IN PERSON SUNDAY MORNINGS

06/30/20

Hello BCF,

If you missed our worship service on Sunday you may have missed our exciting announcement.

BCF will begin in-person worship services this Sunday, July 5 at 10:30 AM at our church building!!!

After 4 months of not being able to be together, we are excited to be able to worship together again, though there will obviously be some differences while we are in the reopening phases. Here is what things will look like:

Facial coverings-Out of submission to governing authorities and out of love of neighbor we are asking everyone to wear a facial covering unless they have an underlying medical condition that prevents them from doing so. We are asking you to do this whether you are inside the building or in the outdoor overflow area.

Social distancing-I know this is hard for us. We love one another deeply, but we are asking everyone to follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet or more. We will have chairs arranged in such a way that family groups may sit together 6 feet away from other family groups.

Limited seating-Under phase 2 guidelines we are allowed only 35 people at the service. We will (weather permitting) have outdoor overflow seating where we will be watching a live stream of the service. 

So that we know what to expect and don't have to turn people away, please let us know each week if you plan on attending by emailing the office at:  [email protected]   Let us know if you are okay sitting outside as well.

Illness-If you are ill, please stay home and watch the live stream so as not to risk getting others sick.

Bathrooms-Please try to use the bathroom before you attend to limit contact in the bathroom. The bathrooms are open if you need them, but we are just trying to limit the amount of people going in and out.

Contact tracing-We will keep an optional list of attendees of our Sunday service so we can notify people if someone attending the service tests positive for COVID-19. This list will be kept solely in the possession of BCF and will not be turned over to any government agencies and will be destroyed after 14 days. If someone does test positive their identity will be kept confidential but we will notify others that someone at the service tested positive. If you wish to not be on this list, please let us know and we will make sure you are not included.

Communion-We will continue to take communion every service. I feel this is an important symbol when we can't all gather together. However, to limit contact, we are asking everyone to bring their own communion supplies for their family. For those who do not, we will have a limited supply of single use, untouched communion cups that include a small wafer. 

Children-We will not be providing any children's programming right now. We will have the toddler room and primary room available for parents who need to leave the sanctuary with their children. We will have pre-stuffed activity bags for kids that will include jr. notes, a dum dum, and colored pencils to use during the service.

For those that cannot attend-I want to stress again that there is no pressure for you to attend. While we love all of our church family, we recognize that now is not the right time for everyone to gather. We encourage each of you to do as you feel led. We do not want to create any judgment or division between those who do and do not attend. We will have a live stream of the service at 10:30 on my YouTube page here. The service will also be available on demand (seems like a funny way to describe a worship service) after it is over on the same page.

Thank you all again for your support and graciousness in this unprecedented time. I know there will be varying opinions about the decisions we have made. Recognize that as an eldership we are working our hardest to discern God's will and live out our values as followers of Jesus. We may not all agree on these decisions but we are all still united by the Spirit that lives in us.

Love you all.

Justin

Blaine Christian Fellowship

"Together, let us grow up in all aspects into Christ."

from Ephesians 4:15

   
 
Update on 5/30/20
   
 
Update on 5/23/20
 
BCF's Response to COVID-19

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. -Jeremiah 29:7

As Christians we are called to lead the way in loving our neighbors and community. We are called to do this even when it is difficult for us. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whatcom County Health Department is recommending the cancellation of gatherings. The reason for doing this is to help to slow the spread of the coronavirus. It is with heavy hearts that the elders of BCF have decided to follow this recommendation and cancel our Sunday morning worship services for the time being. By doing this we are hoping to do our part to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to allow those who do become infected to receive adequate medical care. We see this as truly an act of loving our neighbor as following the recommendations laid out by the county has the potential to save lives in our community. We believe that meeting together to worship, pray, learn and fellowship are essential for believers. We are not stopping these activities as BCF, but working on temporarily finding other ways of doing them while seeking the good of our community.

What We Will Continue To Do

This does not mean we will cease all church activities. Justin will continue to prepare and preach a sermon that will be available on our website and Facebook page. We will let you know when it becomes available.

What You Can Do

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25

It is going to take some intentionality and effort on all of our parts to be united as a church and maintain community. We in leadership will be working on maintaining connection with our congregation, but we would encourage everyone to intentionally reach out throughout the week to others in the congregation. Don’t just limit this to people you already have contact with, but whether it is by phone, email, Facebook or some other means, check in with one another.

You can continue to give at bcfgiving.churchcenter.com or by mailing checks to the church at 902 Adelia St., Blaine, WA 98230

What The Future Holds

This is a new situation for all of us. Things can change quickly. We will continue to monitor and keep you informed about our meeting and services going forward. Please let us know your preferred mode of communication is and check the website for weekly updates.

None of us know for sure what the future holds, but we worship a God who does. And so whatever comes, we face without fear, but with trust in Him as he leads and protects us.