First Baptist Church of Verdigris’ leadership has consulted with federal, state, local and BGCO guidelines and suggestions to come up with some procedures and guidelines for our church services as we return to in-person worship services. We will only be having our Sunday morning service at 10:45 AM to start things off. All other services are still cancelled until further notice.
As a church, we will provide sanitizer at entrances and exits. We will deep clean and sanitize the entire building before every service we come together for. We will have an empty row of chairs between the rows being occupied by congregants, and we will socially space family groups if on the same row with at least 3 chairs between them. There will be no passing of the offering plate, no shaking of hands or physical touch for the “greeting” portion of our service, and no altar call for people to gather at the altar. We will not be handing out bulletins, we will have greeters stand 6 ft from the doors to allow congregants to enter safely and will have doors propped open for a contactless entry. There will be no children’s ministries including children’s church, nursery, and extended session. If you bring children to church, they will be expected to sit with your family and practice the same guidelines as the adults in the service.
As an individual, we ask that you wear a mask. If you do not have one, we will have some here to hand out. We ask that you sanitize your hands at the entrance and exit of our building. Also, if you are with your family, you may sit closer than 6 ft from each other, but we ask that you space from any other friends or family groups when finding a seat. We ask that there be no physical contact including, but not limited to, handshakes, high-fives, and hugs. If you are in the “at risk” category of the population (65 years of age & over, if you deal with any auto-immune problems, or if you are just not comfortable coming back), we ask that, for your safety, you stay home and worship with us online until the CDC and government entities say it is safe to socialize. Also, if you have a cough, fever, or have traveled out of state in the last 2 weeks please stay home for the safety of those participating in our services. Lastly, we ask that you only come through the doors by the garden and stay in the sanctuary and lobby area. All other areas of the church are shut down. If you absolutely have to use the restroom, they will be open, but please try to take care of that before coming to church. Remember to wash hands and socially space if you do have to use the restroom.
Thank all of you for your understanding and help during this time. We want to remind everyone that Romans 13 tells us to respect the authority in our lives. Unless the government is telling us to do or not do something that goes against what the Bible says, we are to respect and obey the laws of the land.