Church in the Age of Coronavirus
(Updated July 2021)
Beginning August 1, we are gathering for one service on Sundays at 10am, with two ways to participate: in person or online. We hope you’ll join us.
To join us in the Meeting House, make a reservation to attend and wear a mask inside the building. Want to know more about our policies? Check out this fact sheet, which is updated periodically.
Join us online once the service begins. The service will be available in “real time” starting at 10am on Sundays.
The BPC Session voted on May 18 to reopen the building as the next step toward re-gathering in person. The building had been closed officially since the start of the Covid pandemic. Church groups no larger than 25 people may now schedule use of the Gathering Space and the Meeting House through the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Building use will be in accordance with Covid-mitigation procedures, including the use of masks inside the building and physical distancing. The guidelines for indoor and outdoor usage are available by contacting the church office. Each BPC group will make its own decisions regarding gatherings or standing meetings, and Zoom is likely to remain an important part of congregational life for the foreseeable future.
As the congregation begins transitioning to more in-person gatherings, a couple of practices will help smooth the way. In order to keep one another safe, groups and individuals, including staff and volunteers, are strongly encouraged to check the church calendar before making specific plans or just dropping in. The link to the online calendar is here: https://www.burkepreschurch.org/calendar/
Staff will be available for some in-person meetings/appointments, but they will need to be scheduled in advance. Contact each staff person directly to do this: https://www.burkepreschurch.org/staff/
. Staff also has met regularly over Zoom and telephone with members of the congregation throughout the pandemic, and we encourage those meetings whenever possible to continue.
The church leadership is grateful for your ongoing prayerful support as we tackle complicated questions and move ahead to this next stage with love.