COVID-19 Worship Guidelines

We here at Boiling Springs Baptist Church wish to share with you some updated guidelines and recommendations as we continue to worship together in person. We have updated our face mask policy and our social-distancing policy after many months of diligence. Thank you for helping us out over the past few months. The updated guidelines are also mandatory if you are renting our Fellowship Hall. We will be updating this page often as Pastor Joey and the Deacons continue to lead us during the pandemic. Here are our COVID-19 guidelines: 

Guidelines for All Services

  • It is now optional if you wish to wear a face mask during our Worship Services. If you come to our church and still wish to wear a face mask and do not have one with you we still have them available for you to use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that is you are not vaccinated that you should still wear a face mask, but we are now leaving the decision up to you if you wish to wear a face mask (of course if you have been around someone or you have COVID-19 you definitely need to stay home). 

  • ​We are aware that there are still churches in our area who are requiring reservations to attend their indoor Worship Services right now. We do not require a reservation to attend our Sunday Morning Worship Services and do not plan to start. Everyone is welcome to join us like we have always in the past. 

  • We have fully reopened our Sanctuary. You will no longer be required to social-distance during any of our Worship Services.  

  • No food or drinks are allowed in the Sanctuary and this is a long standing policy that predates COVID-19. The only exceptions to this policy is for Communion and if someone needs a bottle of water while leading a service. Examples of this would be someone preaching, teaching, and if we were taking communion. 

  • Our Van Ministry will continue to be suspended at least through the summer months of 2021 due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you need transportation to church you need to contact Pastor Joey or one of the Deacons (their phone numbers are on the home page of our website) and they will be happy to discuss an arrangement for you to attend our Worship Services. We will announce via our website and Facebook when our Van Ministry resumes. 

  • If you have COVID-19 (and have not been tested negative since receiving a positive test and/or have completed 14 days of self-quarantine), have been near someone who has COVID-19, or are sick in general, we ask that you stay home and view our Services on YouTube. 

  • Also if you have COVID-19 and have attended a service here at Boiling Springs, you need to immediately contact Pastor Joey and the Deacons so our members can begin quarantining and can be tested for COVID-19. Their phone numbers are on the home page of our website. If this were to happen it is possible that we would have a two week window without any services (remember that our digital services during the months of April and May of 2020 were pre-recorded as we do not have the ability to "live-stream." The availability of digital services in this scenario would be dependent on negative COVID-19 tests on our digital service team.).

  • We do have some face masks here at the church if you were to forget to bring your own and wish to wear one during one of our Worship Services.  

  • We will have hand sanitizer available and we recommend that you use it.

  • Our in-door restrooms are open. Do remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds after using the restroom or if you have just used a tissue/sneezed.  

  • Our Water Fountains are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please remember that drinks are not allowed in the Sanctuary. 

  • We now have our pew bibles back in our pews beginning this Sunday July 25, 2021. However, it is always a good idea to bring your Bible to church so you can study the scriptures that you learned while you attended church services.. 

  • We are still not currently handing out bulletins during our Sunday Morning Worship Service due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However we still have our announcement PowerPoint that will repeat each Sunday before Worship Service begins on our screen like we did before the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, so you will be able to get announcements for the week before our Worship Services. Also remember that announcements are always available on our website.  Note: The Bulletin will be coming back in the next few weeks, so be looking out for its return. 

  • Remember to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. This is even more important now that face masks are optional. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and your hands need to be washed.

 

Guidelines for Events in our Fellowship Hall

  • It is now optional if you wish to wear a face mask during our Worship Services. If you come to our church and still wish to wear a face mask and do not have one with you we still have them available for you to use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that is you are not vaccinated that you should still wear a face mask, but we are now leaving the decision up to you if you wish to wear a face mask (of course if you have been around someone or you have COVID-19 you definitely need to stay home). 

  • We will have hand sanitizer available and we recommend that you use it.

  • Our in-door restrooms will be open. Do remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds after using the restroom or if you have just used a tissue/sneezed.  

  • Our Water Fountains are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please remember if you go upstairs while attending an event in our Fellowship Hall that we do not allow drinks inside our Sanctuary. Thank you for your help. 

  • Remember to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and your hands need to be washed.

  • If you have COVID-19 (and have not been tested negative since receiving a positive test and/or have completed 14 days of self-quarantine), have been near someone who has COVID-19, or are sick in general, we ask that you please not attend any events in our Fellowship Hall at this time. 

  • Also if you have COVID-19 and have attended a event in our Fellowship Hall here at Boiling Springs, you need to immediately contact Pastor Joey and the Deacons so our members can begin quarantining and can be tested for COVID-19. If you are visiting us we especially need you to please help us if you have been in our church building with COVID-19 so we can inform our congregation of any possible exposure to COVID-19 that they might have had and so we can clean.  Their phone numbers are on the home page of our website. If this were to happen it is possible that we have a two week window without any services as if someone  (remember that our digital services during the months of April and May were pre-recorded as we do not have the ability to "live-stream." The availability of digital services in this scenario would be dependent on negative COVID-19 tests on our digital service team.).

Guidelines for Sunday School

  • Sunday School will be resuming on Sunday August 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM like it has traditionally been held. 

  • Most of our classes will be meeting in their regular meeting places, however there are going to be two classes temporarily meeting elsewhere.

  • The Clay Class will temporary be meeting in our Sanctuary when we resume on August 1st.

  • Also the PathFinders will temporary be meeting in our Fellowship Hall when we resume on August 1st. 

  • We will be using the Spring 2020 Quarterlies during the month of August. Beginning in September we will have the Fall 2021 Quarterly for you to use. 

  • Like our other Worship Services, face masks will not be required during Sunday School. 

  • We will be locking the doors to the Sanctuary at 10:15 AM for Sunday School. There will be someone at the door to let you in if you come after that time, but we really want to encourage everyone to be here by 10:00 AM for Sunday School so our teachers have as much time as they need for their lessons. 

  • The Sanctuary doors will be unlocked for Worship Service at 10:45 AM each Sunday (they will be unlocked at 10:40 AM on Sunday August 1, 2021 due to Sunday School ending earlier that day).

  • Food and Drink will be allowed in all Sunday School Classes except for the Clay Class (as food/drink is not allowed in the Sanctuary).  

  • Our Sunday Morning Prayer Room will also resume on Sunday August 1, 2021 at 9:30 AM in the Closer Walk Classroom (face mask are not required for Prayer Room). 

  • Sunday School will start at 10:00 AM and last until 10:50 AM. However on Sunday August 1, 2021 we will be ending Sunday School at 10:45 AM due to the Deacon Election that will held be during our Worship Service and our BBQ Chicken Celebration Lunch that will following our Worship Service. Beginning Sunday August 8, 2021 we will be resuming our normal end time for Sunday School. 

  • All of our classes will be sprayed down with disinfectants following our Worship Services each Sunday once we resume Sunday School. 

 

More Guidelines for Worship Services

  • We will be continuing to host our hosting our Sunday Morning Worship Services at 10:00 AM through Sunday July 25, 2021. Beginning on Sunday August 1, 2021 we will be returning to our traditional start time of 11:00 AM for our Sunday Morning Worship Services.

  • ​We do advise that everyone use the restroom prior to our Worship Service. Our Restrooms are located down the left door (beside our church piano) in our Sanctuary and our down the hall on the left. 

  • Our Baptist Hymnals are now back in their pews as of this Sunday July 25, 2021. We  have our traditional congregational hymn singing with piano accompaniment. We will be putting verses of hymns on PowerPoint slides on our screen for you to sing along with on select Sundays now that our Hymnals are back in the pews (songs that have multiple parts are not the easiest to put in a PowerPoint), however the time will come when we resume only having the hymnal. Also beginning on Sunday August 1, 2021, our choir will be returning to join us in our Worship Services in addition to our congregational singing. 

  • Greeting time will be eliminated altogether while the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is ongoing. There is a chance that it is eliminated for good but that will be decided once the pandemic is over. 

  • For the time being we will continue to not be having children's church on Sunday Mornings during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Nursery will be available for parents if you need it but it will be on a "self-serve" basis so you will need to stay with your children. An announcement will be made when Children's Church will resume on Sunday Mornings.  

  • For those who are elderly and/or have a compromised immune system we have some information from you. If you do not feel comfortable attending in-person services at this time we will continue to post services on our YouTube Channel "Boiling Springs Baptist," just note that the services will not be available until sometime the next day (Monday) as they take a while to download. Or if you do not have internet at home but you do have a CD or a DVD player, we can burn CDs or DVDs of our Worship Services and have someone deliver them to your house (or if know someone in the church family who would fall into this category please let us know as well). You need to let Pastor Joey or the Deacons know so we can get you a copy of our Worship Service for the week.

  • Remember to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and your hands need to be washed.

  • We do want to note that once Wednesday Night Services are able to resume that we will have some guidelines from the Youth Council regarding Wednesday Night Children and Youth Classes for parents. Our Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays will use the same guidelines that we use on Sunday Mornings when they resume. Please be praying for our Deacons as they are currently praying over a final decision regarding our Wednesday Night Services. 

  • Finally our Sanctuary is cleaned on a weekly basis and is sprayed down with disinfectants after each Worship Service. 

We know that we have made progress with COVID-19 and we are getting closer to our Worship Services returning to normal but we must continue to take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Hopefully in the coming months we will be able to relax more of our guidelines as we begin to move toward adding more services, but please note that there remains the possibility of us having to reinstate more strict COVID-19 Worship Guidelines for our services if new COVID-19 variants (like the Delta Variant for example) were to lead to an major increase in COVID-19 cases in our area. We know that God is going to take care of us but in the short term we must all work together to keep each other safe while we worship together. Our fellow believers around the world would love to have our "regulations" for worship compared to the persecution that they face for following Jesus Christ. God Bless You and we hope to see you soon.