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. This updates are to help us as a church to be in compliance with Gov. Roy Cooper's latest executive order on when you must wear a face mask.  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

  • Everybody is legally required by the State of North Carolina to wear a face mask unless you meet one of our exceptions listed below. This a requirement to help prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 here at the church. If you come to our church and do not have a face mask we do have them available for you to use. Remember that you wear a face mask to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms (aka they are asymptomatic). We are actually somewhat stricter than the current state law as we only have three exceptions to our policy on face masks. Here are the exceptions:

    • Our first exception is that if you have children that are younger than 2 years old then they are not required to wear one. Our second exception is that if you have a legitimate medical condition ​that prevents you from wearing a face mask, we ask that you let one of the Deacons know when you come to the door and they will work with you to ensure that you can safely attend our Worship Services.  We do however require that all children 2 years and older wear a face mask to attend our Worship Services at this time. 

    • Our last exception to our face mask policy is that when someone is either teaching or preaching they may remove their face mask as they are giving a "speech." Under Gov. Roy Cooper's current regulations that is an legitimate exception to the face mask law. 

  • We do ask that when you arrive at our church packing lot that you please go ahead and put your face mask on if you have one with you before you exit your vehicles to come into our Sanctuary. There are multiple people entering the church at the same time on Sunday Mornings and therefore in order to follow the law we need everyone to work together to please put your masks on before exiting your vehicles. This will give us a better chance of being able to maintain in-person services throughout the Winter Months. 

  • Also we ask that everyone please keep your face mask on until you return to and are inside your personal vehicles. 

  • We are aware that there are 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 will have temporary rules for social-distancing in our Sanctuary. Here are the rules for seating in the Sanctuary:

    • First is that every other pew will be marked off for social-distancing.​​

    • Second is that unless you are with family members, we will only allow for three people to sit in a pew so that everyone can spread out. The only exception to this policy is that if you are siting with family members then we will allow you to sit together with your family. Please make sure that your children stay with you. If we were to end up in a situation where their was not enough room in our pews to social-distance during a service, we will ask some of our members to move to the choir loft to help us make room. This has not been an issue so far during the pandemic but we want people to be aware of this possibility just in case.

    • Third is that when is Sunday School initially resumes, our adults will be meeting in the Sanctuary and will keep the same seats for Worship Service. Some seats will be saved for our Children/Youth Classes when they are done with their Sunday School classes. 

    • Modification of these rules will be made for funerals, however the general public is asked to follow these guidelines as much as possible. We will still mark off pews for the general public for funerals, but some changes might have to be made to accommodate everyone.

  • 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. For example, our recent Communion Service would have been exempt from needing a face mask to partake as that is mentioned as an exception to the new law from Gov. Cooper (Communion is a religious ritual legally or as we call it an ordinance from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ). 

  • Our Van Ministry will continue to be suspended at least through the winter 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. 

  • 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.  

  • 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. We know that several people brought drinks during our outdoor Worship Services last Summer but now that we are inside our Sanctuary we want to remind everyone that drinks are not allowed in the Sanctuary. 

  • You need to bring your own Bibles to church, as we have removed our pew bibles for the time being due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

  • We will be continuing to not be handing out bulletins for the next few months due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However we will 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. 

  • However, do remember that we will be practicing good social-distancing during all of our our Worship Services. Remember that we are supposed to keep 6 feet away from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

  • 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.

 

Guidelines for Events in our Fellowship Hall

  • Everybody is legally required by the State of North Carolina to wear a face mask at all times when inside our church building. This a requirement to help prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 here at the church.  Remember that you wear a face mask to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms (aka they are asymptomatic).

    • We are actually somewhat stricter than the new state law. If you have children that are younger than 2 years then they are not required to wear one. Also if you have a legitimate medical condition ​that prevents you from wearing a face mask, you need to let one of the Deacons know when you come to the door and they will work with you to ensure that you can safely attend our Worship Services.  We do however require that all children 2 years and older must wear a face mask to attend our Worship Services at this time.  

    • If food is being served during an event in our Fellowship Hall, you need to keep you face mask on until you get to your table. A exception to the face mask law is that you can take them off while eating and drinking. Once you are done eating and drinking you need to put your face mask back on as that is the law. 

    • We encourage you to use our seating outside under our picnic shelter when you are eating here at the church right now. It is a great way to practice social distancing and the virus does not spread as easily outdoors. 

  • We are now asking that when you arrive at our church packing lot that you please go ahead and put your face mask on if you have one with you before you exit your vehicles to come into our Fellowship Hall. There are multiple people entering the church at the same time when events are going on in our Fellowship Hall and picnic shelter and therefore in order to follow the law we need everyone to work together to please put your masks on before exiting your vehicles. 

  • Also we do ask that everyone please keep your face mask on until you return to and are inside your personal vehicles after an event in our Fellowship Hall. 

  • 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. We know that several people brought drinks during our outdoor Worship Services but now that we will be inside our Sanctuary we wish to remind everyone that drinks are not allowed in the Sanctuary. 

  • However, do remember that we ask that everyone practice good social-distancing while you are here at Boiling Springs Baptist Church. Remember that we are supposed to keep 6 feet away from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

  • 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 phone 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

  • Beginning in June we will be resuming Sunday School at 10:00 AM unless new state guidelines come and force the church to change our Worship Services again. Sunday School will remain in it's traditional time unless in the coming months our Worship Service attendance were to pick up then it is possible that a 2nd Worship service will be added. If that were to happen then we will either modify how we do Sunday School or push back resumption until we can hold one Worship Service. If COVID-19 cases do not improve by May then it is possible that we decide to push Sunday School back to September with the start of our 2021-2022 church year.

  • Prayer Room will also resume in June when Sunday School does at 9:50 AM in our Sanctuary. This will replace prayer requests for our adult Sunday School classes. 

  • Sunday School will start at 10:00 AM and last until 10:40 AM. Once Sunday School starts we will be locking the door to the Sanctuary. If you are late to Sunday School there will be someone at the back door to let you in. 

  • All 3 of our Adult Sunday School Classes (Clay Class, Closer Walk Class, and Senior Adult Class) will be meeting together as one joint class in the Sanctuary. This will be like what we had to do three years ago when the church flooded. All of our adult Sunday School teachers will be teaching the joint class in a rotation schedule. However with us waiting now until late spring of 2021, it is our hope right now that we will only have to do this for a short period before returning to normal (example would be joint class in June and regular classes resuming in late July/August if everything goes well). We still need to be smart when resuming and not rush back into regular Sunday School for the sake of the future of the teaching ministry of this church as conditions might call for us waiting longer to return to normal. 

  • Once you are seated in the Sanctuary for Sunday School, you will remain in that seat for our Worship Service. The only exception to this is that families can reserve seats for members of our children and youth classes. 

  • Our Children and Youth Sunday School Classes will be meeting as normal. The difference is that we will temporary move where each class meets so that there is room for social-distancing. Here is where these classes will meet:

    • The Christians Under Construction (Younger Children) Class will be meeting in our Fellowship Hall.​

    • The Seekers (Older Children/Tween) Class will be meeting upstairs in the Closer Walk Class (go down the hall on the left by the piano and it is the last door on your left).

    • The Path Finders (Teen/Young Adults) Class will be meeting upstairs in the Senior Adult Class (go down the hall on the right and it will be the 2nd door on the right). 

  • We do have some special guidelines for our children and youth classes that you need to be aware of:

    • Children who attend the "Christians Under Construction" class have some special rules. First is that their teacher will remain upstairs until 9:55 AM​ to give time for parents/guardians to drop off their children with their teacher. At 9:55 AM they will all go downstairs to the Fellowship Hall. Once they go downstairs if you are late and need to drop off your child then you will need to bring them downstairs to the Fellowship Hall before you go back upstairs.

    • Older Children in the Seekers Class can go to their classroom as soon as their teacher arrives. Until then they are to remain in the Sanctuary.

    • Teens in the Path Finders Class will be allowed to go on to their classroom as we feel that they are mature enough to social-distance themselves. 

    • Once Sunday School ends at 10:40 AM (the bell will ring to let children and youth classes know that the adult class is done), teachers will be lining up our children and youth classes so they can come to the Sanctuary together. Children are to remain with their teachers until they are reunited with their parent/guardian. 

  • We will resume Sunday School with the Summer 2021 Quarterly (or whatever quarter we are in when Sunday School is able to resume).

  • There will be no coffee/water or food served during Sunday School until after the pandemic is over with one exception.

  • That exception is if conditions improve in the 2nd half of 2021 to allow for us to let classes have Christmas Gatherings (they will be in our fellowship hall if they do happen this year). 

  • All of our classes will remain in their temporary meeting places until we are able to end social-distancing and return to full capacity.

  • All of our classes will be sanitized following our Worship Services each Sunday. Children and youth teachers will be responsible for cleaning their classrooms. 

  • There is a possibility that we will consider filming the adult Sunday School class for those who cannot be with us due to COVID-19 while we are in the Sanctuary. 

 

More Guidelines for Worship Services

  • For the next few months we will be continuing to host our hosting our Sunday Morning Worship Services at 10:00 AM (time is for both in-person and digital only services), with the exception of Easter Sunday (Easter Schedule will be announced in March). Beginning in June (or potentially later) we will be returning to our traditional start time of 11:00 AM. If attendance were to pick up in the coming months then it is possible that a 2nd service will be added to help maintain social-distancing. We are confident right now that we will be able to sit everyone who wishes to come to our Worship Service as attendance has remained stable over the last few months.

  • Beginning in June(or later) when Sunday School resumes, the back door will be unlocked at 10:40 AM following the conclusion of Sunday School. If you get here earlier you will have to wait for someone to come and let you in. 

  • June 2021 (or later) Guideline: We advise that you get to church early on Sundays if you are not attending Sunday School so everyone will have time to get settled before the Worship Service begins since seats will already be taken. ​

  • 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. We do ask that while our pianist is playing that if you need to use the restroom that you please use the right door (beside our church organ) and go down the hall to the first door on the left. There is a hallway there that will take you to the restrooms. Once you are done with the Restrooms please return the way you came. Thank you for your help. 

  • We have removed our church hymnals from your pews for the time being during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will however 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 to in place of using the hymnal. For the time being you will not be seeing the church choir, so instead we will rely on congregational singing from everyone in the congregation. 

  • 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 next several months 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.  

  • However, do remember that we will be practicing good social-distancing during our Worship Services. Remember that we are supposed to keep 6 feet away from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instructions will be given out during our Worship Services on how our alter call will be handled. Also when our Service is over you will be told how to dismiss from your pews. 

  • 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 later this year 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. 

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

We know that our Worship Services are going to be different from now long but we must take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 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. 

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