COVID FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Worship

Our main objective is to provide a safe place for everyone to worship collectively. We want to be sensitive to the concerns, health, and safety of our friends and neighbors. We may sacrifice some conveniences for the benefit of others who may have more sensitivities. We do not want to pressure others to go outside of their comfort zone during this time.    

The following are questions regarding re-engaging worship services on our campus. We do not know the specifics, and those will change based on the timing and best practices in place at that time. Yet, the following reflects our current thinking. For a quick snapshot of what to expect for on-campus worship, click HERE.    

*Please note - questions with a noted asterisk have been updated as of 4.15.2021 to reflect our most recent decisions and recommendations.   

When?

We are currently meeting in person on Sunday mornings with worship services at 9:30am, Life Groups at 8:15am and 10:45am, and for prayer on Wednesdays at 6:15pm. We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 regarding in-person worship.      

Seating capacity is limited. We ask people to minimize gathering at the entrances and in the common areas. See what to expect in worship services by clicking HERE.   

 

How will we address social distancing?*

We have socially distanced, and non-socially distanced seating options in all venues.   

The Worship Center's socially distanced sections include blocking off every other row and requiring three vacant seats on a row between each family or individual attendees. Also, we are asking people to maintain social distancing coming in and going out of the service. We are not serving coffee or other refreshments at this time.   

Will we social distance in the parking lot?

Yes. We will ask everyone to socially distance at all times while on campus.  

 

Who should attend?

People who are comfortable in large group gatherings. If someone is in an at-risk group, we encourage them to continue to meet online. We will continue to offer online options for worship services. We request and encourage individuals in an at-risk group not to attend any in-person activities at this time.    

Generally, at-risk groups fall into the following categories:    

  • He or she has tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 14 days.    

  • He or she has been tested positive for COVID-19 and awaiting results.    

  • He or she shows any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including, but not limited to, fever over 100.0, cough, unusual aches and pains, a headache, cold-like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea or shortness of breath, or a new loss of taste or smell. If someone has any of these symptoms in the last 48 hours, they should not attend.    

  • He or she is over the age of 65.    

  • He or she is immunocompromised or has underlying health concerns.    

  • He or she has been in close contact within the last 14 days with a person having a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who has been tested and awaits results or has symptoms associated with COVID-19.     

  • Within the last 14 days, he or she traveled internationally or to a domestic hot spot (other than Mississippi) for COVID-19.    

If I am 65, but otherwise healthy, can I attend in person?*

Each member of Broadmoor is a vital part of our family and worship experience. We expect all who attend to practice social distancing as much as possible, wear a cloth mask or facial covering, practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, sanitation, and comply with other best practices. We pray that soon we will encourage anyone and everyone to engage in worship in person.   

Will we have other on campus activities during the worship time?*

At this time, we offer Ministry Care (Babies through 3 yr. olds) during 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM service times. During the 10:00 AM LifeGroups hour, we offer Ministry Care for all ages.   

Also, we have a prayer service on Wednesdays at 6:15 PM with concurrent activities for all NextGen ages (Babies – High School). See FAQ on Life Groups for more details.   

  

What will worship services be like?*

Services are family-friendly, and we ask families to sit together. Our NextGen Team provides resources for parents and children within the discipleship resources webpage.   

There is no choir at this time. The worship team will be further back on the platform.     

We will use offering drop boxes at the entrance and exits instead of passing the plate—no handouts or worship guides (all handouts will be electronic). There are no common pens available, so bring your own.    

Meet and greet time may be limited to waving at your friends, visitors, and neighbors. Unfortunately, we are not encouraging handshakes, hugs, or physical touching.    

See what to expect in worship services by clicking HERE.   

Will there be a separate worship service limited to people over the age of 65?

At this time, we do not plan to have a separate service limited to people over the age of 65.

Will cloth masks be required?

We are currently requiring everyone attending worship services to wear a cloth mask. Per CDC guidelines, children under the age of two are not required to wear a mask. You should wear the mask at all times while you are on campus - from exiting your vehicle until you return to the privacy of your vehicle. This is especially important as we demonstrate honor to our church family, including those in an at-risk group. We require all staff and volunteers to wear cloth masks.   

We recognize that masks are a difficult question for some; however, we believe that the benefits of wearing masks in the current COVID environment outweigh other factors. We believe that wearing masks provides assurances to others and helps protect others more than ourselves.    

   

Will we screen attendees?*

No. We will provide a list of screening questions at each entrance, along with hand sanitizer, masks, and temperature scanners for self-use. Below is a list of the posted screening questions:  

HAVE YOU…    

o Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days    

o Been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting on test results?    

o Been in close contact with a person having a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who has been tested and awaits results.    

o Been in close contact with anyone who has symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?    

o Had symptoms related to COVID-19 in the last 48 hours, including, but not limited to:    

  • Fever over 100 degrees    

  • Cold-like symptoms, cough, or shortness of breath    

  • Headache, unusual aches or pains    

  • Vomiting or diarrhea    

  • A new loss of taste or smell    

How will we clean and sanitize?*

The Worship Center and entrance/exit pathways will be deep cleaned each week before the services. Between the services, we will both spray a disinfectant and wipe down hard surfaces as required. We expect this to take about an hour. So, the services will be scheduled to allow enough time for between service cleaning. This also helps with social distancing as people come and go between services. Hand sanitizer will be available at all points of entry and exit.

Will the restrooms be open?

Yes. We will provide cleaning supplies in all restrooms, such as disposable towels, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer. Keeping the bathrooms clean during the service may require restroom attendants.   

Will doors be open?

Yes. We currently plan to prop all usable doors open to avoid excess contact to common areas such as door handles, including bathroom entry doors.   

How will we handle the Lord’s Supper?

We will provide prepackaged single-serve cups with juice and bread. They will be available on tables for pick up as individuals enter the worship center. Again, we will not be passing plates.   

Will the Worship Center be available or used for other events?*

Yes, though we do expect any such event will be required to follow Broadmoor's applicable best practices in place at that time. The best practices required will not be any less than those in place for worship services.   

How long will these new procedures last?*

We do not know. We will modify and adapt our procedures as allowed by applicable health and safety best practices. We are confident they will change. We pray they become less restrictive, and the number of new COVID-19 cases decreases.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions about LifeGroups

We want to provide a safe place for everyone. The best practice to re-engage LifeGroup "in-person" activities is a complex question with many variables, and in some cases, no clear or straightforward answer. We want to be sensitive to the concerns, health, and safety of our friends and neighbors. We may sacrifice some conveniences for the benefit of others who may have more sensitivities. We do not want to pressure others to go outside of their comfort zone during this time. In all cases, we ask everyone to exercise caution, follow applicable best practices, and above all, respect and value the views of others that may be more sensitive to COVID-19 concerns.     

*Please note - questions with a noted asterisk have been updated as of 4.15.2021 to reflect our most recent decisions and recommendations.   

Currently, can LIfeGroups meet on campus?*

Yes. Also, the campus is currently open for groups to meet at other designated times throughout the week. Those needing space can make room reservations by contacting Mike Jolly (mjolly@broadmoor.org).  

If groups decide to gather off-campus, we ask all group leaders to continue to observe best practices (masks, social distancing, etc.) and provide virtual options to those who wish to participate online.   

Should I allow my home to be used to host an event?

That is a personal question for each of us to consider, with no correct answer.    

Will cloth masks be required in LifeGroups?*

We recognize that masks are a difficult question for some; however, we believe that the benefits of wearing masks in the current COVID environment outweigh other factors. We believe that wearing masks provides assurances to others and helps protect others more than ourselves. We are currently requiring everyone participating in LifeGroups to wear a cloth mask. Per CDC guidelines, children under the age of two are not required to wear a mask.    

Everyone should wear a mask while on campus - from exiting your vehicle until you return to the privacy of your vehicle. This is especially important as we demonstrate honor to our church family, including those in an at-risk group. We require all staff and volunteers to wear cloth masks.    

How will we address social distancing?*

LifeGroups should practice social distancing as much as possible. We will set up rooms with social distancing in mind, and we ask Life Group Leaders to use these gathering spaces responsibly with best practices.  

How long will these new procedures last?*

We do not know. We will modify and adapt our best practices, keeping informed by applicable health and safety guidelines. We are confident that they will change. Unfortunately, they could become more restrictive. We pray that they become less stringent and the number of new COVID-19 cases decreases.    

Frequently Asked Questions about Large Group Gatherings

*Please note - questions with a noted asterisk have been updated as of 4.15.2021 to reflect our most recent decisions and recommendations.   

We want to provide a safe place for everyone. The best practice to re-engage larger gatherings outside of the Sunday worship experience is a complex question with many variables, and in some cases, no clear or straightforward answer. We want to be sensitive to the concerns, health, and safety of our friends and neighbors. We may sacrifice some conveniences for the benefit of others who may have more sensitivities. We do not want to pressure others to go outside of their comfort zone during this time. In all cases, we ask each of you to exercise caution, follow best practices, and above all, respect and value the views of others that may be more sensitive to COVID-19 concerns.   

The following are questions regarding on-campus gatherings for meetings with larger Life Groups and Leadership Teams / Committees. We do not consider these activities to be social gatherings. Note for purposes of a larger Life Group meeting; such a meeting will be expected to comply with both best practices in these FAQs if applicable. We will have separate best practices for funerals and weddings. We acknowledge and recognize that these best practices will change in the future based on the timing and best practices in place at that time. Yet, the following reflects our current thinking.   

Can my larger Life Group or Church related leadership team / committee gather on site at the Church for a non-social meeting?

Yes. We are providing different times, days, and locations throughout the week for on-site larger gatherings. Please be aware that available places on site will be limited. Times and space will need to be coordinated and scheduled through Mike Jolly at mjolly@broadmoor.org. We will properly clean available rooms before and after all meetings.    

Be aware there are several challenges regarding these meetings, including timing, coordination, room availability, common areas, lack of childcare, security, and the ability to clean between meetings adequately. Therefore, several variables may negatively impact a larger gathering. Provided we have facilities available that can accommodate such a group with social distancing and the Life Group or committee commits to following the best practices reflected in these FAQs and the FAQs for Life Groups as applicable, we will facilitate larger gatherings.    

 The timing and availability may differ for many such gatherings based primarily on the size of the meeting and attendees' age. We are continuing to monitor the various health and safety practices for group gatherings. Please remember that a group can always meet via Zoom, FaceTime, or similar digital platforms. We also recognize that larger Life Groups may elect and need to meet in multiple small groups simultaneously in separate locations for group activities with a common Zoom or FaceTime connection to comply with the applicable guidelines. These alternatives are perfectly acceptable.    

How will we address social distancing?*

Those participating in larger gatherings should practice social distancing as much as possible. Any meeting location should be sufficiently large to accommodate adequate social distancing.    

When meeting in the Worship Center or a room that utilizes fixed rows of chairs, certain sections will continue to have every other row blocked off and a required distance of three seats between families or individual attendees. We ask participants to maintain social distancing by minimizing gathering at entrances, exits, and shared common spaces. There will be no coffee, water, or other refreshments served.   

Will we social distance in the parking lot?

Yes. We will ask everyone to be socially distanced at all times while on campus.    

When meeting in person, should we also offer a Zoom or similar option?

Yes. You should offer zoom, Facetime, or a similar platform for ALL gatherings. We should provide a means for participation by all members, including those in an at-risk group or may not feel comfortable yet attending in person for whatever reason.    

Who should attend?

People who are comfortable in large group gatherings. If someone is in an at-risk group, we encourage them to continue to meet online. We will continue to offer online options for gatherings. We request and encourage individuals in an at-risk group to be cautious in determining whether to attend any in-person activities.    

Generally, at-risk groups fall into the following categories:      

  • He or she has tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 14 days.    

  • He or she has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results.    

  • He or she shows any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including, but not limited to, fever over 100.0, cough, unusual aches and pains, a headache, cold-like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea or shortness of breath, or a new loss of taste or smell. If someone has any of these symptoms in the last 48 hours, they should not attend.    

  • He or she is over the age of 65.    

  • He or she is immunocompromised or has underlying health concerns.    

  • He or she has been in close contact within the last 14 days with a person having a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who has been tested and awaits results or has symptoms associated with COVID-19.     

  • Within the last 14 days, he or she traveled internationally or to a domestic hot spot (other than Mississippi) for COVID-19.    

If I am 65, but otherwise healthy, can I attend in person?

Each member of Broadmoor is a vital part of our family and worship experience. Currently, our Governor’s executive order 1492 as extended strongly encourages anyone over the age of 65 to stay in the home as much as possible. We deeply regret these circumstances and realize this may be painful and could lead to feelings of loss and isolation. We understand a number of otherwise healthy people in this age group will choose to attend in-person gatherings as soon as comfortable.  Anyone who does participate is expected to implement social distancing, wear a cloth mask or facial covering, practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, sanitation, and comply with other applicable guidelines. We pray that soon we will be able to encourage anyone and everyone to engage in all gatherings at Broadmoor. 

Will cloth masks be required? *

Yes. At this time, masks or cloth facial coverings are mandatory for all gatherings. Our willingness to wear masks gives others assurance that we care. Per CDC guidelines, a child under the age of two is not required to wear a mask. You should wear the mask at all times while you are on campus - from exiting your vehicle until you return to the privacy of your car.      

We strongly encourage ALL to wear masks regardless of age requirements. We do believe that wearing masks helps protect others more than ourselves. We believe that cloth masks are appropriate and necessary for participants in all gatherings. This is especially important as we demonstrate honor to our church family, including those in an at-risk group.    

 

Will we screen participants? *

No. We will provide a list of screening questions at each entrance, along with hand sanitizer, masks, and temperature scanners for self-use. Below is a list of the posted screening questions:   

HAVE YOU…    

o Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days    

o Been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting on test results?    

o Been in close contact with a person having a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who has been tested and awaits results.    

o Been in close contact with anyone who has symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?    

o Had symptoms related to COVID-19 in the last 48 hours, including, but not limited to:    

  • Fever over 100 degrees    

  • Cold-like symptoms, cough, or shortness of breath    

  • Headache, unusual aches or pains    

  • Vomiting or diarrhea    

  • A new loss of taste or smell    

How will we clean and sanitize?

We will clean the gathering space and entrance/exit pathways before and after the gathering. Hand sanitizer will be available at all points of entry and exit.    

Will the restrooms be open?

Yes. We will have open restrooms and provide cleaning supplies in all restrooms, such as disposable towels, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer.    

Will doors be open?

Restroom doors will remain open. Other entry/exit doors will likely be closed. Resources for hand sanitizing will be available at main entrances and exits.    

How should we handle food or drink options?

At this point, we do not recommend any shared food or drink. If food is part of the event, each participant's best plan is to bring their own food or drink for personal consumption. Another option is to provide individual packaged or box meals from local restaurants with disposable plates, utensils, napkins. We ask that there be no buffet table, drink dispenser, or chips and dip. We hope that we will be able to modify and expand this recommendation soon.    

 

Will we have other on campus activities during the same time as the gathering?

Yes. Provided that the other gatherings or activities are appropriately scheduled, comply with best practices, and meeting room capacity is otherwise available.    

Will the Worship Center be available or used for other events?*

Yes, we expect to be able to host other events. We do expect any such event will be required to follow Broadmoor's applicable best practices in place at that time. The best practices for any such event will not be any less than those in place for worship services.    

 

How long will these new procedures last?

We don't know. We will modify and adapt our procedures as allowed by the applicable health and safety practices. We are confident that they will change. Unfortunately, they could become more restrictive. We pray that they become less stringent and the number of new COVID-19 cases decreases.