In recent days, our staff and Church Council have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic and prayerfully considering the best way for our church to respond. We want you to know that we are asking God’s guidance on how we can combine faithfulness to God in our ministries while also protecting our people, community, and world. This page contains the most up-to-date information on our response to this quickly developing situation.
Video from Pastor Larry:
Worship services and all other events cancelled (or moved online) for the foreseeable future:
With the State of Emergency declared by Dallas County and its ban on large gatherings of people, we are canceling all in-person church activities, including the VRBC Weekday Preschool, for the foreseeable future.
While we are sad we will not be gathering together in person, we do have lots of great opportunities for you to continue to Worship, Grow, Serve and Invite, and to stay connected to the church family! See below for details.
We know this is an anxious time. As someone has said, we want to PRAY and PREPARE but not PANIC. Remember the words of 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. Let’s pray for one another as God encourages and strengthens us in the coming days.
Live Streaming Information
Online Giving and VRBC Benevolence
Even though we won’t be physically together, we encourage you to continue your generous giving that allows us to make an impact in our community. You can give online at vrbc.net/give or on the VRBC app. You can also mail your contribution to Valley Ranch Baptist Church, 1501 East Belt Line Road, Coppell, Texas. 75019. If you need assistance with online giving, please contact the finance office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that in this time of uncertainty, some may be struggling financially. If that’s the case for you or someone you know in the church, please let us know. We can connect you with our community ministry partners that provide great assistance, and with our deacons, who administer a benevolence program that serves regular attenders of VRBC. For more information, please email Amy Wilkins at email@example.com.
For additional resources to assist you if your job or financial security have been negatively impacted, please click here.
During this season, all adult Grow Groups will host their gatherings online using a platform called Zoom beginning Sunday, March 22. This is a great way for us to continue to Dig, Build, and Train together even when we can’t be physically together! Your group leader will provide the details for your group, which will include a link to join your group’s Zoom meeting, and a 9-digit Meeting ID.
To prepare for your group, you’ll be able to access the sermon notes and Grow Group questions online at vrbc.net/live, or as always on the VRBC app, beginning each Friday.
Food for Struggling Families
Metrocrest Services, one of VRBC’s local mission partners, is seeing a significant increase in families seeking assistance through their food pantry and needs additional volunteer support. If you would like to assist in their pantry, and are not in an at-risk category, please go online to set up your profile and sign up for a shift. You can do so by clicking here. Pantry hours are currently Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (subject to change). In an effort to keep volunteers safe, please know that additional precautionary hygiene measures have been added.
Food for the Homeless
Volunteers are needed to assemble and distribute “to go” meals for the homeless in South Dallas, where our sister church Cornerstone is seeing a 50% increase in demand. They ask individuals who are healthy and not in the “high risk” category to consider providing some time to assist. Please click here to sign up to volunteer at the Cornerstone Kitchen. It is important that all volunteers sign up to make sure we do not go over the maximum number of individuals allowed by the City of Dallas to gather in one place.
PLEASE NOTE: Effective immediately, the Cornerstone Clothes Closet and Showers will be closed until the ban is lifted.
Be A Good Neighbor
There are lots of ways you can serve those around you. Click here for some ideas for individuals and families, as well as a card you can deliver to neighbors’ doorsteps to learn of ways you can serve their specific needs.
We know that several at VRBC have already lost jobs or income during this difficult time. We want to pray for you and to care for you. Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live-streaming our worship services now provides us with new opportunities to reach people who may never have walked through our doors before. We encourage you to invite others through word of mouth, email or social media!
Share the Good News!
With the prevalence of so much bad news and ongoing uncertainty these days, many are more aware of their need for the peace and hope that comes from following Jesus. Be on the lookout for opportunities where the Holy Spirit might be leading you to share with someone about the difference following Jesus has made in your life!