Dear Kentucky Disciples,
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky: three from Harrison County, two in Fayette County, and one in Jefferson County. While the number of confirmed cases in Kentucky is expected to grow, we can take steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.

As communities of faith, we gather for worship, fellowship, and mission. We are naturally in close proximity to each other, and many members of our communities are among the most vulnerable to the disease. While cancelling worship services and other gatherings may not be necessary at this point, we should take precautions to ensure the health and safety of those who worship and serve with us.
The easiest way to prevent the spread of the disease is to practice good hygiene.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer after you have been in a public place. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If your congregation practices communion by intinction, consider using a different practice for the time being.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Pay special attention to the top of the communion table and the area where communion is prepared.
  • Provide nitrile or other gloves for those who prepare communion and for those who count offering. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with gloved hands. Dispose of used gloves immediately.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze.
  • You might consider having hand sanitizer available in the worship area or sanctuary, possibly in the hymnal racks.
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you have to be out when you are sick, such as to seek medical care, wear a facemask.
As communities of faith committed to welcoming all, we often extend to one another the right hand of Christian fellowship. Personally, I will continue to shake the hand that is offered to me, and when receiving folks after a service, I will shake everyone’s hand who wishes. However, I am being more attentive.
When shaking hands, especially with several people in succession, I am careful to keep my hands away from my eyes, nose, and mouth until I have had a chance to wash my hands or use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should be available in your congregation’s narthex or gathering area.
Older persons and people with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure, or other chronic major medical conditions are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. If anyone feels it is unsafe for them to be in a gathering of people, find ways to help these saints among us stay connected with the community. Encourage people to make decisions on the basis of their health and safety.
At , you can stay informed about the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky and about recommended precautions. Resources are also available through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) .
As the church, we are called to be communities of faith, of welcome, and of healing. By responding to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 in an informed and compassionate manner, we fulfill our calling.