It has come to our attention that although we have informed our regular attenders of how we are going forward during these present stress-filled times, such information may not be as easy to find on our website as we would like. So, we hope these descriptions of our efforts to both mitigate risk and alleviate concern are helpful to you. We especially want you to know what you can expect when you worship in person at Calvary Baptist Church. If you have ANY questions at all, please call the church office at 515-961-5410.
Our approach to COVID-19 is based upon a desire to minister to the needs of all who attend. Instead of fear, you will hear words of grace, care, and responsibility. Because we believe in personal freedom AND personal responsibility, we won’t REQUIRE attendees to do certain things. However, because we believe in both freedom and responsibility, WE WILL be doing the following things and urge ALL attendees to give each other the space and grace needed to feel safe in worship.
What Can You Expect When You Attend Calvary Baptist Church?
First – You will notice a designated greeter who will open our main doors for you. You won’t have to touch the doors to get in our building.
Second – We will not be passing out any literature that you must take in order to fully participate in the service. If you like to take notes during the sermon, you can always download the service guide at calvaryindianola.com.
Third – We will not pass the offering plates. If you are led to give, there will be a container at the back of the church you can use.
Fourth – You may notice that we disinfect the facilities after every use. (bathrooms, sanctuary, etc)
Fifth – You will notice that we are only using every other pew to encourage social distancing in our behavior and our facility.
Sixth – You are also encouraged to wear masks and any other personal protective equipment you deem necessary. We do have some masks at church if you need one.
As we shared with the church family in May – Sunday morning will feel very different for a while. For the sake of love, we will be following the guidance that has been given by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Why is it love? First, encouraging each of us to act according to their convictions is love. So, we want you to continue join us online if that is your conviction. We offer a single public service for those whose convictions give them that freedom as well. Second, for those who come… making those around us feel as safe as is in our power to do is also love. So, we will social distance. We will sanitize. We will keep our service to an hour. We will not offer food, drink, or pass out bulletins or other literature. There will be no on-site Bible studies or Wednesday night activities through the end of June. This is our Phase 1 of having onsite services again.
Yes, there will be a Phase 2 and a Phase 3 as we learn more, as the situation changes, and as our understanding of what this means to us as a church changes. We will, of course, seek to communicate that to you here in the future. We take these steps together not because we fear the future, but because we truly want to walk together during this stressful time. We are all navigating unusual waters. Let us navigate those waters together.