Dear MBC Family,
I have some good news! We’re beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel concerning COVID-19. Parks have opened back up, sheltering in place restrictions are being lifted, businesses and churches are finally able to open their doors again, not only here in Ohio, but in many states around the country. Again, that’s good news! Also, our Board has made the decision to resume public worship beginning Sunday, May 24 for the 10:45 a.m. service only with certain guidelines.
Prudence suggests that the manner in which we re-engage with public worship should be in alignment with some of the guidelines provided by our national, state, and local health officials.
As you know, our main concern is for the safety and well-being of our members. With that in mind, here are several guidelines we have put in place.
If you have concerns for your safety and well-being, if you have a lowered immune system or are in an age bracket that makes you more susceptible, by all means stay at home and watch the services online. We certainly encourage you to do that. We will continue to provide online worship.
When you arrive, we will be implementing staggered seating by rows. Certainly, families are encouraged to sit together.
No youth or children’s classes will be held until further notice (children can stay with family).
There will be no nursery workers provided; however, you may use the nursery if you so desire.
We are asking that you don’t shake hands or hug as you might normally do and that you maintain a safe distance from others.
Limit to one person at a time in the restrooms.
No offering plates will be passed; however, there will be plates located at the back of the auditorium for you to give your offering.
There will be no 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, Sunday evening or Wednesday evening Services until further notice. However, an interactive Wednesday Evening Bible Study will begin ONLINE on May 27 at 6:00 p.m. through a program called ZOOM. Details will be posted on our website and Facebook page and sent via email so that you know how to register and take part. Even those without a computer can access the study via your telephone.
I know that many of you will be thrilled to meet again as soon as possible, while others will feel that a wait-and-see approach is more fitting. I personally am elated that we can begin to return to some kind of normalcy. I feel certain that we will be able to resume all of our services soon. Until then, I ask for your continued patience as we navigate through these uncertain times.
I am grateful for everyone who is a part of our church family. Your support through your prayers and giving during this time has been nothing short of amazing, so again, thank you.