Starting Sunday, June 14, CHBC is reopening for Sunday morning worship at 10 am, Likewise, the service will be live-streamed at biblechurch.live at 10:00 am!
Update on Reconnecting (June 12)
Dear CHBC Family,
This Sunday will mark a change in the pattern of our weekly worship rhythms, and contained in this email are important reminders, as well as new information.
New Worship Times
- This Sunday, June 14, we are expanding our worship options from entirely online to include onsite worship. The service will begin at 10:00 am, and we ask that you register to let us know if you are planning to attend the in-person gathering. LEARN MORE & REGISTER >
- Our online options remain and still available, with some changes. We will live stream the 10 am service online, so that we can continue to worship as one, unified church body as in past weeks. So, please note that our online services will no longer be streamed at the two times of 9:15 and 11:00 am, but only once at 10:00 am. However, the recording of the service will still be available to be watched at any time (via Media page or iOS/Android app).
As we move toward meeting in-person again, we’d like to point you to the two videos Pastor Jay recorded [here and here], in which he shares his theological convictions that undergird our reconnecting plan.
Reminders About Worshipping On-Site
If you are planning to worship in the Sanctuary this Sunday, we ask you to do the following please:
- Register ahead of time at biblechurch.life/sunday-regathering
- Review the guidelines to which we will be adhering on our FAQ page if you have any questions.
- Come early to avoid congestion in the lobby and halls. DOORS OPEN AT 9:30 AM.
- Reach out to Connections Director (Jen Smith) if you are willing to help with our hospitality team.
- If you have experienced even mild symptoms since registering, please choose to worship with us via the online livestream.
- If you have felt unwell at all over the past two weeks, particularly involving any symptoms associated with COVID-19, please follow health guidelines and worship at home via the livestream.
New Mask Policy
This week, Orange County revised their guidelines to make masks mandatory for many situations, including indoor gatherings and outdoor gatherings where social distance is not able to be maintained. Hence, as we have sought to follow the most stringent of the civic guidelines, masks will be required to be worn during the in-person worship gathering this Sunday and those to come for those above the age of 2, except in the case of a medical or behavioral condition that prevents wearing one. Please reference our face mask policy here for a fuller explanation of these guidelines and other gathering protocols in place. Masks will be available in multiple sizes at the entry door for those who need them.
Please note that those speaking and singing on stage will not be wearing masks, but they will be significantly distanced from the first rows of worshippers, according to the recommendations of health experts. This decision has been affirmed as a reasonable solution by trusted medical advisors.
Prayers for Peace and Mutual Upbuilding
As we approach this next transition in our worship pattern, let’s be join us in prayer that we would be mindful and accepting of others, considering the interests of our brothers and sisters. “Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” (Rom. 14:18-19). God's grace and peace be with you.
Warmly in Christ,
Eric McKiddie, Executive Pastor
The Reconnect Team:
- Ray Esclamado, Elder Chair (current)
- Ben Thomason, Elder Vice-chair (current)
- Dwight Thomas, Elder Chair (incoming)
- Steven King, Elder Vice-chair (incoming)
- Jay Thomas, Lead Pastor
- Eric McKiddie, Executive Pastor
- Erin Bethany, Women’s Director
Do you need care OR want to help others?
If you would like to help in various ways during this coronavirus epidemic OR you would like to be available to help others with errands, transportation, etc, please fill out this form below.
NOTE: If you need financial assistance (available to members), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During This Time
As believers in Christ, we do not want to be fearful of the virus, but at the same time, we need to be prudent and prayerful. During this time, we need to show our faith, strength in Christ, and our love by serving our neighbors. How we respond as a church now will enable us to better serve our community if a widespread outbreak occurs in the Triangle.
In addition to the move to off-site worship, we are still taking other preventative measures that were communicated last week. Those items, as well as recommendations and links for staying healthy, are farther below.
The next few weeks may prove to be a financial difficulty for those whose jobs will be affected. If you are in need of financial assistance from the benevolence fund, please email email@example.com or reach out to any of the other pastors or elders.
If you contract the coronavirus, we ask that you please contact the CHBC leadership to let us know. We ensure total confidentiality. We only desire to minister to you in your time of need, and to be aware of how the coronavirus is impacting our church.
A widespread virus demonstrates how sin has affected the world God created. It also amplifies the need and urgency of salvation to our community that is only offered in Christ. Please use this international event as an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with family and friends. Let’s continue to be in prayer for those affected by the coronavirus.
CHBC is currently taking the following steps:
- If we host any dinners or gatherings with food, the teams will be wearing gloves while preparing and serving food and drinks.
- We have increased disinfecting measures through our custodial team.
- We have added hand-washing instructional signs in restrooms.
- More Hand sanitizer stations are now available in restrooms and throughout our building.
Please follow these guidelines to help increase the safety of our church and community:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Healthcare workers and international travelers are at a higher risk of exposure. If you fall into either category, please exercise precaution ahead of participating in CHBC worship services and mid-week events.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Consider refraining from handshakes and hugs at church.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- As of Friday, June 12, Orange County revised their guidelines to make masks mandatory for many situations, including indoor gatherings and outdoor gatherings where social distance is not able to be maintained. Please reference our face mask policy for a fuller explanation of these guidelines and other gathering protocols in place.
For more information on the coronavirus, see: