When will BGCC REopen?

As you've probably heard the governor has indicated that Kentucky churches should be permitted to hold their first Sunday services on May 24th and we are thrilled! The staff, elders, and I have been discussing reopening plans and are working to make sure that when we reopen we will do everything in our power to keep people healthy at worship. We have already begun making some changes that will allow us to resume in-person worship and also still offer livestreaming for those who will need to continue "attending online" for the foreseeable future.


We are reviewing the current CDC guidelines for churches and are waiting for the governor to release additional guidance for Kentucky churches. One thing we know is that we will have to limit our attendance in worship. This is why we will be hosting more than one worship service and will ticket each of these events. Don't worry, the tickets will be free, they're simply a way for us to control the size of the worship service to comply with social distancing guidelines. Details on how to reserve your seat will be released when we finalize everything.


Additionally when we resume worshiping together we will have to maintain social distancing. This will mean things like coffee service, passing communion or offering, handing out bulletins, will all be paused. The plan now is for communion to either be placed on the seats ahead of time or on several tables throughout the WOC. Sunday school classes and Kids' Place programming will also remain paused until further notice. Don't worry, we'll continue to offer our online programs for youth until we can resume a more normal schedule.


We remain committed to complying with recommended guidelines for everyone's safety and it may take a little time for us to get everything in place. Prior to this announcement our plan had been to resume services on June 3rd. We're now working to open by May 24th but may need more time to get everything in place. 


We will be keeping everyone in the loop as our reopening date draws near - no one is more eager for us to resume meetings than we are! Please be patient with us and pray for us as we work to do church in a different way. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the church office

Local Resources

Below is a link to a guide of resources for the Bowling Green/Warren County area compiled by our ministry partners at HOTEL INC:

SOKY-Resources.pdf

Virtual Programming Update (April 23, 2020)

Opportunities For Staying Connected

  • Join the church Facebook “BGCC Friends & Family” group (join by visiting our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BGChristianChurch) this is where we’re posting prayer requests and ZOOM meeting information.
  • Send in your prayer requests! Do that through the app by clicking “Sundays” and then “Connection Card” or by emailing them into office@bowlinggreenchristian.org
  • Call the church office if you need to talk. We are not staffing the office in person, but we’re still answering the phones! If we miss your call you can use the directory to be connected to a particular staff member on their cell.
  • Meet with your community group or Sunday school class online! You can set up a free ZOOM account and meet online!


Sunday Nights We’re Hosting Kids’ Place & Student Ministry Meetings on ZOOM

  • 4:00 we’ll host a meeting for kindergarten - 3rd graders. The meeting details for these events will be posted in the “BGCC Kids’ Place Parents” group on our Facebook page.
  • 5:00 we’ll host a meeting for Bridge (4th & 5th graders). The meeting details for these events will be posted in the in the “BGCC Bridge Parents” group on our Facebook page.
  • 6:00 we’ll host a meeting for Middle School (6th-8th graders). The meeting details for these events will be posted in the in the “BGCC Middle School Parents” group on our Facebook page.
  • 7:00 we’ll host a meeting for High School. The meeting details for these events will be posted in the in the “BGCC High School Parents” group on our Facebook page.


Don’t Miss Out On Other Virtual BGCC Events!

  • Like our Facebook Page or Instagram Account where we’ll be sharing information about upcoming events and ideas about holding on to hope during this uncertain time.
  • Join us Sundays when we go LIVE on Facebook or YouTube. Every Sunday morning we’ll be hosting virtual worship services. You can tune in our your phone, computer, or smart TV. Just go to our Facebook Page or YouTube Channel and look for the red LIVE button. If you miss a live service, you can always watch it later as we’re archiving all our services.

BGCC & COVID-19 Update (March 13, 2020)

The eldership and staff have been praying a lot about this situation. We have also been monitoring the local situation, including the school closings (which were announced about the same time we made our announcement), and have heard from others within our church leadership about their concerns for ministry during this unique time. After a lot of listening and more prayer, we have decided to host only a live stream service this Sunday and next. 


This means that there will be no on campus worship for the next two Sundays. You will be able to watch a live streamed service on Facebook. The service will be live at 10:30AM and will then be archived so it can be viewed at a later time, simply go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BGChristianChurch) and click either on the “Live” button or the “Videos” button to tune in.


There is a lot we don’t know, but we are confident that God is in control and will remain in control. We also know that many people are afraid and need extra reassurance during this time. We as Christians have an opportunity to be a beacon of hope during this confusing time. So, let your neighbors know that you are praying for them. 


If you’ve been to Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, or any other store you know there is heightened anxiety. The news tells us that things will get worse and our toilet paper supply is limited. Everyone sometimes needs to unplug and get some heavenly perspective. This is why we will be opening up our building as a place for sacred space during the week. The details are being finalized, but we will have "socially distanced" chairs throughout the auditorium, some singles, some in pairs, and some set for a family. In the auditorium we will simply have a quiet and reflective atmosphere available to you. We’ll normally have quiet music playing with some scripture readings interspersed throughout so you can focus on what God is trying to say. 


The purpose of this is to hold open some sacred space for you and our community to escape from the fear and the news to draw closer to the comfort of God. Obviously, you don’t have to come in to draw closer to God; you can do that anywhere. You could do that at home if your TV would turn off, the news would stop playing, your phone would stop beeping, and if the dishes would do themselves. You could do that at home, but it’s probably easier to do at the church building. This is why we are holding open this sacred space for you to come. Maybe leave your phone in the car, and focus only on God. We’ll send out more details about this by Sunday.


We have a unique role during this season of pointing people to our hope in Jesus. So, don’t get caught up in the pandemic or panic-demic (and we have both), instead be caught up in God’s goodness. People will be asking questions, big questions during this time, and we are available to help answer those questions. Maybe you’re asking big questions and need someone to talk with, if so we are keeping the office open. Simply email office@bowlinggreenchristian.org or call us (270) 842-6231 to make an appointment to speak with a minister or elder.

BGCC & COVID-19 Update (March 12, 2020)

COVID-19 has taken the world by surprise and has spread across the globe at an alarming rate. People, governments, and organizations are all working on how to best combat this disease. Even with this growing threat we are not afraid because we find strength and hope in Jesus. We agree with words of Psalm 91:4-6 (NIrV):

He will cover you with his wings. Under the feathers of his wings you will find safety. 

He is faithful. He will keep you safe like a shield or a tower. 

You won’t have to be afraid of the terrors that come during the night. 

You won’t have to fear the arrows that come at you during the day. 

You won’t have to be afraid of the sickness that attacks in the darkness.


We are not afraid, but we are prepared. The elders and staff believe that our role as a church is continue to share this message of hope that brings us peace in Christ. We are taking additional preparations and precautions to continue offering our Sunday 10:30AM worship service and Kids’ Place programming, but we are canceling 9:00AM Sunday school and all Sunday night programs.


If you decide to stay home this Sunday we will be streaming our worship service on the church Facebook page. You can watch simply by going to our Facebook Page and clicking on the live button at 10:30. We’ll also archive the video for you to watch later. We’ve wanted to do this for some time but now it will be available to allow people to worship with us from home. If you or a family member are considered high risk for this disease (i.e. adults over 60, those with a weakened immune system or other chronic health concerns) we encourage you to stay home and take advantage of this online service.


Please, if you come this Sunday…

  • Greet others in services with a smile and a wave rather than a handshake
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Cover your sneezes & coughs
  • Grab a communion cup as you enter service as we will not be passing the trays
  • We will not be passing the offering but will have ushers with bags for the offering


This situation is changing fast, so please keep an eye out for updates from us in our app, on our Facebook Page, and via email. We will continue monitoring the situation and post updates about our service changes when they occur. We also ask that you monitor your own health and stay home if you are not feeling well, even if you’re volunteering!


Please be praying for those who are ill and affected with this illness and for those medical workers who are battling it. Take comfort knowing that Christ is with you and that he guards your very soul. This will pass, He will remain!