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IN-PERSON GATHERINGS

God’s word exhorts us to assemble together in order to stir each other up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).  Recent extraordinary circumstances have caused us to seek substitutes in things like livestreams, online meetings, telephone calls, and social media posts.  These substitutes helped our church family to weather the crisis until we could better evaluate the situation, and plan an appropriate response.

 

Planning an appropriate response has been complicated by the current environment in our country of polarization and politicization.  We have been presented with a host of conflicting and self-contradictory information regarding the current Covid 19 disruption.  The resulting confusion has created a situation in which godly brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ may have radically differing opinions about the best way to respond.

 

In Romans 14:1, God’s word calls us to receive each other, but not to dispute over doubtful matters.  As a result, we have tried to craft a response that respects the varied opinions and concerns held by our congregation and community. 

OUR SERVICE OFFERINGS

OUR SAFETY STEPS

HOW YOU CAN HELP

FAQs

OUR SERVICE OFFERINGS

WATCH ONLINE

For some it may be beneficial or desirable to remain at home. We plan to continue to offer the Livestream each Sunday at 10:00am so that they can participate in the ministry of FBC Zeeland from home.

WATCH PARTIES

The current stay at home order allows for social gatherings of 10 people or less. Some may wish to organize watch parties in their homes or outdoors in order to participate in the Livestream in a larger social group.

SATURDAY OUTDOOR SERVICE

The current stay at home order also allows for outdoor activities with adequate social distancing. Starting on Saturday, June 6 at 6:00pm, we plan to offer an outdoor worship service with social distancing under the car port by the North Entrance to the church building. This gathering will consist of teaching only without music. 

SUNDAY SERVICE

The current stay at home order specifically exempts individuals and houses of worship from penalty for gathering for worship. Starting on Sunday, June 7 at 10:00am, we plan to resume in-person worship services with social distancing in the main auditorium and broadcast this service on our Livestream. (This will be the same teaching that occurs on Saturday evening)

OUR SAFETY STEPS

During our in-person gatherings at the church facility, we plan to take the following steps to help protect the congregation and community from infection:

  1. We plan to practice social distancing by spreading out those who gather in the main auditorium to designated spaces.

  2. Door handles and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to each service.

  3. If the weather allows, we plan to have the windows open to allow an increased flow of fresh air. Otherwise, the ventilation system will be circulating and filtering the large volume or air in the main auditorium per CDC recommendations.

  4. We will not pass offering plates. Many have begun giving online through our church website. Those who wish may continue to give in this way. Those who wish to give a physical offering may do so using the Joy Boxes or by sending the gift in the mail. Info on how to give online, in-person, or by mail may be found at www.fbczeeland.org/give.

  5. No nursery or children's church will be provided for the immediate future. All children will remain in the care of their own families. We ask everyone to be especially gracious as children adjust to being in a public setting again. We will try to keep the services to under 60 minutes in order to help with this transition.

  6. We do not plan to restart Sunday School or Adult Bible Connections until September.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  1. Please remain home and watch the service on the Livestream if you or a member of your immediate family are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 infection (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), or have been exposed to Covid-19 within the past two weeks (you have spent 10 or more minutes within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19.

  2. Please remain home and watch the service on the Livestream if you or a member of your immediate family are part of an at-risk group (older adults, or people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions).

  3. Please sanitize your hands upon entering the church facility and wash your hands after using the restroom. 

  4. Mask wearing inside the building is recommended by not required.

  5. The CDC recommends remaining at least 6 feet away from others unless they are a part of your household. Please wave at people rather than initiating physical contact with them (shaking hands, hugging, etc.).

  6. Please show the maximum possible grace to others as they each respond to our current challenges in their own way.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I come to an in-person service if I am sick?

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 infection (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell), please stay home and participate by watching our Livestream service on Sundays at 10:00 at www.fbczeeland.org/livestream.

Can I come to an in-person service if I am in at-risk group?

If you or a member of your immediate family are part of an at-risk group (older adults, or people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions), please stay home and participate by watching our Livestream service on Sundays at 10:00 at www.fbczeeland.org/livestream.

Can I come to an in-person service if somebody in my house is showing symptoms of Covid-19?

If you or a member of your immediate family are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 infection, please stay home and participate by watching our Livestream service on Sundays at 10:00 at www.fbczeeland.org/livestream.

How did FBC Zeeland come to the decision to gather for in-person services?

The current stay at home order allows for outdoor activities with adequate social distancing as well as specifically exempts individuals and houses of worship from penalty for gathering for worship. In light of this, we believe it would be best to offer our church community various opportunities for communal worship and fellowship as they feel comfortable. 

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Mask wearing inside the building is recommended by not required.

Can I hug people?

The CDC recommends remaining at least 6 feet away from others unless they are a part of your household. Please wave at people rather than initiating physical contact with them (shaking hands, hugging, etc.).

Can I still watch the Livestream service?

Absolutely! We will continue to offer our 10:00am Sunday service online for anybody who will like to engage with our our worship and teaching in this way.

Do I need to bring a chair to the outdoor service?

We are asking that people bring their own chair to our outdoor service on Saturdays at 6:00pm. If you do not have a chair to bring, we will provide you with one to use.

Where should I park for the outdoor service?

We are asking that people park in the South and West parking lots. Limited parking will be available in the North parking lot for those who have mobility issues.

Will I be arrested or fined for attending at worship service in-person?

No. The current stay at home order specifically exempts individuals and houses of worship from penalty for gathering for worship.

Can I sit in my favorite pew?

To practice social distancing during our Sunday morning service at 10:00am, we will have each household group or individual sit at opposite ends and every other pew. Bulletins will be placed where seating is available.

How can I give my tithe or offering?

If you are currently giving online, we would encourage you to continue to do so. Those who wish to give a physical offering may do so using the Joy Boxes or by sending the gift in the mail. Info on how to give online, in-person, or by mail may be found at www.fbczeeland.org/give.

What childcare will be provided?

No childcare will be provided at our in-person services. All children will remain in the care of their own families. We ask everyone to be especially gracious as children adjust to being in a public setting again. We will try to keep the services to under 60 minutes in order to help with this transition.

Will there be Sunday School or Adult Bible Connections?

Not at this time. We do not plan to restart Sunday School or Adult Bible Connections until September.

 
 
 
 

At First Baptist Church of Zeeland, we exist to know Christ and to make Him known.

616-772-4377

246 W Main St

Zeeland, MI 49464

 

office@fbczeeland.org

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