May 14, 2021
Dear BPC Family
“Well,” I said to my wife after a recent meeting of BPC’s Covid-19 Task Force, “it would seem that reopening a church building toward the end of a once-in-a-century global pandemic is a rather complicated thing to do.” Complicated, but necessary. Complicated, but proceeding as quickly and carefully and graciously as we can.
Our Task Force is making a recommendation to the Session regarding opening the church building. I cannot get into the specifics of the recommendation because the Session has not voted on it yet, but I know that there are several things that many of you are wanting to know. . .
First, as vaccinations increase and Covid cases decrease, we are very hopeful that we will be able to offer a gradual reopening of the building (for worship, committees, and other groups) through the summer with certain safety guidelines:
- masks worn by all people inside the building for the foreseeable future,
- physical distancing whenever possible for the foreseeable future,
- limited capacity in some of the church’s rooms (Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and Mission Outpost Chapel),
- no nursery or indoor children or youth activities through the summer.
Second, additional precautions are being taken, in that BPC will be investing in air filtration equipment in many of the rooms in the church.
Third, the Covid-19 Task Force cannot make any firm predictions, but we are hopeful that a full reopening of the church for programming and fellowship (again, with certain safety precautions in place) will be able to occur in September.
The Session will be voting on the specifics of our plans to reopen on June 7th and you will be notified later that week by letter, video message, and during worship as to how and when the plans will proceed. We will also provide a Frequently Asked Questions sheet with more information on various policies and protocols that are in place to keep you safe.
It’s complicated. . . but we have been living in complicated times. I am grateful for your patience and am hopeful that as we move forward, things will be come clearer. I also hope that it is clear how greatly the leaders of our congregation value your safety and the overall safety of our church family and community.
As always, you can contact me at the church (Mondays-Thursdays) at 603-472-5841 or on my cell phone at 478-335-1628 or at email@example.com. If there are ways that our congregation can be supportive, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We’re going to get through this together, with God’s help. . . We’re almost there!
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