Green Castle Baptist Church COVID-19 Funeral Procedures

Greetings Green Castle Baptist Church Family,

GCBC’s Leadership Team and staff are committed to continuing to minister to the needs of every family with excellence, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will use the following visitation and funeral procedures to serve and protect the health and well-being all family members in the event we have a death in the GCBC family.



Ministering to a bereaved family is still one of our priorities and it is our desire that we minister and protect simultaneously.  To comply with Governor Andy Beshear’s Executive Orders, and guidelines from the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, Inc., we will adhere to the following guidelines for visitation and funeral procedures, until further notice:


Procedures if the funeral director/home provides support for services held at GCBC:


1).       Visitations and Funerals:      All Funeral Visitations, Funeral Services, and Burials/Committal Services must be PRIVATE EVENTS for the closest of family ONLY.

  • Please note, there will be no visitations.

2).   Service Recordings:   We will record the entire funeral and make available no more than 25 DVD’s if requested.
 

3).   Repast:    The church will provide up to 70 servings of food for the immediate family, but the food will be delivered to the home of whomever the family identifies as the Primary Contact.  There will be no repast held at Green Castle Baptist Church until further notice.   

 

 

Procedures if the funeral director/home provides DOES NOT support for services held at GCBC:


1).       Visitations and Funerals:   Families should contact their preferred funeral home/director for guidance on the service they will render. GCBC may be able to provide eulogy and music related support, if the funeral directors permit.

2).   Repast:    The church will provide up to 70 servings of food for the immediate family, but the food will be delivered to the home of whomever the family identifies as the Primary Contact.  There will be no repast held at Green Castle Baptist Church until further notice.

 

It breaks our hearts that we have to celebrate home-goings in a manner that is not consistent with our church and cultural traditions. More importantly, our hearts and prayers are with every family that may experience bereavement(s) under these conditions.


Please continue to pray for the lives that have already been lost during this pandemic and the changes.  We pray these families find comfort and strength in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the words within Psalms 121, my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, indeed he who watches over Israel will neither sleep nor slumber.   


Our Lord and Savior is still on the throne! 

 

May God’s grace and peace abide with you,

 

Rev. James R. Pitts
Pastor