May 6, 2020 Update:
KBC Family – Please watch this important update video from Pastor John Tracy about our strategy to regather for Sunday Worship Services safely in compliance with state and local authority regulations. After watching the video, please also review all the details of our Four-Phased Regathering Plan below.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The purpose of this communication is to provide you with specific details of our Worship Service for this Sunday, May 10th, as well as for the coming weeks.
There are two exciting things occurring this Sunday. First, we will begin a slow, phased approach of having a live, in-person gathering. Second, Lord-willing, we are converting our online service from a recorded service to an actual live broadcast. Both are significant conversions, so let’s be in prayer that all of the details and technology go according to plan. We ask that you read this communication in its entirety to help you decide whether you and your family should consider attending the service in person, or whether you should continue to watch our service from home. As a side note, our weekly online Keystone Classes will continue as normal.
We are eager to begin Phase 1 of our slow re-open. However, it is extremely important for us to be safe and cautious, and to remain compliant with local, state and federal guidelines. Therefore, we have developed a Health Team that has been strategizing and planning to keep us compliant with the regulations. Also, we want to be sensitive and respectful to the differing views of each of our Keystone family members. We must remember that while a small group of us will meet in person, many aspects of this gathering will not seem normal to Keystone Bible Church. Please be patient, flexible, and understanding as we all enter into this phased approach together. You may click here for our Phased Regathering Plan.
If you are considered by the local, state, or federal authorities as a high-risk, or as a Vulnerable Person (VP), or if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are not yet comfortable being around others, we ask that you continue to remain at home and to watch our service online. Please carefully review these attachments to understand the current guidelines and recommendations.
Here are some things to expect, if you decide to attend in person:
* We have rearranged our furniture.
* We have limited seating.
* We will only have a modified, one-hour service beginning at 9:30AM.
* We will remain 6 feet apart from each other.
* We will have 3 empty chairs in between each family unit.
* We will only have the lobby restrooms available.
* We will NOT have handshakes, hugs, fist-bumps, etc.
* We will NOT serve coffee or food.
* We will NOT distribute bulletins or any other print material.
* We will NOT have the nursery open at all.
* We will NOT offer any Keystone Classes.
* We will NOT offer any of our Keystone Kids programs or classes.
* We will NOT access the Activity Center, Youth Room, or other parts of the building. However, the Activity Center will be used as an overflow room, if needed.
We will have a team of ushers and greeters to help keep the flow of entry and exit moving smoothly, as well as to help seat or re-seat families within the Worship Center. We will follow Governor DeSantis’ example of how to properly seat. Please be accommodating in the event that an usher asks to relocate you/your family. Also, it would be helpful for you to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service, and enter the building as one family unit.
We love our Keystone family, including our Keystone Kids. It is vitally important for children to remain with their family unit (ex. no running around). It is also important that we avoid congregating or causing any bottlenecks, as this may disrupt the flow of entry/exit.
Our pastors and deacons have been reaching out to many of you to find out which families are planning to attend, and which are planning to view from home. If you have not yet communicated with them, please click here for a quick survey to let us know of your intention. If you have already been contacted directly, please do not respond to the survey, as it will skew our count.
We look forward to when guidelines ease and we can communicate that we are progressing into the next phase. Once we are back at a normal, full-size gathering, we will have a large celebration. Until then, we continue to operate as allowed, and will continue to rejoice in the hope and goodness of God our Father, and to keep our eyes fixed on the cross.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Health Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.