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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates


On Monday, August 17th the Church Board made the following changes:

Starting this Sunday, Aug 23rdwe will move to only one service, at 11:00 am.  The service will continue to be livestreamed for the foreseeable future for those not yet able or comfortable attending in-person.  We will continue to observe the mask policy that has been in place for the 11:00 service.  Moving to one service will give our volunteers who have been serving for two back-to-back services for the last few months a much-needed break, and give us an opportunity to prepare for the Fall.  We will continue to run Kids Ignite and other childcare ministries as we have in the last few months.  There will be no more need to pre-register for this service.  It would help our ushers if you continued to sit in “pods” that correspond to your family unit.  Should we begin to get too close to our maximum safe capacity, we have plans to simulcast to an overflow room if needed.

I am also excited to announce that on Sunday, Sept 6thwe will take communion once again as a church family!  We have purchased individually-packaged communion cups and wafers, which will be distributed to each seat ahead of time to minimize the risk of disease transmission.  This will also be a family worship Sunday.  For those still attending the service at home, I encourage you to have the appropriate elements in place to partake with us via the Livestream.  Don’t stress if you can’t find the same kind of grape juice or unleavened crackers.  The act of communion is more important than the exact nature of the elements themselves.

Beginning Sunday, Sept 13thwe will start our Sunday School and ABF ministries at 9:45 am.  To ensure proper social distancing, things will look a bit different than what we’re used to.  We will have a men’s class, a woman’s class, a class for our teens and a program for our children.  The men and women will be spread out in the auditorium and youth room, and the teens will meet in the choir room.  We would ask that just for the first Sunday, you register yourself and your children for Sunday School to help us determine the best meeting areas for each group.  Normal mask rules will still apply at this time and we have a team of volunteers that will wipe down the auditorium between Sunday School and the main service.  If you are interested and able to help in our children’s ministries or nursery, volunteers are needed.

Our Wednesday night ministries will kick off on Sept 9th with several Bible for Life options, a New Believer’s class, and our FUSE and AWANA ministries.  Our leaders believe we can properly social distance and staff these ministries.  More information will be available in the coming weeks regarding the specifics for Wednesday nights.

Finally, Life Groups are encouraged to begin meeting again, starting Sept 20th.  We will forego a kickoff BBQ at this time, and LG leaders will coordinate with Pastor Aaron to ensure the best and safest plan for their group.  We are encouraging groups to consider alternate ways of gathering, whether at the church where they could spread out, meeting outside, or via Zoom.  If you are interested in getting involved in a Life Group, please contact Pastor Aaron and he will help you get plugged in.

We will continue to monitor our plan and modify it as necessary.  We appreciate your prayers and encouragement as we try to make the right decisions in these strange and unsettling times.


On Monday, June 22nd the Church Board made the following changes for Phase 2 reopening.

9am Service

  • We will continue our masks-required service at 9am.  All attenders and workers will be asked to keep their masks on for the duration of the service.  We will still provide childcare only for those serving during this time.

11am Service

  • Attenders at the 11am service will be asked to keep their masks on while moving around and while singing, but have the option to take them off while seated for the sermon.  Keep in mind we will continue to follow proper social distancing.

Children’s Ministries: 11am Service

  • The Board desires to offer Kids’ Ignite for grades K-5 during the 11am service, as well as a toddler and pre-school class and infant nursery throughout the service.  These ministries will not run until we are confident that we have enough trained volunteer staff for them who adhere to the LARA guidelines.  If you are interested in helping serve in a children’s ministry on Sunday morning, please contact the Office or Pastor Aaron or Garrett.
  • Children in toddler, pre-school and nursery classes will be screened for health by having their temperature taken with a no-touch thermometer.  Upon successful screening, they will be permitted to remove their masks if their parent gives permission while in their classrooms.  Childcare workers will wear masks at all times.
  • Kids’ Ignite children will follow the same mask policy as the 11am service—masks on when moving around, but they may remove them while sitting for the Bible lesson, socially distanced as appropriate.  Weather permitting, Kids’ Ignite teachers will emphasize outdoor activities where masks will not be required.  Childcare workers will wear masks at all times.

Wednesday Nights

  • The Board also voted to resume ministries on campus on Wednesday nights, beginning July 1st, assuming we have the necessary help for each ministry.  We aim to have a children’s ministry, Bible for Life, Youth Group, and a discipleship training in place by then.  Again, contact the church office if you are willing to help with our children.  Mask restrictions will follow the 11am Sunday Service policy.

Miscellaneous Questions

  • Will we still have to RSVP for the Sunday service?  At this time, yes please!  It greatly helps our preparation, making sure there are enough pods of chairs spaced out for each family attending.
  • Will we have to RSVP for the Wednesday service?  Not at this time.
  • Will we continue to wipe down between services?  Yes.  We will take all the same safety precautions we have been following.
  • Will we still have Livestream for those of us who don’t feel safe or comfortable coming back at this time?  Yes!  We will certainly continue livestreaming our 11am service.  We don’t want you to feel undo pressure to attend if you are uncomfortable doing so.
  • Will we still offer a High-Risk Room?  Not at this time.

Update as of June 23rd 5:00pm:

  • We are continuing to offer two services. One at 9:00am and one at 11:00am.
  • High Risk room is no longer offered.
  • During the 9am service everyone over the age of 2 is asked to wear a mask at all times while in church buildings.
  • During the 11am service everyone over the age of 2 is asked to wear a mask while moving around and singing but may remove while seated during the sermon.

Update as of June 9th 1:00pm:

Re-Gathering Sunday, June 14th!

We will be opening our doors again for Sunday Gatherings only. Here’s what you need to know:

  • We will be holding two services. One at 9:00am and one at 11:00am.
  • A High Risk Room will be available only during the 11:00am service in the Youth Room for those with extra health concerns (the live service will be simulcast into this room).
  • We will also continue to livestream our service at 11:00am on Facebook, YouTube, and our website for those not able or comfortable returning at this time. 
  • We are asking that you RSVP for the service you plan to attend. Registration will be available on our website or church center mobile app Thursday at 10:00am.
  • During each service, we will practice proper social distancing. Please refrain from handshakes, hugs, etc.
  • You may sit with your family, but the auditorium chairs have been rearranged to allow proper spacing between those who don’t live in the same household.
  • Between services we have a team wiping down and disinfecting everything according to CDC standards. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.
  • After the service, we ask that you do not congregate as usual. Our ushers will have several exits open for your dismissal.
  • In accordance with CDC recommendations and per Governor Whitmer’s orders, we are asking each individual over the age of 2 years old to wear a mask while attending. 
  • We will only provide childcare for those serving or working the service (pastors, greeters, ushers, praise team, etc.).

Update as of March 17th 3:00pm:

Effective immediately, here is what the next few weeks will look like at BBC:

Sunday Mornings

  • All morning gatherings are postponed (ABFs/Sunday School; 11:00am Worship Service) until further notice. We will gather together online instead!
  • Sunday mornings we will stream our 11am service to our Website, Facebook, Vimeo, and Youtube pages. The Praise Team will gather to sing some songs and I (Pastor Bryan) will preach. We hope to make this service feel as “normal” as possible without you actually being there. I encourage families to consider watching together on Sunday morning and having a time of prayer with each other. I will be pausing our series in Leviticus to address our world’s crisis from a biblical standpoint for the next two weeks, before moving to a short Easter series. After Easter, I hope to pick up where we left off and return to the old normal.

Wednesday Nights

  • All Wednesday night activities are postponed for at least the next three weeks.  These include Bible for Life and any other adult ministry, FUSE and AWANA.
  • In lieu of Wednesday night services, we will also post a brief message from one of your pastors on our Facebook page and other channels. Again, we encourage families to get together to watch it and have a time of prayer with each other.
  • We will post similar brief updates and encouragements throughout the week to keep you tuned in and spiritually-minded.

Other Events/Ministries

  • Bethany Day Care will remain open for child care as long as they are able.
  • The Legacy 5 concert is postponed until Thursday, August 20th. Those who already ordered tickets will have the option of keeping their ticket until that date or getting a refund. Please contact the office with any questions.
  • All on-campus ministries are postponed until further notice. This includes Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, prayer groups, etc. We encourage you to consider alternatives to in-person meetings, such as Facetime, Zoom meeting etc.
  • Life Groups are also postponed until further notice, as there is no good way to spread out in someone’s home. Again, don’t be strangers to one another.  Phones work not just to access the Internet, but to talk to one another. You can even pray for each other through the phone! Stay in contact and share your love.
  • Over the next few days, the pastors and/or shepherd group leaders will be contacting all the seniors in the church to see if they have any spiritual or physical needs. Church—keep in touch. Your leaders have not stopped praying and caring for you. Please call the office or fill out this form online and let us know if you have any needs that we might be able to help with.
  • We have postponed our Mission Trip to India, along with the Garage Sale and any other meetings/fundraisers. We hope to hold the trip next summer, Lord willing.

Giving

  • If you are able and would still like to give, you can do so online here! You may also mail in a contribution to the church office.

Prayer

Church—we covet your prayers! With all the extra time on your hands, we should see some true prayer warriors developing in many homes. Here are a few things you can be in prayer for:

  • Pray that our leadership team has wisdom to make the right decisions that would allow for the church ministries to continue in an appropriate way that both honors God and respects the wishes of our government.
  • Pray that our congregation and community remains safe and healthy as this virus continues its way through our area.
  • Pray that the church would not lose her mission, her focus, or her love for God and the world during this crisis.
  • Pray for our missionaries, our government, our doctors and health care workers, our police and first responders and anyone else that may be directly dealing with the impact of this virus.
  • Pray for opportunity to share the love of Christ in the midst of trying circumstances.

We appreciate your patience, grace and understanding during the next few weeks and months as we continue to manage as best as we can. God is good. Even when we don’t understand all that is happening and why, God is still good and in control. Let us rely on His love and sovereignty in the midst of these trials.

“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock” (Isaiah 26:4).

– Pastor Bryan