Regathering Indoors at Broadneck Baptist: What to Expect
After almost 16 months out of our building, we have resumed regathering indoors for worship. We currently have mitigation strategies in place that may make worship look and feel a little different. The Church Council hopes these things can help us lessen any anxieties about this joyful-yet-major transition and focus our hearts and minds on the beauty of being present in body to worship together.
1) Chairs are out not in usual rows but in clusters of 2 to 4—please sit with your household, move chairs as needed if you need more or less together but please keep a 6 foot radius around your “cluster”.
2) We ask that anyone over the age of 3 please wear a mask at all times. We ask for this extra layer of protection since vaccines are not yet available to all (i.e. our kids), and because of the rise in variants (please get vaccinated if you haven't, y'all!). We also recommend use of a medical or N95/KN95 mask and will have some available at the church for those who need them.
3) For now, though worship will include music, we ask that you hum, meditate on the words to hymns, or very softly sing along behind your mask rather than singing loudly.
4) Worship leaders may speak unmasked (if vaccinated) from the pulpit, which is set up 12 feet back from chairs
5) We have hand sanitizer stations at each door and extra disposable masks available
6) We are using UV-light air purifiers with HEPA Filters in our worship space, nursery, and kids room.
7) Instead of passing offering baskets, there will be an offering basket on front communion table and one by each exit door where you may place your offerings as you arrive, depart, or during the offering time.
8) Instead of coming forward for communion, Pastor Abby will bring pre-packaged communion to each seat on communion Sundays. Communion may be suspended during a COVID surge.
9) For our children, the nursery will be open downstairs for kids ages 4 and under, and our nursery workers are vaccinated. We ask that kids in nursery who are capable of wearing a mask please do so. For our elementary school kids, “Worship bins” are available to help them connect with the service in tactile ways, and they will be invited either downstairs or (when the weather permits) outside after the children's sermon most Sundays for time of learning and building relationships with each other.
10) All services will continue to be streamed via Zoom for those unable to be with us physically. You can log in beginning at 9:45am on Sundays using Zoom Meeting ID: 420 609 3840; please contact us for the current passcode as it changes monthly. During the warmer weather months (April-November) we are meeting outside on the first Sunday of the month at Goshen Farm, weather permitting, so those who are not yet comfortable indoors can join us (plus the farm is wonderful!).
This sounds like a lot but remember--it's not forever! And being back together in our sacred space is a gift. Hope to see you soon!