Hello Church friends and family!
Navigating these months has stretched all of us quite a bit and yet, through God’s grace, we have persevered and continue to thrive as a body of believers. I’m so thankful for everyone who has helped make this possible—from our advisory council to small group leaders to volunteers and prayer warriors. It is a TEAM effort and our church has stepped up to the challenges in so many amazing ways.
After much prayer, listening to the recent orders from our state leadership, interfacing with healthcare professionals, and communicating with our church council, we believe that we are ready to head into PHASE 2 of our reopening strategy on July 5th.
Changes coming in Phase 2 on July 5th:
• In-person nursery for those 6 and younger on Sundays during the 11:00am service
• An in-person prayer meeting option on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm in the sanctuary
It is our hope that in offering a nursery, those families with young children who desire to meet in-person, will be able to do so. Older children are free to join their families in the sanctuary during this phase. Please be aware that our children’s workers have put together a comprehensive plan to keep the areas used for the nursery safe, clean, and compliant with regulations and best practices.
It is our hope that in adding the in-person prayer meeting option on Wednesday nights that those who are craving more in-person and intimate fellowship with other believers can take advantage of such in a safe and meaningful way.
Important reminders during Phase 2
• Online options will still be available on Facebook for Sunday mornings at 11:00am (the recording of which will be placed on our church’s website www.crystalspringbc.com)
• An online prayer meeting will still take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for those who would prefer to meet that way. This option will take the form of a pre-recorded video and/or live ZOOM meetings as possible.
• The governor is still mandating that facemasks be worn for in-person gatherings and we ask that you help us be compliant with these order for each other’s well-being and for an effective witness to our community (those with breathing conditions and young children are not required to wear masks).
• It is very important that everyone who attends in-person either on Wednesday night or Sunday morning to pay special attention to posted signage and do their best to follow special directions as, again, we cultivate a safe place and promote and effective witness before others.
As always, we do not want anyone to feel pressured to meet in-person just because an option is available to do so. Those with preexisting conditions, those who are high risk, and those with other concerns should continue to refrain from gathering in-person. Please use wisdom and discretion. This is also why we will continue to offer online options for those who for these reasons, and others, would prefer to stay at home and participate virtually.
Frequently Asked Questions:
• What if I still do not feel comfortable attending in-person/have a preexisting condition/or am especially high risk?
The last thing we want is for anyone to feel pressured into doing something they do not feel comfortable doing as it pertains to in-person meetings during this process (especially for those most at risk). We are totally understanding of those who might not be ready to join us for a service physically when things begin to reopen. This is why during the process of reopening we will still be providing online options for people to view what is happening in-person (i.e. Facebook Live, video recordings on our website, Zoom meetings, etc.).
• What will be different when we attend in-person?
To ensure social distancing and to minimize physical contact when we initially open on Sunday mornings, pews will be marked (see signage below) to keep families together while maintaining the proper distance from other congregants. This will ensure that no parties are directly behind or beside each other during the worship service. Also, instead of passing the offering plate, people will be able to drop off their offerings/donations on their way in or out of the sanctuary in one centralized location. Someone will also be holding the door open before and after the service so that attendees do not have to use handles and frequently touched surfaces. Additionally, frequently used places and surfaces will be carefully wiped down with appropriate cleaners so before and after each service.
• Should I wear a facemask when I decide to attend?
The governor has required that facemasks be worn for in-person gatherings. That said, those with breathing conditions and children under 10 years of age are not required to wear a mask.
• Will the restrooms be available?
The only services being held in Phase 2 in person are the 11:00am service on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary and the in-person prayer meeting on Wednesday night in the same space. Both of these services lasts around an hour. We ask people to plan accordingly and to, as much as possible, refrain from using the bathroom facilities during this phase. That said, the restrooms adjacent to the foyer will be available if/when necessary.
• How are decisions being made for the church concerning which phase we are in/moving to?
The advisory council in concert with Pastor Jeffrey Dickson is looking at state regulations, medical professionals, and advice given by the SBCV for guidance. After careful deliberation, consultation, and prayer, this team is determining what makes the best sense for our church as we navigate this process. If/when changes occur, new executive orders are released, or new threats emerge, this will be communicated in a timely manner with the church. They appreciate your prayers for wisdom and are available if you have questions/considerations. For the best and most up-to-the-date information, see our church’s website at www.crystalspringbc.com.
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