What will worship be like if you come onsite to Calvary? We 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 Sunday morning service onsite is much like the online version. 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 encourage ALL attendees to respect the different needs of those who attend regarding things like social distancing, mask-wearing, and grace for our differing perspectives on them.
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 – Bulletins will be in the pews and not passed out. You don’t need the bulletin in order to fully participate in the service. It is provided for your convenience. Let Pastor John know if you want to print your own here.
Third – We will not pass the offering plates. If you are led to give, there is a container at the back of the church you can use.
Fourth – You won’t see this, but we disinfect the facilities before use. (bathrooms, sanctuary, etc)
Fifth – Although the pews are not blocked off, you will be able to socially distance if you desire it. Please let Pastor John know if that is a need, and he will ensure such a space for you.
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.
Our Sunday morning is now in ‘Phase 2’ in regard to our COVID-19 response. This means that we encourage everyone to act according to their convictions. So, we want you to continue join us online if that is your conviction. We offer a single Sunday morning service for those whose convictions give them that freedom as well. Second, for those who come we will make every allowance for you to worship based upon your convictions. Please mask if that is your conviction. Please request a socially distant pew if that is your conviction. Please do both without feeling any self-consciousness. Those who do not feel the need to be socially distant and those who do feel the need to be socially distant are both welcome here. We will do our best to keep our service to an hour. We will not offer food or drink or other literature on Sunday mornings.
Our Wednesday evening service is at ‘Phase 3’. This means that we are encouraging each group that meets in the building to decide for itself how it will handle mask wearing and social distancing. Of course, we will give everyone the grace to socially distance or mask up as they need to. Yet, for Wednesday nights, it will be important for everyone to be pro-active in discussing their needs with their Bible study leader.
Yes, we look forward to moving from Phase 3 to Phase 4 (normal) as we learn more, as the situation changes, and as our understanding of what this means to us as a church changes. However, we are not in a hurry. We want everyone to feel safe and able to participate as much as they are comfortable. We will, of course, seek to communicate that to you here in the future. Please ask questions and give feedback whenever you feel led to! 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.