Return to Corporate Worship Plans

Update July 16, 2020
Dear SCBC Family,

We continue to go through some of the most unusual times ever before and these waters are uncharted. We are thankful for the reminder from Mark Wilson’s message last Sunday on Psalm 93 that our Lord reigns! He is in control of all things and we can certainly be thankful that He cares for each of us during such uncertain times!

This past week has had some new challenges with the Governor deciding that indoor worship will not be allowed. As of this writing, we have not seen the details of the Governor’s directive come through the local LA County Health Department protocols. However, in anticipation of such changes and new governmental directions, your SCBC leadership has recommended a “SCBC Summer Worship Format”.

The new “SCBC Summer Worship Format” will be to meet for worship on Sunday from 9:00-10:30 am and we will meet outside for the entire time. We will put up more shade structures and the early start will be much cooler. Also by meeting outdoors, masks will be optional!

We will continue to livestream the entire worship service at 9:00 am for those who feel they need to stay home for health reasons.
Let’s face it that change is not easy on any of us and we love our routines. We hope that as a church we can remain flexible while honoring our Lord by honoring our governance. As well, we can be a testimony to our immediate neighbors because they will likely hear the singing and preaching of the Word from our outdoor services.

The Lord is good and He reigns over all things. So let’s worship together with great joy and with thankful hearts. Though some things are challenging and feel so restrictive at times, we truly have much liberty and much to be thankful. James 1:2 instructs us to “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” So these trials have a purpose in our lives ... let’s do them with joy.

We will start our SCBC Summer format this Sunday July 19 at 9:00 am in the SCBC courtyard and on the livestream.
Remember if you are sick, please stay home and watch on line. Otherwise, bring your mask (if you plan to go inside), wash hands, keep a social distance.

If you have any questions about this 9 am start time schedule, please contact one of your SCBC elders.

See you soon! With much love,
Your SCBC Elders, Deacons, and Pastoral Staff



Update May 27, 2020
Dear SCBC Family,

We are thankful to report that this Sunday May 31, 2020 at 10:30 am we will re-open our in-person worship service.  Praise the Lord!  Our current plans for this Sunday will be to sing outdoors in the courtyard and then enter the building for the teaching of the Word.   Jim Brutocao will be continuing his two-part message on “Contentment”.
The maximum attendance allowed in the main sanctuary will be limited to 100 people total.  If the total people on campus exceeds 100, then others may be asked to attend the livestream services in the smaller classrooms or the library.  

As you can appreciate, we will all need to work together to comply with the current requirements of the LA County Department of Public Health.  Key action items for everyone have been noted here and then a more detailed plan for SCBC Worship has been attached at the bottom of this letter.

The following are key action items for everyone:

Please stay at home if you or a family member are sick, not feeling well, coughing, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  If you have compromised or compound health conditions please stay home and livestream the SCBC service.        

Self-screen at home before coming to church which may include taking your temperature and or symptom checks.  If you have a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, if you live with someone who have these symptoms, please do not attend services.    

See a doctor - Seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen and become severe, including a persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or bluish lips or face.  

Wash your hands – Wash hands frequently with soap and water including scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70 % isopropyl alcohol while on campus.  Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available on campus.

Physical distancing will be observed on campus (6 feet) including greeting, talking, and seating arrangements.   This is not easy for SCBC because we love each other so much!! – but until further notice, please take reasonable measures to greet others by waving your hands. Many of our people have unique situations, so please respect the physical distances and recognize that some people may not be ready to hug or shake hands.  

Ushers and signage on campus will help guide you through the campus – please follow those instructions.  This will include entrance and exit signage. Typically, we will enter through the side courtyard entrance and exit through the foyer doors.        

Child care – Until further notice, children will remain in the care of their parents.  No nursery or child care will be provided during the service.  The changing area in the nursery will be available for parents to change diapers.   Please use the available sanitizers before and after use.  

Live Stream - The worship services will continue to be livestreamed on the church web page and the church app.  Additionally several smaller classrooms will be available with livestreaming for smaller gatherings as needed.  

Face coverings – attendees are expected to provide their own face coverings to attend services on campus.  Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.  Face coverings can help protect people near the wearer, but do not replace the need for physical distancing and frequent handwashing.  Face coverings will be required indoors unless otherwise noted. Babies and children under two years of age should not wear face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines.  

Worship leaders on the podium will NOT be wearing masks.   However they will be at an extra distance (approximately 13 feet) from the congregation while singing, leading worship, playing musical instruments or speaking.  

Cleaning and Disinfecting – cleaning and disinfecting will be performed in high contact areas including door handles, toilets, and handwashing facilities before and during the service.  Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at key locations.

These are some key action items for everyone attending SCBC services.  Please contact one of the SCBC Elder or Deacons if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you all very soon and as God allows!  May God bless you richly!  

With our love,
SCBC Elders, Deacons, and Pastoral Staff

The Detailed SCBC Campus Reopening Plan

The following SCBC Campus Reopening Plans are consistent with the County of Los Angeles Public Health “Protocol For Places of Worship” dated 5/26/20:

  1. Church Campus and Worship Service Specific Plans:
Until further notice the following steps will be taken to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 based on guidelines provided by the State of California and LA County.  Those with pre-existing conditions or health concerns should remain at home and watch the livestream services.  SCBC cannot guarantee that individuals will not get infected with the virus.  However, adherence to this plan by attendees will improve the safety of others:

The maximum attendance in the main sanctuary will be limited to 100 people total.  If the total people on campus exceeds 100, then others may be asked to attend the livestreamed services in the smaller classrooms or the library.  

Singing is a large part of SCBC worship.  SCBC will sing either inside the building with masks on or will sing outdoors with masks optional.  We may sing while standing in the courtyard while spread around at 6 feet distances or we may sing indoors but with masks in place.  The worship director will give specific instructions at the service.

Ushers and Deacons will be available to answer questions or provide specific directions.   Ushers and deacons will be familiar with these plans and will oversee implementation of these plans for corporate worship services.   The names of those Ushers and Deacons in attendance will be posted at the entrance of the worship center.  
Worshippers will enter the building through the side courtyard doors and exit through the foyer.  

Greeters will be located at the entrance(s) to greet worshippers and to ensure masks are worn while entering the facility.  Children under 2 years of age should not wear masks per the CDC guidelines.  Worshippers may be screened for temperature and/or symptoms upon arrival.    

Doors will be propped open where practicable to avoid door handle contact.  

Public drinking fountains will be turned off with signs in place.  No coffee or refreshments will be served on campus.  For now, we will not schedule any potluck dinners.   Bring your own bottled water, if needed.  

Publications, bulletins, booklets and documents will be single-use or will not be shared.
 
The Deacons will determine the best method for serving communion but it will not include the passing of a communion tray.   There are a variety of ways to allow communion participants to get the communion elements and those will be described at the next communion service.

  1. Cleaning and disinfecting:
High contact areas such as door handles, bathroom handles, will be sanitized with cleaning fluids prior to worship service and approximately 15-20 minutes after the service starts.

Hand sanitizing dispensers will be marked and readily available at entrance points.            

Offering collection boxes will be used for receiving offerings.  Offering plates will not be passed.   Giving can also be done online or by US Mail.  See the weekly bulletin for giving details.  

Depending on weather and security conditions, doors will be opened to introduce fresh air during the worship service.
   
  1. Physical Distancing:
SCBC will continue to offer livestream for those who are sick or not yet comfortable with in-person attendance.  

Chairs will be spaced to allow families or households to stay together and worship together.  Chairs will be spaced to provide for a 6 foot spacing.     Ushers will help move chairs to accommodate your specific grouping and needs.      

If the services exceed 100 in attendance, then ushers will direct worshippers to alternative rooms for livestream onsite worship.  

Children will remain in the care of those in their household. Parents should guide and monitor their children to keep a distance from children of other households and respect those requests.  

Before and after service, worshippers will be directed to outdoor areas for fellowship at a 6 foot distance.  Ushers will move people out of the lobby or entrance areas to prevent congestion points.

  1. Recordkeeping and Notifications:
If you experience COVID-19 symptoms after attending a church worship service, please notify one of the Deacons or Ushers so that we can notify the health department and initiate proper steps to notify people that may have been near you in the worship service.  Our goal is to minimize further spread of the virus.    

This plan will be updated as State or County requirements change or as we observe the need for improvements.  SCBC will post this plan and revisions publicly in the church foyer and at each entrance.  
SCBC will use Facebook, email and the SCBC website at www.scbc.cc  to post the most recent plans to allow people to be familiar with these requirements and plans prior to attending church services.  
   
  1. Closing Thought and Notes:
Above all, please be patient as we work through these major transitions.  We are doing our best to comply with the requirements imposed on us and we will comply out of a genuine love for others.   Also, some people will be in church attendance but will not be ready to hug or shake hands like before all of this started.  So, please give others some time and safe distance.  Be prepared with warm words of love and greetings and learn to smile with your eyes (because we won’t be able to see your smiling mouth).  

Briefly: Stay at home if you or a family member are sick; Wear your mask; Keep a safe distance; Wash your hands; and Pray for God to help our health care workers, doctors, scientists, and leaders.