COVID-19
Our Action Plan

*Update June 1, 2020

Please watch the video above for the most recent update regarding regathering.

*Update May 27, 2020

Please watch the video below for regathering protocols and considerations.

*Update May 20, 2020

Based on favorable trends in the San Antonio area, the VBVF Board of Elders has voted to reopen our church building for limited public activities beginning June 6, 2020. Weekly worship services at the VBVF building will resume on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 5:30 PM, and on Sunday June 7, 2020, at 10:30 AM. Additionally, the VBVF Tuesday night Bible study in Ephesians will resume meeting on June 9, 2020, at 7:00 PM. Please note there will be no children’s church or childcare services offered at these services. The resumption of other ministry activities and events, including youth ministry and children’s ministry, is under consideration and may be announced at a later time. In the meantime, all VBVF online streaming services will continue uninterrupted.

These reopening dates should be considered tentative and subject to change at anytime, depending on changes in local conditions. We will provide more details on attending our weekend services in an upcoming video announcement to be released during the week of May 25th.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@vbvf.org.

* Update May 8, 2020

Since late March, we’ve all endured restrictions made necessary in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, we’re eager to resume our normal lives, including gathering in a church building for worship, teaching and fellowship. We believe that day is coming soon, but it’s not here yet.

For now VBVF continues to conduct all our ministries online only to protect the health of our body and our community. We welcome you to participate in our weekly worship services on Sundays at 10:30 AM and our midweek Adult Bible Study in Ephesians on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. Both events are streamed live on our livestream page. To watch or listen to previous lessons of any of our Bible studies, visit Verse By Verse Ministry International here.

Small groups are also meeting virtually, and we distribute online versions of our Children’s and Youth ministry lessons as well as our weekly Ladies’ Bible Study. For more information on these services, please contact info@vbvf.org.

When will VBVF resume in-person gatherings?

VBVF will move toward in-person worship services and other ministry events once the City of San Antonio lifts prohibitions on public gatherings and after we determine that we can conduct meetings in a safe and edifying way.

Opening our building to public meetings involves weighing risks and assuming new burdens. First, we must ensure the safety of those who enter our facility, especially our staff and volunteers who must interact with hundreds of people in the course of their weekly service. Preparing the facility and our people for this challenge requires developing new procedures, and this effort will take some time.

Secondly, we must review the conditions the government may impose on church gatherings. We anticipate the state or city will impose limitations on crowd size, requirements for wearing masks and/or social distancing, among other limitations. While we understand the need for such restrictions, we worry they may rob the gathering of its biblical value and much of its joy. Therefore, depending on the nature of the government restrictions, VBVF may delay in-person services for several weeks or longer until these measures have been lifted.

Ultimately, each individual/family will decide when the time is right to resume attending in-person church services, and we honor and respect everyone’s personal decision. To ensure everyone can stay connected to our body, we will continue offering online ministry in its current form even after we resume in-person meetings.

Our next update will be published on May 19th, at which point we hope to set a specific date to resume in-person weekly services. We will post the update on this webpage and through Facebook, Instagram and via our email distribution list. Please check back at that time to get the latest information.

If you have questions about this policy or anything else at VBVF, please contact us at info@vbvf.org. If you have prayer needs, please send your prayer request to prayer@vbvf.org.

Our priority is to maintain your health and safety. As the situation develops we may send out communication and guidance over email. Please use the link below to make sure that you’re able to receive these updates.