Dear KBC Family,

These are some unprecedented times.  I know that all of us have been living out our faith together-apart the best way circumstances have allowed.  We have all done our part to “flatten the curve” of this pandemic and, as we await a vaccine, many are feeling it is time for a measured re-opening of our society.  We are not out of the woods yet (we may never really be).  But the leadership at KBC has decided to open Sunday morning worship in a limited way.  To that end, we are RE-GATHERING on campus this Sunday, May 24. 

I know there are varying levels of comfort when it comes to social interaction because of the COVID crisis.  Some are ready to throw caution to the wind.  Others are afraid of a second wave.  As Christians and as part of KBC, we must exercise compassion and faith as we move to open our worship gatherings again.  With that in mind…

1. We will NOT have Sunday School on campus.  We will continue to encourage our SS Groups to meet online through ZOOM or other video gathering sites.

2. We encourage all those in the “at-risk” category and those who do not feel well or are sick to please stay home and join us via live-stream (FaceBook Live, KBC website, Roku).

3. We ask Households to sit together; all youth and children are to sit with their parents and not in clusters of friends.  We will have areas sectioned off for seating throughout the sanctuary.  Ushers will help you find a section to accommodate your group.

4. We will not have a nursery or kid’s worship or youth gatherings.

5. We will not have bulletins, but our announcements will be made from the pulpit, and posted on the website as well as on the KBC FaceBook page.

6. We will not be taking up an offering by passing plates. We continue to encourage our church family to give online through the church website or giving app, mail their tithes and offerings to the office, or drop your offering envelope in a collection box at the doors of the worship center.

7. We will encourage social distancing and discourage handshakes, high-fives and hugs.  …but we do encourage sharing a smile and a wave.

8. We ask everyone to enter the building and find a place to sit, without gathering in aisles or doorways, and without going around the room.

9. We will not require wearing of masks but encourage wearing masks in/out of the building to your seat. It will be up to the individual if they prefer to wear or not wear a mask during worship.

10. We will continue to meet Wednesday evenings on Zoom for prayer and Bible study.

Regardless of your comfort with re-opening, I know that all of us are ready to return to a more normal life.  As we take steps (even baby steps) toward normal, let’s consider those at every point in the spectrum of concern.  As we honor these guidelines, we honor the Body and show compassion to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I love you all and long to see you,

Jerry Canupp

Pastor, Kirby Baptist Church