Re-Opening Plan

June 3, 2020

 

Dear Church Family,

After many weeks of not being able to worship together, we know many are looking forward to being back in our sanctuary, worshiping with brothers and sisters in the Lord. However, there are also many who are not sure if they are ready to be in a large group of people. We understand that and remind you the Livestream will still be available. People in high-risk groups, people over 65 and/or having underlying medical conditions are encouraged to stay home. (Many of us who are over 65 do not consider ourselves to be high-risk just because we are 65;  that is your decision to make.)

 

The Governor’s and Maine DECD guidelines limit religious gatherings to 50 participants.  Gove Hall is available for overflow should we reach that capacity in the Sanctuary.  

 

Preparations and Guidelines for Sunday will include:

 

  • Our facility will be properly cleaned and disinfected prior to each Worship Service.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available around the building.

  • Social Distancing – Please adhere to 6 ft social distancing as much as possible and avoid hand shaking or hugging.

  • Masks - Maine DECD  guidelines state “Cloth face coverings must be worn when physical distancing is difficult to maintain, such as when coming and going, except for children under the age of 2."

    • Masks will be available if you don’t have one.

  • One-way stairs and entrance and exit. Please enter the building through the Main Entrance and go upstairs using the primary stairway. Signage will be in place to direct you.

  • When you enter the sanctuary, please go directly to your seat and avoid congregating.  Every other pew will be blocked off.  Those living in the same household may sit together without distancing between each other.  Otherwise, seating between households or individuals must be at least six feet apart.

  • Maine DECD has put out the following guideline on singing - Communal singing also increases risk of respiratory transmission of COVID-19 and is not recommended at this time.  Humming is not known to increase COVID transmission risks and could provide an alternative to communal singing. We believe singing is a vital part of worship. We are not telling you not to sing. Keep in mind as your singing vigor increases, the “risk of respiratory transmission of COVID-19” increases.

  • The offering plate will be available at the back of the sanctuary for your tithes and offerings.

  • There will not be any paper bulletins or hymnals.  Announcements will be projected and shared from the pulpit.  Song lyrics will be projected, and please bring your own tissues and Bible.

  • There will be no Sunday School, Nursery, Kids Church or coffee and fellowship time.  A Kids Activity Packet will be available for any children in attendance.

 

 

We understand that we don’t all agree with or like the precautions the State of Maine requires us to implement. This is an opportunity for us to remember others in the spirit of Philippians 2:1-11 and regard one another as more important than ourselves.

 

This is also a time to not allow the enemy of our souls to get a foothold via any bad behavior on our part. Everyone wants to see this end as soon as possible. Our response is to be obedient to Christ Jesus by loving one another, and practicing patience, love, selflessness, and humility. Let us be unyielding in our efforts to fight the temptation to be judgmental or fearful.  (2 Timothy 3:15)

 

And let us continue to do everything in our power to reflect the glory of God in this trying time. We know that He has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”( Hebrews 13:5) Let us cling to this truth and not forget it.

 

You may have questions, so please do not hesitate to contact any of us.  Your prayers are sincerely appreciated.

 

Ferris Boardman                                   Daniel La Croix             Dr. Corbit Magby

Chairman, Board of Deacons               Church Chairman          Pastor                 

CONTACT US

 

York Street Baptist Church

61 York Street

York Maine  03909

Church Office

207.363.2177

admin@yorkstreetbaptist.com

Pastor Corbit Magby

253.722.6841

pastor@yorkstreetbaptist.com 

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