Coronavirus Update

All In-Person Gatherings Suspended

In place of our normal Sunday worship, join us online (no login required):

Sojourn Church Carlisle - Recorded service (Sunday mornings)
Sojourn Church East -
Recorded service (Sunday mornings) 
Sojourn Church J-Town -
Facebook service livestream (Sundays at 10am)
Sojourn Church Midtown -
Facebook service livestream (Sundays at 10am)
Sojourn Church New Albany -
Facebook service livestream (Sundays at 9am)

We'll post updates on this page, as well as through notifications via the Sojourn App

See below for more information

Dear Sojourners,

Across the history of the church, it has been necessary for the church to consider how and why it gathers. Persecution, at times, has led the church underground. We’ve heard stories of Christians in China baptizing in bathtubs, Christians in Africa halting services because of threats of violence against their villages, and much, much more.

At this moment, we face a unique crisis: a fast-spreading and still somewhat mysterious virus called the coronavirus. Health officials, both from the CDC and the Governor of Kentucky have discouraged churches from meeting because of the risk of infection from the serious and deadly disease it spreads.  

For this reason, based on the best information we’re aware of, we believe it prudent to cancel services this weekend in order to love our neighbors well and prevent the spread of disease.

We’re praying for doctors and nurses and first responders, that they would be able to care well for those who are sick. We’re also praying for those who are working night and day to find a vaccine. We invite you to join us.

There comes a time when “loving your neighbor” involves putting yourself at risk, as the church has historically done during plagues and outbreaks of leprosy. That time may well come for us. But for now, we’re submitting to the recommendations of our civil authorities and praying that the spread of the disease diminishes in the days to come.

Pray for those infected. Pray for those mentioned above who are at-risk. And pray for us as we continue to discuss what’s best for the church.  

Grace and peace,

The Lead Pastors of Sojourn Collective

March 12, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

We want to do our part to keep everyone safe in light of the coronavirus. We know that large gatherings of people increase the odds of exposure, and that some demographics, like older adults, are especially susceptible. We believe that the best way to love others and love our city right now is to suspend our events, which will help limit and slow exposure.
For now, we're suspending all in-person gatherings that meet on our grounds, with the only exception of some weddings and funerals. This includes large events, like Sunday services, and smaller events, like Bible studies. (Click here to learn about our plans for upcoming missions trips.)

In your other activities, such as work, errands, and time with friends, please act wisely. Take precautions when sharing food or interacting with higher-risk populations, like older adults.

We will continue to keep this page updated. We will also provide notifications through the Sojourn App.
As Christians, we believe that God is always in control. He instructs us never to worry about tomorrow, but to trust him in all things. He protects us from many dangers we see and many dangers we don't. Our job is to act in wisdom, without fear.

Making a decision about the coronavirus is difficult because the news changes each day. We can never know with certainty what the right choice is. But in this case, we believe the wisest choice is to err on the side of caution. If we gathered together at an event, we would be increasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus - maybe to someone who is already in poor health. We want to minimize that risk.

For more information about the coronavirus, see these pages from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
We'll be providing online service options. See above for more info.
Any time we have to take safety precautions, it's easy to become worried. This worry can multiply when those precautions affect our daily routines. The reality is that we don't need to be worried - our God is good, loving, and in control. However, here are some practical steps you can take to combat anxiety:

  1. Just because we're not gathering together doesn't mean we're not a church anymore. Stay connected. Your church family is still available. Take steps to reach out, share your worries with others, and help bear their burdens in return.
  2. Remember that God loves to hear our prayers. He instructs us to give him all our anxieties. Take time to pray alone and with your friends and family.
  3. Think about what opportunities God may be giving you right now. If your daily routine is disrupted and you're home more often, it may be a chance for you to rest, spend time with the Lord, or care for a friend or neighbor.
Right now, we don't have any special plans for taking action together. However, we will be carefully considering the best way to step in as opportunities come our way.

We encourage you to be in prayer for our world, especially for healthcare professionals and for those who need treatment. Keep your eyes open to ways the Lord may be calling you to use your time, resources, and gifts to meet needs around you.
If you have needs related to employment, housing, food, or more, check out our list of resources here.

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