Dear Church Family,
This past Sabbath marked a turning point in our church’s history as we reopened the doors to allow for in-person worship here in Boulder! And unfortunately, the adage about riding a bike does not hold true in the same way for reopening a church after a pandemic! But, after a few scraped knees and bumped noggins, we were able to get everything together to serve our community inside the building and online. We learned a lot in our first go around and have already made arrangements to adjust our staging, our layout, and our technical settings which will be reflected in this week’s service. It is our hope that none of the speed bumps we encountered as a team affected you as a community, but I can assure you that our teams of staff, tech operators, elders, and safety committee members are up for the task of correcting our mistakes along the way!
As we head into this weekend, I wanted to share with you all a few positives from our October 3 service that may help provide more details as you decide on how and where to worship this Sabbath. First, the CO2 sensors we placed inside of the Sanctuary to measure the potential particulates in the air gave us consistent readings equivalent to the levels found outdoors! So, we can safely say that there is no more harm in gathering together (while abiding by socially distanced markers and while wearing masks) inside than there is outside! Second, we are removing the plexiglass shield and microphone stand from our stage and instead asking that all of our platform participants wear a mask at all times. This will allow our entire group to move forward (down stage) closer to the pews rather than be set back so far on the platform and stuck behind what we have dubbed “the penalty box.”
Next, all of our audio/visual needs inside of the building that stream the service from inside the Sanctuary to other rooms surrounding it are fully operational. That, when matched with the hard work of Peter and Patty Chamberlain who taped off seating and rearranged furniture in the rooms with television sets, allow us to open our facility up to 134 people each week rather than the 50 from this past Sabbath. While not everyone will be able to sit all together in the Sanctuary, we will be closer than before if we use all of the spaces we have available to us. Last, our registration system we implemented last week is working like a charm and will be used moving forward to book reservations for each week. Make sure to add a calendar event weekly to your schedule to start booking your seats at church starting on Thursday morning using the link provided in the newsletter.
Our teams are still working on a plan to bring our Connect Groups together for in-person gatherings and we will let you know how we plan on moving forward with those classes once we get a better idea of what we can do to keep everyone safe in all of the spaces we have available to meet. For this week, we will be hosting our classes online unless you hear from your class leader on an alternate plan from them directly.
There are many new changes on the horizon for us as we move through Fall and into new phases of this pandemic. We know these adjustments can be uncomfortable and for that we apologize. It is our hope that this next season in our community will be a positive one if we can all band together to make the best of the situation we are facing. Please let us know if there is anything more we can be doing to serve you better in the coming weeks by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to any of our staff at the addresses provided on our website.
Until we see you again (online or in person) we are praying that you remain safe and sound in the hands of our Almighty God.
If you would like to register for this weeks service or would like to know more about what is required before you register, please visit the tabs to the right.
There is limited seating available, if you would like to save your spot, please register here. Registration opens each Thursdays at 9 am.
Please note that if you do not register before the service you will not be allowed in the building.
Things to Know Before Registering
- Due to a Public Health Order of Boulder County, it is encouraged that anyone between the ages of 18-22 not attend any services at Boulder Church until the order is lifted on October 8, 2020*. If you decide to attend any service of Boulder Church, please be advised that the order restricts you from traveling to the Church together as a group and you will not be permitted to sit together while on church property.
- During the “Safer-At-Home” Phase of this pandemic, the public safety guidelines provided by the State of Colorado request that anyone over the age of 65 consider not attending any public gatherings at this time as your age presents a greater risk of experiencing adverse symptoms to COVID-19 were the virus to be transmitted to you.
- In order to abide by the protocols in place in Boulder County, a registration system has been put in place to reserve “tickets” for each service. Beginning on the week of October 3, a limited amount of reserved spaces will be released to the public using the Registration app on Planning Center Online. After the designated number of seats have been filled, the service is full and no additional seats will be made available for that service. For the week of October 3, seating will be restricted to those available in the Sanctuary within the allotted parameters of Boulder County guidelines (50). After October 3, the COVID-19 Safety & Response Committee will meet to determine the plan for services after that date. If agreed upon by the Committee, seats will become available inside of the Community Room and other classrooms throughout the building which have been deemed suitable for ancillary overflow.
- As required by the Boulder County Public Health Department and the State of Colorado, masks/face coverings are required for anyone on church property for the entirety of their visit. If you do not have a mask/face covering of your own, own will be provided to you.
This includes anything outside of a personal vehicle in the parking lot, inside or out of
the building, during the worship service, while traveling throughout the hallways, and
while participating in Connect Groups.
If you willfully remove your mask/face covering at any point during your your visit, a Deacon
Usher/Staff Member will request that you place the mask over your face. If a request must be
reiterated, you will be asked to leave.
- Visitors should remain 6 feet apart from anyone they are not actively quarantined with inside or outside of the building while on church property.
- During the service, please refrain from singing during the Special Music segment as there is an increased risk of spreading aerosol droplets to those surrounding you beyond six feet.
- Bathrooms are only be used one person at a time.
- Visitors are to check the signage at the entrance to the parking lot to confirm whether or not they are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and decide on whether or not they should travel on to the property. This same signage will be posted at the entrance to the church on the corner of Mapleton and 4th Street**.
- Upon arrival, visitors will need to check in with the Attendant at the entrance to the building where they will be asked a series of questions relating to their health before being admitted into the building. Information will be stored in a secure Google Drive folder which will only be accessible by the Staff. Files will only be stored for 21 days before being deleted permanently.
- During the service, two photos will be taken of the congregation seated inside each room so as to provide a method for exposure notifications were there to be a visitor whom reports that they have symptoms related to COVID-19. These photos will be stored in a secure Google Drive file accessible only by the staff, will not be shared publicly, and will be deleted once the mandated contract tracing period has expired for that service.
- If it is reported that someone has contracted COVID-19 and was seated near you or a member of your quarantine family, you will be notified immediately of a potential need for you to be tested.
- In following social distancing guidelines, the Sanctuary seating has been arranged in such a way that certain pews are unavailable while others have been sectioned off for specific seating needs. An usher will escort you to your seat once you have been admitted into the building.
- While our worship service will begin at 9:30am on Sabbath, please make arrangements to arrive early to allow for the above systems checks to be facilitated before the service begins.
- In order to decrease the chances of the spread of the virus, we will not be offering any of our regular refreshment items in the foyer at this time. Please make arrangements to bring your own breakfast/coffee/etc. or eat ahead of your arrival.
- Upon entering the building, please follow the directional arrows on the floor throughout the building so as to avoid passing anyone in the aisles or in the hallways.
- Please refrain from engaging in any form of physical touch (handshakes, hugging, etc.).
- During the service, participants will be allowed to remove their masks IF they are behind the designated microphone on stage which has been set 25 feet back from the first pew inside of the Sanctuary and is behind a plexiglass shield. Participants will need their masks in place while approaching the microphone and will need to secure their mask before leaving the designated position on stage.
- The microphone used by members will be wiped down with an alcohol swab in between uses to ensure the safety of our platform participants. The headset microphones used by our pastoral staff are designated for use by one single user and will be sanitized between uses each week. Guest speakers will be given a headset microphone which has been thoroughly sanitized before use if they choose not to use the designated microphone on stage.
- To allow for the best use of time and space, our services have been modified to fit the needs of our services in this time of the pandemic. Because of that, we will no longer be including the Kids Life section of our service. Additionally, we will only be offering one worship song (which will be performed by a single worship leader as a “special music” piece where audience participation is forbidden. As we are able to expand the use of the platform, we have plans to include a second (non-singing) musician to the stage for the worship section of the service.
- It is requested that you do not approach any of the desk spaces where our audio/ProPresenter/LiveStream/Camera operators are working as there is only enough space inside of each area for one person to abide by the six feet of social distancing required.
- During the hours in which visitors are inside of the building, exhaust fans will be running and all windows will be ajar to allow for proper air circulation regardless of season or outside temperature. We will do all that we can regulate the temperature inside, but please dress accordingly.
- To allow for the use of the exhaust fan in the Sanctuary, the center projector will not be operational. Instead both side projectors will be used for any visual presentations.
- Tithe and offering will be collected using the receptacles available at the rear of the Sanctuary as before.
- Due to the scheduled roster of speakers whom were contacted before the decision was made to reopen for in-person worship services, certain weeks for the upcoming series will include a video presentation of the Message. Those weeks include, but are not limited to:
October 3, October 10, October 24, October 31
- Sensors have been installed inside of the Sanctuary to monitor the CO2 levels which will be checked regularly by the Ushers and Deacons. If readings increase to a level above 600 parts per million, adjustments may be made to reduce the levels.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building for your use.
- The building will be cleaned and sanitized between each use on Sabbath to ensure the safety of our members and visitors.
- At this time, Connect Groups will not be conducted inside of the building. The COVID-19 Safety & Response Committee is working on a proposal to host all of our Connect Groups outdoors during the month of October starting on the 10th (weather permitting) while we work on a strategy to bring our Connect Groups together inside of the building as the weather shifts.
* Be advised that this Order may be extended beyond October 8 if deemed necessary by the Boulder County Public Health Department.
** The entrance accessible from the parking lot will be used for exiting the building and as and entrance/exit for anyone with special needs.