Important Updates for You

**POSTED July 27, 2020 at 8:41pm**

It was our plan in early August to transition into “Stage 3” of our regathering plan.  Some changes in our world around us have led us to amend our original plans for what we had anticipated in regathering.  As some of you are likely aware, today begins a statewide mask mandate in public places.  I know that the issue of masks continues to be contentious on both sides, but we want to do the best we can to be safe and to abide by the recommendations by authorities.  However, that being said, we know that worshipping with masks is not ideal, and we know that many of you still feel uncomfortable in attending services in confined spaces like a church building.  So we want to do something different, and I am very excited about that!  Starting this week, Sunday August 2, we will be having “Church in the Park” at Liberty Park.  This will require come changes to the way we have been meeting but all good ones, we think!

  • First, even though we cannot continue with our live-streaming from the park, we will be pre-recording a service for those who continue to join us online. (We still plan to utilize live streaming in the long term)
  • Second, we are excited to announce that we will be resuming children’s programming!  We know that many of our young families have been looking forward to being able to join us, and this will be a helpful step in having them regather with us.  As we typically do at Church in the Park, the kids will split off during the main service to go join Mrs. Rachel for a lesson and activities.
  • Third, we will be adjusting our start time.  We will be having one service at 9:30am. Also, due to an abundance of outdoor space at the park, we will no longer be requiring RSVPs.  We do ask that you bring your own chairs and drinks so that we can continue to practice social distancing.
  • Fourth, and perhaps most exciting is that after service, we will be having some dedicated time for our Sunday school classes and Small groups to meet. Starting on August 9, on alternating weeks, we will have both of these opportunities to connect and fellowship outside of our typical Sunday service.  Sunday school will be taking place on 8/9, 8/23, and 9/6, and Small groups will be meeting on 8/16 and 8/30.  After such a long time of being physically distant from each other, we hope that you will take advantage of the ability to join a group or Sunday school class. If you are interested in joining a small group but aren’t sure where to start, please email Bryce Hotchkiss so that we can get you connected with a group!

While “normal” or whatever “new normal” looks like may still be a way off, we are committed to continue to “be the church” in the many forms that can take.  We know that church is more than a Sunday, but we also know the refreshment, encouragement, and growth that comes as a result of worshipping and studying the word together on Sundays.  We will continue to evaluate and adjust as needed as we navigate this process together.  We continue to be grateful for you all!

See you Sunday in the Park,
Bryce Hotchkiss, Lead Pastor

 

**POSTED June 29, 2020 at 4:24pm**

We are very excited to announce that after several weeks of our first stage of regathering here in our physical building, we are ready to move on to the next stage in moving to a similar format to our pre-COVID worship services.  When we started stage one of regathering—what we have been doing since June 14—we know that some of you quite weren’t ready to rejoin us physically yet.  I want to plainly state that if you are at risk to a level where you feel uncomfortable being around groups of people, please continue to worship online and find ways to connect with other believers.  That being said, we know that others of you were not quite ready to regather because we weren’t having worship music or children’s programming.  Unfortunately, we are still not at a point where we feel able to have safe, quality in-person children’s services, but we are excited to begin having worship music again beginning on this Sunday, July 5!

There continues to be a wide variety of opinions on the best way to interact socially surrounding this pandemic, but given that those attending our physical services have done a phenomenal job of being so courteous, friendly, and respectful of one another and our safeguards, we feel confident in moving to the next stage of having services with music incorporated.  We have really missed being able to respond to God in praise and worship, so I hope that you are as excited as I am to be moving in this direction.  That being said, there are still some areas and safeguards that we would like you to remember as we worship together :

  • We ask those who are not feeling well or have underlying at-risk health conditions to stay home and participate in the service online.
  • There is a time change taking place for our in person services.  In stage one, our physical services have been at 9:30.  We will be moving our services back to the previous time of 8:30. This will help us move back to being on track to return to fully “normal” services and also allow us to have the possibility of adding in a second service should the RSVPs necessitate that.
  • We will be continuing to use the RSVP system so that we can make sure we maintain the proper amount of space between families.  We will have 80 spots open for reservation.  We recommend that you RSVP quickly so that no one has to be turned away at the door.  You can RSVP here or call Sarah at the church office (812) 934-5147.
  • For the safety of others, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask.  In cases where social distancing is difficult, research has shown that masks greatly reduce the spread of the virus.  We know that this is a contentious decision, but we believe that this is an opportunity to practice Philippians 2:4 (“not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”), as we can sacrifice our comfort for an hour to protect our brothers and sisters.  We are wanting masks to be as temporary of a measure as possible as we continue to learn more about the exposure risks in our community.
  • There will be no Sunday School classes meeting at this time.
  • There will be no nursery, preschool, or Discovery Club. (We will continue to keep this in mind as we progress through the government phases and will look to plans for public schools as benchmarks for safe children’s programming.)
  • When you arrive at the building, we ask that you enter through the doors closest to the parking lot and leave after services through the main doors under the awning.
  • We request that you ensure 6 feet between individuals or family units of the same household when sitting in the worship center. The rows of chairs have been positioned further apart to promote social distancing (3 chairs between people equals 6 feet).
  • We will avoid handing out materials as much as possible. (We will be emailing bulletins out ahead of time, having prepackaged communion cups, no coffee presently, and offering drop boxes.)
  • We will have bottles of hand sanitizer throughout various parts of the building.
  • While the building will be sanitized every week, we cannot, of course, guarantee anyone’s safety in being completely free of risk of contracting the coronavirus.

For those of you who are opting to remain at home to worship online for the time being, there will be some modifications taking place to our online offerings.  Thus far, we have prerecorded and specifically curated services to be optimal for an online format.  As people return to worship in person, we still recognize that many of you would like to continue to worship at home for now, and so we will continue to offer online services, but they may look a little different.  Beginning with this change on July 5, our offerings online will now be a livestream of what is happening in our building.  Our livestream will allow us to capture our services within our worship center from 3 cameras as well as show our onscreen content.  While we have spent a lot of time and received some grant money to make this technology possible, it still comes with limitations on our broadcast ability. Here is an overview of how things may be different:

  • You will be able to access the livestream content of our service from our church website. From this launching page, you can continue to engage with others in a chat forum while participating in the service together at the link provided at 8:30am (live) or 11:00am (rebroadcast of the 8:30 service).
  • Due to our streaming license requirements, we are not able to keep our video services archived.  The sermon audio will still be available through our website and podcast.  If you can’t join us in person for worship, we highly encourage you to engage with our online community at 8:30am or 11:00am.
  • We will post a link weekly to our Facebook page to encourage users to join us in our online community during the livestream service times.
  • Some have mentioned they really enjoy having the worship lyrics at the bottom lower-third of our screen during the worship and the ability to see our worship team at the same time.  Unfortunately, that will not be possible for us at this time in our livestream capabilities. The lyrics will be full screen.
  • ETC Good News Channel 905 at 9:30am and WRBI sermon broadcast at 8:30am will now be one week delayed.  We do not have the ability to livestream content to these providers, so we will have them replay the previous week’s service one week delayed.  The services on ETC and WRBI for Sunday, July 5 will be a repeat of services from June 28 and then will continue forward.

We are certainly thankful to have this technology available to serve both those in the worship center and those far outside our walls.  If you would like to volunteer as part of this ministry that livestreams our services, please contact Mark Bond for more information on how you can be trained to serve.  We continue to lean into God’s faithfulness during this time, and we thank you for your patience in all of these transitions! 

In Jesus,
Bryce Hotchkiss

 

 

**POSTED June 8, 2020 at 4:20pm**

“When will our church reopen?” 

If you’ve asked that question over the last few weeks and months, you’re not alone. It is true our building has been closed, but the Church has never been closed nor will it ever be until Jesus returns one day. That being said, we recognize that many of us are eager to regather together for worship and fellowship once more. As we have previously stated, we will begin having physical services again starting on June 14. 

With this in mind, it is important to recognize that things will be different as we plan to gather together once more. Like it or not, the reality is that this coronavirus may still pose a serious risk for many, and although restrictions are star1ng to lift, that makes it even more likely that cases will start to rise. While we don’t believe there is reason to panic because we know that God is in control, we do still believe that it is wise to follow government advisories. We are grateful that our state and national leaders have kept in mind the importance of worship and have not imposed undue restrictions on opening. 

We also know that there are differing opinions surrounding the impact of the virus. Many are concerned with their welfare and the welfare of others, while many also feel like there has been undue panic and restrictions around this pandemic. It is not our desire to try to convince you one way or the other, but we do want to follow the best advice available to us and protect everyone who desires to worship in our building. 

With all of that being recognized, we have made the decision to open regarding the following safeguards: 

  • We ask those who are not feeling well or have underlying at-risk health conditions to stay home and participate in the service online. 
  • For the first phase of regathering, we will be having an abbreviated service consisting of the sermon and communion. This will take place at 9:30am and the building will open at 9:00am.
  • There will be no Sunday School classes meeting at this time. 
  • There will be no nursery, preschool, or Discovery Club. (We will continue to keep this in mind as we progress through the government phases and will look to plans for public schools as benchmarks for safe children’s programming.) 
  • When you arrive at the building, we ask that you enter through the doors closest to the parking lot and leave after services through the main doors under the awning. 
  • We request that you ensure 6 feet between individuals or family units of the same household when sitting in the worship center. The rows of chairs have been positioned further apart to promote social distancing (3 chairs between people equals 6 feet). 
  • We will avoid handing out materials as much as possible. (We will be emailing bulletins out ahead of time, having prepackaged communion cups, no coffee presently, and offering drop boxes.) 
  • We will have bottles of hand sanitizer throughout various parts of the building. 
  • We will be using an RSVP system so that we can make sure we maintain the proper amount of space between families. To start, we will open up 80 spots to be reserved. We recommend that you RSVP quickly so that no one has to be turned away at the door. You can RSVP here or call Sarah at the church office (812.934.5147) 
  • For the safety of others, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask. In cases where social distancing is difficult, research has shown that masks greatly reduce the spread of the virus. We know that this is a contentious decision, but we believe that this is an opportunity to practice Philippians 2:4  (“not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”), as we can sacrifice our comfort for less than an hour to protect our brothers and sisters. We are hoping that masks are a temporary measure as we continue to learn more about the exposure risks in our community . 
  • While the building will be sanitized every week, we cannot, of course, guarantee anyone’s safety in being completely free of risk of contracting the coronavirus. 

We recognize that this is not an ideal set up for church services. We also realize that many are in great need of fellowship and worship with their church family. We hope that this will be as temporary of a measure as possible. We know that one day we will look back on this as history, and we will be a stronger body of believers because of it. We continue to trust that God is in control and is a loving and faithful Father. 

In Jesus, 
Bryce Hotchkiss

 

**POSTED May 30, 2020 at 10:15am** - Regathering Survey

Batesville Christian Church's leadership invites you to take this brief survey by June 3 to let us know some information on regathering for physical services in our church building on June 14th.  You can take the survey here.  Thank you!

 

**POSTED May 18, 2020 at 4:45pm**

I am excited to let you know that beginning on June 14, we will begin having physical services once more. This date was discussed and chosen in our elders’ meeting last week in line with the Back on Track plan set forth by the Indiana governor’s office.  We recognize that some of you will be excited to join us come June 14, and others are still a little reserved.  Please hear me when I say that if you are especially vulnerable or uneasy about gathering in a physical location at this time, please continue to worship from home.  We will continue to stream—and eventually live stream—our services as we have been doing over the past few months so that everyone will continue to participate with our worship services.  

There are a few of caveats that we will be considering though when looking toward this date.  This is a tentative date based on how we progress through the phases as defined by the state.  June 14 is the beginning of stage 4 for social gatherings of up to 250 people, and by then, our senior adults have been able to venture out into the public (beginning in stage 3).  Each of the phases as outlined by the state have certain stipulations before moving onto the next stage.  Should a stage be delayed or hindered, we will adjust our meeting date accordingly.  

Most importantly regarding our gathering together is that social distancing guidelines will still be required.  This means that no physical contact and six feet of distance between families will be required.  We are still working out some of the specifics, but for now, some decisions have already been made.  

  • First, this will not be “business as usual” in regards to our attendance. While we are excited to begin meeting in person again, this will not be able to be a “throw the doors wide” type situation where all 300+ of our congregation can meet as we did in the past.  For the time being, we will be planning on having two worship services.  We will not be having Sunday School or Children’s church until social distancing restrictions relax so that we can minimize contact and allow time for the building to be cleaned between services.  While I know this might be disappointing to some of you, we want to do our part to continue to care for our congregation and community—especially those who are more vulnerable to this virus than others.  
  • Second, while we haven’t ironed out all of the details, we will likely be having an RSVP system during the weeks leading up to Sundays so that we can make sure we have enough space and services for all who would like to attend.  We would never want to turn anyone away due to a lack of space or social distancing concerns.  We will have more details to follow about this arrangement.  
  • Third, and most timely, while we still have some time before we can gather in the building again, that doesn’t mean that we can’t worship together. Over the next few weeks, restrictions will continue to loosen to allow for some unique gathering opportunities. Consider inviting another family or two to worship in your home with you through our online services.  We will be reaching out to our small group leaders and Sunday school teachers to investigate opportunities and means by which you can be getting together again as a group.  As always, we remember that the Church is not a building but a people, and we have the opportunity to be the Church and show Jesus to people around us at all times and in all ways.  

We are continually grateful for your support through this time as we try to navigate this the best we can with common sense and God’s guidance.  Please continue to pray for BCC especially as we look toward gathering together again.

God Bless,
Bryce Hotchkiss, Lead Pastor

 

**POSTED May 2, 2020 at 1:45pm**

On Friday, May 1, Governor Holcomb released Indiana’s “Back on Track” plan to begin to ease the restrictions regarding COVID-19. If you didn’t get a chance to review that information, you can do so here. This is a 5 stage plan leading up to July 4. You may notice that some church gatherings can take place beginning May 8. This has left some of you wondering what that means for us meeting together. The Elders will continue to evaluate the situation, guidelines, and recommendations from the Governor and the CDC. With the restrictions and recommendations that are still in place, Batesville Christian Church will continue to hold online services for the time being. Bryce and the Elders will have another meeting on May 14 and will provide another update after that meeting. Thank you all for your patience and for being so faithful during this time!

 

**POSTED April 3, 2020 at 12:00pm**

To say I miss you all would be an understatement!  And that’s coming from an introvert!  I hope you are doing well and navigating this with faith, hope, courage, and love.  I have just a few things that I wanted to keep you in the loop on as we keep pressing forward.

Firstly, I wanted to let you know of a “ministry team” of sorts to help those who are especially at risk and need to be extra careful in maintaining social distance.  We know that several of you are more homebound than others and that some things like even going to the grocery store for essentials could put you at great risk.  We have had such a great group of people to offer to be the hands and feet of picking up these items for our church family.  If you don’t feel safe going out, Debbie Mullins has graciously agreed to be our point person for coordinating our volunteers with these pick up options, and I would encourage you to reach out to her.  She will then contact one of our volunteers so that we can keep you safe and healthy.  You can contact Debbie by email or at 812-363-4857.  Thank you, Debbie and volunteers!

Secondly, along with that, we want to know if you have specific needs, would be willing to help with meeting needs, or just have general comments for us as we keep moving forward during this time.  We would love to hear from you in this brief form that you can access here.

Thirdly, I am really excited about an opportunity we have this week heading into Holy Week.  As you might be aware, Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter as we go from the Triumphal Entry to the Resurrection.  To help us engage with the the weight and ultimately the victory of this week, we are going to be using a resource from Eyewitness Bible.  Eyewitness Bible is a collection of portrayals by actors and speakers telling their stories from the perspective of Bible characters—as “eyewitnesses” to the events of Holy Week.  We will be showing these “live” at 6:30 every evening this week from Sunday, April 5 to Sunday, April 12 on batesvillechristian.online.church and they will be posted to our Facebook page each night following that time.  You may also access the video of the day anytime on our website. We hope that this will be a great devotional moment for you to contemplate all that Jesus went through for us.

 

**POSTED March 18, 2020 at 2:15pm**

I wanted to provide a few updates to the items I sent out earlier in the week. I appreciate how gracious you all have been as we continue to navigate this together.

Sunday Services: As we have had to cancel our physical services for at least the next two weeks, we will be hosting our services in our typical format at batesvillechristian.online.church.  Mark Bond has been hard at work (Thank you, Mark!) at getting the licensing and equipment needed for us to stream our services. We will have an 8:30am service and a 11:00am service.  Those “live” services will allow people to chat (type) together and interact in those services.  You can log in 15 minutes early and start chatting and can stay up to 30 minutes afterwards. After that window, the services will still be available just without the chat portion.

Small Group Connections: One great way for our small groups to remain connected is through Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is a free video conferencing service that can allow our groups to be as close to “face to face” as possible. You can find out more information here, and group leaders please let us know if you have any questions if this is something that you would like to pursue.  Otherwise, I would really encourage you to keep connected through phone calls, texts, or email threads.

Mid-week Prayer/Devotional: We will soon be kicking off a video time of prayer and devotional thought in the middle of the week—most likely Wednesdays.  My plan is to initially do these in a prerecorded fashion and then put them on the church’s Facebook Page.  Eventually, if it seems feasible for others’ schedules we might move this to a Facebook Live format where there can be real time interaction.

Online Giving: As mentioned previously, we have investigated some online giving options and opted to go with Tithely.  We know that this is a time for financial hardship for many, but for those who would like to continue their giving, more information can be found on our website at batesvillechristianchurch.org/online-giving.

Service Opportunity: While we are all cooped up, I wanted to let you know of an easy but impactful opportunity to serve in our community.  On a conference call this week with Tim Putnam, the CEO and President of Margaret Mary, he asked if we could help the hospital in two ways.  The first was that if you know anyone working in the hospital or medical field, please reach out and encourage them in some way.  Pray for them and with them, and let them know that you know that this is a very trying and stressful time for them.  Secondly, he asked that you would write a note of encouragement to the faculty and staff at the hospital.  This can be a thank you, a prayer, or just a “thinking of you.”  He also encouraged those of us with younger children to have them color pictures or draw something that would brighten up the hospital for both staff and patients.  You can mail your cards and pictures to 321 Mitchell Avenue, Batesville, IN 47006.  Your support makes all the difference!

Let us know! If you have other ideas of ways that we can be connecting and/or serving during this time, please let us know.  We need to think creatively, and we are open to suggestions as we are all in this together!

 

**POSTED March 16, 2020 at 10:30pm**

So much has changed since the update I sent yesterday, but after consulting as a staff, church leadership, and with local city officials, we are proposing the following plan moving forward.  Regardless of whatever is happening, we know that God is in control and we have faith in him to navigate the coming weeks.

Sunday Services: As successful as we felt the online service went this week, we want to do more to help maintain a sense of normalcy for our worship services.  I have spoken with Mayor Mike Bettis whose administration does not have any further recommendations than what the state government is offering, but he did inform me that the Indiana governor has now reduced that official number of 250 down to 50.  This is in line with the CDC’s recommendation that came through last night of no gatherings of more than 50 for the next 8 weeks.  Following these announcements, President Trump and the White House advised that groups any larger than 10 should not meet until this crisis is over.  For this reason, practicing good wisdom and heeding the advice of those who know the most about this virus, we will be cancelling our physical worship services at the church building for at least the next two weeks (though it will most likely end up being longer).  Moving forward, we want to maintain as much consistency in our worship experiences as we would have any other Sunday, so we will be moving away from the “webcam approach” that we used for this past Sunday to more of what an actual service would be like complete with praise band, a sermon from the stage, etc.  We know that this feels like a major blow to many of you (and I am right there with you), but we believe that God will be honored in this season.

Small Groups: Due to President Trump’s advisory and the recommendations of the CDC, we will need to be creative about how we continue with small groups.  We believe that community will be of utmost importance as we practice social distancing to prevent the rapid spread of this disease. For this reason, we would advise small groups to continue to be in close connection with each other through means other than in-person.  Moving forward, we are asking all small groups, prayer groups, and ministry teams to keep connected through means including but not limited to phone calls, video conferencing, text/email threads to help foster community during this time.  We also encourage groups to consider using Right Now Media (think Netflix but for Christian resources). If you need access to this program, please contact the church office.  The staff will be researching and recommending options and technology to our small group leaders in the near future.

Communion: We have some pre-filled communion cups available.  We have 500 on hand now (with another 1000 back ordered until 4/3/2020).  If you would like some cups for your families, as we are going to be having church in our homes for the next few weeks, please let us know ahead of time when you are able to come by, and a staff person will bring them out to your car in the parking lot.  We would love to see you but are committed to minimizing traffic in the building, especially for our older congregants who are most at risk to this virus.

Online Giving: Several in our congregation have asked about how they can continue to give during this time that we are not physically meeting.  We are currently in the process of looking at different online giving options and will be providing instructions on how to access it shortly.  These online giving options will be electronic options to give from your bank account or credit card.  If you do not have or use these methods of payment, checks can be mailed to the church office.  We appreciate your continued support and sacrifice as the work of the church continues in Batesville and around the world.

Easter Egg Hunt (and other Community Events): For the time being, we will be postponing the easter egg hunt and all other church planned community events until early summer. The easter egg hunt will be “off” from the calendar, but families will be craving some form of fun and connectedness when this is all over, so we believe that this should still work well in the future. 

We thank you for your continued support and patience.  We deeply love you all, and we will continue to make every effort to help equip you to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we navigate this together!

 

**POSTED March 16, 2020 at 8:00am**

Dear BCC Family,

Well, I’ve never had a Sunday quite like this one, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like it will be a unique experience as we look to the future.  I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we did church a little differently today.  You all are much more delightful to preach to than a camera, but I am grateful that we have technology in place like we do to continue making the proclamation of God’s Word possible.

Moving forward, the leadership of BCC has many important decisions to make.  I have been in conversation with the elders, and we will be discussing steps in staff meeting tomorrow to try to formulate the best way to move forward.  As of now, the church office will maintain our regular office hours at least up until Wednesday.  By that time, I will have been in contact with local community officials as well as have the latest recommendations at the national level for us to know how to proceed.  Of course, our best hope is that we would be able to meet together for worship as quickly as possible, but we also want to make sure we are following the recommended protocols of social distancing.  In the meantime, if there is any way we can be of help, please email or call the church office to let us know.

As I reflect on our online service this morning, I truly believe what I said regarding the sermon on Gideon from Judges 6-7.  Despite the current state of insecurities and uncertainties that we are facing, God can use this situation for his glory.  We’ve already seen this happen in some sense. Just think: social media today was flooded with pre-recorded or live worship experiences just like ours. Literally millions of people suddenly have access to hundreds of sermons proclaiming the hope we have in Jesus. So many who might never have entered a church building, with a simple click could hear the gospel possibly for the very first time.  If you didn’t get a chance to participate in our Sunday experience, you can do so here.

Moving forward, we are going to try to continue to move forward with our reMARKable series.  This week, as Jesus continues to march ever closer to the cross, we see him teach his disciples a powerful lesson about service.  Though time and time again, Jesus has told the twelve of the endgame of his mission—his death and resurrection—still they fail to grasp it.  As they head toward Jerusalem, James and John are thinking, “Alright, this is it!  It’s all about to happen—Jesus is going to claim the throne,” and they want to get in early on the action by asking for the best seats in the throne room.  How discouraged Jesus must have felt in this moment that after 3 years with his disciples, still they were grasping for power rather than seeking to serve.  But we can’t be too hard on James and John because 2000 years later, we still struggle with the same lesson.  Grasping for status and position come naturally, but Jesus calls us to something greater and ultimately more impactful—serving like him. You can read Mark 10:35-45 in preparation this week.

There is still so much about this virus and the ramifications that we don’t know in regards to how it impacts our plans for future events at BCC and worldwide. We truly appreciate your prayers and patience as we continue to navigate this unknown territory.  We will be thinking creatively about how to move forward should gathering not be possible for the foreseeable future.  Please continue to partner with us in prayer for the weeks and months ahead and for those on our prayer list!  And continue to remember just because we may not be able to meet at 1294 Columbus Avenue doesn’t mean we can’t be the church. Love God. Love others. Be salt. Be light.  We miss and love you all!

 

**POSTED March 14, 2020 at 8:00pm**

As we mentioned with the last update, even though we are not meeting in person, we want to provide an avenue for “Church in your home.” We would encourage you to take some time to worship as a family either this evening or tomorrow morning. You can find an online worship experience at http://batesvillechristianchurch.org/sunday that is very similar to a typical Sunday morning service just in virtual form. Also, on this page you will find a link for a lesson for our Discovery Club kids as well—what a great opportunity to lead your children in learning more about Jesus. We hope that this will be an encouragement to you in this odd and difficult season and that your faith is strengthened through God’s word and the music included. We hope to be back together in person very soon!

 

**POSTED March 13, 2020 at 8:00pm**

Dear Batesville Christian Church,

Last update we sent, we said we would be monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adjust accordingly. Unfortunately several things have unfolded today that have made it clear to our elders that the best course of action would be to cancel our services for this Sunday, March 15.  This was definitely not the outcome we were hoping for, but we want to be wise concerning the information we have at hand.  While we don’t currently have known cases of coronavirus in Batesville, this disease is known for flying under the radar with infected people being able to pass the virus even while not displaying any symptoms.

Despite the cancellation of our physical service for Sunday morning, we will be having an online service for your families to gather around and worship if you wish to do so.  We will be providing a link to that service as Sunday approaches.

While you might be disappointed by this necessary closure (I know I am), we believe it is in the best interest of our congregants, especially those who are  60+ and/or have underlying lung or heart disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems.  We are not choosing to operate by fear but with wisdom and discernment as we continue to follow the best information that we have.

In times like this we continue to remember that God is in control.  It is always worth remembering that the church isn’t a gathering on Sunday morning.  We still have the opportunity to show kindness, peace, hope, and grace to our neighbors and communities as we all navigate this together.  Especially moving forward, there will be many who are hit by this virus economically and others will be looking to see how the church responds in a situation like this.  We have such a great opportunity to show the love of Jesus to a hurting and hopeless world!

Praying,
Bryce Hotchkiss, Lead Pastor

 

Healthy Habits for Dealing with COVID-19

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

What to do if You are Sick:

Additional information about COVID-19 provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention can be accessed with this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html#Have-supplies-on-hand