Since May, North Carolina has followed Phase 2 of the “Safer At Home” strategy. Under this plan, religious services (including worship services, weddings, and funerals) were permitted to meet indoors and outdoors without attendance restrictions. However, other religious activities continued to be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. In all events, religious institutions were encouraged to practice social distancing and wear face coverings for the benefit of those around you. EBC’s response has been to respect and observe these guidelines by holding a simple, outdoor worship service on Sundays, postponing most scheduled activities, and following these recommendations to the best of our abilities at all gatherings.
On September 4, North Carolina moved into Phase 2.5 of the “Safer At Home” strategy which relaxes attendance restrictions including the increase of people indoors to a 25 person limit and a 50 person outdoor limit. With North Carolina moving to Phase 2.5, we believe the time to resume indoor worship services has finally arrived. Please know that your health and safety are a top priority, so be mindful that these plans are subject to change due to the unfolding situation regarding the coronavirus.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT PLAN?
- The first indoor service will be Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 am.
- The service will take place in the Flynn Center. This building provides us the best option for proper ventilation and social distancing.
- Families (and friends) will stay together as a “quaranteam”. Round tables with six chairs at each table will be placed through the Flynn Center. Tables and chairs will be sanitized following the service.
- Six feet social distancing and face masks are requested and encouraged.
- Childcare is not available at this time. We encourage children of all ages to join us for worship. As pastor and author Robert Morgan wrote: “Families should worship together. Children best learn to worship by watching their parents and grandparents do it.” Feel free to bring coloring books and other activities that can be enjoyed as your child watches, listens, and learns.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- An offering plate will not be passed during the service. There will be a clearly marked, designated box to place your tithes and offerings at the main door as you are entering and leaving.
WHAT IF I’M NOT READY TO ATTEND AN INDOOR SERVICE?
Please know we respect your decision to make choices that are best for you and your family. We are offering an indoor worship service but that does not mean you should attend. This decision is up to each family and individual. In light of this, we will continue to provide “Shelter in Place Sunday” videos. The same sermon you watch on the video will be the same sermon presented on Sunday mornings.