EBC Phased Approach and Guidelines

EBC's Current Guidelines for Gathering

Published August 19, 2020

The Federal government has issued advice that should guide governors and mayors as they consider lifting restrictions on gathering, work, and travel. Also, President Trump announced on May 22nd that all churches should reopen as soon as possible. Constitutionally, the decision rests finally with the governors, not the federal government or the President of the United States. On May 1st, Gov. Inslee listed a few prerequisites for restarting public life. These include slowed growth of COVID-19 cases, adequate PPE for health care workers and first responders, and robust public health framework, including testing, tracing, and isolation capabilities. Inslee has indicated that any loosening will be carefully monitored for a few weeks/months to determine if coronavirus cases increase. In such a case the relaxed rules would be reconsidered. On August 10th, Gov. Inslee issued new guidelines for church services and meetings. (See link below to view that document.)
The following is EBC’s plan to continue ministry under the current guidelines.

In Phase 1:

  • Hold Sunday morning services online.
  • Encourage small groups, bible studies, youth group, college and career, etc. to meet virtually.

In Phase 2 :

  • Hold Sunday morning service at EBC. There will be online registration and a max of 150 attendees (100 in MPB, 50 in Chapel). Seats will be according to family units and distanced 6 ft. apart. Face masks are to be worn before, during and after the service.
  • *Exception: the main speaker and lead singers may remove masks while behind plastic shields in order to facilitate communication with those who have hearing issues.*
  • We strongly recommend that high-risk, vulnerable populations stay home. We will offer a livestream option for those unable to attend in person.
  • No adult core seminars.
  • No nursery, children’s church or children’s Sunday school.
  • Youth group resumes with physical distancing and face masks required. Both volunteers and youth from high-risk, vulnerable populations should stay home. Youth and leaders may participate in the small group time and lesson via Zoom meeting.
  • College and Career begin meetings at EBC with distancing and face masks.
  • Bible studies resume with physical distancing and masks required. An online option will be available for high-risk, vulnerable populations.
  • Key question before coming to church: “Am I and everyone in my household feeling 100% well today?” (If yes, come meet with the church in person! If no, please worship with us from home, and Lord willing we’ll see you next week!)
  • Counseling, membership interviews, and discipling with physical distancing and face masks.
  • Elder meetings at church facility with physical distancing and masks.
  • All staff working in the office with in-person staff meeting.