A Path to Reopen
Could there be a little light at the end of the tunnel? Oklahoma is preparing to open. Many cities are following suit. Oklahoma looks to phase out restrictions beginning May 1 while Bartlesville is currently scheduled to begin phasing out on May 4. After meetings with deacons and the Ministry Leadership Team, we are planning to have on campus worship beginning May 10. We will be taking every possible precaution for those ready to take a step back into public life.
A few things to keep in mind. This date could change based upon what the city decides at their next City Council Meeting. If we offer in-person worship on May 10 it will have limitations. We will be blocking off every other row and will have a maximum capacity for the room which is still being determined. We will not have nursery and Worship Kids until at least the first Sunday in June. We will have hand sanitizing stations set up and the restrooms will be for emergency only. We will do everything we can to have a safe facility.
We understand that not everyone will be comfortable, nor should everyone immediately jump back into worship. We recommend senior adults to stay home until Oklahoma initiates stage 2 or stage 3. If you are high risk, please stay home. We will continue to stream our services. Please be smart.
Moving forward we need your help. You will see a survey coming out soon that we will use to help determine the steps we take adding other ministries. We will be asking questions concerning parent’s comfort for using nursery and when volunteers will be comfortable to start working again as well as other important information to help us in the next few months. Please take the time to answer these questions. We do not want to rush volunteers to take steps they are not comfortable with. However, we need to have an idea of these concerns so we can plan accordingly.
Though we can see the light, the tunnel’s end is not clear. We will continue to do what is necessary to keep you safe and offer the worship and discipleship opportunities that God desires for us. If you need anything, please call us. We are here to serve you in any way possible. This trying time will be behind us soon. I cannot wait to see you and hear of all God has done in your life while we were apart.