COVID-19 update

Last Update: Sept. 21, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

Pinckard Baptist Church Regathering Plan


Sunday School

Sunday School will continue not meeting at this time with a potential restart January 2021. Further assessing and considerations will be made during the remainder of 2020.

Sunday P.M. Gatherings

Sunday P.M. gatherings will continue not meeting at this time with a potential restart January 2021. Further assessing and considerations will be made during the remainder of 2020. We will continue to have our business meetings the second Sunday after the A.M. worship service.

Wednesday Night Ministry

We will resume our Wednesday Night Ministry with modifications the first Wednesday in October (October 7, 2020). The following modifications will be made and assessed during the remainder of 2020:

  • Students will be dropped off and go to their class area between 6:15-6:30 p.m.
  • Gatherings will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Students will be picked up at the conclusion of classes at 7:30 p.m.
  • At this time, there will be no pre-service meal and there will be no pre/post service recreation.
  • Participants will need to wear masks in the classes when unable to socially distance.
  • We will not be providing nursery at this time.
  • We will not run the van at this time.
  • There will be ample supply of disinfectant products to use.

 Adults who are not teaching or volunteering but on campus will be encouraged to be part of the adult gathering Bible study and prayer time.

We will spend the first few weeks updating registration forms. In addition, building up to our regathering, we will promote and send this information to families and students by FB posts, email, regular mail, etc.

Due to weather related issues and damage to the roof and ceiling in the block building, the following modifications will be implemented for our Wednesday Night Ministry meeting spaces. This will be assessed weekly and changed depending on effectiveness, group sizes, and progress on the repairs:

  • Grades K-6 will meet in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Grades 7-12 will meet in the co-ed adult classroom.
  • Adults will meet in the sanctuary.
  • Sunday A.M. Services

    We will continue to meet in accordance with the State of Alabama’s facemask mandate and social distancing guidelines.

    A) Those who attend our 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship gatherings will be required to wear a facemask under the following:

    • Upon entry into the church building and sanctuary.
    • While socializing (while trying to maintain social distancing) with non-family members before or after worship service.
    • Facemasks may be removed if sitting with family and at the proper social distance from non-family members.
    • Worship leaders (i.e. Todd while leading worship, special soloist, Pastor Chris or preacher preaching) will not be required to wear a mask while facilitating worship.

    An exception will be allowed for those who fit under the mandate’s exception under Section 2 A i. which allows for anyone 6 years old and under as well as Section 2 A ii which allows for those who have a specific medical condition or disability that would prevent them from wearing a mask. The decision to exercise the exception is solely the responsibility of the individual or parent/guardian with no liability on the church.

    B) Those who attend our 1045am Sunday worship gatherings will continue to respect the current social distance guidelines for our church which include:

    • Observing the 6ft social distancing guidelines.
    • Observing the seating arrangements with every other pew row mark indicating which to sit and which not to sit. Sitting with family – no 6ft separation; at least 6ft separation with non-family.
    • Utilizing the main entrance (front door by ramp). All other entrances are marked informing worshippers to go to the designated area.
    • Using hand sanitizer stations at the foyer and hall locations.
    • Offerings will continue to be placed in the offering box at the front entrance or you can go to our church website www.pinckardbaptist.com and use the online giving tool to safely and securely give online.

    C) Facebook live streaming will continue for our 1045am Sunday worship service as well as our Midweek devotional every Wednesday at 630pm. The Sunday service is streamed on Pastor Chris’s personal Facebook page whereas the Wednesday devotional is streamed on the Pinckard Baptist Church private Facebook page. Please contact Pastor Chris with questions.

    Please know that these decisions that are made are not done so in haste but with much prayerful consideration and consultation. It is the goal of this pastor to create an environment during an unusual period to ensure that all have access to the Gospel and worship in as least restrictive means as possible while honoring the biblical mandates. Every Southern Baptist Church, although we work in cooperation through our local, state, and national convention, are all autonomous and every pastor will seek the Lord and counsel on how to lead their church in their context for His glory. I am so grateful that our people have and continue to be cooperative to our plans and practices. Let us pray for one another and remain faithful during this time period.

    ADPH Recommendations

    The Alabama Department of Health identifies that those who are 65 and older as “vulnerable” citizens. Those who are in this category are encouraged not to attend physical gatherings at this time. Church members who fit into this category are to use their own discretion as to whether or not to attend, and choosing to attend is solely their discretion. Additionally, those with any symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat (especially within the last 24-48 hours) are NOT to attend the worship gatherings.

    Gatherings

    Gov. Kay Ivey has removed the limit of 10 in non-work gatherings but continues to recommend social distancing be practiced. Social distancing includes physical distancing as well as interacting with one another. The following will be our guidelines as we resume our physical gatherings:

    • We will not have the choir at this time due to the social distancing guidelines.
    • We will not have any of our special group meetings during this time as well including our Baptist Men’s Breakfast, Pinckard Baptist Women, or Sonshiners.
    • We will continue to limit ministry events due to the social distancing guidelines.

    We will observe the following guidelines for our Sunday morning worship services:

    • We will provide staggered seating. Worship attendees will sit with their family members only and non-family members will spread out in the sanctuary at least six feet apart.
    • We will observe social distancing and interactions including no physical contacting which includes no hugging, no handshakes, no fist bumps, etc.
    • We will observe social distancing by encouraging the use of face masks during worship.
    • We will take necessary precautions to ensure the sanctuary is sanitized. The facility will be sanitized before and after the worship service.
    • We will station assigned greeters to open and shut the entrance to the sanctuary. We will limit the entrance to the main door by the ramp. Please use that door only when entering and exiting the sanctuary.
    • We will not take up our offering by way of passing the plate. Rather, to practice the recommended guidelines, we will station the offering plates at the rear entrance of the church for members to drop off as they enter or leave. An usher/greeter will be assigned to ensure the offering is secure until after service. You can also use our online giving tool at the church website or continue mailing them/dropping them off at the office.
    • We will not be serving coffee for the immediate future. The fellowship hall will be closed off during Sunday morning services.
    • We will encourage attendees to use proper procedure in entering and exiting the restrooms. Please enter the restrooms by pushing with your elbow or shoulder and then wash your hands thoroughly. When exiting, use paper towels to open the door and discard the paper towel in the trash can located outside the restroom.
    • We will NOT have paper bulletins during this time. Additionally, we will be removing the pew Bibles and hymnals as a means of sanitary practices for this time.

    This is not an exhaustive list but covers many of the high points. Additional items that come up will be addressed and communicated to you via Facebook posts, church website posts, text/calls, and mail correspondence.

    As always, if you have any questions, you can contact the pastor, staff, or deacon for information.

    For those who are not comfortable or unable to attend our 10:45am worship gatherings at this time, please know that we will continue to Facebook livestream the worship service as well as upload the sermon to the church website.

    The Facebook livestream can be accessed on the Pinckard Baptist Church private Facebook group. This is a private page so once you access it, you will need to request to join. If you need assistance in setting this up or navigating the technology, please contact Pastor Chris and he will provide assistance for you.

    Church members are encouraged to continue to stay abreast of developments related to our church through ongoing communication including phone calls, text chains, social media posts, and updates to the church website and private Facebook page.  Further, church members are encouraged to regularly keep up with CDC and Alabama Department of Health updates.

    We encourage our church family to remain faithful to their Lord, church, and service while exercising good judgment. In addition to constant, fervent prayer, some simple common sense measures will help keep you and your loved ones safe:

    Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer when out and about, and practice social distancing: Avoid large crowds as much as possible, and avoid standard social greetings such as shaking hands and hugs for at least another month. Whenever possible and practical, try to keep a minimum distance of about 6 feet between yourself and others.

    Please remember that the COVID-19 virus tends to hit the elderly with more severe symptoms than younger people, so if you or your child develops flu-like symptoms, including fever and a persistent dry cough, please stay at home to avoid spreading the disease to those at higher risk. The CDC recommends self-quarantine for those with these minor symptoms. Please avoid going to the hospital or urgent care facilities unless your symptoms worsen.

    If you or another family member develops more severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion/inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, please call your doctor immediately. They will advise you on your next steps.

    More detailed information about symptoms and prevention can be found on the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

    Please continue to check this web page or the Pinckard Baptist private group on Facebook for the latest updates.