COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN

  • In accordance with Governor Justice’s reopening plan for the State of West Virginia, West Virginia Strong – The Comeback, ODBC will begin transitioning to reopen, as follows: 
  • For all Sundays in May:  Sunday School, Children’s Groups, and Wednesday night prayer meeting will remain 100% online. 
  • May Worship services will be as follows:
    • May 10th – Drive-in Church, church members will remain in vehicle; church will also be broadcast via Facebook live;
    • May  17th – Facebook live
    • May 24th – Drive-in Church, church members will remain in vehicle; church will also be broadcast via Facebook live;
    • May 31st – Facebook live
  • The tentative plan is to reopen in-person Sunday morning worship service on Sunday, June 7th

The starting and transition dates may change if circumstances necessitate doing so

Worship Schedule for June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5

  • In-person Worship service will begin at 11:00 a.m.
  • Worship service will be “Family Services” with no childcare and no Extended Service classes; all children will remain in Sanctuary with their parents (regardless of age).
  • Drive-in, radio transmitted services will also be available.
  • Sunday School will remain 100% online, with classes broadcasting via Facebook live at 9:00 a.m. (no on-site classes)
  • Wednesday will remain 100% online.
  • Vacation Bible School is cancelled for 2020.  

The starting and transition dates may change if circumstances necessitate doing so. 

AFTER JULY 5TH and BEYOND

  • Wednesday, July 8th – resume pre-COVID 19 services; prayer meeting at 6:00; Bible Study and Children’s classes 6:30
  • Sunday, July 12th – Continue Worship in-person in Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall as well as Facebook live; 
    • Resume in-person Sunday School classes, practicing social distancing seating;
    • Preschool and Children’s teachers will try to limit children touching as much as possible and encourage regular handwashing; Parents will be instructed to stay home if children show any type of illness (i.e. running nose, earaches; coughing, fever, etc.)
    • Preschool and Children’s teachers will be instructed to use Sunday School literature for week April 26, 2020 and continue successively until September 6th when the 4th quarter literature is received.
    • Teachers will be given a bottle of disinfectant and asked to spray down their rooms after each class.
  • Other ministries (Community Breakfast; Reformers Unanimous, WMU, etc.) will be cancelled through July and resume when appropriate. 
  • Mission Trip (July 13-20)  – to be determined.

The starting and transition dates may change if circumstances necessitate doing so. 

GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING

  • Seating will be restricted to every other pew;
  • We will also utilize the Fellowship Hall where a live stream (audio and video) will play;
  • Attendees will sit with their immediate family unit, using physical distances between each family unit;
  • Employ ushers to assist with seating; once the Sanctuary is at capacity (following social distancing guidelines), attendees will be asked to sit in the Fellowship Hall; ask all to be flexible;
  • Ushers and Greeters will wear masks and gloves;
  • Hand Sanitizer stations will be available;
  • Encourage attendees – no hugging, hand-shaking, etc.; practice social distancing, including in restroom.
  • Offering will be collected via a centrally-located collection box or via online giving or mail-in;
  • Communion will be administered (using self-contained sacraments) and placed either in the back of the pews or at a pick-up location in the Fellowship Hall ahead of the service time;
  • Ushers will dismiss attendees by family unit or by pew, maintaining proper social distancing;
  • Instruct anyone who is sick or who have sick children to stay home and watch services on-line;
  • Encourage anyone who is 65 or older or who have underlying at-risk health conditions to stay home and watch services online or attend drive-in services;
  • Employ volunteers to stay and sanitize seats and frequently used surfaces after services.