In Person Services resumed

 

  • 10:30am Sunday Morning Worship              (in person and livestream)

  • 5:00pm Family Bible Classes                          (in person with livestream of adult class)

  • 6:30pm Wednesday Prayer Meeting           (in person prayer groups)

    Read our precautions guidelines below. 

    We will continue to livestream services. Find our livestream on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/TLBCBrighton

  • Background Information: 
    • Due to Covid19, starting March 15th, we chose to shutdown in-person services out of respect for the government and caution about the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution we have refrained from meeting for almost 3  months. This has been neither a forsaking of assembly nor a form of religious persecution. 
    • But let us be clear, churches are essential, and while a church is not a building, it is at its core an assembly of believers. Thus we have been longing  and planning for resuming our gatherings. 
    • We are pleased to see measures have worked to flatten the curve and avoid overwhelming hospitals. We have consulted the CDC and official government statements, reached out to Christian Law Association, and talked to other church leaders for wise advice.
    • On Thursday, May 7, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued a new Executive Order 2020-77. Paragraph 16-17 specifically allows churches to host services and people to travel to religious services without being penalized.
    • On May 9th, 2020 the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati ruled that churches may host in-person church services. 
    • Along with other churches in the state we plan to begin in-person services this month. As we resume meeting, we want to stress that each person and family should attend or not attend as their conscience and health allows. 
    • We know this may be a time where we as believers have different opinions about what to do, how much to do, and when to do it. We trust we all will have a generous and loving spirit towards one other as we each seek to do all things unto the Lord without condemning or despising our Christian family (Rom 14). 
    • We will continue to livestream our services online for any who are cautiously waiting to return in person. We understand that for some this may be an extended process. 
    • We will take extra precautions when meeting both to be a good testimony and to guard the health and well-being of one another. 
  • Building Preparedness 
    • We have been advised by a professional cleaning company and are confident that excellent cleaning procedures can be done in house by our own designated staff.
    • All touch point surfaces will continue to be cleaned with disinfectant before each service. 
  • Reopening Roll-out Phases 
    • When we resume services, we will begin with limited meetings.
    • We have phased in person meetings as we measured how things were going. Beginning with Sunday AM Worship, then adding Wednesday prayer meeting and now Sunday PM Bible Classes. 
    • We will wait to resume Sunday School
    • We will wait to resume our choirs
  • Personal Precautions
    • We expect people to self-screen for sickness.
    • We ask you to stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms
    • We encourage you to consider staying home if you are at high risk or live with one  who is high risk.
    • We trust everyone to wash your hands before church. 
  • Service Precautions
    • We ask that people practice social distancing while in the building
    • We ask that people refrain from physical contact while in the building. 
    • We encourage people to wear a mask or face covering.
    • We will not pass offering plates, but rather ask people to continue to give as they have with the online option or by mailing it in. We’ll also have boxes in foyer for giving.
    • We will have hand sanitizer stations available at entrances and throughout the building.
    • We will turn off drinking fountains and have bottled water available in the foyer.
    • We will limit the use of the building to only church services.
    • We will have families to sit together with empty rows every other row between them.  For individuals or couples in the same row, please sit on opposite ends of the row. 
    • We will have people sit while singing and ask those who sing to wear a mask while singing because of the increased possibility for aspiration and spreading of any Covid19 in enclosed spaces.
    • We will provide music handouts in the bulletins rather than use hymnals for singing.

Our desire is that each of you will feel safe as you come to worship God with us. In all things, let us honor God and love one another. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate these strange days. 

Pastor Larson, Pastor Rob and the Deacons of Tri-Lakes Baptist Church