practice “social distancing” by closing every other row and encouraging folks to distance themselves on these open rows. We will also provide hand sanitation stations at every entrance and discourage any form of physical greeting (handshakes, hugs, etc…).
- The 9:30 service will be streamed live on Facebook, and broadcast on WSON radio (860AM/96.5FM or using the TuneIn radio app on your smartphone).
- Please worship from home if you are part of the “high risk” population (senior adults, those with respiratory difficulty, those with other health complications).
- DO NOT attend if you or someone in your household is ill or has been in contact with someone who is ill. DO NOT attend after being ill until you have been fever and symptom free for 72 hours.
- Common surfaces will be cleaned before/between each service.
- Folks who serve on Sundays (deacons, counting committee, media team, ushers, greeters, choir, praise team) will serve only if they would attend service even it they were not serving. If you would not attend where you’re not being asked to serve, please stay at home. Team and committee leaders will be contacting you to form volunteer units from those who plan to be present.
Additional information will be provided concerning opportunities for serving our community, resources for home Bible study/family worship, prayer involvement, homebound encouragement, student ministry, and more. Watch your email, the church website www.fbchenderson.org, and Facebook for continual updates and ministry support.
Praying for you and trusting our great God,
Staff and Leadership of HFBC
March 17, 2020 Update:
Your staff and leadership have been prayerfully evaluating the ministries of HFBC during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Decisions to change, modify, or cancel church gatherings are never easy to make. As a church we want to be a place of peace, normalcy, and care during a time of crisis; however we also need to be vigilant in protecting the health of our community and as compliant as possible with our government leaders. Therefore, in light of the concerns listed below we will make some modifications to our Wednesday evening schedule.
- We want to keep people safe and not put those who are “at risk” in danger of being exposed.
- We want to be helpful in the attempt to slow the spread of the virus allowing our health care providers the opportunity to treat people without being overwhelmed.
- With the widespread closure of organizations, schools, businesses, and churches we do not want to be arrogant in our decision-making.
- Our general treatment of Wednesday evening activities involves following the school calendar. We do not meet during the holidays or during the summer and we often cancel along with the schools for inclement weather.
- We do not want our amazing volunteers to feel that they must be present. Some of our regular volunteers may not feel comfortable gathering in a group and some may be “high risk” individuals. We do not want to force them into service when they might otherwise not be present during the time of encouraged isolation.
Wednesday activities on March 18 and 25 will effectively be cancelled. Individuals who are healthy and would like to spend time in prayer with others may gather at 6:00 in the fellowship hall, but social distancing will be encouraged (greeting without touching, sitting farther apart, etc…). All children’s and student activities are cancelled as is choir practice. David Hayashi will be in touch with praise team members concerning practice for Sunday worship.
At this time we are analyzing the best avenue concerning our Sunday gatherings. These plans will likely include both live services (with safety precautions) and streaming. More information concerning these changes will be coming later this week.
Please pray for your leadership as we diligently seek to glorify God and make the best decisions possible in light of the current environment.
March 13, 2020 Update
Hello Church Family,
Please rest assured that your church staff and leadership are attempting to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak in the wisest and most God-honoring way.
Many organizations have opted to cancel public meetings during this time of uncertainty and we respect their decision. However, our policy as a church body has long been to meet on Sunday morning without fail (rain, snow, sleet, hail, we are even more reliable than the postal service). This policy is not one of pride or arrogance in thinking we know better than those who may choose to cancel; it is instead a result of our commitment to passages like Hebrews 10:24-25:
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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.
In times of fear and uncertainty it is imperative that the church take the lead in wisely encouraging both the community of faith and those who may be looking to that community for strength. In an effort to do just that, you will find some items of encouragement below to help you make your own decision concerning your participation in worship at HFBC this Sunday:
- Our custodial staff and some wonderful volunteers have been vigilant in disinfecting common surfaces (chairs, tables, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, toys, etc.).
- Individuals who are ill, or have members of their household who are ill, are asked to stay home until they are symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours.
- Individuals who are concerned, are at risk, or would feel safer not attending a public service are encouraged to stay home and listen to our service on WSON radio which can be found at 860 AM or 96.5 FM. The service is aired at 11:00 every Sunday morning.
- Offering plates will not be passed on Sunday morning. Ushers will instead be stationed at each door at the end of the service to receive your tithes and offerings (remember to pray about what you would give to support North American missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering).
- You may also worship by giving online through our website www.fbchenderson.org or by texting the word GIVE to 270-560-0709.
We will continue to keep you updated as we prayerfully seek to be wise and faithful to our calling.
The staff of Henderson’s First Baptist Church