- COVID-19 Response
- Giving Online
- Who We Are
- 'On the Go' Running Group
- Yoga Ministry
- Life Groups
With the continued progression of COVID 19 and the associated recommendations and cancellations in our community, the Church Council has determined it would be best to cancel in-person worship services for this Sunday 15 March. We will be preparing content to share online for worship at home this Sunday. We do not cancel our in-person service lightly, but do so out of an abundance of caution and a feeling of obligation to those in our church family most likely to be impacted.
In addition, we will be modifying or canceling a number of other events and programs for a time, until we better can determine the safety of our congregation and the continuation of these programs. The Council will continue to monitor this situation and notify the church community throughout the rapid changes in recommendations from the health community including the WHO, CDC and the Chester County Health Department.
I have captured some of the impacted programs in a list below. If your program, group, or event is not listed, please consider the health and safety of the participants in determining how to proceed. We feel a particular calling to provide for the food insecure and will work diligently to continue those programs through this difficult period.
Programs, services, and events impacted:
• Worship Services/Sunday Life Groups -- Canceled for Sunday 15 March
• Children and Youth programming -- Canceled for this weekend
• Church Office -- Open today and regular office hours until further notice
• Small group meetings -- Defer to the judgment of the individuals and groups
• Breakfast/Brunch ministries -- Continue with adjustments for increased vigilance on health and safety procedures for those serving and those being served
As mentioned earlier, we are preparing to provide a brief worship experience through BCWC's Facebook page -- a devotional thought, scripture reading, music, etc.
The Council will continue to meet by telephone conferencing and consider the most current information and recommendations from the health authorities. We will provide additional updates to you when changes are required. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you as we all work to discern God's voice and leading as we respond to this crisis.
If you have specific concerns about your activities and responsibilities during this time, please reach out to the church staff, the pastors and me. If you have any specific needs or prayer concerns, please reach out as well. We will be glad to help.
If you have interest in assisting with breakfast or brunch ministries during this time, we could use your assistance. Please reach out to me, Bill Moyer, and/or Glen Stuart to make arrangements.
Further communications will be forthcoming next week as we continue to respond to rapid changes impacting our community.
Our thanks and prayers,
Devyn Colson, Church Council Moderator
Who We Are
When you walk through the doors of our building, you will encounter our church, the people of God. We are a growing community of young and old, well-off and not-so-well-off, singles and families, college students and retirees, reaching out for Jesus.
While our worship style may not be fixed from week to week, the content of our worship is. The content of our worship is the gospel. We proclaim the gospel through our worship by celebrating God’s mighty deeds of salvation.
Our mission at the Baptist Church of West Chester is transforming lives through Christ by building positive connections in a diverse community.
Our core values include Christ Centered Living, Unbiased Hospitality, Responsive Service, and Authentic Community.
'On the Go' Running Group
BCWC On the Go is our congregation's running group.
In the past, we've particpated in the Race for Refugees to riase awareness and funding for the support of reguees around the world, the Chester County Color 5K to raise awareness and funds to help combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Chester County, and the Insane Inflatable 5K.
To get involved e-mail Pastor Zach.
There are many opportunities for spiritual formation at BCWC.
The foundation of all the opportunities is our belief that we seek to grow in our relationship with God not for our own sake, but for the sake of others.
Below are Life Groups meeting for Spring 2019:
Wired Word: Look at today's headlines through the eyes of Scripture.
Contact: Boyd Myers
Parenting Together: Come alongside other parents, share goals, experiences, and your faith journey.
Contact: Barb Myers
Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament: Apply time-tested words from the Books of Wisdom
Contact: Jim Layton
Food For Thought:
Contact: Allie Neilson and Emily Jeffries
Friday Night: 3rd Friday of the Month
Contact: Caron Cramer