Phase One of Reopening Our Campus Underway

Dear Baptist Temple Family,

We are eagerly preparing to open the Sanctuary for worship this Sunday, October 18, at 9:30 a.m. As we have explained, this reopening day is the beginning of what we are calling “Phase One.”
You are invited to join us this Sunday in the Sanctuary for worship, abiding by the information and requirements below for a safe and effective time together.
Some of you reading this will be contacted and asked to volunteer at some level during Phase One. We will contact those of you who are not in high-risk categories. Some of the success of Phase One is dependent upon the willingness and availability of these volunteers.
Please carefully read the information below as you prepare to join us on Sunday.
  • When you arrive, a volunteer in the Main Lobby will open the door for you.
  • There will be no coffee or refreshments served, and we ask that you not bring any food or drink into the building.
  • Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
  • We will be recording the service on video, which we will publish on Sunday afternoon. Please arrive before 9:30 a.m. with enough time to find your seat, visit the restrooms, and prepare for an hour of worship.
  • If you choose to continue to worship with us online during Phase One, you will be able to do so Sunday evening or anytime the following week.
  • Offerings will be collected in boxes at the Sanctuary entrance.
  • Seating in the pews will be designated to insure social distancing. We kindly ask that you maintain awareness and observance of social distancing in the Sanctuary and in the hallways.
  • During Phase One the choir will be only Section Leaders. Volunteer choir members should remain in the pews and sing the hymns.
  • Our Pastor and Music Director will be the only people on the platform using the pulpit during Phase One.
  • We ask that you exit the building after worship. Socialize in the porte cochère or parking lot.
  • There will be no Bible studies or Choir Rehearsals during Phase One.
  • There will be no childcare during Phase One. Children of all ages are always welcome in worship.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms that have been identified with Covid-19, especially fever, body aches, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, you must not attend.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the building. There must be no exceptions.
  • Restrooms must be limited to no more than 2 people at a time.
  • Please refrain from hugs and handshakes. Use the ‘elbow bump’ or a friendly wave to say hello.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be provided in the restrooms and hallways. Please use them.
  • Each individual will maintain personal responsibility to adhere to the above requirements. We do not have the ability to monitor every person at every time. We trust that each person in attendance will respect these conditions.
  • Each congregant should use his/her own best judgement about attending. Those who are in high-risk categories due to age and/or underlying health conditions are encouraged to continue to worship with us online.
  • If you have been exposed to someone infected with Covid-19 in the past 14 days, you must receive a negative Covid-19 test result before attending.
  • This is Phase One of several phases of our reopening strategy. We hope that we will be able to continue to progress toward a full / “normal” activity. If there is an outbreak of Covid in the congregation, we will close the building and watch for the right time to start Phase One again.
How long will Phase One last?
  • We do not know. If Covid cases continue to decline in our community, and if local and State officials continue to relax warnings and capacity requirements, we believe that Phase Two could begin before the end of 2020.
When will Bible Studies and Choir Rehearsals resume?
  • We do not know. We will do our best to accomplish this in Phase Two or Phase Three.
How can I help?
  • Thank you for asking.
  • Please contact Kelly or Eddie to let them know how you would like to help.
  • You can continue to pray for our church, our leadership, and for all who have been affected by the pandemic.
  • You can stay home, stay healthy, and limit your exposure so that you can not only enjoy attending worship, but also do so in a way that keeps your fellow church members safe.
  • You can continue to watch our weekly worship service videos on our website or on Facebook, and share with your family and friends.
  • You can continue to give your tithes and offerings. In order to accomplish this phased reopening plan we need your financial support.
What if my family wants to wait to attend until Phase Two or later?
  • In Christ’s love, we fully support your decision. We will continue to provide worship service videos online each Sunday evening, and will keep you informed of our progress.
Thank you for your attention to this information, and for your continued faithfulness to God and to Baptist Temple. We hope to see you this Sunday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Rev. Kelly K. Burkhart, Senior Pastor
Mr. Edward Crowell, Director of Music