Coronavirus Update and Resources

UPDATED 10/7/20 @ 11:18 am
Dear Countryside Family,
As many of you know, there have been a handful of positive cases in our body in last couple weeks. As elders, we know that many of you are quarantined or self-quarantining due to contact or potential exposure to a Covid-19 positive individual. The elders have made the decision to take a two-week break off Family Nights on Wednesdays as well as Children’s Ministries (Children’s Church and Sunday school) and Youth and Adult Sunday school classes on Sunday morning in light of the Covid cases in our body and to care for the body as a whole. This will be effective tonight, Wednesday, October 7th and will be re-evaluated by the elders as we move forward.For the next two weeks, we will continue with just the Sunday Morning Service as we have been doing at 10:15 with Nursery. As Ryan announced Sunday, the recommendations from the Health Departments and CDC to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently remain in place. The service will continue to be live-streamed for all in quarantine and we look forward to having you back with us when your quarantine ends. We are continuing in prayer for all of you and we praise God for His hand of care on our body through this ongoing trial.
In Christ,
Countryside Bible Church Elders

UPDATED 8/14/20 8:15 a.m.

Dear Church Family,

As you know, we have been watching and planning our return to Sunday School and Children’s Ministries. The guidelines allow for Sunday School and we have put into place a plan for the Children’s Ministries, so we will be starting them up this Sunday, August 16th at 9:00 a.m. Children’s Church will not begin until the following week, August 23rd. The recommendations to social distance, wear masks, and wash your hands frequently are still in place. As a body, we are not being asked to enforce these measures, so you will have freedom to sit and visit as you feel comfortable. We know that many of you have different views on this, and as such accommodations are being made to encompass the variety of preferences with regards to these matters. We do continue to ask that you show preference to one another in these matters and be intentional about caring for those in our body who may be more vulnerable. Hand sanitizer is still being provided as you enter the church building, and a couple other stations are available for you in the building. Here are the details for this Sunday:

Children’s Sunday School

             What? – The first five weeks back, we are going to implement portions of the VBS program for this year that we were unable to do so back in June. The Children will have a song time, a lesson from God’s Word and some interactive teaching.

             When? – Aug 16th-Sep 13th 9:00 a.m.

             Where? – The Worship Center.

             Who? All grades K-6 will meet in the Worship Center for these first 5 lessons. Their teachers/leaders will meet them there and provide direction/instruction.

Youth Sunday School

            What? – Student Ministry centered on regular exposition of God’s Word, with fellowship and activities. We have been working our way through Proverbs on Sunday mornings.

            When? – 9 a.m. each Sunday

            Where? – The Youth Room, behind the Gathering Place in the Northwest wing of the building.

            Who? – All students in grades 7-12 meet in the Youth Room from 9-10 for Sunday School.

Adult Sunday School

           What? – A study in the doctrine of salvation, studying the wonder and glory of God’s work of redeeming sinners.

           When? – Each Sunday, 9 a.m.

           Where? – This class will meet in the Gathering Place, each week. For the time being we are asking you to bring your own coffee/water, but we anticipate being able to soon offer coffee/water as we have before. Rather than rows of chairs, we will have tables set up for you to sit at all throughout the Gathering Place.

            Who? – All adults for the time being, we will offer other adult classes again in the future.

Nursery

            What? – Childcare for little ones during Sunday School and the Sunday Service.

            When? – 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. each week.

            Where? – The nursery right off the foyer.

Who? – Nursery is provided for little ones ages 0-2. A nursing room will be available in the Northwest Wing for mothers and infants.

            Guidelines

  • Standard Procedure
    • Parents will hand the child over to a nursery worker at the doorway. Parents and other siblings are not allowed in the nursery.
    • Only a parent can pick up their child and return the pager. Children will not be released to a sibling.
    • Plastic gloves will be used for serving snacks, when diapering, or when taking a child to the restroom.
    • Toys that have been used will be cleaned weekly following the service.
    • Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will be available and used as needed.
  • Covid-19 Procedure
    • As an added precaution, we are going to perform temperature checks on nursery workers as they arrive.
    • Masks are still recommended by the CDC and local health department but are presently not required. Those who prefer to wear to a mask a welcome to do so.

 

Please continue to check the website, your email, and Facebook for any additional updates or changes. We don’t foresee and changes in the near future, but we are staying flexible and up to date on what is being required of us as we gather. We are looking forward to returning to our normal schedule and have the additional time together in the Word. It is such a joy to hear and know from you how God has been working in your lives and growing you in these unique times.

In Service to Christ,

Elders of Countryside

7/16/20 9:30 A.M.
Countryside Family,
As leaders, we have been watching and evaluating both our body, the community and current guidelines from the state and local health departments. We have been in prayerful consideration of the current situation and Covid-19 and have decided to post-pone the re-opening of Sunday School and Nursery a few more weeks. We have had a member of our body test positive after traveling out of state, and though we are not forced to change plans or procedures because of this case, we do want to limit the opportunities for exposure moving forward. We have been, as we shared last week, informed that we have the freedom to have Sunday School and Nursery, but we want to open in a way that maintains our duties to submit to authorities and care for one another. Our desire is to be wise and careful and to limit the risks not only for the body as whole but for those in our body who are particularly vulnerable. So for the next few Sundays we will continue to meet for the Sunday Service at 10:15 a.m., but Sunday School and Nursery won’t be restarted for a couple more weeks. The service will continue to be live-streamed and recorded for viewing at home. Most of the seats are back in the Worship Center, and seating is open, though social distancing is still encouraged in seating and interacting. We will continue to evaluate the guidelines and information and will keep you updated. And we will continue to pray for you all, as all of us navigate this ongoing trial together.
In Service to Christ,
Elders of Countryside Bible Church
7/10/2020 
Hey Church Family,
We have received updated guidance concerning our re-opening plans and as of Monday, July 6th all of Nebraska is in Phase 3. The new guidance explicitly allows for Sunday Schools and Nurseries, with some guidelines. We met as leaders and decided to open up over the course of the next two Sundays. We are excited to return to a more normal schedule and wanted to let you know what that will look like. Starting today, July 12th, we will put most of the seats back in the worship center and leave just a few in the foyer like we used to. We will have a regular Sunday Morning Service at 10:15 a.m. with everyone together in the worship center. We will also be having an evening Communion service at 6 p.m. on July 12th.
Then on Sunday, July 19th we will start up Sunday schools, Nursery and Children’s Church. There will be just one adult Sunday School which will meet in the Worship Center at 9:00 a.m. Pastor Rod will be teaching on The Doctrine of Salvation. Children’s classes will meet in their normal rooms also at 9:00 a.m. They will meet and stay in their rooms for the whole Sunday school hour.
As we regather we have a ministry opportunity for you to prayerfully consider. Starting on Promotion Sunday in August, we will need 2 adults in each Children's Ministry Class (Sunday School, Children's Church, and Nursery). This means that two individuals or a couple will be needed for each class. So we will need a few additional volunteers in these important ministries, if you are interested in serving in this way please contact the Sands or myself.
Even as we re-open, the virus is still going around and many states are changing their guidelines back to restrictions. Here are a few reminders about the guidelines we are under:
1) Social distancing is still recommended.
- Seating in groups by household is still in the guidance
- 6 feet is 3 chairs between you and the next household.
- Please be considerate of those who require/desire social distancing and seek to put their interests above your own.
- We realize that convictions and opinions (and Doctors and
Health Departments) have differing information out there, we are following the local health department and the state health department not our preferences/desires. Please continue to show grace to those who have different opinions than your own.
2) Please continue to exercise caution.
- If you or someone in your household is sick, stay home.
- Please continue to take advantage of the hand sanitizer stations and wash your hands.
- A single positive case from the church could have serious implications for our gathering and re-opening plans.
3) Lastly, all of this is subject to change.
- As other states make decisions and the state and local health departments assess the data, they may change the guidelines or enact new ones.
- Please continue to pray for those in authority over us and for us as a leaders. We will continue to monitor the regulations, updates, and changes.
In Christ,
Elders of Countryside Bible Church