COVID-19 Worship Guidelines

As we prepare to resume Sunday School here at Boiling Springs Baptist Church we wish to share with you some updated guidelines and recommendations as we prepare to come together in our Sanctuary once again. We want to make sure that everyone is prepared for Sunday School as things will be different due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has affected our community and country. We will be updating this page often as Pastor Joey and the Deacons continue to lead us during the pandemic. So here are our guidelines and suggestions for our stage 3 of reopening:  Sunday School (We will break down the guidelines into what applies for all services, Sunday School, and Worship Services)

Guidelines for All Services

  • Everybody is legally required by the State of North Carolina to wear a face mask. This a requirement to 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 2 years and younger or 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. We do however require that all children 3 years and older must wear a face mask to attend our Worship Services at this time. 

    • The only exception to this policy is when someone is either teaching or preaching as they are giving a "speech." Under Gov. Roy Cooper's current regulations that is an legitimate exception to the face mask law. 

  • 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. T:

    • 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 is 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.

    • Third is that when Sunday School 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 are for Communion and if someone needs a bottle of water while leading a service. Examples of this would be someone preaching, teaching, and choir members during our annual Christmas Cantata. 

  • Our Van Ministry will continue to be suspended for the next few months 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 phone page of our website. If this were to happen it is possible that we have a two week window without any services (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.).

  • 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 but now that we will be inside our Sanctuary we wish to remind everyone that drinks are not allowed in the Sanctuary. 

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

  • We will 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 Sunday School begins and will be shown after Sunday School before our Worship Services 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 Sunday School

  • Beginning in September 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 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 modify how we do Sunday School. 

  • Prayer Room will also resume in September when Sunday School does at 9:50 AM. 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 two years ago when the church flooded. All of our adult Sunday School teachers will be teaching the joint class in a rotation schedule. 

  • 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 have temporary moved 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. 

  • You will need your Spring 2020 Quarterlies when we resume Sunday School. The Adult Classes as well as our children's Sunday School classes will resume with March 22nd Lesson in the quarterly. The Path Finder Class will be starting with the April 26th Lesson in the quarterly. You will use your Spring 2020 Quarterlies through the end of August.

  • Effective Sunday September 6, 2020 all classes will start on the Fall 2020 Quarterly like normal. 

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

  • The only exception to our no food/drink policy will be depending on how COVID-19 conditions (state guidelines) are during the Christmas season; we will allow classes to use the Fellowship Hall to hold their annual Christmas gatherings. They will all be here at the church this year for the safety of our church family.

  • Christmas gatherings will be at separate times for adult/Teen classes and the children’s classes would be allowed to have one together one Sunday Morning in December in the Fellowship Hall.

  • In order for any Christmas Gatherings to happen this year we have to be in stage 3 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plan at Christmas as indoor gathering limits would apply to Christmas Gatherings. A Decision on Christmas Gatherings will be made in November based on current state guidelines are and on how COVID-19 cases are in Wilkes County. 

  • If Gathering are allowed classes will need to ensure that when serving food that they either have someone to serve food/drink for their class members or provide gloves to all class members so they can get food/drink. Finally you will need to sanitize/clean the fellowship hall after using it.

  • 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 the possibility that we will consider filming the adult Sunday School class for those who cannot be with us due to COVID-19. If we do this it will not be until the first Sunday in September when we start our Fall Quarter. 

 

Guidelines for Worship Services

  • For the next few  weeks we will be continuing to host our hosting our Sunday Morning Worship Services at 10:00 AM. Beginning in September we will be returning to our traditional start time of 11:00 AM. If attendance were to pick up in the coming weeks then it is possible that a 2nd service will be added but right now Pastor Joey and the Deacons are confident that we will be able to sit everyone who wishes to come to our Worship Service.

  • Beginning in September 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. 

  • 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 will also be removing 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 for now. 

  • 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 weeks and potentially months we will not be having children's church on Sunday Mornings while we adjust to indoor Worship Services 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 late Monday/Tuesday as they take a while to download (beginning in July we are probably going to return to only recording Pastor Joey's Sermons instead of the entire service so we can get them out to you quicker). Or if you do not have internet at home but you do have a dvd player, we can burn 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 will be continuing "Retro" Wednesdays for now on our Facebook page (depending on how downloading goes on first few Sunday Services indoors, it is possible that online Wednesday Services could be eventually looked at once we cut back on filming on Sundays). 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. 

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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