COVID Update: The Buford Road Campus will worship online only on 1/17!
WE'RE NOW REGATHERING ON CAMPUS FOR WORSHIP EACH SUNDAY! RSVPS & MASKS REQUIRED!
Worship in-person looks different as we continue to social distance, but we've got all of the details to help you prepare ahead below.
Masks and social distancing required
Each Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. online and by calling 804.272.1475.
By phone at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and online by Saturday at 12:00 p.m. or when we reach capacity.
Please review the FAQ below for complete details.
Not ready to return? Join us for worship on Facebook and YouTube at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. each week!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why this plan?
All have been prayerful throughout this season in the life of our church and continue to be.
As we approach our regathering and the future of the church, “We do not want to be ahead of God's will because of our desire to come together, nor behind His will because of fears or doubts!”
Why these times?
Church Council chose these times and this plan after thoughtful consideration of several factors:
- Guidance from Pastor Tom and church leadership
- Survey results from nearly 400 church members
- Government guidelines
What should someone do if they test positive for active COVID-19 after attending on-campus worship?
Contact the church immediately at 804.272.1475 and provide the date of diagnosis as well as the dates they attended worship.
What will happen if someone who attended worship tests positive for COVID-19?
Upon notification, we will use our RSVP list to attempt to notify all those who attended worship. Those in attendance would need to quarantine for 14 days. Note: This would require all staff and leadership to quarantine for 14 days as well.
Will worship services still be offered online?
Worship services will continue to be offered on Facebook and YouTube each Sunday for those who would prefer to continue to worship online.
Buford Road Campus: 9:30 and 11 a.m.
James River Campus: 10 a.m.
Who can attend on-campus worship?
Who can attend?
Anyone who is not showing known symptoms of COVID-19 and who has not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days is welcome to attend.
Who shouldn't attend?
We encourage those who may be more vulnerable to the virus to make prayerful and wise decisions about what is best for their personal health. That applies to those 65 and older and those with underlying health issues.
Are senior adults welcome?
The CDC's recommendations and those extended by the Commonwealth of Virginia are for people age 65 and older to stay home as much as possible. Because of our love for our senior adults, we suggest that those age 65 and older wait to return to on-campus worship for a few more weeks after our first regathering. That said, we will not stop anybody from attending if they do not show symptoms of illness and have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Are children welcome?
Yes! Children are welcome if they are not showing known symptoms of COVID-19. No childcare or children’s programming will be provided at any of our campuses; therefore, all children must sit with their family during worship. Strollers will need to be kept outside the worship centers and not in the aisles due to fire code requirements. Diaper changing stations will not be available and families should be prepared to change diapers in their car or after returning home.
Is there room for everyone who would like to attend?
Based on the results of the Bon Air Baptist Church survey, we believe that we’ll have room for everyone who is ready to come back to on-campus worship, even while following Virginia guidelines on social distancing which limits us to 50% of our capacity and requires social distancing.
Can I attend worship without an RSVP?
Seating is limited for now to allow for social distancing, so we're requiring everyone to RSVP.
RSVPs are first come first served. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on the Monday before. Registration will close on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. or when all seats are filled—whichever comes first.
What will be different when I arrive for worship?
Is social distancing necessary in the parking lot?
Yes. We'll be asking everyone to social distance in the parking lot.
Our parking lot team will ask guests to leave an open space between cars while parking.
After parking, guests will be directed to the welcome tent.
What happens at the welcome tent?
From the parking lot, guests will be directed to the welcome tent where our guest services teams will help ensure the safety of all guests by doing a quick temperature check, asking standard, COVID-related health questions, and checking RSVPs.
What questions will be asked?
All guests will be asked the following questions upon arrival. Those who answer yes to either question will be asked to return home:
- In the last fourteen days have you been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- In the last fourteen days, have you had symptoms of COVID-19 including a cough, shortness of breath, or fever?
How will temperatures be taken?
Our guest services team will do a quick temperature check when guests arrive with a no-contact, infrared thermometer.
Anyone who registers a fever 100.4 or greater (which will show as 99.4 on the infrared thermometer) will be asked to return home and join us online for worship.
When do doors open for worship?
Buford Road Campus
9:30 a.m. (Doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
Proceed to the tent near the cross outside the gym, and the guest services team will direct all guests to the open gym doors.
11:00 a.m. (Doors open at 10:30 a.m.)
Proceed to the tent near the preschool playground, and the guest services team will direct all guests to the open, main lobby doors.
James River Campus
10:00 a.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Proceed to the patio at the back, and the guest services team will direct all guests to the open doors.
How will social distancing be maintained?
Sidewalks and interior hallways will be marked in 6 foot increments to help all guests maintain 6 feet of social distance while on campus.
Will the elevator be available at the Buford Road Campus?
Yes. We're asking that elevators be used by one household at a time. Markers outside of the elevator doors and attendants will help guests maintain appropriate social distance.
Will the library or Bon Books & Brew be open at the Buford Road Campus?
How will we all help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Will masks be required?
Please bring your mask as masks are required at all times while on campus.
All members/guests over the age of 10, staff members, and those serving are required to wear masks.
Will hand sanitizer be provided?
Yes, hand sanitizer is available at each of our campuses, and attendees are encouraged to use it.
Guests are also encouraged to bring and use their own.
Will restrooms be available?
Restroom access is limited, and for emergencies only.
Restrooms have to be cleaned between each use.
Will the facilities be cleaned between services?
Yes. Our facilities team is trained and has ordered special equipment to help thoroughly clean facilities between services.
Is social distancing required?
Social distancing is required at all times. Sidewalks, hallways, and seating will be clearly marked and signage will provide visual cues to help everyone maintain appropriate social distance.
How is worship different?
Will worship seating be socially distanced?
Yes. Our worship facilities have been arranged to seat all guests/households with at least 6 feet of space.
Ushers and greeters will help guests enter and exit worship spaces and find seating to help maintain social distance.
Since seating capacity will be reduced based on local and state guidelines, seats must be reserved in advance.
Are masks required during worship?
Yes. Masks are required for everyone over age 10 at all times while on campus including in worship and while singing.
What will be missing from worship?
Hymnals, Bibles, and envelopes have been removed from the pews, and there will be no printed order of worship provided.
Offerings will not be collected during worship, but can be dropped off at the doors when you enter or exit.
Will communion be observed on the first Sunday of each month?
Yes! Communion will be observed using disposable cups. Ushers will provide cups and a baggie for disposal as guests enter worship spaces.
Will tithes and offerings be collected during worship?
Tithes and offerings will not be collected during on-campus worship, but may be dropped in one of the boxes at the worship center doors. Consider giving online at bonairbaptist.org/give.
Is singing allowed during worship?
Yes, but masks must remain on.
What about Bible studies, small groups, children, and students?
When will Bible studies begin meeting in person again?
Bible studies and groups continue to meet online, but no date has been set for when these groups will start meeting again on our campuses.
Each Bible Study group should discuss if they want to gather in person off campus while following social distancing guidelines and other necessary precautions.
Are Bible studies available online?
Yes, Bible Study groups meet through out the week, and we offer groups sthave been meeting online via Zoom or other platforms.
To learn about and connect with a Bible study:
Buford Road Campus: Email the Discipleship team.
James River Campus: Email Pastor John Sawyer.
When will children and students activities resume on campus?
Church Council has not determined when kids and student activities will resume on campus.
What are the best ways to learn more?
Can I talk to someone on staff?
Church offices are open to staff and limited serve team members. Our offices remain closed to the public at this time, but our staff is working regular hours and ministries continue in full.
Buford Road Campus: 804.272.1475
James River Campus: 804.794.2743
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