Coronavirus Response

COVID-19 has been a stressor on us all. One of the greatest stresses has been the inability to meet in person. Hebrews 10 says when we gather for worship we “encourage one another.” I’ve sure needed that encouragement. I’ve missed you dearly. I know you have missed each other. So in this document, we joyously present to you our plan for reopening West Haven!

During this time, we have sought to let biblical truths guide our decisions. Here are four of them:

  1. Mark 12:31 . . . you shall love your neighbor as yourself. As we reopen, what is the best way we can love our neighbor? This would refer primarily to public perception of our actions because our actions reflect Christ.
  2. Philippians 2:3 . . . with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. As we reopen, how can we put our brothers and sisters ahead of our own opinions about the virus?
  3. Romans 13:4 – government is God’s servant for our good. Until we are told we cannot preach God’s Word or an attempt to regular speech from the pulpit is made, we trust that God is working through our government for our good. Therefore, we want to adhere to their guidelines as much as possible.
  4. The Great Commission – We still seek to proclaim Jesus and make disciples!

Hebrews 10:25 commands us to gather and worship. And I have missed you! Let’s consider this a fresh start to glorify God and reach people for Jesus!

Mike Bronson
Pastor

Registration

Frequent Questions

When will West Haven reopen?

Sunday, May 24th

What time are the services?

8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

What is the format of the services?

Singing, praying, and preaching. They will be designed to last for one hour

Does it matter which service I attend?

All services are identical in format.

Do I need to sign up ahead of time?

Yes. This will allow us to know when a service has reached maximum capacity. We will have no more than 75 people in the building. You can sit with your family in the worship service. It will also be streamed in the Train Station.

How can I sign up for me and my family.

Please register using the form above.

Alternatively, call (913) 369-9422. If there is no answer, please leave a message as to which service you will be attending and how many people are in your family. You will receive a confirmation call back from our church office.

Will child care be available?

For the next several weeks there will be no childcare. We encourage children to attend with you. The services will last 60 minutes. We know there will be a bit more noise than usual. We will have the service streamed in the hospitality room and the classroom adjacent to the foyer in addition to the Train Station. If your child needs to be taken out, you can go to any of those rooms while being cognizant of social distancing.

Should I stay home?

We want you to feel safe and be safe. Some of you will not want to attend right away. That is perfectly fine! We each have unique situations! God created us differently and with different risk tolerances. We want you to do what you are comfortable with. There is no expectation for you to join us publicly. Whether you are at home or with us on a Sunday, we are still one church body. We are in this together. We are loved and accepted by the Father through His Son

 

Can I bring my offering/tithe?

Yes. We will have baskets in the foyer. We encourage you to give either by check or digitally from our website at westhavenbaptist.org. You can do that off your mobile phone. There is also a text-to-give option.

Can I bring guests?

Absolutely. We encourage it. We are still practicing the Great Commission.

What time should I arrive?

Approximately 15 minutes before the start of the service you sign up for.

When I arrive to the church, can I just walk in as normal?

When you arrive, please stay in your car until you see a signal from the main entrance.

  • 8 a.m. service – the doors will be opened between 10-15 minutes before the start of the service.
  • 9:30 a.m. service – the doors will be locked at the end of the 8 a.m. service while the building is extensively cleaned. When the cleaning is finished, the doors will be unlocked. You will see a person from the main entrance signaling you to enter.
  • 11 a.m. service - the doors will be locked at the end of the 9:30 a.m. service while the building is extensively cleaned. When the cleaning is finished, the doors will be unlocked. You will see a person from the main entrance signaling you to enter.

The southern entrance doors (facing east) will be locked.

Does it matter where I sit in the auditorium?

To ensure proper social distancing, chairs will be arranged in clusters. Please choose one that fits your family’s size. Please be seated with your family group (who you rode to the church with or who you live with). This is true for both the Worship Center and the Train Station.

Am I welcome to wear a facemask?

Yes. In fact, we encourage it.

Will others wear a facemask?

It is up to each individual

Are you requiring social distancing?

Yes. It is important to remember this at all times, regardless of where you are.

Will restrooms be available?

The restrooms in the foyer and by the Train Station will be open. Water fountains will not be available. Please observe social distancing in the restrooms.

How will I exit?

To maintain proper social distancing, you will be dismissed from back to front. We will ask you exit the building immediately after the service so the building can be cleaned for the next service.

Miscellaneous information

The downstairs will be off limits. The elevator will be disabled. We will leave the fire exit open in the Train Station but we ask that no one go downstairs.

These are our plans for the 24th. We will reevaluate after that. As you know, this is a highly fluid situation so things can change.

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