UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PHASE 1
We realize that people are all over the place when it comes to gathering in groups again. Many people have many different perspectives on where we are today. When we do come together again, we want to extend grace to everyone. We want to be gracious, understanding, and kind to those who are not yet comfortable with gathering in person. At the same time, we want to meet the needs and be gracious to those who will be ready. Paul's words to us in Colossians 3:12 are so appropriate in these days:
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Your church staff has been working diligently on plans to reopen the church in the right way. The safety and the health of our Bedrock family and the Bedford community are our highest priorities. In 1 Corinthians 14:40, we are told, "Let all things be done decently and in order." The context of that verse deals with the way things in the church should be handled.
The last time that Bedrock had an on-campus service was Sunday, March 15. Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the government social distancing restrictions that accompanied, Bedrock voluntarily suspended all on-campus services and activities beginning the week of March 16. As we look to the possibility of social distancing restrictions being lifted in a phased approach in the weeks and months ahead, this is a plan to consider how Bedrock may safely begin meeting together again in accordance with remaining social distancing restrictions. This plan was developed by consulting the White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
PHASE 1: Moderate Physical Distancing
- We will ease back into gathering inside for worship during Phase 1. This is not a “back to normal” plan. This is a “new normal” plan of back to “one another”.
- It is our desire to keep it simple, keep it safe, and keep it sanitary as we move forward.
- Occupancy will be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy. For us that means less than 200 people in each service
- Individuals attending our services must be seated at least six feet apart at all times and must practice physical distancing at all times. Family members, as defined in Executive Order 61, Order of Public Health Emergency Three, may be seated together.
- It is encouraged that persons attending our services wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times (See CDC Use of Cloth Face Coverings guidance for more information).
- Participants should bring their own face mask. A limited number of masks will be available for those who may not have one.
- No items will be passed to or between attendees, who are not family members as defined in EO 61, Order of Public Health Emergency Three.
- We will continue to use online and mail-in giving. Offering stations will be provided.
- There will be no bulletins on Sunday morning. Please look to our televisions in the lobby, the main screen in the auditorium, and our social media outlets for up to date announcements.
- There will be no food or beverages distributed before, during, or after our services
- There will be no restroom access during this Phase of the reopening process.
- A thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces will be conducted prior to and following any of our services.
- Signage will be posted at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the building.
- Signage will also be posted to provide public health reminders regarding social distancing, gatherings, options for high risk individuals, and staying home if sick.
- We will use 2 shorter and simpler Sunday services to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- Services will be spaced out enough to allow for one group to leave and the next group to arrive without intermingling. (9:15 to 10:15 and 11:00 to 12:00)
- There will be one man entrance and one main exit. The entrance will be the double doors into the lobby from the front of the building. The exit will be the double doors at the back of the building that open to the back parking area
- There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
- Doors will be opened by greeters and then remain open. All interior doors will remain open to limit the touching of door handles.
- Adults may meet for in-person small groups either in homes or in the church building at a time when the building is not being occupied for worship services. The Phase 1 guidelines still ask for those groups to be no more than 10 individuals.
- There will be no children’s activities or student activities through the end of Phase 1.
- Our online worship will also still be available every week during this phase. We encourage you to worship online with us through streaming our services at www.facebook.com/BedrockChurch or through our website at www.bedrockchurch.com/listen
IS THE OUTPOST GOING TO BE OPEN AS USUAL?
NO. The Outpost is still closed until further notice. The only exceptions to this are for staff and/or volunteers whose work necessitates being at the building. Some groups may slowly begin to use the facilities as we move forward but all are encouraged to continue to meet creatively and within the suggested guidelines. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.
IS KIDS ROCK OR BSM STILL MEETING AS NORMAL?
NO. Our children's ministry and student ministry will continue to not operate during this initial phase. There will be no nursery or children's ministry at all during our Sunday morning gatherings. We look forward to getting all of these very important family ministries back up and running in the days ahead!
WHAT ABOUT SMALL GROUPS?
Our official postion is that small groups only meet together within the safety requirements during Phase 1. We are going to honor what our local, state, and national government has asked during this time. Many groups will not continue to meet during the Summer which is our normal practice.
If groups still desire to meet throughout the Summer that we recommend using creativity to meet outdoors, online, group chat, Facetime, etc. in order to continue to pray with one another and encourage one another with what God is teaching you through your individial study at home.
WHAT ABOUT BEDROCK SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS?
Our elders are continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any needs to adjust, postpone, or cancel trips. At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in trips to prayerfully consider any decision to travel through consultation with medical professionals, as appropriate.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Much of our church family (and much of our city) is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.