Dear Church Family,
The leadership at CABC met on Wednesday, August 19 th and have decided to move into Phase II of our reopening. All of Phase I guidelines remain the same. Phase II will add an additional service to be held each Wednesday evening beginning September 2, 2020. This service will be conducted in our upstairs worship area. While the setting and format may be different than previous Wednesday services, we feel as if it is time to continue our push to return to “normal” as soon as we possibly can. Phase II will also include the regathering of our youth. These are the only two items added for Phase II.

We continue to thank you for your patience, support and encouragement. We realize many are still not comfortable returning to confined spaces. We support and pray for each of you. We look forward to the day when we can all worship together, no matter the setting. Stay faithful to His word and trust in His
control!


In Christ

Pastor Chad

  • Instruct sick employees, volunteers, and guests to stay home; (please be cautious)

 

  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining appropriate distance (at least 6 feet) between people;

 

  • Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, using your elbow to cover coughs, and not touching your face; (hand sanitizer stations are located at each entrance)

 

  • Implement environmental cleanliness and sanitation practices; and

 

  • Clean and disinfect work areas frequently. (teams will be assigned to top and bottom floor)

 

  • Add additional service times to facilitate proper distancing. (not an option at this time)

 

  • Ensure all attendees sanitize their hands and put on a mask or face covering before entering the building. (please bring a mask or one will be given to you as you enter the building – mask should be worn for the entire service)

 

  • Equip ushers and greeters with gloves and masks.

 

  • Encourage all attendees who are 65 and older to stay home and watch the services online or provide a “senior service” exclusively for attendees 65 and older to attend in person. (senior only service not an option at this time)

 

  • Ask all attendees who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch the services online. 

 

  • Restrict seating to every other pew. (you will be seated by a deacon as you enter the sanctuary)

 

  • Ensure attendees sit with their immediate family unit, use physical distancing between each unit. (family unit = those who live in same home)

 

  • Dismiss attendees by family unit in order to maintain physical distancing. (wait to be dismissed)

 

  • Sanitize seats and frequently used surfaces between services. (teams will be assigned to top and bottom floor)

 

  • Consider keeping childcare closed, unless the place of worship can comply with CDC guidelines for childcare facilities. (phase 1 does not include any nursery, children or youth activities)

 

  • Consider refraining from passing collection plates and instead provide a central collection box or encourage online giving. (offering plates are at back of church at double doors)

 

  • Consider how the sacraments can be administered without attendees having to touch the same surfaces and objects. (we do not have anything “scheduled”) 

                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Consider travel and exposure – with the recent spike in cases due to travel please monitor the situation and self-quarantine as needed or recommended. Exposure to someone with symptoms would also require self-monitoring and quarantine (please make this a priority – we are counting on you – please let us know if you are missing worship for these reasons)

College Avenue Baptist Church                         

1908 Jefferson Street

Bluefield, WV  24701

304-800-4244

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