Return to Corporate Worship Plan

The mission of Bayside Baptist Church is to glorify God by helping people to follow Christ Jesus together. Central to this vision is a deep love for our corporate gatherings that prioritizes gospel-centered preaching on Sunday morning. Our ability to meet again will be determined, in part, by our governing authorities. When we are able to gather again, we anticipate that the following guidelines will guide our services.

*Please note that these plans are subject to further development,

and additional guidelines provided by our governing authorities.

 

Phase 1 Plans

Members are safer at home. We will continue to provide our online service platforms for those who may not be able to attend in person, or who are uncomfortable attending in person. No one should feel obligated to return to in-person worship before they are ready to do so.

The Governor of Virginia has given places of worship guidelines and recommendations for reopening during Phase 1. Below are descriptions of what to expect as we enter this phase based upon those guidelines. We will return to corporate worship Sunday, May 24, following the Governor’s announcement of entering Phase 1.

Follow this link to view the Governor’s guidelines for religious services:

https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/forwardvirginia/#856622

 

Services and Registration

Service Times and Locations: Sundays, 10am and 5pm. Both services will be held in the Café.

Participation Limits: Each service will be limited to 50 participants plus worship team members, which will be kept to a minimum. Participants must pre-register. Pre-registration will automatically close at 80% which gives us a buffer of 20% for those who may not register and arrive in person. We insist on not exceeding the stipulated capacity. This limit is to allow for social distancing guidelines to be met, and appropriate measures accomplished as people are entering and exiting the building.

Registration: Registration for services will be done online via Eventbrite. Registration links can be found on our website, in the Bayside e-news, as well as Facebook. Everyone (that is, family units or single) will be required to pre-register for the service they’d like to attend. Registrants will receive a confirmation email. For those without the technology, you will be able to call the church office to register (prior to services). Doors will open 20 minutes prior to service. Upon arrival, all participants will check in at the Welcome Center Desk. Volunteers will search for your name on the reservation list. We will keep your reservation until 5 minutes after service has started. After that time, it becomes an available seat. Available seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Registration Confirmation and Cancellation: Registered participants will receive a confirmation email. If you are no longer able to attend or need to make an adjustment, use the confirmation email to manage/cancel your reservation. If your reservation was made by phone, please contact the church office.

 

Preparations and Other Elements

Sanitizing: Before and after service we will sanitize chairs, bathrooms and Welcome Center. There will also be marked stations with hand sanitizer. During the service we will sanitize the bathrooms and Welcome Center.

Mask: All volunteers will be required to wear a mask, unless on stage. We strongly encourage our church family to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times. Please bring your own mask. If you do not have one, we will provide a disposable mask.

Seating: All seating in the service will adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Special exceptions will be given to households who wish to sit together.

Bulletins: No printed materials will be handed out. We will have an electronic Connection Card form to connect via QR code or web link.

Offering: Online giving is strongly encouraged. During the service volunteers will walk the room with baskets to receive any offerings. Baskets will not be passed to or between the participants.

Lord’s Supper: When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we will use sanitized, pre-packaged elements.

Entrances and Exits: All participants will enter the building through the Welcome Center doors. Entrance to the Café will be at the front near the stage. Participants will be dismissed by row, exiting the café through the rear and exiting the building through the exterior doors by the café.  All doors will be propped open to avoid using handles.

Children and Students: No nursery, preschool, children, or students’ programs will be available in order to honor the social distancing guidelines during worship gatherings.

When to Stay at Home: If you have a fever or symptoms of Covid-19, known exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior or are part of the vulnerable population (VP)*, please stay home.

Food Services: There will be no coffee or refreshments served.

Facility Access: The only building access will be the Welcome Center and Café. No other building access is permitted to allow us to adhere to both state and federal sanitation guidelines.

Parking: Park in the Welcome Center Parking lot. These doors will be the only entrance to the church. Handicap parking is available.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19: If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after attending a worship service, please notify the church office.
 
 
 

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The best source of information will be the Center for Disease Control and Intervention (CDC). Follow this link for the latest information and precautions:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html. You can also find more information via the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/.