Church Family and Guests,
As we move into Phase 2 here in Northern VA, I want to provide you with some important information as you prayerfully consider returning to worship at our building.
In returning to corporate worship our goal is to praise our God in obedience to the commands of Scripture and to do so prudently (wisely/carefully). We recognize that some in higher risk groups may still find it wise to remain away for some finite amount of time.
In order to help you through the decision-making process as to how you will participate in the re-gathering of Bon Air for worship, I’ve included a list of “Frequently Asked Questions.” These FAQs will help guide you to think through the implications of what this new phase means for you. We are excited to resume the free exercise of Christian worship.
Should you have any questions that were not covered, please email email@example.com and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.
Please continue to pray as we prepare to return to gathering for worship on Sunday, June 14.
Blessings in Christ,
Questions about the Service
Questions about the Building and Activities
Questions about Attending
When are we having our worship service?
Our first service, Lord willing, will be on Sunday, June 14th at 10:30 AM.
Will Bon Air be following the governor’s guidelines for opening?
Bon Air Baptist Church is prepared to follow the guidelines listed in our Governor’s phased approach. You can read more about what is required here in the Governor’s Executive Order.
Are guests welcome during this time?
Yes! We would love to be able to meet you.
Questions about the Service
How long will the service last?
Approximately 90 minutes.
What about communion and baptism?
Bon Air has purchased convenient, individual communion packets (contains bread and fruit of the vine) which will allow us to continue our celebration of the Lord’s Supper on a monthly basis. Baptisms will continue to take place as the Lord Jesus calls men and women to faith and to follow him.
Can we continue to give our offering?
No offering plates will be passed during the service. They will be located by the church office for drop-off as you exit. We encourage you to give online or mail in your check.
Will we be singing?
According to Ephesians 5:19, we are commanded by God to sing. So, in obedience to Scripture, yes, we will sing.
Will we be able to spend time together in fellowship?
Yes, but while maintaining physical distance. Members may also wish to speak outside in the open air.
How should we greet one another?
The CDC Guidelines suggest and the Governor’s Executive Order 61 mandates that we maintain social distance and refrain from physical touch.
Questions About the Building and Activities
Will restrooms be available?
Yes, and we would advise you to use the restroom before you come.
Will Sunday School be offered on Sunday mornings?
For now, we will only resume the 10:30 AM worship gathering.
What safety measures can I expect to see on a Sunday morning?
Our plan involves propping all main doors open, having ample hand sanitizing stations, and organized seating.
What will seating be like?
We ask that those who gather sit every other pew (sit in pews marked yellow). If not in your physical family, please sit 6 feet away from the next closest person. The pews are marked in 6ft increments so you can discern what amounts to 6ft of space.
Will there be childcare?
No childcare will be provided, but children are welcome and encouraged to attend the service.
Will there be coffee and snacks?
No, in order to eliminate unnecessary shared contact points.
Questions about Attending
Is it alright for me to stay home if I don't feel comfortable attending in-person?
Yes, please do not feel obligated to attend on-campus.
What if I have been sick?
If you have a fever or symptoms of COVID–19, or known exposure to a COVID–19 case in the prior 14 days, we ask that you not attend. Furthermore, do not come if you are showing any of the following symptoms of COVID–19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or (less common) nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
Will I have to touch the doors to get inside?
No, enter through the propped open doors.
What about face coverings?
We encourage you to prayerfully consider wearing a face covering in the building. Executive Order 61 states that “persons attending religious services must strongly consider wearing face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.” Executive Order 63 gives additional guidance on face coverings including stating that “Face coverings may be removed to participate in a religious ritual.” Among other things, Executive Order 63 exempts face coverings for “children under 10,” “those who have trouble breathing,” “persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering, or if doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.” It is likely that some in attendance will have face coverings, and some will not. We should all believe the best about one another, and not assume, jump to conclusions, or rush to judgment about each other's decisions. We should believe that we are all making decisions which are in accord with our best health and the best health of those around us. We should endeavor to trust God and trust that we’re all making decisions in accordance with God’s Word and love for one another.
Will there be hand sanitizer to use?
Yes, as much of it as we can provide. There will be some provided at the entrance and throughout the Sanctuary. Please use some as often as you feel you need, or bring your own.
Will frequently touched surfaces be sanitized before and after services?