Updated June 29, 2020 – Beginning Sunday, July 5 we will be offering two in-person services on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Reservations are still required and re-entry guidelines still apply.
Starting on Sunday, June 7 we will host an in-person service at 11:00 a.m. This service will be in the sanctuary, and with social distancing guidelines taken into account, will be able to accommodate approximately 170 people (excluding volunteers and staff who are working the service). It’s important to note that during this time our online service will remain as our main service.
We ask that you pre-register each week, beginning on Monday, to reserve your seat. Click here to reserve your seat. If you need assistance please contact the church office. Please register only if you know for sure you will be attending so we can plan accordingly.
Updated: Thursday, June 11, 2020
BVBC RE-ENTRY GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES
- Before you arrive: Each person has a responsibility to look out for the welfare of others. Therefore we ask that you take your temperature before leaving your home to ensure you do not have a fever. Additionally, if you are feeling sick in any way please stay home. According to the CDC – symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or at least two of these symptoms, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Please closely evaluate the state of your own health before arriving at church.
- Arrive early: Please arrive at church by 10:45 a.m. to allow time to be seated before the service begins.
- Provide COVID-19 protection: Masks must be worn while you are in the church building (ages 13 and up). We strongly encourage you to wear your mask the entire time, however if you grow uncomfortable you may remove your mask once seated in the sanctuary. In addition, it is vitally important that masks are worn during singing. Please bring your own masks and hand sanitizer for use during our service. However, we will offer masks, and hand sanitizing stations throughout the building and at exits and entrances for those who need them.
- Discourage personal contact: At this time we ask that your refrain from personal contact with those outside of your immediate family while on church property. This step is necessary to help ensure there is no virus transmission.
- Appropriate social distancing: Since the standard is 6 feet for appropriate social distancing, we will utilize that standard in calculating the distance between family units in pews, worship leaders, and all volunteers and staff. As you enter the church building please join one of two lines and wait in the lobby to be seated by an usher. You will be seated by family with the appropriate spacing. Plan on arriving 15 minutes early, this will allow everyone to be seated by our ushers in a timely manner. Unfortunately you will be unable to pick your seat. After the service is over we will dismiss by row to maintain appropriate social distancing upon exit.
- Will our online worship services continue? Yes. For the foreseeable future BVBC will provide two options: limited worship in-person and a high quality online service.
- Will offering plates still be passed? No. There will be giving stations at the exit of the sanctuary for those who would like to give by check in-person. Additionally you can always give you can always give online, or send a check to 7 Mt. Lebanon Rd. Wilmington DE 19803.
- Can I bring my children with me? Yes, however the State of Delaware has not allowed Children’s Ministry of any kind to resume during this time, therefore these services will not have children’s ministry programs. Take this into account when evaluating your child’s ability to sit through an entire service.
- Will Adult Christian Education classes and Small Groups etc. that normally meet at the church resume at this time? No. We do not have the capacity to resume classes or small groups at this time. We will continually reevaluate this as the state updates it’s guidelines and we have more capacity.
- I’m 65 or older may I attend these services? Yes. However we do ask that you make yourself aware of Vulnerable Populations as Defined by the CDC. Vulnerable populations include, but is not limited to: Individuals 65 years old and older. Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised (such as by chemotherapy, or cancer, and other conditions requiring such therapy).
- What happens if there isn’t enough seating for those who want to attend? Unfortunately we are limited in how many people we can fit into our sanctuary. If you and your family aren’t one of the 170 registrants we’d ask that you remain home and worship online.
- When will we move to two in-person services? We are planning on moving to two services once we have safely and successfully managed one service (hopefully within a week or two). Once we are able to safely provide two services space should no longer be an issue. Pre-registration will allow us to ensure that there is a spot for everyone who arrives at our building.
- Will ushers provide bulletins during the service? For now, there will be no bulletins, but you can keep up with all church news at our website. Additionally, we would love for you to fill out our electronic Connection Card.
- Will we still be able to celebrate communion in person? Yes, in the future we plan to have individual prepackaged sets for our communion service.
- What restrooms may I use? You may use the restrooms located near the Connection Cafe. However, it would be helpful if you could use the restroom at home before arriving.
- How can I help serve during these services? The sanctuary will need to be disinfected per CDC guidelines before each service. If you would like to serve on the cleaning or set-up teams, please email Len Armstrong (Business Manager). We also need help with ushers and our tech team. If you’re interested, please notify LC Sayadian (Connections Ministry Assistant) for ushers and Larisa Forest (Worship & Music Director) for tech team.
As the State of Delaware issues continuing guidance to Communities of Worship, we will update this plan accordingly. Direct any questions about these guidelines to Pastor Todd Johnson.
Learn more about the State of Delaware’s guidance for Communities of Worship.
Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for church gatherings.