Reopening Guidelines for HSBC
Here are the highlights you need to know. The following will be followed until further notice.
¨ PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING: All our services will be intentional to have safe practices in place. We will sit every other row, only with family members, and distance ourselves in common areas.
¨ EXTRA WORSHIP SERVICE: Beginning on the 17th, we will have two services. One at 9:00 and the other at 10:30. Please sign up for the service of your choice on our website. Each service is limited to approx. 125 people.
¨ NO CHILDCARE AND NO CONNECT GROUPS: At this time, these ministries will not be available. Please know that we understand the difficulty this imposes. Please know that babies, children, and even adults will be tolerated and celebrated during worship. Our services will be one hour, and we will do our best to keep everyone engaged.
¨ MASKS AND GLOVES: The church is a “no judgement” zone. Please feel free to wear masks and gloves.
¨ HAND SANITIZING: Hand sanitizing stations are in many areas of the church. Please use them often!
¨ RESTROOMS: All restrooms in the main building will be available. Please refer to signs and adhere to capacity restrictions to allow for social distancing.
¨ PERSONAL DECISIONS: Please note that all of our services will continue to be Live-streamed on Facebook and uploaded to our website for you to watch at home if you are not ready or comfortable to attend in the building yet. This is a personal decision and your decision of where, when, and how you will worship will be respected.
¨ PRACTICE GRACE AND KINDNESS: These are certainly new and vastly different times for all of us. Please be merciful and kind to our staff as well as our entire church family as we navigate these unchartered waters. Our pledge is to do our absolute best to be safe in our practices but to be bold in our love for Christ.
¨ COFFEE & WATER: The church will not provide coffee or donuts for the next few weeks. You are welcome to bring your own coffee! If possible, please bring cup with a lid to help minimize spills on carpet. We will have bottled water at the Welcome Center. You are also welcome to bring snacks for your children.
August 12, 2020
How wonderful it is to update you on a few things in the life of Holly Springs Baptist. It is hard to believe that we continue to deal with an ongoing virus pandemic after 6 months. Yet, that is where we all find ourselves. Our church has done everything within our power to respond to this crisis with a Christ like spirit. We constantly and consistently have tried to minister to those in our community as well as around the world through personal acts of kindness, encouragement, and giving. From parades to care baskets, from gift cards to teacher breakfasts, we are always striving to let others see the Jesus that loves all of us.
As we have confronted this crisis, we have always tried to be quick but thoughtful in how we responded to the normal routines of the church. In Mid-March we stopped meeting for all services and quickly adapted to a video service on Facebook. We added weekly devotions and implemented other ways to stay in touch with the church family. We held an outdoor service and communion in May before we finally were allowed to open again while social distancing. We accomplished this by going to two services. In late July we moved to one service at 10 A.M. and celebrated with a safe communion service.
We are now looking to move to a new phase of opening more services here at the church. The first thing we will address is allowing parents the option of placing their preschool children into childcare during the service. Beginning August 23rd, our nursery and pre school will be staffed to watch these children. As we enter this new phase, we will again try our absolute best to put best practices forward for safety. There will be signage at the entrance that will explain what we (Holly Springs Staff) will be doing and what we will ask of our parents. We would ask that you please follow these guidelines for the benefit of all. Please know that many things behind the scenes have been done to make this available. We have sanitized and cleaned all carpeted areas. New and fresh paint has been applied. All toys have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and will continue to be. Rooms have been reconfigured to allow for distancing. Please know your staff has worked very hard to prepare for this day. Please be patient with us as we begin this option for our parents and children and let us show an abundance of grace toward each other.
As we continue to move forward, our hope is to begin to offer our older children care beginning after Labor Day. We believe by then we will be able to see how the children are tolerating their time in school and if we are able to follow suit. Then, if things went well in schools and here at church, we could look to begin connect groups in a few weeks. Please note that except for beginning to offer the childcare for preschool, all other phases are just plans that we hope we can follow. If we have learned anything during this time, it is not to make concrete plans. Therefore, we again ask for your patience and prayers as we slowly begin to try and move forward.
Please know that amid all these thoughts, the most important thought you can hear is that we trust, rely, believe, and hope in the name above all names! Jesus is still King and He is still on the throne. Together with His help, we look forward to many wonderful years of ministry ahead. I am honored to be your Pastor and there is no other people I would want to be on this journey with than you.