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. Right now Wilkes County currently has "medium" levels of COVID-19 transmission. We will still 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

  • Our face mask policy at this time is that they are optional. If you come to our church and wish to wear a face mask and do not have a face mask with you we still have them available for you to use, but please note that we do not have either KN-95 or N-95 masks available here at the church. You can view the current coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission rate and community levels from the Centers for Disease Control online at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

  • 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 being for the time being. 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 your self-quarantine as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (Link to the new guidelines from the CDC are here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html), have been near someone who has COVID-19, or are sick in general, we ask that you please 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 currently 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 to wear during one of our Worship Services.  Please note that we do not have N-95 or KN-95 masks here at the church so you will need to bring your own if that is the type of mask you wish to use. 

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

  • Our pew bibles are available for your use and are located in our pews. Since the early days of the pandemic we have learned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily spread though airborne droplets and not by touching objects. Our pews Bibles are sprayed down each week when our pews are so they are sanitized for you to use.  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 have resumed handing out bulletins during our Sunday Morning Worship Service  after two years of not having them due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We also still have our announcement PowerPoint that will repeat each Sunday before Worship Service begins on our screen.  Also remember that announcements are always available on our website.  

  • 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

  • Our face mask policy at this time is that they are optional. If you come to our church and wish to wear a face mask and do not have a face mask with you we still have them available for you to use, but please note that we do not have either KN-95 or N-95 masks available here at the church. You can view the current coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission rate and community levels from the Centers for Disease Control online at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

  • 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 your self-quarantine as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (Link to the new guidelines from the CDC are here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html), 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 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 2020 were pre-recorded as we do not currently 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

  • We have Sunday School here each Sunday Morning at  Boiling Springs beginning at 10:00 AM. Sunday School is 50 minutes long and all classes are meeting in their traditional meeting places. 

  • There have been some changes with our children and youth classes since last August. For right now, children in 6th grade or younger will attend the "Christians Under Construction" class and those who are 7th Grade and up will attend "the Seekers" class. Both classes will be meeting in their traditional classrooms unless the classes fill up, then we will relocate them. We do want to note that we will be making changes to our children and youth classes this Fall as we will be adding new classes to better minister to our children and youth that attend our church. 

  • Also each Sunday School class will be sprayed down with disinfectants each Sunday after Sunday School. 

More Guidelines for Worship Services

  • We currently hold our Sunday Morning Worship Services beginning at 11:00 AM each Sunday Morning  in our Sanctuary (if we were to need to return to digital services due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they will be launched online at 11:00 AM). 

  • ​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 can be found in our pews.  Since the early days of the pandemic we have learned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily spread though airborne droplets and not by touching objects. Our hymnals are sprayed down each week when our pews are so they are sanitized. We also have all of our congregational hymns on PowerPoint slides on our screen for you to sing along with each Sunday, or you can use the hymnal. 

  • Our Church choir is now singing again. You are welcome to come as you are just like before (masks are not required at this time but you are welcome to wear one while singing in the choir). We do ask that if you are not feeling well that you please not sing in the choir until you are better. 

  • 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 and due to the fact that we currently do not have any children in the age range to have children's church. 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. We plan in the coming week's to begin working on fully reopening our church's nursery. 

  • 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 have our Wednesday Night services each week at 6:30 PM.

  • Right now all of our children and youth are meeting together in one class downstairs in our Fellowship Hall.  They still have supper like they did prior to the pandemic. As we continue to grow back up our Children and youth ministry we will add more Wednesday Night classes as we have more people. 

  • Our Adult Prayer Meeting/Bible Study on Wednesdays uses the same guidelines that we use on Sunday Mornings for our Worship Service. 

  • Regular Church Conferences are still on hiatus at the moment but they will hopefully be returning later this Fall as we prepare for the new church year.  

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

We are glad that our church is now fully reopened the church with all of our traditional Worship services. We will continue to take whatever measures that are needed to keep our services ongoing.  Thank you for your continued support as we work together to get through what we hope is the last days of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (aka COVID-19 becomes endemic). We know that God is going to take care of us but we must continue to 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.