As BFBC staff have discussed and prayed about how and when to resume meeting on campus, trying to address expectations and concerns in a balanced manner, we thought it would be helpful to outline some of the criteria used to create the plan we've adopted and outline what changes to expect in the near future while on campus. Click the underlined links for source information. Reopening is actually good for us!
* Herd immunity is actually going to help overcome the virus.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/health/coronavirus-herd-immunity-explainer-wellness-scn-trnd/index.html * According to leading immunologists, there is less danger in reopening than in remaining in isolation.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/so-far-no-spike-in-coronavirus-in-places-reopening-u-s-health-secretary-says-idUSKBN22T0HN * Masks are accepted (& available) but not required.
https://www.cityofbartlesville.org/covid-19-faq/ * According to the CDC, the virus does not spread easily on surfaces.
If you don't have underlying health issues, don't worry so much.
* Of the 30 deaths [as of 5/20/20] in Bartlesville, 24 came out of Bartlesville Health and Rehab, and Adams Parc Rehab centers.
* If you are a senior adult you should be more careful if you have other high-risk health issues as outlined by the CDC.
Children are the safest of anyone! * As far as children are concerned, 80% of children already have Coronavirus.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-children-pediatrician-80-percent-asymptomatic/ * The only serious cases in children are associated with serious pre-existing conditions.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/health/coronavirus-children-icu.html * Less than 1% of the cases in Oklahoma involve children under age four, and those are not sick enough to be hospitalized. In Washington County there is not one child in this category.
There are some simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
Keep your family six feet from others.
Refrain from physical greetings until this has passed.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick, if you are elderly or if you have an underlying health condition.
What to Expect On Campus
We want to take reasonable safety precautions to preserve the health of our members, so the following changes will be adopted until further notice.
There will not be beverage service in the foyer.
There will not be a printed bulletin distributed (or other printed materials). A digital bulletin will be available on our website and on our BFBC Mobile App - Coming soon!
Hand sanitizer and free cloth masks will be available in the foyer on Sundays for anyone who would like one. They will also be available at the East entrance during regular office hours.
The Offering plate will not be passed during the worship service. Tithes and offerings can be placed in the collection containers by the doors as you exit the worship center at the end of the service. You can also mail in your offering or use our secure giving mobile app. Text MyBFBC to 77977 and follow the instructions.
There will be no Church Assisted Parking Service (CAPS).
To facilitate meeting together as safely as possible, some activities on the calendar have been adjusted and/or will resume on different dates over the summer. Please check with leadership and specific ministry pages on myBFBC.org for more up-to-date information. (This list will also be updated as more information becomes available.)
The Come Grow With Me Ladies' Bible Study with Francine Perry will resume June 3.
June 8 - The Family Life Recreation Center is scheduled to reopen, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The exact schedule is dependent on volunteer staff availability. (If you would like to volunteer, please contact Darah.)
June 14 the normal schedule for Sunday morning activities resumes: Worship at 8:30 & 11:00 and Sunday school at 9:45. The Sunday evening service will possibly resume in August.
June 17 - Some Wednesday evening activities and the fellowship meal will resume.
June 17 - July 15 - Summer-long VBS will be held on Wednesdays, 5:45-7:45 p.m. The Final VBS presentation will be Friday, July 17th.
June 28 we will have a combined morning worship service followed by a picnic on the grounds in celebration of Independence Day.
August 17 - 55+ activities will resume August 17 with the Third Monday Big Event in the Fellowship Hall. All other 55+ activities for this summer have been cancelled.
July 29 - Choir & Orchestra practice will resume at 6pm.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office.