Vineyard Pataskala Coronavirus Response
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT WORSHIP SERVICES, CONNECT GROUPS AND OTHER MINISTRIES
We’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all Worship services, events, Connect Groups and other ministry meetings at Vineyard Christian Church. Join us on for our online services each Sunday at 10am and Wednesday Facebook Live here broadcast. Keep following our webpage or Facebook page for further updates as they happen.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: SUNDAY SERVICES FOR MARCH 15TH CANCELLED
Dear Church Family,
The situation in our nation with the coronavirus remains very fluid. After considering a variety of new factors, and after much prayerful consideration, we are canceling our worship service for this weekend. There will be no worship service at VCC tomorrow. If you could help us spread the word, we would greatly appreciate it.
We are asking that you would gather around your TV or computer as a family at the regular service time tomorrow and watch the livestream of the message that I will be giving, as well as the baptisms of three folks who are being baptized tomorrow. Here is the link to access the livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qz0mtc49mE By at least participating in the same livestream at the same time, we can maintain some sense of community even as we navigate this challenging situation.
It was a difficult decision to cancel after we had previously indicated that we were having service, but a variety of factors contributed to this change:
1. Schools have now been asked to close on Monday, indicating a heightened response by our state government.
2. We have now had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in central Ohio, which was not the case when we previously planned to meet.
3. We are increasingly concerned about our vulnerable populations and realize that we’re in a situation now where we can’t tell the difference between a run-of-the-mill cold and something more concerning, and our concern about inadvertently exposing one another to something potentially problematic became too significant to overlook.
4. As I continued to speak with other churches, it became clear that most of those I spoke to were canceling services. While that was not my initial reaction for this weekend, it became clear to me that following the biblical guidance that “there is wisdom in a multitude of counsel” necessitated erring on the side of caution and following the example of so many other churches.
I know some of you will be disappointed, and I am sorry if this decision disappoints you. I know some feel that we need to meet as a church now more than ever, and I’m very friendly toward that way of thinking. However, after considering all factors, this is the course of action I felt we needed to take in the best interest of everyone in our own church, as well as our community, state, and nation. We want to do our part to “flatten the curve.”
I love and appreciate all of you and hope to “see” you at 10 am on the livestream.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Update to Vineyard Pataskala’s Coronavirus Response
Dear Church Family,
I’m writing to confirm that we will be gathering for worship on Sunday morning at 10 am. Please read through the original Update to Vineyard Pataskala’s Coronavirus Response (see this below) that was posted on Facebook yesterday and sent in the weekly email today. Also, please give special attention to this update:
1. We are asking that anyone who is even mildly sick would please not attend Sunday’s service. We have provided (below) a link the Centers for Disease Control website that explains symptoms of coronavirus, but we are additionally asking that you not attend Sunday for any type of sickness. This is vitally important for the safety those who are not sick and the entire community.
2. We are asking that anyone with underlying health issues or a weakened immune system would please not attend Sunday’s service. This is for your own safety.
3. We are asking that older adults, who are considered at increased risk for the coronavirus, would strongly consider not attending Sunday’s service. We make this appeal out of love for you and in consideration of the advice that is being given by public authorities. The CDC indicates that those at increased risk are adults over 60 years of age.
Helpful information from the CDC can be found at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
For everyone who is unable to attend Sunday’s service, we will be livestreaming the service beginning at 10 am. You can use this link to access the livestream:
We are hopeful that anyone who is unable to attend in person, will join us for the livestream. This will enable you to remain engaged with your church family in a new way for however long these measures remain necessary.
Some additional important information:
1. Vineyard Kidswill meet on Sunday. We are not going to have the kids start out in the big room for worship, but instead all children will go directly to their individual classrooms. We are also reducing the number of toys available to kids (and therefore the number of surfaces), and sanitizing the toys that are available. While the best available information suggests children are not at risk, please use your own judgment about your kids involvement in children’s ministry.
2. Disruptions such as what we’re facing with the coronavirus can create significant challenges for church finances. We are asking that everyone remain committed to financial giving, even if you’re unable to physically attend services. You can give electronically through our website or mobile app, or mail checks to the church office. You can even give by text. Please call the church office if you need guidance on any of these methods of giving.
3. RESPONSE NEEDED: Finally, we are asking for help with disinfecting the church facility from 8-10 people for tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10 am. If you can help with this important work, please respond to this post and let us know, or private message me. It would be appreciated if I could know we have the needed help within the next couple hours.
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Let’s be faithful to keep this matter in prayer, help our friends and neighbors as we’re able, lift up our
local, state, and federal leaders in prayer. These are challenging times but God is good and in control!
Dear Church Family,
With all we’re seeing in the news regarding the coronavirus, the leaders of VCC want to provide you with information about how we as a church are responding. We hope this information will be helpful. On behalf of our church leadership, I want to share both spiritual guidance and tactical information. The spiritual guidance is about how all Christians should respond in moments of crisis. And the tactical information will include specific steps we’re taking in response to this situation.
How Christians Think About and Respond to Crises
1. We remember that our world is fallen and things are not the way they’re supposed to be.
Romans 8:22 says, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Troubles, threats, and crises are not viewed as exceptional, but are understood as simply part of life in a fallen world.
2. We remember that we are not in control, but we also remember that God is always in control.
Jesus asked in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” As Christians we have let go of the illusion that we’re in control. While we do what we can, we are not in control of the spread of the coronavirus or the economic impact it is having and will have on our economy. Christians are people who have made peace with the fact that very little is actually within our control. We are peace with this fact for a very specific reason: We know that God is in control, even when it doesn’t look like it to us. Psalm 103:19 declares, “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” We are at peace even when we’re not in control, because we know and belong to the One who is in control!
3. We remember that the coronavirus, and all sickness and death, will not be part of the kingdom of God! Eventually, God will restore all things to how they were supposed to be.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:1, “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” Christians live with a different view of life and death than what the rest of the world does. We live in the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” (John 11:25) We remember that great day that is written about in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” On that day, Jesus will make all things new (Rev. 21:5).
4. Because of our confidence in God and the promise of eternal life, we do not give in to fear.
2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us fearful, but gives us power, love, and self-control.”
5. In all circumstances, Christians pray.
Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
(Some information above was borrowed from Vineyard Columbus’ Response to the Coronavirus)
Tactical Information to Help Reduce Risk:
1. We will continue holding Sunday services, but use your own judgment regarding attendance
The state-imposed limit on gatherings larger than 100 people does not apply to religious gatherings, so we intend to continue having Sunday worship services. Please use your own judgment as to whether you should attend if you are in a vulnerable group. And we ask that anyone who is sick for any reason would please stay home until the sickness is over. Should there be mandated closings of services that did not exempt churches, we would cooperate with the recommendations.
2. We will discontinue meet-and-greet time during the service
3. We are asking that handshakes be discontinued and replaced by elbow bumps, nods, and warm “hellos”
Fist bumps pass less than 10% of the germs of a handshake, but germs are still passed. So for the time being, we’re suggesting that we replace handshakes (and fist bumps) with elbow bumps, nods, and friendly verbal greetings. This feels kind of silly to say, but the experts say this is an important effort in combating the spread of the virus.
4. We ask everyone to diligently follow the simple guidelines we all know to be helpful
Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cough into your arm rather than your hand. Be sure to always cover coughs. As already stated, stay home when sick. And please instruct children on these basic practices as well.
5. We will be diligently cleaning and disinfecting doorknobs and frequently touched surfaces, as well as toys in Vineyard Kids
If you are available to help with this cleaning/disinfecting effort, please call or email the church office and speak with Heather at either 740-927-3315 or
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the church office anytime. We will update as needed. Updates will be shared through congregational emails and the church’s Facebook group.