am excited to write this letter to you! This letter is to inform you of and
detail for you our Regathering Plan for Trinity Baptist Church. Our time apart
has been both informing and hard. It has informed us of the importance of
Christian Community. We are designed by God to be together in Christ-centered
fellowship. Without it, the living out of our faith grows increasingly
difficult. That also means that being apart has been hard. Absence does make
the heart grow fonder, and I hope that the absence from this body of believers
has shown you and reminded you of how much you love this church family and how
much you are loved by this church family.
a reminder of love and necessity should make us eager to be back together
again! So, with God answering our prayer to bring us back together, the
following tentative plan is how we will proceed. This plan is subject to change
depending on either good or bad changes pertaining to COVID-19 and the safety
of our Church Family.
will begin to phase back into the normal life and ministries of our church
beginning on May 17th. Every two weeks we will add something back
into the routine. These additions will depend on how well the previous two
weeks go. We will begin on May 17th with Sunday Morning Worship
ONLY. There will be no Bible Study Groups, no breakfast and coffee, no nursery,
and no Sunday Evening Studies. As things go well, in two weeks’ time, May 31st,
we will add our Bible Study Groups back at 9:30am. This will include all Bible
Study Groups. Zoom meetings throughout the week will continue until May 31st
after which they may continue past that date as Group leaders desire. Zoom
meetings could still be a good way for continued growth and encouragement. Next,
during the week of June 3rd, we will add back our Wednesday Night
Activities. This will include children ministries, youth ministries, and adult
prayer times. Finally, our Sunday Night Studies will be resumed sometime in
is another way to put it:
17th – Sunday Morning Worship ONLY
31st – Add Bible Study Groups at 9:30am
3rd – Add Wednesday Night Activities
TBD – Sunday Night Studies
of these plans are subject to change. If things seem to be going well, then
some dates may be moved up or combined. If things seem to go poorly or put
people in serious jeopardy, then some things may be postponed. We will be
continually evaluating and informing the church as to the progress of our
Doug put it in our pastor meeting, we are trying to move quick enough, but also
cautiously enough to care for all our members – those eager to be back and
those with some concern or hesitancy. Please know, your pastors are working to
develop a wise and God-honoring plan. We are not just making things up as we
go. Please pray for God to continue to give us insight and discernment. Pray
for all things to go smoothly. And please pray for us to be united in our
patience and understanding as we navigate this process.
the time being, we will follow our original procedures. I am including them
We are reminding you that it is very important
for you to thoroughly wash your hands after contact or restroom use. Please use
soap and warm water. Wash for 20 seconds. This is the best measure to keep
yourself free from illness.
We are limiting contact and exposure in every way
- The offering plate
will not be passed around. Instead, a box will be designated at the
entrance of our building for you to continue to give to the church.
- We are asking that
there be no handshakes, hugs, or unnecessary interaction. Please still be
friendly and loving, just not touching.
- We are asking that
you do NOT touch or interact with babies or children in any way.
Be mindful of concerned mothers and fathers, and of the vulnerability of
babies to this and all illness.
- We are asking that
you be mindful of those who are older, more susceptible, and who have
other health issues as you interact with them, sit next to them, or visit
We are asking that if you are sick or have been
around someone who is sick that you please stay home. You may feel ok,
but we do not want to pass our illness on to others.
- This means that if
you have any of the following issues/symptoms you should stay home:
cough, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge of an uncommon color or
nature, fever, or any other symptom of an illness. All individuals must
be fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medication before
- If you see someone
get sick please inform one of the pastors immediately.
- When sneezing or
coughing, please do so into a Kleenex and them promptly throw the Kleenex
into the trash.
We have extra material to wipe down and clean
all surfaces like door handles, counters, equipment, etc. There will be Kleenex
available all throughout the auditorium.
Please take advantage of using our hand
sanitizer located at both entrances to the auditorium. Please do not use more
than is necessary. One pump/squirt is plenty.
We encourage each person to use their best
judgement on whether or not they should attend.
dearly love you all and have your safety and well-being, and the safety and
well-being of your family and our entire church, in mind. Please remember, we
are not medical experts. We are simply trying to make decisions off of the data
and information given to us. Please never hesitate to reach out to us with
further questions. We sincerely look forward to seeing you all again!