NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 | INFORMATION & UPDATES
UPDATE: 6/18/2020 | 8 AM
As Snohomish County has been approved to move into Stage Two of the State of Washington Safe Start Plan, churches now have the opportunity to host small group meetings of 50 or fewer people inside their buildings or groups of 100 or fewer people outside their buildings.
BCA cares for its worshippers by mitigating the spread of COVID-19 through strategies both recommended by the CDC and required by the State of Washington Safe Start Plan. Informed by these sources, BCA leadership has developed a Re-Gathering Plan that provides a phased approach to initiating an increasing number of small group meetings over the coming weeks.
The initial small group meeting will be a Truel Life Youth event at the church’s outside patio on Wednesday, June 17. This gathering will be limited to 100 people.
If you are preparing to attend a small group meeting, please keep in mind the healthcare practices that have become a regular part of our public lives:
- Take your temperature right before you leave home.
- To protect all other worshippers, any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F will not be permitted to attend the service/event or attend work at the organization.
- To protect all other worshippers, any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever above 100.4°F) may not attend the service/event or attend work at the organization.
- Bring a facial covering or mask to be worn at all times before, during, and after the group meeting. Wearing facial coverings will be required for meeting both inside and outside the BCA facility.
- Sanitize your hands immediately after entering the building and as frequently as appropriate. Sanitation stands will be available both directly inside the doors to the building and in the meeting rooms.
- Review and sign the BCA COVID-19 Attendance Agreement and Waiver.
- Since the mitigation process relies on all of us doing our part to follow the health guidelines, the first time you attend you will be required to read and sign the BCA COVID-19 Attendance Agreement and Waiver. Waivers are common documents used by organizations to clearly communicate possible risks associated with involvement in a specific activity. Further, this agreement highlights the personal responsibility required to promote as healthy an environment as possible.
- Register your attendance as you enter the meeting area.
- While attendance has been commonly kept for small group meetings for many years, at this time BCA will also be maintaining these records for 28 days for the purpose of notifying individuals in attendance should a COVID-19 case be reported from one of the attendees. This list of names would also be provided to Washington State Health authorities to the extent required for contact tracing.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between you (or immediate family members sitting with you) and other worshippers.
Two additional general instructions:
- While restrooms have been carefully sanitized and will be available, their use will be limited to two persons at any given time.
- Where possible, signage will be posted to direct a single direction path for entry into and egress from the meeting rooms. You will enter through one door and exit through a different door.
Even though BCA is beginning small groups in its facility, weekend Gathering Services will continue to be offered exclusively in the online environment. This approach will continue through the duration of Phase Two and Phase Three. Church Leadership will consider additional re-gathering activity when Snohomish County receives approval to move into Phase Four of the Safe Start Plan.
While many of our BCA family feel comfortable with the potential risks of social re-engagement, there are a significant number of people who identify with the higher risk categories or are less comfortable with potential risks associated with social gathering at this point in the progression of the pandemic. We encourage everyone to employ a sensitive and compassionate approach to their neighbor. We love each other by respecting and honoring individual personal safety choices. Let’s build each other up in love through encouragement and understanding.
Finally, because we care deeply about our church family, here is a reminder of the guidance for all individuals in the Safe Start Plan
During all phases – Individuals should continue to:
- Engage in physical distancing, staying at least six feet away from other people
- Wear cloth face coverings in public places when not eating or drinking (cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance)
- Stay home if sick
- Avoid others who are sick
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water (use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
Please visit the BCA Covid-19 Update page frequently for additional information about re-gathering activity as it becomes available.
UPDATE: 5/21/2020 | 5 PM
Our BCA Lead Team and Deacon Board have been prayerfully working on a wise and safe regathering plan. Please take a moment and watch the message below from Pastor Rob about BCA continuing to holding online services at this time.
UPDATE: 4/28/2020 | 12 PM
We continue to closely monitor information from state and local officials about social distancing guidelines and permissible gatherings. Churches and houses of worship continue to be classified as “Essential Services” by Gov. Inslee’s office and are permitted to have a very limited number of staff, musicians, and tech team volunteers onsite to produce our LiveStream weekend services.
Per Gov. Inslee’s press conference on Monday, April 27, BCA will continue to hold all services, classes, and meetings online until further notice.
We look forward to a time, hopefully in the near future, where we can safely and wisely resume corporate worship and gatherings. Until such a time, we will continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and recommendations enacted by our government officials.
As time goes by, we understand that the need of many people in our congregation increases. If you need or would like assistance with shopping, if you need food or other items, please call the BCA office at 425-339-3303 or email the BCC at email@example.com. You are not alone, and we are here to help! The BCC has resources available, so please reach out to us if you have a need! And if you would like to help serve the needs of our seniors or others in our church or community, please contact us using the same avenues. We will route your need/availability to the BCC.
As we have stated from the beginning days of this unprecedented time, we hold to the conviction that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Staying connected with you and keeping you connected with one another is very important to us. Below is an updated schedule of our LiveStreaming services. We hope to “see” you at church online until we can be together in person again.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: 4/1/2020 | 8 AM
Gov. Inslee’s office has issued a statement classifying churches and houses of worship as “Essential Services.” Per their order, “religious institutions can have a certain number of people present at places of worship to ensure that online remote services can be afforded to their flock.”
We have said it before and we hold to the conviction that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Staying connected with you is very important to us during this time. Below is a new schedule of live-streaming services that will be available beginning April 1.
We also want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, worship and tech teams seriously. During times when we are recording and preparing services for live-streaming, we have a very limited number of people in our facility. We are following the highest safety recommendations and social distancing guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at email@example.com.
UPDATE: 3/17/2020 | 7 PM
We had a tremendous turnout Sunday morning for our online live-streaming service. It felt good to worship “with” you – even though we were in separate locations. Our whole staff continues to pray for your health and wellbeing, for our nurses, doctors, first responders, teachers, scientists, decision-makers and everyone impacted by the changes made at all levels of our community.
BCA will continue streaming our services online through at least April, with additional services added to our weekly lineup (see below). Like many churches and organizations across our nation, we will continue to monitor the directives of our local, state and national leaders as we determine how best to continue serving the needs of our BCA family and our community at large.
As you’ll see below, we’ve added additional opportunities to worship together and connect remotely through live-streaming and pre-recorded events. We will have opportunities for kids, youth, adults and families to “gather” several times a week. And if you haven’t already seen it, our pastoral team is doing a video blog (vlog) devotional each weekday morning. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for encouragement and inspiration from God’s Word.
We are trying to be creative and find ways to connect with you each day while we are apart.
The prohibition of gatherings will impact our Easter services and events. This is one of the most important times on the calendar for the body of Christ. Our teams are working through the details to bring opportunities to celebrate together (remotely) during this important season. Watch for more information in the coming days about a virtual event for our kids and youth, as well as live-streaming services over Easter weekend.
This week we will be getting out a list of opportunities to serve the people in our community through the Bethany Compassion Center. There are many needs all around us. We are working through the details of ways to practice good personal hygiene and social distancing while meeting the tangible needs of those around us. Whether it’s volunteering, purchasing the most needed items or giving securely online, the needs are many and we appreciate your faithfulness and willingness to give.
UPDATE: 3/14/2020 | 9 AM
During times of crisis can flow seasons of compassion. The Bethany Compassion Center was born for such times. I want to ask the entire Bethany family – and others reading this – to prayerfully consider two things:
- Senior adults in need. If you are a senior who would like assistance with shopping or need food or other items, please call the BCA office at 425-339-3303 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to help serve the needs of our seniors, please contact us using the same avenues. We will route your need/availability to the BCC.
- Food backpacks for children in need. When school closures were announced, the schools we support contacted us wondering if we would still be able to help families in need of food. Our answer was, “OF COURSE!” In order to do this, we need your help. If you can help with the food collection and boxing process, please contact us via the above methods. You can also give securely online at bcachurch.com/give.
If you are in need of food or assistance, please contact us! We will be practicing social distancing and excellent hygiene measures in all we do.
We are here to serve and show God’s love in practical ways. Let’s find opportunities to be God’s heart and hand extended.
REMEMBER that we have moved to an online service format for our weekend services. We will be live-streaming our service Sunday mornings at 10 AM for the remainder of March. Be sure to log on and join the BCA family as we watch together from our homes. Click here for our online campus link.
I’m praying for you. I’m praying for us. I’m praying for our community, country, and world. We may not be able to change everything, but we can all do something. Lean in, folks!
UPDATE: 3/11/2020 | 7 PM
With great care for all attendees, volunteers and staff, and in response to Gov. Inslee’s emergency order, Bethany Christian Assembly will suspend all activities and weekend gatherings beginning Wednesday, March 11. This includes all adult, youth, and children’s classes, programs and gatherings. At this time, we anticipate that BCA will need to continue this altered approach to ministry throughout March and perhaps into April.
There are several options available for you to continue to engage with the BCA community during this time. Weekend gatherings will continue to be broadcast LIVE, but at a new time. Our BCA community will gather for one live weekend service, Sundays at 10:00 AM. Join us at live.bcachurch.com.
Your pastoral staff is preparing a daily devotional that will be available online and through our social media channels. Keep an eye out for more details on this. In this environment of high stress and concern, we want to carve out a few minutes each day to join together in encouragement and scriptural truth.
We have said many times that BCA is a large church made up of small groups. The next several weeks will provide a crucial opportunity to connect with your LifeGroups for encouragement and ministry. If you are not currently connected with a LifeGroup, we encourage you to visit bcachurch.com/groups to find a way to get plugged in.
As we continue to adapt to this temporary approach to ministry together, please bookmark this page and check back frequently. This page will be updated as news breaks and things change and will be a great source for up-to-date information from our leadership team.
While it is never true that we can control the environment around us, it is always true that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46.1). Take courage that God will continue to build His church and care for His people – through all circumstances.
UPDATE: 3/11/2020 | 12 PM
With great care for all attendees, volunteers and staff, and in response to Gov. Inslee’s emergency order, Bethany Christian Assembly will suspend all activities scheduled to take place on our main campus and at the BCC Wednesday, March 11 – Friday, March 13. This includes all adults, youth and children’s programming and classes.
Communication about this weekend’s services and upcoming weekly activities will be posted on our website and social media channels by 7 PM today.
Greetings, BCA Family –
As we’re sure you are aware, Snohomish County has been at the center of the national conversation around the novel coronavirus, clinically known as COVID-19. While there have been documented cases around our community, we want to reassure you that there have been no positive cases at BCA.
We are being vigilant and proactive around our facility and among our staff and volunteers. We are praying for the health and safety of all our attendees, volunteers and staff, and we are taking steps to make our gatherings safe. That said, we want to encourage you in the following:
- ALL BCA SERVICES, MISSIONS TRIPS, CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES ARE MEETING/TAKING PLACE AS SCHEDULED. Your health and safety are important to us. We are aligning our activities with the recommendations of our community health officials and the CDC. Please visit the Snohomish Health District website and/or the CDC website for additional information and recommendations.
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FLU OR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS. We know that not all flu symptoms are related to COVID-19; it’s cold and flu season as well as allergy season. However, if you are experiencing flu or allergy symptoms, please stay home. It is generally recommended that children and adults should self-quarantine if you are sneezing, coughing, wheezing, have cold and flu-like symptoms, have a fever, even a slight one, or come into contact with anyone exhibiting these symptoms. Staff, volunteers and attendees should avoid attendance at church and gatherings seven days after the onset of getting sick, or until you have been fever-free for 72 hours, whichever is longer. Out of courtesy to all our attendees, volunteers and staff, please exercise caution and recover at home.
- PRACTICE GOOD PERSONAL HEALTH HYGIENE. Wash your hands often with warm soap and water, cover your sneeze and/or cough with a tissue, and throw tissues away after each use. It’s generally recommended that you wash your hands for 20-30 seconds for maximum effectiveness. You may find it helpful to sing a tune while you’re washing your hands. We’ve heard it said that you should sing Happy Birthday twice, Take Me Out to the Ballgame or something similar. Around here, as we gear up for Easter, we’re washing our hands to the Doxology. We may as well give God the glory, even during flu season! (Here’s a great version, if you’re not familiar with it.)
- WATCH BCA ONLINE. If you find yourself needing to self-quarantine or staying home out of an abundance of caution, join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 & 11 AM for our live-streamed services. You can join us for worship, watch the full message and even give online. It’s a great option during this time – or anytime you can’t be with us in person! Click here for the link to our live-stream.
- AVOID SHAKING HANDS. Whether you greet one another with a holy elbow bump, a foot-shake or wave, many people are avoiding any unnecessary contact. Please be sensitive to this with those around you. We will be encouraging no-contact greetings in all our services during this season.
Rest assured that BCA has a top-notch facilities team that regularly cleans and sanitizes our facility. We are continuing our regular and rigorous facility cleaning process throughout this period of concern and have increased cleaning and sanitizing of the high-touch, high-traffic areas around our campus. You will also notice an increase in hand sanitizing stations around our campus going forward. Please use these as often as you would like.
If we find it necessary to cancel services or activities, we will post notifications here on our website, on our social media channels (click here for our Facebook page and here for our Instagram page), through our BCA app, and through our weekly eNews (click here to sign up if you don’t already receive it). If you haven’t yet done so, now would be a great time to download our new app. Be sure to enable notifications so we can keep you up to speed on any changes and important information.
We pray for you regularly and will continue to pray for your health, safety and well-being during this time of concern. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office at email@example.com or 425-339-3303.