CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
GATHERING AGAIN – June 7, 2020
 
Dear Church Family, 
 
As you remember, March 8 was the last time we were able to meet as a congregation to worship together. Over two months have passed since that day and, I think you would agree, much has changed all around this globe. Though far from ideal, ever since that March date, we have continued to worship together through various means. Whether it be Sunday morning worship through YouTube Live or Wednesday bible study, youth, children and other info videos coming your way, we have attempted to stay connected the best we can.
 
For the past three to four weeks, as we have begun to see a certain reopening of the community, we have stayed in continual connect with other pastors and staff leaders of local and nearby sister churches. We have also been in contact with many local ministry organizations including the Lee County Baptist Association, the Mississippi Baptist Convention and Guidestone as well as the Baptist Convention of Alabama, Georgia, and even North Carolina. Finally, guidance has been sought from the CDC, our mayor and governor as we have looked towards reopening our church doors. With much prayer, we have a plan going forward.
 
On June 7th, we will begin the reopening of our church facility to worship services only and look forward to “GATHERING AGAIN” soon. Below are the details:
 
 
SCHEDULE & VENUE
*We will offer TWO (2) morning worship service options located in the Calvary Baptist Church sanctuary. There will be a 9:00 a.m. and an 11:00 a.m. service and both will be identical in style (neither considered contemporary or traditional, most like our “Combined Worship Services”). Each service will be 45 minutes in duration. 
 
*RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED – On June 1st, you will receive an online link for quick, easy reservation. You can also make a reservation from our website or call the church office. Reservations will open weekly on Mondays at 8am beginning June 1st.
 
*Online streaming will be videoed at the 9:00 a.m. time and will be available on our Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo YouTube channel.
 
CHILDCARE
*At present there will be NO childcare. 
 
ENTRANCE PLAN & SEATING
*There will be only two entrances into the building: 
  • Main front doors of the Sanctuary
  • Glass doors by the office (under the green awning)
These doors will be propped open as you enter and exit.
*Families may sit together, but 6’ social distancing will be practiced between individuals and households.
 
MITIGATION
  • Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the service start.
  • There will be a square footage number allowed that will follow CDC social distancing protocols.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each entrance.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place between services.
  • Tithe and offering receptacles will be located at door entrances for those wishing to give.
  • No bulletins; hymn books and guest cards/pencils will be removed.
  • Restrooms will have a capacity restriction (only ONE person at a time).
  • MASKS: we recommend masks when entering, but they are not required. Once inside they may be removed, but you certainly may continue to wear one if you feel more comfortable.
 
STAFFING
*All ministerial staff, tech team, musicians, Emergency Management/Security teams and other specific ushers located throughout the building will be present and must also make a RESERVATION so that we have an accurate number of those who will be in attendance.
 
SIGNAGE & USHERS
*Throughout the building there will be help and assistance in directing you and meeting the needs you may have once on the church campus.
 
SPECIAL HEALTH STATEMENT TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE
*We recommend that at this time, all of our most vulnerable members, as well as those who are medically vulnerable, stay at home at this time. We miss you, but know that we will all be together soon. We can’t wait to see you again soon! Don’t forget you can tune in to view the 9am service online on Calvary Tupelo’s YouTube channel and the 11am Broadcast on WEPH. (Comcast-channel 4, Dish-channel 49, Cable one-channel 11, MaxxSouth-channel 20, Over the air-channel49.1).
 
 
If you have any questions or concerns about our “REGATHERING”, please don’t hesitate to call. We want ALL who are able to come, to feel safe and secure as we worship together.
 
Continue to pray as we continue to seek the Lord’s face.
 
In Him,
 
 
Jim Yates