REGATHERING PHASE 2

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020


Beginning September 13, 2020, we will begin to have our Bible Fellowship Classes at 9:00 a.m. Read on for more information!

 

 

Grace to you.

 

We have faced together some very challenging days in the life of Sagamore Baptist Church—not just in the distant past, but even recently. Our Staff understands that there seems to be a disconnect with each other and that some have even stopped engaging in worship with us during this time. With COVID-19 there have been so many protocols that we are following in order to keep everyone safe as we have been regathered since the beginning of June 2020. While it may be disheartening for some, we continue to follow these protocols according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for everyone’s protection.

 

The CDC has these risk assessments for each of us to consider as we continue to regather our Fellowship:

 

Lowest risk: Meetings and other activities are conducted virtually. Only essential activities (i.e., provision of essential services) occur in person.


More risk: Small, in-person gatherings like board meetings or support groups are held. Outdoor activities and meetings are prioritized. Individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects. No food is served at meetings or events. Most staff telework and if staff or stakeholders are present in a facility, they are required to wear masks (if able) and maintain social distancing. Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting practices are implemented. Attendees at the organization’s meeting and events come from the same local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, county).


Higher risk: Indoor activities are held. Medium-sized in-person gatherings are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart. In community-based organization, facilities, common areas are closed, and staff are encouraged to wear masks (if able) and maintain social distancing. Food is served in pre-packaged boxes with disposable utensils to eliminate the need for shared items or congregating around serving tables. For meetings and events, a limited number of attendees come from outside the local geographic area.


Highest risk: Standard operations and programming are resumed. Large in-person gatherings are held where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart. Food is served “potluck” or family style. Many event attendees come from outside the local geographic area.[1]

 

Here are some things the CDC recommends for all of us to follow as we continue to regather as a Fellowship:

 

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

  • Frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Frequent hand sanitizing with sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, rubbing hands together until dry if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash (not left in seats) and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alternate forms of greeting besides handshakes, hugs, and kissing like waving or greeting each other by bumping elbows with each other.


Masks

  • Masks are most essential in times when social distancing is difficult.
  • Masks should not be placed on children younger than 2 years old.
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing should not wear masks.
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Masks are meant to protect other people in case the wearer may have the virus and not know it. Masks are not meant to be a substitute for personal protective equipment such as surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment[2].


Now for Some Good News!


Beginning September 13, 2020, we will begin to have our Bible Fellowship Classes at 9:00 a.m. However, the classes are going to be modified due to the protocols we are following. Below is a description of each of the areas where Bible Fellowship Classes will be occurring for all age groups as well as the modifications we are making for the upkeep and sanitizing of our facilities from week-to-week.

 


Adult Bible Fellowship Class


Our Adult Bible Fellowship Classes will all be meeting in the Fellowship Hall as one large class. Due to the requirements of having a 6’ social distancing, our small classrooms will not be able to be used. The Adult Bible Fellowship teachers will be teaching on a rotation basis for the foreseeable future and each week we will be listing in the Sagamore E-newsletter who will be teaching the coming Sunday morning and the passage of Scripture that will be studied and discussed. This way you can prepare yourselves as you plan on attending the class.

 

If you have had fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loo of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, CDC suggests that you stay home.[3] Additionally, if you have been sick with COVID-19, have tested positive but had no symptoms, or if you have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, then they suggest that you stay home.

 

Our goal in following these protocols as much as is possible is for the safety of all of our members and those who choose to worship with us on Sunday mornings.

 

Student & Children’s Ministries


Student Ministry has resumed with tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Student Ministry area.[4] Pastor Louis and some other adults are helping students as they have started school while maintaining proper protocols. In addition to these activities, Pastor Louis will also be following the same protocols as the Adults are following on Sunday mornings. It is suggested that students keep a 6’ social distancing rule as well as wearing masks. If they have any symptoms as listed above, then it is suggested that they stay home to help keep everyone safe.

 

Children’s Ministry will resume Bible Fellowship Classes with modified classes on September 13, 2020. Pastor Taylor will be sharing with parents the structures and changes that will be made for Bible Fellowship. Moreover, Pastor Taylor has already sent out information about starting AWANA online with a weekly drive-by on Sunday evenings for children/youth to be able to say their verses in person on our campus. Bible Drill will be meeting while also following CDC protocols for protection of adults and children and teens who are participating. The above symptoms should also be considered of children and youth who plan on attending any of these times they will be meeting.

 

The CDC has the following everyday preventative actions and tips to help children and teens stay healthy:

 

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
  • Put distance between your children and other people outside of your home. Keep children at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (like tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks).
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting  and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Make sure your children are up to date on well-child visits and immunizations.[5]

We are looking to regathering in Bible Fellowship Classes on September 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. We recommend that we follow these protocols as much as is possible. We look forward to having you back at Sagamore Baptist Church as we continue to fellowship one with another!

 





[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/community-based.html, accessed August 25, 2020.


[2] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/community-based.html, accessed August 25, 2020.


[3]https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsymptoms.html, accessed August 25, 2020.


[4] For more information on student tutoring, please contact Pastor Louis Curtis at 817-861-5511 or pastorlouis@sagamorechurch.com.


[5] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children/protect-children.html, accessed August 25, 2020.