OUR REOPENING STRATEGY
Since September 2021 and April 2022 respectively we have been sharing “in person” worship opportunities at our North Campus at 9am and at our South Campus at 11:30 am.
Our goal since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to demonstrate responsibly our love and care for one another by reducing the risk of infection as much as we can, especially to those in our fellowship who have been most susceptible to severe complications related to the virus.
Towards that end, we implemented practices designed to help everyone in attendance manage their own risk of infection while at the same time allowing us to worship “in-person” together.
It is vital that we approach this gathering together with deep humility toward one another (Ephesians 4:2) and the discernment to listen to both scripture and science. (2 Timothy 3:15). We encourage each of you to extend grace to one another as we seek to navigate these times together. (Hebrews 4:16).
Our guidelines are temporary and will change as circumstances change. While these measures represent a cautious approach, we do not function in a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Instead, we are motivated by love and concern for one another and the desire to protect those among us who are most vulnerable. Here’s what you need to know:
WHO CAN ATTEND IN PERSON
NEW PROTOCOL: Effective July 1, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons will be able to attend “in person” worship at each of our campuses. No proof of vaccination will be required, although we will continue to encourage all persons who are eligible to be vaccinated as it provides the best protection against the virus.
REGISTRATION: No pre-registration will be required to attend worship, although we encourage everyone to “check in” using our self-service kiosks on campus. Attendance will only be limited by building capacity on either campus.
MASKS: Everyone 2 years old and older will be REQUIRED to wear a mask that’s comfortable, appropriate and covers both your nose and mouth at all times (even if you’ve tested negative for COVID or have been fully vaccinated). We strongly encourage use of KN95 masks. Face shields can be worn in addition to masks but will not be considered a substitute for masks. We will have disposable masks available for anyone who needs one.
There are valid, CDC acknowledged medical reasons some should not wear a mask, including, those who have trouble breathing and those who are unable to remove the mask without assistance. In these types of cases, for your safety and others, we ask you to continue to worship with us online at myspbc.tv.
All CDC Health and Safety protocols as provided will be observed while on campus including, but not limited to wearing a mask at all times (even if you’ve tested negative for COVID or have been fully vaccinated). If you test positive for COVID, feel sick or have been exposed to anyone who has been in the last 10 days, please join us virtually at myspbc.tv.
TEMPERATURE CHECKS: Temperature checks are no longer required for attendance. However, we will maintain temperature checking stations for persons who would like to voluntarily check their temperature. If you feel sick before your arrival on campus, please join us virtually for worship at myspbc.tv.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing is encouraged, but will not be required from those attending “in person” worship or other events.
HAND WASHING: To prevent the spread of germs, please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean hands BEFORE and AFTER:
- Entering and leaving the campus
- Touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Touching your mask
- Touching an item or surface frequently touched by other people
- Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout our campuses.
WAVES AND BUMPS: We will continue to encourage waves instead of hugs for the time being, and forearm bumps instead of handshakes.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
- OFFERING: Our offering will remain digital. You may give online anytime HERE or text SPBCCRE to 833.269.1388. Cash and checks in envelopes may be “touchlessly” dropped off in mailboxes located at the rear of or on walls in the cathedral.
- HANDOUTS: We will not be distributing handouts of any sort for the time being. Our bulletin, The Weekender, along with our digital announcement on The Scoop are available through our website. Visitor registration will continue to take place digitally.
- BOOKSTORE: The bookstore will be open, although capacity will be limited inside the store.
- INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP: The invitation will be given, and persons will be instructed to respond digitally for the time being.
- SPECIAL PRAYER: Special prayer is available for those who desire it in the chapel following the worship celebration. Prayer requests can be submitted anytime online by emailing .
- ATRIUM AND KIOSKS: Gatherings will no longer be prohibited in the Atrium, at the kiosks or on the concourses, although we encourage congregating outside where air circulation is significant.
- COMMUNION: We will not pass trays during communion. All persons will receive communion upon entry into the cathedral.
- BAPTISM: We will schedule a COVID-SAFE baptism as soon as possible.
- VOLUNTEERS: We continue to solicit previous and potential volunteers to serve God through sharing their gifts. Volunteer training is provided. Volunteer T-Shirts are being provided.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: The CDC has published a document titled "Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility." We are following their guidance in cleaning and disinfecting the building. An EPA-registered disinfectant is used on high-touch surfaces, including but not limited to tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
- RESTROOMS: Restrooms are sanitized before, during and after worship and monitored for capacity.
IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING
- SPBC GROUPS: Our DNA Seminars, our small groups should continue to meet virtually for the time being, although space may be requested through your Life Stage Group Lead. For a list of Life Stage leadership, visit our website at myspbc.org. Our virtual platform for group meetings is Microsoft Teams. If you’re a group leader and need assistance getting your meeting set up, email .
- THE BRIDGE: The Bridge Bible Study will continue online on Facebook, YouTube and myspbc.tv. If you lack internet access, the Bridge is also available by phone. To subscribe, call 855.905.7023.
- EXTERNAL GROUPS: We are accepting space requests from external groups.
- WEDDINGS: We are accepting requests to schedule and host weddings at both campuses effective July 15.
- FUNERALS: We are hosting funeral services at both campuses; although we are not able to provide onsite repasts until further notice.
- NOTIFICATIONS: If you or someone you know attends a service, then later tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the church immediately by emailing . If we have specific contact information of the infected person, we will notify those in direct contact with them.
- JOIN US IN PRAYER! Please be in prayer with us as we continue to provide direction, support, and leadership during this time of incredible transition. Pray for God's protection (2 Thessalonians 3:3), that those in attendance will "hear and see" the presence of God as God moves in our midst and hearts (Psalm 143:10), for our joyful gathering as a body of believers in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 5:4), that the infection and hospitalization curve stays down, sparing lives and preventing misery for thousands of people every day.
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