Need to Know – Regathered Version 06/11/2020

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
-Colossians 1:28

This Week’s Text: Exodus 20:7-11Keeping That Which is Holy, Holy
Taught By: Pastor Tim

WHAT OUR GATHERINGS WILL LOOK LIKE – FOR NOW
There are several things you need to know about what our services will look like for the moment.  Please take time to read over this and prepare for our gatherings, and please be understanding as we continue to work through our current situation.  Here’s what we are doing to try to provide a safe and healthy worship service for you, our church body.

  1.  There will be two services on Sundays as we move forward.  We are doing this because we will be removing chairs from our auditorium to allow us to space out.
  2. Service times will be at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM.  We ask that those who are in the early service please be prepared to leave as soon as the service ends to allow time for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.  If you have not yet signed up for which service you would like to attend, please click here and do so today to help us prepare for our Sunday worship gatherings.
  3. For the time being, there will be no Sunday school, nursery, or Children’s Church.  Please know that children are welcome in our services.  There is a cry room located in the back of the auditorium that will be available for mothers of small children.  Classroom 1 will be open as well and have coloring sheets for kids.  The service will be streamed in that room as well.
  4. For those that would like to join us but still remain in a Covid-safe area, please join us in our Multi-Purpose room (MPR).  People that join us in that area will be required to wear masks, follow social distancing, and are asked to please refrain from singing.  Please understand these precautions are not to diminish any part of our worship service, but to provide the safest possible place for people that are in the high risk categories.
  5. Masks will not be required for the main auditorium, but will be available (see below).  Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building as well.
      
  6. Coffee and tea will be available, but will be served in a different format.   First, we will only be offering regular coffee, decaf coffee, and hot water for tea. You will have choices of french vanilla or original creamers, sugar and Splenda, all being individually wrapped. Only regular and decaffeinated tea will be offered. Feel free to bring your favorite tea bag and we will have everything else you need. Coffee bar attendants will be serving your coffee and hot water.  There will be no self-service or filling of personal cups. We will have coffee ready in a cup along with a bag containing everything you need to prepare your coffee. Once you pick up your coffee and condiment bag, please move to the bar area or tables to prepare your beverage so that we can keep the coffee window area as congestion free as possible. The volunteers in the coffee bar will be taking all precautions to keep everyone safe.
  7. Water fountains will not be available during our services.  Bottled water will be available.
  8. We will not take a physical offerings.  Secure offering boxes have been mounted at the back of the auditorium next to each of the exits.  You can place your offering there at any time during the service.  You may also continue to use our online giving or mail in your offering as well.  More information can be found here.
  9. Sermon note-sheets and offering envelopes will be available at the back desk in the auditorium.  Please be sure to sanitize your hands before taking either one.
  10. If you feel uncomfortable attending under these circumstances, please feel free to connect to our services online until you are ready to attend.
  11. If you are feeling sick, especially with a fever, dry cough, and/or shortness of breath, please stay home, rest, and recover.

We know this feels drastically different that what we are used to doing.  Some changes may bring a little bit of peace of mind while others my be downright frustrating.  Please know we are doing our best based on the information we have to operate out of a principle of charity.  Our hope and prayer is to be able to safely move back into our regular community gatherings as soon as possible.  Until then, we will prayerfully seek to make the best decisions we can based on the information we have.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Pastor Josh directly at joshuah@bigwoods.org.