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. As you probably know by now, Wilkes County has been experiencing a high rate of transmission of the Delta Variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) for several weeks now. In order to safely maintain in-person Worship Services we have been forced to reinstate stricter Worship Guidelines in order to keep meeting on Sunday Mornings. Thank you for continuing to help us out and please be praying that God will help us get through this current wave of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 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

  • 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. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated their face mask guidance and now states that if you live in a area with “substantial and high” coronavirus transmission"  that even those who have been vaccinated are recommended to wear a face mask indoors. Right now Wilkes County is considered an area with "high" coronavirus transmission (the highest tier of transmission). You can view the current coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission rate online at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. We are keeping our current optional policy for now but do note that our face mask policy can change if either our local Wilkes County government or Gov. Roy Cooper decide to reinstate an indoor face mask mandate due to the Delta Variant, but we will keep everyone updated if changes are needed.​ 

  • ​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. 

  • Right now our in-person Sunday Morning Worship Services will continue to be held in our Sanctuary, but please note that there is a possibility that we could end up moving our Worship services outdoors on our church property (an example of this would be when we have our Easter Sunrise Services or if you were with us in June of 2020 when we had our Worship Services in our parking lot by the tree). At this time we are not planning on making this move but there remains the possibility as long as the Delta Variant continues to spread. 

  • We have decided to not section off pews in our Sanctuary again (When it was done previously people were ignoring the tape marking off pews and siting where they were not supposed to.). It is suggested that unless you are sitting with your family that we try to keep our pews to only 3 people unless there is no room.

  • 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 winter months of 2022 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 to wear 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. 

  • 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 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.  

  • 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. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated their face mask guidance and now states that if you live in a area with “substantial and high” coronavirus transmission"  that even those who have been vaccinated are recommended to wear a face mask indoors. Right now Wilkes County is considered an area with "high" coronavirus transmission (the highest tier of transmission). You can view the current coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission rate online at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. We are keeping our current optional policy for now but do note that our face mask policy can change if either our local Wilkes County government or Gov. Roy Cooper decide to reinstate an indoor face mask mandate due to the Delta Variant, but we will keep everyone updated if changes are needed.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 and Prayer Room have been suspended again due to the highly contagious Delta Variant of coronavirus (COVID-19). Unless there is drastic improvement this Fall, we will not be resuming Sunday School until sometime in 2022 as we want to make sure that when we resume again that it is for good this time. When the time does come to begin discussions on the resumption of Sunday School again, we will be having 2 Sunday School Worker meetings (one to discuss guidelines and to pass out teaching materials and a another quick meeting on the Sunday prior to the eventual planned resumption date prior to our Worship Service to make sure that everyone is still good as we do not want a repeat of what happened this time if we can help it).  When we do resume we will be using the Fall 2021 Quarterlies that were purchased prior to the re-suspension of Sunday School. 

 

More Guidelines for Worship Services

  • We hold our Sunday Morning Worship Services beginning at 10:00 AM each Sunday Morning  (if we were to need to return to digital services due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they will be launched online at 10:00 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 are still 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. Beginning on Sunday November 28, 2021, our church choir will resume singing as part of our 2021 Advent Celebration. 

  • 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 this recent setback with the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is discouraging as we were getting close to having our Worship Services return to normal but we must continue to take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Hopefully, now that the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for our 5 to 11 year old children as well as adults (plus boosters as well) that we are on the last major wave of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will hopefully be able to finally return to our traditional Worship Services for good once the current Delta wave is over. 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.