COVID-19 In Person Worship Guidelines

Greetings True Light Members & Friends,

  

True Light members we are excited to announce that Sunday will be our re-launch Sunday.

It has been exactly two months since we have been able to worship together. The Coronavirus

pandemic has really turned things upside down. The Church desiring to be in compliance with

national government regulations and recommendations of the CDC, agreed for the safety of our

members to follow the guidelines put in place to flatten the curve of the virus for the month of

April, and for good measure we added the month of May. However, we feel it is time to fulfill

God’s word as stated in Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as the

custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing

nigh. ” We also acknowledge our rights by the United States Constitution and the State of

Mississippi Constitution to practice the Freedom of Religion Act. Therefore we set the

following guidelines (not exhaustive) for reopening our in-person worship.

 

- TRANSPORTATION: THERE WILL BE NO CHURCH TRANSPORTATION

PROVIDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AT THIS TIME.

- TEMPERATURE CHECKS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON ALL CHURCH

WORKERS ON DUTY EACH SUNDAY MORNING.

 

SERVICES: (All areas will be cleaned and sanitized before and after services and all attendees will be recommended to wear face masks.)

 

9:00 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school will commence at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday

morning and students will be asked to go immediately to their classrooms, except for the first

and fifth Sundays. (These will be joint classes held in the Sanctuary)

 

Rules to be Observed:

 

1. Social distancing is asked to be observed by ALL members at all times.

2. Seating will be strategically spaced in order to observe social distancing.

3. If there is overflow, we will have members go to the fellowship hall to watch on a

large screen.

4. The Children and Youth will join in large rooms up stairs where they too can social

distance.

5. Offerings will be taken up by members marching around social distancing

themselves.

6. There will be no Men’s 33 or Women’s 31 U classes at this time.

7. There will be no serving of food.

 

10:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE:

Morning worship will commence at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday

morning. Families will be asked to sit together on one pew, leaving social distancing space

between themselves of six feet and the next family or persons. We will try to seat families of two

or more first before single members to accommodate spacing. (Single worshipers will be asked

to sit in our balcony area in order to get the maximum accommodations within the church).


 

Rules to be observed:

1. Social distancing is asked to be observed by ALL members at all times.

2. Seating will be socially spaced in order to observe social distancing.

3. If there is overflow, we will open up the fellowship hall for members to watch on a

large screen.

4. Ushers and greeters will be on their post to direct members and guests to their seats.

5. Children’s Church will be held upstairs for six to twelve years old only. Social

distancing will be observed.

6. We will have one deacon in charge of opening and closing worship services as so not

to cross contaminate microphones.

7. Offerings- Please ask usher/greeters for envelopes as you enter the sanctuary.

Offerings will be taken up by members marching around social distancing

themselves. (offertory prayer by the deacon in charge)

8. The Choir or Praise Team will be singing while social distancing themselves from

each other and the congregation.

9. Altar Call (if allowed) will be conducted by the one Deacon in charge or Pastor

Morris. Congregants will remain in the pews.

10. The Morning message will be brought by Pastor Morris or an assigned speaker

using a special microphone designated for them. They will stand on the platform

social distancing themselves from the choir and congregants.

11. The Lord’s Supper (first Sunday only) will be prepared and distributed as members

enter the sanctuary by a designated person assigned to this task. They will be

required to wear gloves during this process. It is to be secured by members until we

partake of it together at the designated time during service. ( no supper will be taken to sick and shut end and nursing home members).

12. All announcements, Congregational Hymns, Songs and Responsive Covenant

reading will be displayed on the overhead screen.

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP DISMISSAL

The following dismissal procedures are asked to be observed:

At the end of each service we will ask members to be dismissed practicing social distancing.

1. Starting with the balcony and depending on which side you are sitting on to use the stairs

closest to you and go directly to your vehicles.

2. Choir members will be asked to exit the choir stand and go directly out to their vehicles

3. Members will be dismissed by pews. The two rear pews (right and left sides) will be

asked to exit out the main entrance. The two front pews will be asked to exit out of the

two front entrances closest to the pulpit. Then we will go to the next sections until all

have exited the sanctuary.

 

Note: Hand Sanitizer and facial tissue will be provided. All other communal items will not

be available: i.e. water fountain use, fans, pens, etc.

 

BATHROOM RULES:  All areas will be cleaned and sanitized before and after services We will ask all attendees to observe social distance bathroom rules.

You may enter with family members, otherwise only two members at a time. Please social

distance and be courteous of others before you enter these facilities.

 

NURSERY: CHURCH NURSERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE

(WE WILL REVISIT THIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE).

 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH: The True Light Missionary Baptist Children’s Church will be in

session beginning June 7, 2020. Face masks will be encouraged for all children during

children’s church. The following rules are in place:

1. Only Children ages six to twelve will be allowed at this time. All pre-school age

children will remain with their parents until further notice.

2. All parents are responsible for bringing their children upstairs to the children’s

church classroom following all social distancing rules. (You are expected to return

at the end of church to pick up your child(ren).

3. All children will be socially distant from each other during the activities.

4. During the first Sunday the Lord’s supper will be brought up to those children who

will be partaking in order to avoid any mingling with other people besides their

family members.

5. Snacks will be prepackaged by designated persons wearing gloves.

 

KITCHEN: THE TRUE LIGHT M. B. CHURCH’S KITCHEN WILL BE CLOSED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

THE FOLLOWING CHURCH ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELED FOR THE

REMAINDER OF THE YEAR.

 

1. CHURCH PICNIC - APRIL 2020

2. PRAYER CONFERENCE - APRIL 2020

3. YOUTH SUMMER TRIP - MAY 2020

4. YOUTH CHOIR WORKSHOP - JUNE 2020

5. USHERS/GREETERS AND SAFETY & SECURITY WORKSHOP – JUNE 2020

6. 2ND QUARTER CHURCH CONF. - JULY 2020

7. DANCE WORKSHOP – JULY 2020

8. CHOIR WORKSHOP - JULY 2020

9. BACK TO SCHOOL RALLY – AUG. 2020

10. SENIOR LUNCHEONS - 2020

11. MEN’S 33 CLASS - 2020

12. WOMEN’S 31 U CLASS – 2020

13. SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS MEETING

 

Note: We ask anyone attending Services at True Light Missionary Baptist Church to answer the following screening questions before attending:

  1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid- 19 in the past 14 days?

  2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or Sore throat?

  3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

  4. Have you had new loss of taste or smell?

  5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?                                                               

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please do not attend worship services. Please get tested or stay at home.

Thank You, Pastor Archie Morris & The Executive Ministry  

True Light Missionary Baptist Church

True Light
Missionary Baptist Church

1-601-583-8739

true_church@bellsouth.net

840 North Main St

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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