Starting Sunday, August 9, CHBC will be moving to two services – a new outdoor service at 9 am, and an indoor service at 11 am. Our hope is to allow more of our church family to reconnect to our on-site services by providing a venue where some will feel more comfortable. Yet, we recognize that for many of our members it remains unwise to begin meeting in large groups. We will continue to offer a livestream option at 11 am.
Update on Reconnecting (September 3)
Dear CHBC Family,
I pray that the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ has ministered to your soul this week. I hope that this email finds you living to the praise of His glorious grace, as we learned about in Ephesians this past Sunday.
Our governor held a press conference yesterday in which he announced his Safer at Home Phase 2.5 plan. The Reconnect Team discussed the implications the changes have for our ministries, and we are still considering how the new information will have an impact on us. However, one aspect of the order stipulated that clear plastic face shields are no longer acceptable face coverings. So we ask that if you have been wearing a face shield on Sunday mornings, that you switch to a mask until the governor’s order changes. We are sorry for that inconvenience and thank you in advance for complying.
We want to reiterate that our vision is for our entire church family to worship through our ministries, in the various avenues possible—despite the unique challenges of this season. In my personal conversations and experiences, I have been inspired by how each of our worship options is making an impact on people. I had a conversation with a family at our outdoor service this past Sunday who attended onsite for the first time since COVID hit. I’ve heard from members who are unable to venture out, that they are still worshiping right there with us through the livestream at biblechurch.live. I’ve seen a lot of new faces at our 11 am indoor service. And I’ve heard from a family who is utilizing our media page/mobile app to worship as a family on Sunday evenings through the recording of our service. To me, it is a testament to the fact that even though many of our situations are different right now, we are being united as a church through our corporate worship. Praise God for this!
Just as a reminder, please register for our 9 am outdoor service or 11 am indoor service if you plan to come. And be sure to show up early for the 11 am service to get a seat—we are bumping up against our 200 person capacity at 11 am. (But we will have overflow accommodations available if we hit capacity.)
Finally, thank you for your steadfastness in abiding by our guidelines with masks and distancing. You can see all our guidelines here. We want to maintain the same resolve now as we had in June as we continue to hold safe onsite services. So please choose to worship online if you or a member of your household is sick, have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, or are awaiting a test result. And if you have been infected with COVID-19, we want to serve you and encourage you, so please feel safe and welcome to contact me.
To the praise of His glorious grace,
Eric McKiddie, Executive Pastor
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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.
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