These are strange and challenging times! As we gather again, we recognize that we will need to alter some of the ways we interact with one another during our morning worship due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, we will strive to make Midvalley Bible a safe and healthy place for all our people, especially the more vulnerable. There are many differing opinions on what should and should not be done, so please acknowledge that we are a diverse spiritual family that is committed to honoring and loving one another, even when we may disagree on how to proceed.
"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others"
Below are our current tentative plans for our moving forward. Please note the word "tentative." A decrease in the prevalence of Covid-19, together with changes in the government's recommended guidelines, could lead us to make substantial changes to this plan. The same may be said if there is an increase.
Before You Arrive
Please affirm that you answer "no" to the following questions:
- Have I or someone in my family had a fever over 100 in the past 14 days?
- Am I showing any flu-like symptoms?
- Have I had prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
- Is there any medical reason why I shouldn't be around others?
Safety at MBC
- The doors, lobby, bathrooms and auditorium have been fully sanitized by our building superintendent Dave Baize. We feel confident that every effort has been made to make the building safe. This cleaning will be done weekly.
- We are asking everyone to wear masks while entering and leaving the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be available when you enter. We believe this is the best practice to keep everyone who attends comfortable, feeling safe as well as healthy.
- Masks are recommended for children 2 years of age and above, as tolerated, but not required.
- We will have hand sanitizing stations scattered throughout the building.
- The auditorium has been set up to accommodate groups and individuals with 6 foot spacing between. You are free to sit where you feel most comfortable with your family and friends.
- There will be no bulletins, outlines or offering taken to limit the potential spread of Covid-19. The offering box will be available at the back of the church.
- There will be no nursery or KIC. The nursery will be open for mothers with small children who may need it. It simply isn't possible at this early stage to ensure the best practices to accommodate our children safely in classrooms.
- There will be no coffee or food available. Bottled water will be available.
- While we are excited to gather together, we ask that everyone practice social distancing while at church.
For those who feel uncomfortable attending, have compromising health issues or are unable, our Sunday morning services will be "live streamed" at 10:30 am via YouTube and also later posted.
Please know that our church family loves you and we want to protect you!
In the light of His glory and grace,