We know you want to be together, we know God wants His people together (Hebrews 10:25) and we know you want worship to be safe. The Lord grants us wisdom (James 1:5) and that is what we are seeking as we re-unite the local church over the next few months. The following is our initial plan to begin a re-gathering of God's people at Central Baptist Church. This plan is fluid as we keep our eyes open to God's plan and the health of our community in this time.
Timeline for Regathering
Step 1: March 22 - May 10 - Worship online at home with family at www.cbcamericus.org
Step 2: May 17-June 7 - Joint in-home worship with 2-3 other families or friends following CDC guidelines. Worship online at www.cbcamericus.org. Hosting information and suggestions for connecting to other families can be found below.
EXPERIENCE WORSHIP TOGETHER
Step Two of Central’s transition back to live gatherings includes meeting in smaller groups in homes to experience worship together. Following are some ideas and guidelines to help you consider options and discern how to effectively and safely, connect with others if you meet in homes:
Why Meet in a Home?
In future steps, groups will be able to meet on the church campus. Opening our homes, for those who feel comfortable, will provide community, fellowship, and connection as we safely adjust to a new normal. Live streaming has been a good tool, but nothing can compare to meeting in person. Meeting in homes will help some attenders adjust physically and emotionally after such a long season of being at home. As you consider meeting in a home, we encourage you to follow all CDC and Georgia Department of Health recommended guidelines.
Purpose of Meeting?
The home can be a great place for a smaller group to participate in the online worship experience, including fellowship, prayer and discussion. This type of meeting can occur on a Sunday morning or throughout the week using the church website.
Who Should Meet?
Only those who are comfortable meeting in person should do so. Those who are in the vulnerable health categories should give extra consideration before meeting in person. No one experiencing any signs of illness (e.g., fever, coughing, sneezing, loss of smell/taste, etc.) should attend.
Consider the following questions:
- Who do you know that might be interested in gathering in person? A great place to start would be those in your Small Group or neighborhood.
- Would your house or apartment be an appropriate meeting location?
- Who would facilitate the gathering? (The host may or may not also lead).
- How would you set up your meeting area to safely accommodate guests?
- What day and time of the week would be best to connect?
HOSTING/LEADING A GROUP
The dynamics of meeting in a home can be different than when meeting on the church campus. You want to promote participation, but if individuals are not interested in sharing or praying out loud, please be respectful of their personal preference. As much as possible, provide seating that adheres to social distancing procedures.
Items to consider as you host:
- Pre-determine if you will live stream.
- Have technology set up ahead of time.
- Consider your approach to engaging children during the gathering.
- Gather pens/pencils, crayons/markers (for any children).
- Singing out loud might seem awkward. Embrace it!
- If you have extra Bibles, pull those out for those without one.
- Have listening guide/discussion questions ready. If possible, print copies for participants.
- Take a photo of the group gathering and post on social media.
Recommended Gathering Flow:
- Gather and Welcome
- Brief Opening Prayer
- Share Life Updates
- View Service
- Utilize Discussion Questions
- Pray as a Group
- Discuss logistics for next week’s gathering
ANOTHER OPTION TO CONSIDER
An alternative to meeting in a home would be meeting at a home. Groups could choose to meet in a yard, driveway, cul-de-sac, etc. This could provide more space and ease safety concerns. When meeting outside be sure to check the weather forecast and consider how technology could be used outside. Meeting outside could be a great outreach opportunity to your neighbors.
These are just a few of the items you want to consider as you host or lead a smaller gathering in a home. Until we are able to all be together again on campus, think of how you can creatively and safely begin the process of gathering together again in person.
Step 3: June 14- July 26 (projection) - On campus worship only. No childcare or other age-related activities. More details, including service times, to follow.
Step 4: August (projection) - Normal activities to be resumed.
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