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 beginning plan to determine whether you want to worship onsite or continue to worship 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 CDC 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 resume gathering 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.
- Seating: Our Sanctuary can hold approximately 100 with physical distancing.
Our deacons will act as ushers at the beginning, and they will seat people from the front of the Sanctuary to the back. We will utilize every other pew for now. At the conclusion of the service, we will dismiss by rows, beginning at the rear. If more than capacity come, Fellowship Hall has been prepared as overflow, showing the livestream and configured with seats that are properly spaced. Based on our best guess, we should have adequate capacity in the Sanctuary at the beginning for those who want to attend onsite.
- Masks: We ask everyone to wear masks until they are seated; at that time they can be removed if desired.
Disposable masks will be provided at the Welcome Center door. Participants can bring their own cloth or disposable mask if desired. We recommend you throw away disposable masks as you leave since they are not needed outdoors. Trash cans will be placed at the exits. Worship leaders will not use masks while on the platform.
- Arriving: We encourage everyone to park in the paved lot (unless it is full) and enter through the Courtyard.
Greeters will have the Welcome Center doors open and will assist worshipers as they make their way in to be seated by ushers. Greeters will wear masks and ask everyone to wear masks until seated. They will also give directions for picking up a worship program (bulletin) at the entrance to the Sanctuary. Ushers will direct worshipers to seats.
- Cleaning: We are taking precautions to keep everyone safe.
We properly clean our Sanctuary prior to services. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the Sanctuary and at other places. Frequent hand washing is still encouraged. Based on newer information, we do have Bibles, pens, and offering envelopes in the pew racks. Rails leading into the Sanctuary will be wiped down frequently.
- Music: We are adding back limited congregational singing for those who wear masks
We are asking masks to be worn, in general, while entering and exiting our building. Masks can be removed when seated. However, if you would like to sing, we ask you to put on your mask and sing at a moderate level. If you do not wish to wear a mask during the singing, we ask you to continue to worship through humming and/or interacting with the words in your hearts. (If you do not want to be in the presence of singing with masks, we encourage you to stay home for now and worship through the live stream.)
Also, our choir will resume singing as of September 27. Our choir loft is far to the rear of the platform area, and there is room for them to practice physical distancing. They are reviewing protocols from week to week.
- Offering and Communication Cards: There will be baskets at the rear of the Sanctuary.
Please place your offering and/or Communication Card into one of the baskets at the exit, as we will not pass offering plates. Alternately, you can give online through our website, bring or mail your offering to the office, or set up automated giving through your bank. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
- Worship and Life Groups: We will meet for worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, and some Life Groups are now meeting
There will be no preschool childcare for now during worship. You are welcome to bring children of whatever age with you to worship as you desire. Some Life Groups are beginning to meet again with physical distancing. Please check with your Life Group leader for meeting opportunities for now.
- Courtyard Fellowship: After worship is over, we encourage the courtyard as the place to talk and fellowship while social distancing.
WE ARE MODIFYING GUIDELINES AS APPROPRIATE. As times goes by, we are making adjustments. We will do our best to keep you informed! In the event one of our worshipers discovers that he or she was infected without symptoms, we will send out a churchwide email to alert all those who may have worshiped onsite that day. If you are a guest, please complete a Communcation Card with an email address or phone number.
While this may seem like a lot, it really is not. These are much the same precautions as at other places; yet a worship service is unique in application. We just want to give full details to help you make informed decisions about your attendance. Thanks for your trust.
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Sunday Morning Worship Will Continue to Stream LIVE on YouTube
To watch it on your computer. phone, tablet, or smart TV is fairly simple.
- Click HERE to go to our church channel.
- A few minutes before 11, we will go "live," so one of the videos listed should say, "LIVE." (You may need to refresh the screen if you get on before we go "live.")
- Click or double click on the LIVE video to watch it.
If something doesn't work as expected, click on the "Live Streaming" Menu item above for more information.
Wednesday Midweek Worship Is Both Onsite and Online
For our Wednesday night service of Bible study and prayer, we are using an online meeting tool called Zoom. This tool lets everyone share prayer requests just as if we were in the same room together. You can use either your computer or your smart phone, but you will need to take a few minutes to set it up, though it is as simple for most people as you could hope for.
We are also meeting onsite in Fellowship Hall, and the pastor interacts with both Zoom participants and those who are onsite simultaneously.
(Choir rehearsals have resumed. As of now, there will be no TeamKID for children on Wednesday nights, but we hope to add it soon.)
Call Us if You Need Ministry or Assistance
During this time when we are asked to remain separate, you may feel that you cannot reach out to others. But you can! We are your church, and we are here for you. Whether it is me, deacons, Life Group leaders or members, or others, we are available for you in this crisis for your needs.
Call us! Here are some numbers you can try:
- Church office: (904) 829-3476
- Pastor's answering machine at home: 904-827-7644 (Leave a message!)
- Hopefully, you may know the number of your deacon, who will be glad to help you in whatever way possible
- Call your Life Group leader
- Email me or a staff member by clicking on "About ACBC" and then "Our Staff" from the Menu above
Recheck this page for further updates.
If you cannot get by the building, you have the option of giving your tithes and offerings online while we cannot meet. You can access that by clicking "Online Giving" from the Menu above.
Let's keep each other in prayer!