Phase II Restart: Starting July 1
On July 1, we transitioned into Phase II with the following groups open to gathering in-person on campus in limited areas. Masks are optional and available in the Concourse. We ask that you help us maintain a focus on health and safety for all by gathering only in approved areas of the campus and by cleaning after your gathering by wiping down chairs, tables, doorknobs, countertops, etc.
Senior High on Sunday Nights: Overflow Senior High at Nite on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM starting Sunday, July 5, in the Overflow Youth Room. Six-foot social distancing will be followed. Contact Pastor Keith Hurt if you have questions. Read more about this exciting new format…
Violet LifeGroups: As part of Phase II Violet LifeGroups are able to gather in-person on campus again in limited areas. Many areas of the church are still restricted so contact Pastor Brian Naess to schedule your room and meeting time. LifeGroups are encouraged to maintain six-foot social distancing and required to follow the above cleaning protocol after gathering.
Phase I Restart: Starting June 4 & 7
Our staff has been working diligently on plans for what it will look like to re-open in the coming weeks in a way that’s safe for everyone but especially for our most vulnerable members of our congregation and community. We look forward to being together as soon as possible with health and safety for all as a top priority.
As a staff, we continue to rely on the guidelines outlined by the experts at the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the office of Governor Mike DeWine. Based on the most recent information shared on the plan for Responsible RestartOhio, our staff has outlined a phased approach for our campus to begin gathering together again.
In our plan, we have considered all ages and health statuses, but especially our most vulnerable. It’s going to look different as we phase our way back and it’s going to work best with your help and patience. We will continue to be flexible and the following phased plan, detailed in the video, will be adaptable as needed. We will continue to be flexible and the following phased plan will be adaptable as needed. Hear more in the videos.
Frequently Asked Questions
How and why do I have to register for weekly services?
We have added additional service times with consideration to capacity for seating with six-feet social distancing. We are using a registration link because there are a limited number of seats and when a service is full to our 6-foot physical distancing limitations, the service will be closed. We require that you register. Registration for services will open Monday at 9:00 AM each week. You can access registration in one of 3 ways: Via an email you receive on Monday morning OR on our website Registration Page or through our Church Center App.
Do I have to register each week?
Yes, we require that you register. Thank you.
Can you reserve specific seats?
Registration is to attend a service. Registration does not include specific seat/section reservations. When you enter the service you’ve registered for, you will be asked to choose a seating group that fits the number of people with you. For example, a family of two should not sit in a pod of 6 seating arrangements. You will not be permitted to rearrange chair configurations.
Can I attend a service I didn’t register for?
We respectfully ask that you and your guests do not attend a service without registering. To do so, would put our staff, volunteers, and those who have registered in an unfair position.
Precautions we’re taking:
As we get our campuses ready with a deep cleaning, our staff has also outlined a detailed plan to create a touch-less experience as much as possible. For our worship gatherings, we’ll have Greeters at the doors to open the door for you, pod seating with 6′ social distancing with those in the same household, and services will be dismissed by section to limit the traffic flow. Hand sanitizer stations will be available. While masks or face coverings are recommended by the CDC they are not mandated by law, and so we will not require that you wear a mask. However, we will have disposable masks available if you don’t have one of your own. We understand that there are many differing opinions on wearing masks. We ask that you extend “space and grace” as everyone makes their own decision on what is best for them. We will have electronic bulletins instead of handouts. We have a tithe drop box available instead of passing an offering plate. We won’t do a hand-shake greeting time and we’re taking special precautions for invitation and response time. In our restrooms, we will have foot-pull door openers where possible, and hands-free options such as faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers. Our coffee stations won’t be open during Phase I. Our children and youth areas also won’t be open during Phase I. We will be cleaning and sanitizing between services. We ask that you arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your service time to allow us ample time to do this.
Will masks be required?
While masks or face coverings are highly recommended by the CDC, the Ohio Health Department, and Gov. DeWine, they are not mandated by law, and so we will not require that you wear a mask. However, we have disposable masks available in the Concourse if you don’t have one of your own. We understand that there are many differing opinions on wearing masks. We ask that you extend “space and grace” as everyone makes their own decision on what is best for them.
Updated 7/10/2020: On Thursday, July 9, Governor Mike DeWine moved several counties into Level 3 status including Fairfield County making masks required in public beginning at 6:00 p.m. on July 10, 2020. While religious services have been exempted from any mandates because of First Amendment freedoms, we continue to hold in high priority the health and safety of everyone in our congregation and community. Because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing facial coverings (guidelines), we continue to make disposable masks available in our Concourse. We will maintain service capacities with pre-registration that allow for safe social distancing. We continue to have the following special precautions in place: Sanitizing before and after each worship service, Greeters at the doors to open the door for you, pod seating with siz-foot social distancing, hand-sanitizer stations, and hands-free options such as faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers. We continue to offer options for our most vulnerable members of our congregation and community including tuning in remotely to our online service available Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Will children & youth areas be open?
Our children’s ministry and Jr. High & Sr. High areas will not be open during this first phase of restart. Families will worship together in Phase I. These age groups, as well as our adult LifeGroups, will continue to meet digitally at other times.
What is a “Space & Grace” focus?
Some people want to gather together now and hug every last person they have missed seeing over the last several weeks. Yet for others, it will be several weeks before they are comfortable gathering in-person again. As a staff, we too, consider this for our very own family members – especially those with health concerns. We don’t know where each of you personally land in that continuum of opinion and readiness. We do know that everyone lands somewhere and we can be sure that it’s not a given that your comfort level is the same as the person next to you. So in respect and responsibility to all, we’re asking you to keep “space and grace” in mind. We ask you to maintain social distancing and keep 6′ space between you and the next person. As much as you have missed someone, please respect their space. We ask that you extend grace as you keep in mind that others may not share the same opinion and readiness as you. We ask that you keep “space and grace” in mind anytime you are on our campuses as we slowly reopen things.
Can I still watch online?
We’re praying for you as you consider what’s best for you and your family in the coming days, whether it be to return in person in June or to tune in online. An online service option will still be available should you be unable or uncomfortable with attending in person starting in June.
What will Phase II look like?
We continue to rely on the guidelines outlined by the experts at the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the office of Governor Mike DeWine. Our flexible plan for Phase II will be shared as we finalize them based on current information and guidelines for these experts.
Watch this Updates page for on-going updates.
3 Ways to Give: The Mission and Ministry Continues
Our ministry, mission, and financial responsibilities continue even as we’ve deemed it best to not gather in person this Sunday. We encourage you to continue your committed, faithful giving to what God has called us to. 3 Ways to Give: Online giving www.violetbaptistchurch.org/give-online. You can also download our Church Center App and make your donation through your smart device. You can also text your dollar amount to “84321” and follow the steps to confirm your donation.