Spread the love
McCoy Memorial Baptist Church Reopening Plan

Please read the following for our updated Sunday school reopening plan.
Sunday school resumed on Sunday, July 12th. 

Dear McCoy Family,

McCoy leadership is excited to share with you the plans for resuming Sunday school, children’s church, and nursery. The purpose of this email is to help you understand some of the changes that will be put into practice as we resume these ministries on Sunday, July 12. As we have stated before, we ask for your grace and patience. We have worked hard to think through everything, but with all these details we recognize that something may have been forgotten or overlooked. We will continue to make changes and modifications to these plans as needed.

County Face Covering Mandate

You are all aware of the reality that COVID-19 is having a direct impact on the health of Elkhart County residents. Elkhart County is experiencing record numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19, and Elkhart County has recently seen an increased hospital occupancy because of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, June 30, the Elkhart County Health Department issued Public Health Order No. 01-2020 mandating that every individual must properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. The intent of this Order is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout Elkhart County and protect public health.

The Leadership and Advisory Team of MMBC encourage you to wear a face covering to be in compliance with the County’s mandate. Pastor Ray and Pastor Christopher will be wearing a face covering. However, wearing a face covering will not be a requirement for attending our services or our Sunday School ministry.

And as always, please be gracious to others and their personal decisions.

Please note: Although we are seeking to provide for proper physical distancing and other safety precautions, there may be times when unmasked people will be (or need to be) within 6 feet of you and/or others. There will be times when a teacher or a childcare worker may need to help your child and thus break the 6 feet distancing recommendation. If you are uncomfortable with this, please know we will continue to provide live stream services and digital content for Sunday school so that you can continue to participate from home.

Sunday School Plans & Guidelines


  • Families and individuals are asked to check temperatures before leaving for church and if ANYONE in the home has a fever of 99.9 or above, we ask that the WHOLE family stay home.
  • Classrooms will be limited to specific capacities which will be posted in each room. These capacities allow for proper physical distancing in each room.
  • Some classes have moved locations in order to provide proper space.

o   The Cornerstone Class will remain in the Cornerstone room.

o   ABF will remain in the MPR.

o   Lamplighters (Pastor Ray’s class) will meet in the sanctuary.

o   Legacy will meet in Pastor Ray’s Sunday school room.

o   Pathfinders will remain in the RUSH room.

  • All surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected after class. Cleaning supplies will be provided in each room and each class is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the room they occupied.
  • All worship service attenders will be asked to vacate the sanctuary and MPR immediately following the morning service allowing for a cleaning crew to disinfect and clean all surfaces before the start of Sunday school.
  • The Ladies Sunday School class will not meet at this time. The ladies are hoping to resume in the fall.

Children & Children’s Church

  • Classrooms will be limited to specific capacities which will be posted in each room.
  • Families will be asked to check temperatures before leaving for church and if ANYONE in the home has a fever of 99.9 or above, we ask that the WHOLE family stay home.
  • If a child becomes sick or exhibits signs of sickness while in our ministries, we will send them home.
  • Teachers will seek to keep students 6’ apart when possible.
  • Classes will provide individual sets of crayons, markers, pencils, etc. for each child.
  • Parents must pick up children IMMEDIATELY after ministries.
  • Children should bring water bottles. Water fountains will not be in service (small water bottles will be available if needed).
  • Children will sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving their classroom.
  • All surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected after students leave.
  • Teachers will be vigilant and liberal with wipes and sanitizer throughout the ministry time.
  • There will be no snacks permitted.

o     If you would like to give your student(s) a snack we ask that it be done outside or in your car between the church and Sunday school hours. Snacks cannot be eaten in the classroom.

  • There will be no large group singing at the start of the Sunday School hour.

Drop off & Pick up

  • After Sunday school, students in grades 5-8 will be brought outside to the carport on the Foster Avenue side of the church.
  • Children’s Wing: A maximum of four parents (and their children) will be allowed to enter the children’s wing for drop-off and pick-up. Other parents/families will wait outside the children’s wing until they are told they can proceed.

o   Drop-off: Parents will enter the children’s wing by the children’s wing check-in counter and will exit by the infant nursery check-in counter.

o   Pick-up: Parents (and their children) will enter the children’s wing by the children’s wing check-in counter and will exit through the south glass security doors and continue outside through the south doors by the officeThis parking exit will be coned-off and an attendant will be present to ensure no traffic endangers our families.

o   If a parent needs to re-enter the children’s wing or the church, they will need to re-enter through the main entrances.

Children’s Sick Policy Reminder:

Please be mindful of spreading sickness.  Here are a few guidelines that will help curb the spread and protect your home and others from unwanted sicknesses:

  • FEVER: Child should be fever free for 72 hours without medication.
  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: Child should be episode free for 24 hours.
  • STREP THROAT: Child should have started antibiotics 24 hours before attending.
  • NASAL DRAINAGE:  Child should not attend until clear.
  • SORE THROAT/COUGH:  Child should not attend with a sore throat, croup or persistent coughing associated with respiratory infection
  • PINK EYE:  Attend only after 24 hours of antibiotics, no drainage occurs, and the child is no longer rubbing the eye.
  • LICE/OTHER INFESTATION:  Children should not attend until after treatment, and all live lice and visible nits have been removed.

Sunday School Promotion

Promotion Sunday has been postponed until Sunday, August 30th.


  • Starting Sunday, July 12, the infant and toddler nursery will be combined in the toddler nursery room during the Sunday morning worship hour. Nursery will not be available during Sunday school on Sunday, July 12.
  • Starting Sunday, July 19, nursery for infants during the Sunday school hour will resume in the infant nursery.

Transitioning from Sunday Moring Worship to Sunday School

  • Coffee will not be provided between church and Sunday school.
  • Please be mindful of physical distancing during this transition time, especially in bathrooms.
  • The stairwell closest to the bathrooms will be designated for down traffic only.
  • The stairwell closest the MPR will be designated for up traffic only.
  • The stairs in the main entrance will be used to go up and down.
  • Those who meet in the MPR and sanctuary during the Sunday school hour will need to vacate so that these areas can be cleaned and disinfected. Feel free to gather (being mindful of physical distancing) in the foyer or outside.

We look forward to resuming these ministries on Sunday, July 12!

With love,

Pastors, Deacons & COVID-19 Advisory Team – Dan Anderson, Jean Anderson (Registered Nurse), John Anderson, Matt Bayes, Roy Ferris, Stan Knafel, Pastor Christopher Kocher, Joe Lloyd, Pastor Ray Laborde, Jeremy Miller (School Administrator) Mark Martin, Dr. Ken Petersen (Physician), Walt Ryder, Steve Swope

Posted prior to our Morning Worship services resuming.  


Dear Church Family,

This past week has been a busy but exciting time for us as church leadership. It has been busy because there are many details that need to be worked through in order to once again meet face-to-face as a church, and EXCITING because we WILL be meeting face-to-face!

On Sunday, May 24th we will resume our Sunday morning public worship services!

With this announcement the McCoy leadership team would like to ask you to do few things:

First, we ask you to be overflowing with grace. As we begin public services and start walking down this road to resume in-person ministries and events, we need you to be gracious with us, as McCoy leaders, and with one another. As you know, there will be as many opinions on how we should resume as there are attenders in our church. May we lovingly agree to disagree. Let us lovingly respect the decisions of others and not allow this issue to divide us as a church. Let us be unified in Jesus Christ, His death, burial and resurrection! Let us show our community what truly brings us together. As Paul said in 1 Cor. 2:2, “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

Second, we would like to ask you to exemplify Philippians 2:3-5, “3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” As we begin to meet, we must all seek to serve one another. We as church leadership are going to ask you to follow guidelines for the good of others. Let us together set aside ourselves, and our “rights” in order to model Christ. Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 says this: “‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”

Third, we ask you to follow the below guidelines when you join us for Sunday morning worship, or other in-person ministries and events.

  1. Stay home and enjoy our services via live stream, if you are “high-risk” or 65 and over.
  2. Stay at home when you are sick, for the safety of others.
  3. Take your temperature before you leave your home. If you or anyone in your house has a temperature of 99.9 or higher, please stay home and worship as a family via live stream.
  4. Be extra vigilant about personal hygiene practices.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue, then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  1. Practice proper social distancing, as you arrive and attend the service/ministries. Do not shake hands or seek physical contact with others (and do not be offended when others don’t seek physical contact with you).
  2. Bring a water bottle in order to avoid using public drinking fountains.
  3. Seek to follow guidelines and recommendations from our federal, state, and local authorities


What will our services look like? Our message and purpose have not changed. We still gather to worship our HOLY GOD and to hear HIS WORD boldly proclaimed. Some differences will include entering and exiting, seating, collecting offering, etc.

When you arrive, you will still be greeted at the door with a friendly smile but not a handshake. You will be encouraged to quickly find your seat. As you enter the sanctuary you will be offered a bulletin, in case you do not have a digital version. When choosing your seat, you should maintain 6-feet distance from other families or individuals. Every other pew will be roped off to help provide social distancing for you and others. Once our sanctuary fills to half capacity, we will begin using our gym for more worship space. The service will be live streamed into the gym, which will also be set up for proper social distancing.

When our service is over, you will be reminded to carefully maintain proper social distancing and asked to remain seated until you are dismissed by an usher. At the exits, ushers will have offering plates ready to receive any offering you might have. At this point, we will not hold in-person Sunday school classes, so we encourage you to return home after the service to enjoy the ministry and fellowship of Sunday School via Zoom or YouTube.

What else will McCoy be doing to help keep me and others safe? McCoy will be establishing a disinfecting team. This team will adhere to specific procedures in order to disinfect the sanctuary, gym, and public areas following all public services. We will be providing hand sanitizer throughout the church as well as disinfectant wipes for individual use in bathrooms, common areas, classrooms, drinking fountains, etc. We will also post signs reminding you and others to be mindful of proper social distancing (don’t forget social distancing in bathrooms).

What about Sunday school and nurseries? For a time, Sunday school will continue via YouTube and Zoom. The COVID-19 advisory team, deacons, and pastors will be working to determine a date when Sunday school ministries and nurseries will resume.

What about other ministries like Prayer Meeting, RUSH, Pathfinders, Cardio Drumming, etc.? The McCoy leadership team has decided to resume our “peripheral” ministries under specific guidelines starting Sunday, May 24th (see guidelines below). Prayer Meeting will resume Wednesday, May 27th and will meet in the sanctuary to provide ample room for proper social distancing. Please be looking for emails and communications about other specific ministries and when or how they will resume.

Peripheral Ministry Guidelines

  • We ask that all peripheral ministries comply with CDC social distancing and state guidelines.
  • Ministry leaders who use the church building are required to disinfect facilities according to written guidelines, after their event or ministry is done. Cleaning supplies and disinfectant will be provided, as well as a checklist of items to be disinfected (knobs, water fountains, tables, bathrooms, etc.). Checklists must be signed by a ministry leader to confirm all areas were properly disinfected.

When will people be allowed to begin using the church for non-church activities? Please understand that McCoy leadership team’s first priority is our public worship services, then our peripheral ministries, and finally other non-church activities. Because our services and ministries are our highest priority, we will not be opening our church facilities for non-church activities and events until Monday, June 8. We ask for your patience on this matter as we work through procedures, plans, and technology for our services and ministries first.

The use of our church facilities will be subject to not only our current policies and procedures, but new policies and procedures, in order to ensure the safety of our church and its members. All church use requests MUST be submitted no less than two weeks prior to the desired date of use in order to allow us time to make the proper arrangements for the request. Some of the new policies and procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Limit gatherings to no more than 100 people.
  • Requests must be made no less than two weeks prior to use, as stated above.
  • Those requesting to use the facility are required to disinfect facilities according to written guidelines, after their event is done. Cleaning supplies and disinfectant will be provided, as well as a checklist of items to be disinfected (knobs, water fountains, tables, bathrooms, etc.). Checklists must be signed by a ministry leader to confirm all areas were properly disinfected.

What about __________? As a leadership team we are confident of one thing, we missed something! 🙂 Please be gracious with us as we navigate this challenging time. As questions arise feel free to call the church office or contact your deacon or pastors. Our greatest desire is to care for and serve you!


Pray. Please continue to tap into the most powerful resource we have: PRAYER!

  • Pray for our church as we make these adjustments. Pray for patience, wisdom, gracious hearts, and unity. Our prayer as a leadership team is that we will emerge from this time stronger and healthier as a body!
  • Pray for wisdom for our leaders. There are many changes, decisions, and new challenges that we are facing. Pray for God’s help and protection as we navigate through all of this.
  • Pray for the spiritual health and growth of your brothers and sisters. For some, these times have been greatly stretching their walk. Pray for God’s protection and provision for our church family.
  • Pray for physical protection. For many, COVID-19 poses a serious threat. Many in our church are at-risk and immune compromised. Pray for God’s protection and peace for your brothers and sisters!
  • Pray for open doors, open hearts, and open mouths. Let’s together pray for new opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ! And let’s together pray for one another, as Paul asked the church at Ephesus to pray for him: Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Ephesians 6:19-20).


Most importantly, rest confidently that “Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases” (Psalm 115:3). Through this virus, we believe that our church has been able to display the joy and hope we have in Christ to a fearful world. Let us continue! Be watchful for ways you can serve those around you. And remember, Jesus Christ is your hope; share that hope with others!

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

With love,

Pastors, Deacons & COVID-19 Advisory Team – Dan Anderson, Jean Anderson (Registered Nurse), John Anderson, Matt Bayes, Roy Ferris, Stan Knafel, Pastor Christopher Kocher, Joe Lloyd, Pastor Ray Laborde, Jeremy Miller (School Administrator) Mark Martin, Dr. Ken Petersen (Physician), Walt Ryder, Steve Swope