Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Service Update
Coronavirus Action
Updated 05/24/2020

Beloved,

In accordance with recent news and status of Delaware’s State of Emergency, we want to assure the committed community that the Eldership has discussed and are following the adjusted requirements. That being said, the Eldership has updated the preventative measures for the health and safety of GSBC.

In compliance with Governor John Carney’s Twentieth Modification to the State of Emergency Declaration, effective June 15, 2020, we will begin to allow our mission partners to attend Sunday services starting Sunday May 31, 2020, as Gov. Carney has declared that “a house of worship or other place of religious expression or fellowship may conduct in-person services or activities at which attendance may reach a maximum of 60% of stated fire occupancy requirements but shall be lower if needed to permit all attendees to observe CDC social distancing guidelines.”

We will continue to hold our services online as well, and encourage those at high risk to continue worshiping with us online until such time that you feel comfortable returning to our in-person fellowship of believers.

The following signage will be posted on all normal entrance doors prior to our “opening service” to be held Sunday May 31st, 2020. Please read and be prepared to follow these directions:

– DO NOT enter if you have a cough, high fever, shortness of breath or if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days;
 
– Individuals age thirteen (13) and up ARE REQUIRED to wear a cloth face covering to enter and remain inside (a cloth face covering is recommended but not required for children ages 2-12); except where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health.
 
– At all times, individuals who are not part of the same household should MAXIMIZE PHYSICAL DISTANCE from others and remain at least six (6) feet apart – handshaking, hugging, or kissing is discouraged;
 
– Proper hand washing and frequent use of hand sanitizer is encouraged.

There will not be any child care provided at this time so children should remain with their parent/guardian at all times.

COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our community. The Eldership encourages all vulnerable individuals, including those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and those 65 and older, to continue to shelter in place.

 
Beginning with our Sunday May 31st worship service, GSBC will have
two worship services in the morning. This is so that we can stagger our attendance as not to exceed the continued limitations placed on the total occupancy of our building. The services will be shorter, but identical services, only one hour in length. The first service will be between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM and the second service between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
 
To ensure safety and protect the health of everyone, no-contact forehead thermometers will be used to take temperatures before entry in the building for each service. Lobby/sanctuary/restroom areas will be cleaned/sanitized before each service. Hand sanitizers and wipes are stationed all over area for everyone to use regularly while in the building. All other areas except the lobby (which includes the office and small meeting room), restrooms and sanctuary will be OFF LIMITS to everyone at this time for sanitation reason.

This is most important: We ask you to contact your small group leaders as to which service you are being asked to attend. If you are not part of a small group, please contact Pastor Jessie directly.

*** Special Note ***

Everyone will still be able to give tithes and offering via GSBC’s website and Facebook through the GSBC’s PayPal link.
 

Again, we encourage the beloved not to forsake meeting together. Please use the gift of technology to continue to meet together on Sunday services and be discipled throughout the week. We encourage our families to tune in service together and use our RightNow media services to start a daily family discipleship. Let us continue to display the truth that “… God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (1 Timothy 1:7).

In Christ,

Elders of GSBC