Response to the Guilford County Mask Mandate

8/12/2021

Church Family, 

Your church staff and leadership want to respond to Guilford County’s reinstated mask mandate. In light of potential health risks that come with gathering for worship services and church activities, we want to remind each of you to take the necessary precautions to protect your health and that of your family. 

These are some recommendations from health and government officials to keep in mind:

 

  • The CDC and NCDHHS recommend the following: 

    • Socially distance by household (6 feet apart) 

    • Avoid physical contact (handshakes, hugs, etc.)

    • Wear a face mask indoors (regardless of vaccination status)

    • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently

§ “Worship, religious, spiritual gatherings, funeral ceremonies, wedding ceremonies, and other activities constituting the exercise of First Amendment rights are exempt from all requirements of this Rule, notwithstanding any other provision of this Rule.” 

Since places of worship are exempt from our local mandate, we trust each of you to do what is wise, safe and best for you and your family. This includes parental discretion regarding attendance and masking for children’s/youth ministry. To restate, GBC continues to:

  • Provide face masks upon request (lobby, welcome center)

  • Provide hand sanitizing stations & tissues in common areas

  • Clean before services

  • Continuously run HVAC Fans during services for fresh air circulation

  • Provide a two Sunday morning service format with nursery/children’s classes in second service only (increases ability to socially distance)

  • Avoid serving food/drink on Sunday mornings

  • Promote a touchless experience (open doors, offering boxes, etc)

  • Provide worship services without a choir

Of course, we will continue to offer virtual service options (Facebook, YouTube, live.gospelbc.org)

  • Sunday morning worship at 10:30AM

  • Sunday evening auditorium Bible class at 6:00PM

  • Wednesday evening midweek service at 7:00PM

 

We love each of you dearly! Let’s pray for one another and our community and do what we can to slow the spread of this virus. Look for ways to shine His light and dismiss any cause for division in the body of Christ. 

 

With Much Love, 

Your Pastors, Deacons and Staff