For Implementation when the State of Alabama allows


Valley View Baptist Church
Phased Reopening Plan

Phase One
Phase One will look very similar to our initial plan when this pandemic started several weeks ago but will contain some additional aspects.

1. We will begin meeting for our 10:30am service.
a. If our numbers exceed the allotted limit set by local, county, state, or federal government, then we will provide a second service at 9:00am.
b. We will limit greetings to verbal and waving and refrain from handshakes and hugging.
c. Bulletins will not be provided initially, as this could be a means of transference.
d. Offering will be collected at the end of the service with offering plates available at each exit for the congregation to deposit their tithes/offerings as they exit the sanctuary.
e. Social distancing practices will continue to be in place. Family units will sit together within our sanctuary but not closer than 6ft to the next family unit.
f. When we dismiss our service, we will do so by sections and from back (foyer) to front (stage), so we can maintain appropriate social distance.
g. Our cleaning staff will give special attention to clean and disinfect our foyer and sanctuary areas especially often touched surfaces before Sundays (and between services should we need additional services).
h. We will suspend observing the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper initially, at least until a safer method can be arranged or the restrictions are eased.
i. Baptisms will also be suspended unless an arrangement is made where the one baptizing and the one being baptized are from the same family unit.
j. Children’s church will be suspended until social distancing practices have been lifted.
k. Video recording of our services will continue for those that do not feel comfortable attending at this point or are still quarantined at home.
l. Video recording will be available online and also through DVD (delivery/publishing date will shift to Monday/Tuesday following service on Sunday)
m. Nursery and childcare will also be suspended during this phase
n. Sunday School and Wednesday night activities will continue to be suspended because we do not have the adequate space to maintain proper social distancing.
o. Videos for Wednesday night Adult Bible Study will be provided

2. We will continue to maintain a “wait and see approach” when considering upcoming events and their viability.
a. Events that have already passed their scheduled date will continue to be assessed as to their need to be rescheduled and potential dates for reschedule according to current information available
b. Events that have yet to occur will be assessed as the dates approach and be rescheduled based upon the feasibility and current information available.

Phase Two
Phase Two will consist of assessing Phase One priorities comparable to recommendations from local, county, state, and federal decision makers and making adjustments.

1. We will continue our 10:30am service
a. As regulations begin to rescind, we can begin to make adjustments to our services that bring them more in line with our “typical” services and activities.

2. Sunday School and Wednesday Night adult Bible study will resume as long as proper measures can be insured for everyone’s safety.
a. Larger classes may need to move to other spaces with more capacity in order to provide adequate space.
b. The entire fellowship hall may need to be opened in order to provide the adequate space needed for Adult Wednesday Night Bible study.
c. Children’s and youth Wednesday activities will continue to be suspended

3. Calendared events will continue to be monitored and assessed to determine if we can continue to implementation or if the event needs to be postponed or cancelled.
a. New events will have to take into consideration the current status of our culture and regulations in place before being scheduled

Phase Three
Phase Three is a return to as close to our “regular” activities as possible.

1. Our 10:30am service will continue with little or no accommodations made for Corona Virus measures.
a. Anything not already returned to “normal” during Phase 2 will return in Phase 3.
2. Sunday School and all Wednesday night activities will return to “normal”
3. All rescheduled and newly scheduled events will proceed as planned