Excelsior Springs Baptist Church
Friday, May 29, 2020
Christ Centered. Bible Believing. Family Focused.

COVID - 19 Information Page *With Reopening Information*

COVID Update with reopening information, May 1, 2020

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Psalm 122:1

 

Excelsior Springs Baptist family, the past six weeks have been trying but with the governor releasing his Show Me Strong recovery plan we finally see a light at the end of this tunnel as we begin the first phase of recovering some semblance of normalcy. As a part of that return, Excelsior Springs Baptist Church will begin in-person worship though it will be far from "normal". Let me share with you our tentative plan to reopen, realizing that there are still a number of variables that we will need to navigate in the coming weeks.

 

Our first Sunday of gathered worship will be on May 17. This date was chosen to give us the time we need to establish enhanced sanitation protocols and gather the supplies we need to properly sanitize the church. Additionally, the 17th is the date that a majority of churches in our community have chosen for their first day back and we wish to remain united with our brothers and sisters in Christ who worship in other congregations during this time.

 

While we have chosen to begin gathered worship on the 17th, we realize that many will not feel comfortable gathering in large groups for a variety of reasons, and that's OK. As always, we support you and your decisions for your well-being. We will continue to provide online content and worship opportunities for everyone during this time.

 

Because we are expected to maintain a 6-foot separation between us, all classroom-based activities will continue to be suspended as we cannot maintain the expected social distance in a classroom environment. This includes, but is not limited to, Sunday School, Children's Church, Youth Group, and Wednesday night discipleship classes.

 

To maintain the expected social distance during our time of worship, we will offer two micro worship experiences lasting 50 - 60 minutes. Worship 1 will begin at 9:30 and worship 2 will begin at 11:00, allowing us the time we need for church sanitation between services. Because we cannot hold children's church at this time, we will follow a family worship format in which all children will remain in the sanctuary during the entire worship service. We will have special materials provided for them during the service if needed.

 

If you typically attend Sunday School, we encourage you to attend the worship 1 service that begins at 9:30. If you typically attend church, but not Sunday School, we encourage you to attend the worship 2 service that begins at 11:00.

 

To observe social distance expectations:

Minimalistic bulletins will be placed on seats before the service, not handed out.

Greeters will remain at the doors to open/close them to reduce cross-contamination.

Every other row of seats will be roped off to help maintain a social distance.

These rows will be alternated between services to avoid cross-contamination.

No doughnuts or coffee will be served. Outside food/drink is allowed.

There will be no period of meet/greet during the service.

Deacons will stand in the foyer after service to collect offerings, and online offerings will continue to be accepted.

The use of masks is encouraged but not required.

Bathrooms will be open but their use is discouraged if possible.

Before and after each service all public areas will be sanitized.

 

Two things that I ask from you is prayer and flexibility. Please pray for pastor John, the church's leadership, and the church's membership. We are one body and desperately need the wisdom, guidance, and grace of God at this time. Also, we have already been taken far outside of our comfort zone and that will likely continue for some time as our church, community, and nation seek to navigate through the uncertainties of reopening.