September 14, 2021
SUBJECT: Guidelines for building use at First Baptist in Beverly (September 2021)
It has been one month since we provided congregation-wide guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, some things have changed! We have begun to host worship in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. With the help of our video tech team, we have live-streamed services from the sanctuary to our congregation. Some of our committees have resumed meetings in the building. We are cautiously optimistic as we continue to reopen our building for use by our congregation and community! Below the bold asterisks, you will find our updated facility use guidelines. They follow the CDC guidance that is available as of September of 2021. They are subject to change.
The mission and ministry of our church extend far beyond our four walls. Whether you join us in person or not, there is a home for you here! Our goal is to become a fully hybrid congregation that will include members who join us for in-person and virtual programming.
You may use the building for church meetings. Please work with Pat Haight to reserve a time and place for your gathering. Email Pat at email@example.com. If you have questions about our COVID-19 protocols, please contact Rev. Julie Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Jaimie Crumley at email@example.com.
1.) Use hand sanitizer to cleanse your hands. There are hand sanitizer dispensers at each of the three entrances to the sanctuary.
2.) Wear your face mask. Your mask should cover both your nose and your mouth—the ideal mask loops around the ears or ties behind the head. Please do not wear neck gaiters. Always wear your mask when you are indoors unless you are eating or drinking.
3.) Children are welcome to join us for worship! The Prayground is open. Children over age two must remain masked while they are in the building.
4.) For the time being, we will not serve food and beverages inside the building. After the service, please feel free to congregate outside if the weather permits.
5.) If you have cold or flu symptoms, including shortness of breath, body aches, chills, a cough, sore throat, headache, congestion, and the new loss of smell or taste, please stay home. If you have been around people who are sick, please take a COVID-19 test before you return to church. Please continue to watch for signs of COVID-19 even after you are fully vaccinated.
Thank you for observing these guidelines as we work together to take care of each other.
Peace be yours,
Rev. Julie Flowers and Rev. Jaimie Crumley