This Sunday, July 5, our service will be online only.
While we will not meet in person this week, we continue to gather faithfully in the Spirit. Out of an abundance of caution and love for others, our leadership has made this difficult decision in unity.
The information below reflects our Phase 1 regathering plan, which we hope to resume as soon as possible.
Please pray for the Elders and Leadership Partners, serving with the Gather Together Team, as they seek the Lord’s guidance about how to meet together, week by week. We will keep this page updated to reflect further updates and changes.
We are currently in phase 1 of our plan to resume gathering, including a livestream of our Sunday morning service on Facebook. We are watching and ready to tweak our protocol or even close the building again if needed. Whether you join us in the sanctuary or worship from home, we are united in Spirit as one body. As we interact with one another and observe safety protocols, our aim is love for one another and our community.
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We look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Are masks required?
We are asking everyone to wear masks inside the building at all times, out of love for our brothers and sisters. Love for one another guided this decision, knowing there are different opinions among us. Children age 2 - 10 are expected to wear masks to the best of their ability, and those under 2 should not wear masks, per CDC guidelines. Please bring your mask, or we will have a limited supply of extras available. Masks are not required outside, with 6’ distancing.
Is there singing?
Absolutely, with precautions! With masks, proper spacing, fresh air intake from open doors, and air volume in the sanctuary, we can raise our voices in joyful sound unto the Lord. The worship team will be a significant distance from the congregation, and will sing behind plexiglass screens.
How are we serving families with young children in the service?
We see this time as an opportunity to follow Jesus in extending a special welcome to the wiggles of children into our sanctuary. If at any point our families feel the need, they may move into the Fellowship Hall where tables are spaced for distancing and parents may assist their children with provided craft/art supplies related to the sermon. Audio of the service is provided. Parents may supervise their children on the playground before and after the service, entering and exiting only through the outside gate.
How are we handling passing things like communion, bulletins, and the offering plate?
We have processes such that no passing will be needed in the service. Communion will be at the front, where all elements will be individually available and no touching of anything except what you take will be necessary. The ushers will direct traffic to keep social distance. The bulletin (along with guest/prayer request forms) will be available electronically via link to the website and/or on the screen. An offering box is in the foyer near the main entrance, and another basket will be near the communion tables. Online giving is of course also an ongoing option.
What about door handles and other surfaces?
Our janitorial crew will thoroughly clean the building each Saturday evening with CDC approved disinfectants. All doors will be propped open for a constant source of fresh air and no touch entrance and exit. Upon entering either the Buckingham main entrance or the Greenville east entrance, a hand sanitizer station will be your first stop before proceeding further. Going in and out of the restroom, we also ask that you use hand sanitizer in addition to washing hands.
What else is different about the service?
Our service order of worship has not changed during COVID-19 even with online-only. The main service elements will continue: the Gathering, the Call to Worship, the Word, the Table, and the Benediction. Special elements like Transformation Stories and Birthday/Anniversary prayers will continue as well. However, we should be prepared that in many ways, our service will feel very different. We will aim for a shorter service in light of both our online audience and the children worshipping together with us.
How can we visit together after the service? I miss my church family!
The ushers will dismiss everyone to move outside to a shaded area in the parking lot, where bottled water will be available, and tape will designate six feet separations. We invite you to take off your mask and visit as long as you like, and as you are comfortable.