Dear Church Family:
I greet you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is hard to believe that we have not met as a church family since March. We praise God for the souls saved, lives that have been changed, and for the spiritual victories that God has given us. God has been faithful! As your Pastor, I thank you for remaining committed and connected through the online services, drive-in services and for being faithful through your tithes and offerings. We have missed you dearly.
We at First Baptist Church of Stanleyville are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for you and your family to worship the Lord while at the same time seeking to maintain our calling to reach this generation with the Gospel.
All of us miss being able to worship together as a church family. While we would like to pick up exactly where we left off in March, we realize that our coming back together will be a gradual process. The following action plan has been developed with much prayer, seeking leadership from God, consulting with state and local officials, and observing the effects of the coronavirus in our area.
As your Pastor, I would like to explain our plan as we go forward in these uncertain days. Historically as a church, this will not be what we have been used to, but we are confident that God will allow us to return to a semblance of normalcy in the upcoming weeks or months.
In consultation with our county and state, as well as meeting with our leadership (deacons and Pastoral staff) after having sought and discerned the Lord’s will in a time of prayer as to what the Lord would have us to do, we have the opportunity moving forward to continue with the drive-in services June 7th, 14th and 21st (10:00 am), beginning Sunday, June 28th we will offer three Sunday services for re-gathering as a church body in our buildings. These services are strictly voluntary and there is no pressure to attend public services. If you do choose to attend, we ask that you only attend one service and practice social distancing guidelines.
*9:00 am service in Family Life Center (FLC)
*11:00 am service in Sanctuary
* 6:30 pm service in Sanctuary
All services will be roughly 30 minutes and will include similar worship and the same sermon/Bible text.
In addition to three services we will continue to LIVE stream all services on Facebook at Stanleyville Baptist Church.
Guidelines for Reopening
• No person that has a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the previous 14 days is permitted to enter the church building.
• Face masks are highly encouraged and will be made available for anyone who does not have a facemask.
• We will suspend our “greeting time” during the service, and we kindly ask you to refrain from shaking hands and hugging. Waving is fine.
• There will be no donuts or coffee refreshments served at this time.
• Seating will be managed in the FLC and Sanctuary in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
• All worshipers will enter through one door and exit through another. Worshippers will be ushered out of the service by rows at the conclusion of the service. Please do not linger in the buildings between worship services.
• Worshippers will only sit with members of their household, and must maintain 6 feet social distance from non-members of household. Only every other row/pew will be available for seating.
• There will be no nursery, on-campus Sunday School classes, or Wednesday night activities for the time being. We will continue to stream our Wednesday night Bible Study.
• We will not pass the offering plates, but we will receive the offering at the end of each service. The offering will be received in the “gold” boxes and offering plates located at the front and rear of the building.
• We have increased the sanitizing of our church facilities, and our church will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the week. We have also purchased extra hand sanitizers that will be placed around the church facility.
• We are asking everyone to wash hands, cover coughs, and sneezes, use hand sanitizer and to please remain home if you have been sick, have a fever, feel fatigued, or have symptoms of sickness. Remember, you will still be able to view services online.
• If any person feels anxious, unsafe, or fearful in regard to following these guidelines, it is perfectly acceptable and understandable if you choose not to enter the church at this time.
If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call our church office 336-377-2984, and we will be glad to help you. Let’s remain united as a church family in trusting our great Savior and commit to carrying out His will. I look forward to seeing you! Remember, we will get through this together with our eyes on Jesus, because, we are STANLEYVILLE STRONG!
Pastor T Welch