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McCoy Memorial Baptist Church Reopening Plan

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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!

ONE LAST AND IMPORTANT REQUEST:

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).

CONCLUSION

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