COVID-19 - Reopening Phase 1: June 7, 2020
June 6, 2020
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praise be to God for His faithfulness and grace to our church family. Tomorrow morning at 11:00 the church will be open for our first worship service since March 15th, and I am so very excited to see each of you! We are opening under the governor of Virginia's "Forward Virginia" guidelines for religious services, therefore things will be different than before this started. We are taking as many precautions as we can to ensure a safe worship service, but I must say that if you are unsure or if you are not interested in following the safety protocols, please worship at home. I will have the sermon portion of the service uploaded to YouTube by mid-afternoon for everyone. Also, if you or a family member is sick or at a high risk, please stay home and do not place yourself or your fellow church family members at unnecessary risk. For everyone, it is safer to worship at home. One of the wonderful things about an almighty and omnipresent God is that we can worship by ourselves or with our family in our home when it's best to do so, but we look forward to all being able to worship together (not neglecting meeting together - Hebrews 10:25) at a better time. Please read everything below, as this is important for everyone's sake.
Arrival: Please arrive no earlier than 10:45 to allow for everything to be in place for the service. There is no Sunday School or youth events tomorrow. Please be seated quickly to allow others to enter and find a seat without having to break social distancing (6-feet).
- We are limited to 48 people in the church (50% of building occupancy). Our normal full attendance hovers around 35, therefore this is not much of a concern, but we will limit attendence if needed.
- Maintain 6-foot separation from others at all times, except for families. Please keep your children with you at all times. There will be more chairs in the sanctuary than usual to enable us to spread out. If you arrive early, please sit closer to the walls or the front, so that people arriving later do not need to pass closely to you in order to find a seat. If you arrive later, please select seating that is 6' from the nearest person.
- Wearing of a face covering/mask is required in order to attend the service for the duration of the service. One of our members has made some very nice masks that will be in the narthex/foyer in case you need one (I'll be wearing one from her - they're quite comfortable!).
- No items will be passed - this includes the offering plate and the Lord's Supper (tomorrow is the Lord's Supper - 1st Sunday). Here is what we have arranged:
*Offerings - A white offering box is in the narthex/foyer of the church for you to drop offering envelopes/checks before or after the service. Please do not contribute any cash at this time. Alternatively, you may mail a check to the church or use our new online giving page (click here to go to the online offering page).
*The Lord's Supper - Commercially produced, pre-wrapped wafers and juice in individual servings will be set out on the table as you arrive. Please pick up one for yourself and any family members taking communion. Please do not touch any of the other cups, and please do not return any if you take too many. After the service, please deposit the used cups in the waste bin on your way out.
*Bulletins, Hymnals, and Pew Bibles - There will be no bulletins tomorrow, and no Bibles or hymnals will be available. If you do not have a Bible or a Bible application for a smartphone/tablet, the church will provide you with the gift of a Bible that will be yours to keep.
- Thorough Cleaning - We have made an effort to ensure the church is clean. We will be sanitizing door handles and other touched surfaces before and after the service. The classrooms and kitchen will remain locked to prevent the need to clean these in the brief period between services.
- Signage - The mandated signage is posted in accordance with the guidelines.
- The doors will be open to allow touch-free entry and exit, and to increase airflow. Some windows in the sanctuary will also be open.
- A sanitizing station with hand sanitizer is available for use upon entry and exit. Please consider bringing your own sanitizer, as it is still difficult for the church to source.
- Youth and Children must remain with their families during the service and may not wander the building. The classrooms, children's room, and nursery are closed and locked.
- Restrooms are clean, open, and available, but we encourage you to avoid using them as much as possible. The service will be less than an hour, by design, in an effort to keep this need low.
- The kitchen will remain closed and locked; there will not be coffee or refreshments available.
Departure: When departing, please exit in an orderly and timely manner, allowing space to be maintained between you/your family and others. We all miss the opportunity to hear about each other's lives and catch up after this long time, but please do not congregate in the building. There is plenty of room to maintain social distance and continue catching up in the parking lot.
Things to Bring
Bible or smart device with Bible application
A mask for each family member
Hand sanitizer for yourself and your family
Offering (checks only, envelopes preferred)
A sheet or cover for the chairs - if you would like to limit contact with the chairs, please feel free to bring something to cover them.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send a message through this website, or email/call/text message me; I'll be available to reply until 10:00pm, if needed, and after 6:30am tomorrow morning.
I am so thankful that we serve a God who sees us through even the darkest of times, who will never abandon us, and whose love is unceasing. I pray that tomorrow's service will be one that glorifies God, and that strengthens and encourages each of you. May the Lord bless you and keep you this evening.
Your brother, pastor, and fellow servant in Christ Jesus,
Crossroads Baptist Church, Leesburg VA