WHAT OUR SERVICES LOOK LIKE DURING THE PANDEMIC
To live up to the Bible’s command to love one another, and to protect each other from Covid-19, we at Bethany are following CDC and Iowa Public Health guidelines:
*PLEASE KEEP YOUR COATS WITH YOU WHILE IN THE BUIDLING
*Wearing a mask is required (masks are provided if needed) and must be worn properly fitted over one’s nose and mouth at all times while in the building.
*Temperature is checked as you enter the church for worship.
*Services will be 30-40 minutes with no singing or congregational responses read.
*Hand sanitizer, wipes and masks are provided around the building for your convenience and use.
*The door under the carport is either propped open OR will be staffed by someone wearing a mask and gloves.
*Physical distancing is observed. Please keep at least 6 feet apart from each other when possible. (seated in sanctuary, entering church, during dismissal etc)
*Members will be dismissed from the back of the church to the front. Please leave space between one another and time for the railings and chairlift to be wiped down after EACH person/family.
*The drinking fountain is NOT available.
*Restrooms have wipes provided for each person to wipe down before use. There is hand sanitizer outside each restroom to be used on your way out.
*We are recording who is in attendance with the understanding that if/when someone tests positive for Covid-19, and has been to church you will be contacted as well as Iowa Public Health for contact tracing if necessary.
*Online service will continue to be offered. The information may be found on our website: www.bethanypresgc.net OR FaceBook OR email OR YouTube (BethanyPresGC).
FAQ's: IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES
(Prior to the Pandemic)
Have questions about what a typical Sunday looks like here at Bethany? Browse through our list of FAQs. If we haven’t answered your question, don’t hesitate to submit an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to expect when I arrive?
Most members enter the building using the doors under the carport. There you will be met by someone to greet and assist you. Upstairs you will find our sanctuary and offices. Our rest rooms, nursery, kitchen and fellowship hall our located downstairs.
You will find clear and informative signage throughout the building to help you get your bearings. Better yet, you will find friendly members willing to greet you and guide you through our facilities.
Parking: Where can I park? How early do I need to arrive?
We have a large inviting parking lot that sits northeast of our building. Worship is at 10 a. m. but you will find folks gathering around 9:45 to catch up with one another.
Childcare: Do you offer childcare?
All ages are welcome to worship with us. To give families options, we provide specialized loving childcare for our youngest ones (ages birth – preschool), utilizing church volunteers. Our primary goal is to make children feel welcome and at home. We want all parents to feel confident and secure knowing that their children are in a safe and happy place. The nursery includes a pack & play, rocking chairs, age-appropriate toys and books.
Communion: How often is Communion served? Will I have to take part?
Communion is celebrated every other month. Worshippers come forward to receive the elements. Those who remain seated will be served in the pew. We have an open table at Bethany which means all baptized believers of Jesus may partake. It is not mandatory that you participate in communion.
Length: How long is the service?
The worship service begins at 10:00 am and usually lasts an hour – give or take 10 minutes.
Music: What style of music do you use in your services?
Our service is a blended worship, offering a wide variety of hymns and praise songs. The entire service is projected on the screens for your convenience.
Do I stand, sit, or kneel? What else do I need to know about your service?
During the worship service there are times that the congregation will be invited to stand (those times are marked with an asterisk in the bulletin/on screen). No one is obligated to stand.
Communication: Will I need to sign anything? Will I need to introduce myself during the service? Will anyone contact me?
When visitors arrive in the sanctuary, greeters will welcome them and give them a bulletin. You are not asked to stand and introduce yourself. A “pew pad” is passed during the offering time, where you may mark that you are a visitor and if you would like further contact from the church/pastor.