July 10, 2020
"Norman City Council passed Ordinance O-2021-3 on July 7, 2020 that went into effect immediately. The ordinance requires all persons in public service areas or places of public accommodation wear a facial covering at all times, unless they meet one of the exemptions outlined in the ordinance."
As you may be aware, the Norman City Council has passed a face covering (mask) ordinance, therefore we strongly encourage everyone to wear masks at Bethel (we have masks available). Wearing a mask is a practical way to love others.
There are numerous reasons, however, both medical or otherwise, which prohibit some from wearing masks and we fully understand this. Therefore, we will try our best as a church to follow the spirit of this ordinance, while also being understanding toward others.
Concerning masks for children, we will leave this decision to the discretion of the parent, who will know whether or not their child can or should wear a mask.
PASTOR MATT'S RESPONSE to COVID 19:
Greetings Bethel Baptist Church!
Worship Services are a time set apart for Bethel to love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, to praise His name and reset our focus through the Books of the Bible, prayer, and song. We will Praise, Proclaim, and Respond as we love Him, hear more about Him, and follow Him more.
Due to the Covid-19 state of emergency being eased, we are planning to roll out our ministries in a four phase process. Phase One has two steps.
Phase One-Step One of this plan will begin Sunday May 3, 10, and 17 where we plan to hold drive-in services at the Annex, just like we enjoyed at Easter. Again, we would ask that we use good social distancing and remain in our cars, windows rolled up. Services will meet at 10:15am and 11:15am, lasting 30-40 minutes each. We will also continue to livestream these services each week on FACEBOOK. These next few weeks will be very special as we recognize our college graduates, our mothers, and our high school graduates. Please join us in the Parking Lot of the Annex or online. Worship services will also be available here on our website for those who do not have a Facebook account sermons.
Phase One-Step Two will begin on May 24, when we plan to resume IN PERSON SERVICES in the main building Worship Center at 10:10am and 11:20am, lasting 30-40 minutes each. We will continue to observe good social distancing, by sitting six feet apart and at least every other row. We will be observing several other measures to keep people safe in these services, which will mean that our services will look quite different than normal for a while. Additionally, we will continue to livestream for those who are at risk and for those who do not feel safe getting out.
Phase Two will begin on June 21, when we plan to resume Small Group Bible Study at 9am for ALL AGES. Worship Services in the main building Worship Center will be offered at two times: 8:00am and 10:15am. We will continue to observe good social distancing, by sitting six feet apart and at least every other row and livestream for those who are at risk and for those who do not feel safe getting out. Child care will be provided for small children in the Children's Building (following safety guidelines). Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we seek to worship together.
Phases Three and Four are Wednesday nights and Sunday nights, which we hope to roll out in July or even August. Until then we will continue to meet on Wednesday nights online:
- 6:00pm – Children’s Devotional
with Kim on Facebook Live from the BBC Norman Kids-Parents page.
- 6:15pm – College Discipleship
with Garrett and Jennifer on FaceTime.
- 6:30pm – Adult Devotional Bible Study
with Pastor Matt on Facebook Live from Bethel’s page.
- 7:15pm – Student Ministry Devotional
with Kyle on Instagram Live from the Student Instagram page.
All these phases are entirely dependent upon how things go with the virus. If things continue to trend the right direction and our local government continues to allow us to open up, we will head forward with this plan, possibly with greater speed. We have been praying for you, and we look forward to being with you. We are excited about this plan and about being together again and are praying that God blesses you richly over these next few weeks.
Thank you for continuing to support the ministries of Bethel by your generous giving.
- Online giving at BBCnorman.com/Giving
- Mail to 1717 W Lindsey St, Norman, OK 73069
- Secure Locked Drop-box located outside the east door
Matt Brown, Senior Pastor