GCBC Safety Guidelines
Safety Plans for GCBC Services (as of June-July 2020 until further notice)
The Elders shepherding GCBC have great care for the flock and want to be careful as we gather safely and in unity for God's glory (Romans 15:5-6). We believe the details of how we gather and worship fall under our jurisdiction and responsibility in overseeing the church under Christ. Here are some of the scriptures informing our plans below:
Acts 20:28 “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God …”
God’s pattern in Psalm 78:53 “He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid...” [Exodus context after plagues]
Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Philippians 2:3-4: “in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Jeremiah 29:7 “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you ... and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
God’s Word calls God’s people to include old and young together in worship (Psalm 148:12013) and honor the elderly (Leviticus 19:32) and protect your guests from harm on your property and place (Deuteronomy 22:8)
Romans 12 (renewed thinking with loving preference to needs and concerns of others) and 13:9-10 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law…” (NKJV)
Below is what the GCBC shepherds ask of those attending our services:
- Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms or are at increased risk of becoming sick and please avail yourself of hand sanitizer we will make available.
- Please respect the ushers seating with distancing and remember the restrooms will be limited and we ask you not to crowd in them or the hallways.
- Drinking fountains and playgrounds are closed and we ask you to keep your kids close at all times on campus for the safety of them and others. Fall plans to resume nursery, children's classes, and Sunday School are still to be determined.
- Masks or face coverings are not required outdoors, but our county recommends and encourages them and asks that they be worn when gathering indoors or when unable to maintain physical distance. We will have masks available for those who choose to wear them.
- Above will be the plan for next week as well unless we communicate otherwise on this page. We look forward to gathering as one body this Lord's Day!
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