We are currently meeting together at the Hannibal YMCA. However, we want to do so in a way that is wise and safe. In addition, we want to do so in a way that is loving toward those who may have different convictions and/or opinions regarding how we as individuals should respond to this virus. If you haven’t yet read the Gospel Coalition Article titled “Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You,” now would be a great time to do so: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/church-dont-let-coronavirus-divide/
As we begin to gather together again, we’ll be returning to the guidelines we setup back in March with some updates:
- If anyone in your home has had a fever of greater than 100°F, a cough, or shortness of breath in the last 14 days, do not attend any BC gatherings.
- Masks will not be officially required. Some people wear masks and some people do not. However, all of our pastors will be wearing masks when we are not speaking from the front.
- For the foreseeable future, there will be kid’s connect on Sunday mornings. We will have childcare for a small number of children but most children will be with us in service. Parents, know that we realize this is tough, we’ll be making adjustments to our services in light of this.
- For the foreseeable future, there will be no doughnuts, food, coffee, or passing out of bulletins before service on Sundays. In light of this, don’t come early for service. If you’d like to fellowship, there will be some time following the service. If your MC was scheduled for hospitality / greeting, you obviously are no longer needed.
- For the foreseeable future, please don’t shake hands or hug one another. While we love how much we love one another, this is a time where this kind of close contact isn’t a great idea. Let’s just use words as we communicate our love from a distance.
- For the foreseeable future, our fellowship time is going to look very different. Currently, grown-ups chat while our kids have freedom in the gym. In light of this virus, we need to avoid kids doing what they do now. In order to maintain some social distancing, it would be ideal if families stuck together. Parents, we understand this is going to be a challenge. But it’s an important thing for us to do out of love for others in our community. Even if it means our fellowship time after service is cut short for a short season. Parents, I’d encourage you to talk this through will your kids before Sunday.
- For the foreseeable future, we will continue to refrain from celebrating the Lord’s Supper. While this is something that we value very highly, celebrating it each week is not a necessity for our salvation. We believe that the avoidance of risk in this situation is worth the discomfort and disruption.
- For the foreseeable future we will not be printing bulletins or placing Bibles under the chairs. If you don’t have a Bible, reach out to me and I’ll get you one. For the bulletins, Jake posts a link here that you can access through an app on your phone. For the kid’s bulletins, Dan will continue to post the link in our Facebook group Sunday morning if you want to print them out and bring them for your family.
- For the foreseeable future, our setup on Sunday mornings is going to look at little different. We’re going to use the whole gym and spread out more so that there’s some social distance in the midst of our gathering. Similarly, we won’t be closing the gym doors or the locker room doors in order to minimize the contact we need to make with surfaces.
- If you are someone who is at risk or doesn’t yet feel comfortable attending service, know that you have the freedom to stay home. We don’t want to forsake meeting together, but in this situation, for this specific reason, I don’t think that’s what we’re doing. We would however appreciate it if you’d reach out to one of the elders so that we can know what’s going on and be in a better position to minister to you. Large groups may not be a good idea for you, but maybe there are other ways the church can love and support you during this time. In light of this, we plan to continue to live-stream our service. Please bear with us as we deal with whatever technical difficulties arise as we attempt to begin live-streaming from the Y. The live-stream should be available on our Facebook page.
We have missed gathering with you all so very much and are looking forward to seeing you and worshipping with you in person again. If you have questions, comments, or concerns that are not addressed here, feel free to reach out to one of the elders individually or email us all at firstname.lastname@example.org.