Thanks so much for your amazing patience and good cheer as we’ve worshipped very differently this past year! Now, after careful discussion in our “Return to In-person Worship” committee, we’re cautiously re-opening to worship starting April 17 for those who feel ready. Our live-streamed YouTube broadcasts will of course continue. Here are some important guidelines we’ll be following to help us all stay safe! Please read them completely and carefully! – Pastor Maylan and the Return to In-person Worship Committee
A Good Rule of Thumb: Think of our church as a store or a clinic waiting room, and act the same way—masking, distancing, sanitizing, letting your temperature be checked, etc.
Before you come to church, please perform a health self-assessment. If you have any of the following symptoms, please stay home and watch the YouTube live-stream. Here’s what to look for:
- Temperature 100.3 or above
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What to bring with you: A mask and water bottle for each family member (since our water fountains are NOT available). Hand sanitizer would be great as well, though we’ll have sanitizing stations available.
No Sabbath School classes are happening in the building at this time. This will eventually change as health restrictions loosen and distancing becomes less of an issue. Live-streaming of the worship service will continue as before.
The church doors open at 11:00 a.m., and worship service starts at 11:15. This will give additional time for those attending Sabbath School online to conclude the class and then drive to church. Teachers will most likely be adjusting their online class start and end times to allow for this “commute.”
When you arrive, make sure you’re wearing a mask. If you forgot to bring one, please tell a greeter and they will provide you with a disposable mask. For safety, keep a six-foot distance between you and others, both outside and inside the building. Don’t hug or shake hands with greeters or anyone else who didn’t come to church with you.
A greeter will take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer. (If your temp is 100.3 or more, please protect others by not entering the building.) The greeter will record attendance for contact tracing in case someone at the service develops COVID-19.
Don’t linger in the foyer. An usher will direct you to a church pew. The pews have markings to show where you and your group can sit to maintain social distancing.
Worship will be a little different since we’re still in Phase 3. If you like congregational singing and didn’t bring a 3-ply mask, let a greeter know. They’ll provide a disposable mask you can wear over your face covering for additional protection.
Tithe-and-offering collection will be handled differently. There’ll be an offering box for your use at the rear of the sanctuary, or you may continue to give online by going to our website, www.bellevueadventist.org, and clicking on “Giving.”
During Children’s Corner, children should stay seated with their families.
As the worship service ends, please wait for an usher to dismiss you. Please exit the pews from the side aisles, NOT the center aisle. Please exit into the foyer and go directly outside the building to maintain social distancing. When outside, if you wish to visit with fellow church attendees, please provide space for others to pass by at a safe distance.
We are looking forward to seeing you when you return to church for in-person worship. As the situation changes, we’ll be able to resume other aspects of in-person church activities. Thanks for your patience and cooperation!