SAFETY NOTES FOR GATHERINGS

While we are excited to meet back together for worship, we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. We want to do everything possible to keep everyone safe as we gather, so please take note of the following precautions and follow the guidelines for the safety of your family and others.


  • If you have been diagnosed with or have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend gatherings until you have observed the appropriate quarantine as directed by the CDC. For the safety of others, please do not attend if you are currently ill or have a fever.
  • If you might be at a high risk of experiencing severe symptoms or death as a result of COVID-19, please use good wisdom and discernment before attending. 
  • Plenty of hand sanitizer will be available for you to use while gathering for worship. There is also a bathroom available for washing your hands with soap and water. Please utilize these options as often as necessary.
  • There will not be a formal kid's class or nursery for right now. A room is available for anyone that needs to slip out with a restless child. 
  • Please wear a facial covering before service, after service, and at times of close contact with others. Since seating is properly distanced, it is not necessary to wear a facial covering during the service or when at your seat.
  • Please practice social distancing while gathering for worship. Chairs will separated by six feet in the meeting space. 
  • Please be respectful of other people's space. Avoid physical contact or standing too close to someone. We do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable.

FACIAL COVERINGS AT CHURCH GATHERINGS

Beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, June 26, 2020, a state mandate will go into effect that requires individuals to wear a facial covering both indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not easily maintained. While we understand the legal exemptions of this mandate for places of worship, in respect to the governing authorities given to us by God and to do our part in attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when our church gathers, we have updated our precautions to accommodate this mandate. Please read the notes below in their entirety.

WHAT WE REQUEST

  • We request that individuals attending a worship gathering of Lakeside Bible Church wear an appropriate facial covering before and after the service and at times of fellowship and close contact with others.
  • Since seating is arranged to accommodate social distancing, it is not necessary for individuals to wear their covering during the service or whenever they are in their seats.
  • No individual will be prevented from attending a worship gathering if they do not comply with this request, but we sincerely ask for your understanding as we seek to have a spirit of love for others and obedience to our authorities. 

WHY MAKE THIS REQUEST?

We understand the contention that has arisen as a result of this mandate, and it is not our desire to enter the fray of intense argumentation that has become so prevalent. We believe it is best to make this request for the following reasons:

  1. Our governing authorities have asked us to do so. We may not agree with a decision or the way in which a decision is made, but there is still an abundance of biblical support for following the directives of God-given authority when it is not leading us to disobey the Lord. (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:13-17)
  2. If wearing a facial covering has the potential to help others, we want to do our part. Face masks may not be a complete solution, but there is evidence that it can at least help. Since there are people we love in our church that are at greater risk of contracting this illness, we should be willing to lay aside our comfort in order to protect them. (Matthew 7:12, 22:39; Luke 10:30-37; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8)
  3. We want those who are more concerned about the spread of the virus to feel loved and comforted by those who are less concerned. Unity in the church happens when we are willing to submit our own desires to consider others first. For the last several weeks, more concerned people in our church have attended services graciously despite the lack of this request. Now it's time for those less concerned to show that same graciousness. (Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 5:21; Philippians 2:1-5; 1 John 3:17)

No matter where you land on the issue, please do not allow this to keep you from corporately worshipping God, loving your church family, and committing yourself to the church. To love God, love others, and serve Jesus is infinitely more important than making a political statement. Let's do everything we can to keep our eyes on Jesus and love one another.