Guidelines for Phase 1 of reopening First Baptist Church Start May 31st, 2020 Limited Public Services (11:00 a.m.)
· Please remember, any time we congregate, there is risk.
· General Building Guidelines
o Pre-service and post service- Church cleaned and sanitized
o Masks are welcome, but not required
o Hand Sanitizer will be available as you walk into the sanctuary
o Please stay home if you are symptomatic, or if you are running a fever
o We will not pass the offering plate. There will be a box in the foyer for giving purposes.
o Please enter and exit through the main front doors, in front of the building. (They will be open for you so you will not have to touch them, and please do your best not to touch them.)
o Please maintain proper social distancing as you enter and exit the building, including the parking lot.
o There will be no access to the children’s area, and we will not have nursery in any form.
o The sanctuary will be sectioned off to aid physical distancing- family units sit together, one family unit per pew section
o Restrooms and drinking fountains are available but we recommend only using them if absolutely necessary. (Please limit to 1 at a time if possible.)
· Sunday Worship Guidelines
o We will have one 1-hour service on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. (This will still be livestreamed for the those who are at home.)
o No nursery or choir
o No evening service or Sunday school at this time
o Overflow room will be available in the fellowship hall if needed.
o No hymnal usage, all the words will be on the screen.
o Instead of physically greeting, we encourage a wave and a smile rather than hugs and handshakes
o Communion is postponed at this time
o Bulletins will be found in each pew section.
o Sanctuary will be dismissed by row from back to front by an usher.
· Wednesday nights (starting June 3)
o There will be no children’s’ programs for the foreseeable future.
o Family prayer meeting will be in the Sanctuary for proper physical distancing.
· Your Responsibility
o Do not come if you have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus.
o Do not come if you do not want to risk exposure to yourself or family members.
o Do not feel guilty if you choose not to come.
o Do not feel awkward if you choose to wear a mask and gloves.
o We are opening up services in this manner because:
§ Many want to worship together.
§ We are each free to make our own decisions concerning ourselves and our families.
§ Opening up the church does not require anyone’s attendance.
Be gracious. Not everyone thinks or feels the same concerning all the issues surrounding this time. Different people will take different approaches. We should allow each other this freedom and not criticize some for being “too risky” or some for being “too cautious.” We should not force our personal standards on others. Also, try not to be afraid to politely ask others not to be so close. It is ok.
We will continue to work on our Operating Procedures as we phase into the next aspects of public worship. Please be in prayer for wisdom for Pastor Tim and the deacons as they navigate this time.
A few other things to note:
1. Pastor Tim has been in contact with the County health department and the Emergency manager for Baca county.
2. The decision to open at this time is based off of the date of expiration of the safer at home order and the opening of consumer and retail services as well as office buildings,
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Tim or one of the deacons directly. They will be happy to address any concerns you may have.