We Are Worshiping Both Onsite and Online
UPDATED March 18, 2021
Ancient City Baptist Church gives you the option. You can worship onsite with proper distancing.
We also continue to provide the livestream on our YouTube channel.
Most Life Groups are meeting onsite with proper distancing.
Please read the following details of our current plan to determine whether you want to worship onsite or online. We ask that you use your good judgment considering your own risk level and comfort level. We encourage you to continue to watch online for as long as you desire. Our Leadership Team has used the input of medical personnel in our own congregation as well as other guidelines to inform us as we have put together a plan that we think is appropriate for our own unique situation. Our hope is for everything to be as comfortable and cautious as possible as we gather for worship. Please take seriously physical distancing and other precautions as we gather together.
If you are sick, have some symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently traveled, we ask that you wait two weeks before coming to worship onsite.
Our guidelines have been updated beginning March 21, 2021. We recently took a survey of our congregation: 84% of respondants are attending onsite now. The survey also revealed that 63% of those responding have already received at least their first shot and most of these have already had both. 65% are ready to go to every pew seating (rather than every other pew). In our comments, we find that some, though, are not eligible yet for the vaccine, even some with underlying issues. So while half are ready to dispense with masks totally, our Leadership Team for now will still ask for masks to be worn until seated and when singing in the congregation.
We are now using every pew (rather than every other pew) for MOST of our Sanctuary. We will RESERVE A SECTION where we will continue to use every other pew for those who need or prefer the extra space. This area will be the front half (or more) on the organ side. We will also adjust seating in the balcony to accommodate those needing or desiring more distancing,
When using every pew, we still want people to physically distance on each pew, and we want to ask people to stagger seating so that they are not sitting directly behind the person in front of them.
Ushers will be used to maximize seating when needed. Those arriving first are asked to use the middle of a pew rather than an end to make seating easier for those who arrive nearer to the time of the start of worship. (We begin at 11:00 a.m.)
We will also have overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall if it is necessary.