In it are nine mandatory requirements for how in-person services must operate while Virginia remains in Phase One:
Houses of worship are told that if they cannot adhere to these requirements, in-person services are not allowed.
Beyond those mandates, the governor’s office released a variety of best practices for those who are able to hold in-person services.
The guidelines distributed by the state also outline six different possible methods for religious services:
The guidelines describe this as a safer model of religious service where social distancing may be maintained.
Ask members, visitors, or guests to sign up for one live service per month, or every other week (in Phase 1). If needed, members can take turns between online and in-person worship services during this interim time. Allow space for impromptu visitors by registering fewer people (for each worship or religious service) than the maximum allowed per the occupancy restrictions.
A place of worship may divide the number of congregants by the maximum occupancy level and offer worship services at that level. Consider adding online services, multiple services on one day, or alternative services during the week and/or on Saturdays and Sundays.
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, most places of worship lost the ability to gather in-person, but many gained a stronger online presence. Consider nurturing
both aspects for at-risk individuals, as well as for the increased capacity to reach and serve those outside of the walls of the faith organization.
This method asks parents of young children to alternate worship attendance (naturally reducing attendance, as one parent stays home with children).
Take this approach if you are in a high-risk area, your place of worship is not yet prepared with the conditions outlined in the state guidelines for opening, you or a member of your family has COVID-19 symptoms, or the governing authorities have requested additional measures in the interest of public health.
During the COVID-19 Crisis
FACEBOOK Live: You must have a Facebook account to access our ZBC Facebook page. If you do not have one, you can establish a FB account or utilize the account of someone else with their permission. Go to our Facebook page; ZBC/Portsmouth; and services will begin at 11:00 a.m. You may also revisit Facebook to replay the service at any time.
ZBC LIVESTREAM: Users may view services livestream by selecting a link from our website (zionbaptistva.com) OR by using the direct url: zbc.churchonline.org. Either option works.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS:
We strongly urge all members to continue with your faithful giving during this time, as Zion Baptist Church Information worksheet Current as of 3/20/20 we continue to be responsible for the financial obligations in maintaining the church. You may donate online via the church’s website (zionbaptistva.com) (see “GIVING” at top of our Homepage; OR if choosing to donate while viewing directly at zbc.churchonline.org, simply select the GIVE link located above the livestream chat box. Members may donate during service or visit the church website at any time during the week.
*We hope to utilize other apps that will also make it more convenient and handier in the nearby future.
Donating by Postal Mail: Members may also mail their tithes and offerings to the church, addressing to:
Zion Baptist Church
225 Hatton Street.
Portsmouth, VA 23704
We will be livestreaming our bible study on Wednesdays. Instructions for accessing livestream are the same as the instructions provided above for livestreaming Sunday Service.
We offer the following ways to contact the Church:
Calling the Church: 757.397.1671
Texting the Church: 877.443.1671
Note: It will be vitally important that you provide us an accurate/updated email address or provide us a Poc that can receive the updates for you and can relay the info to you to keep you informed.
REMEMBER: You are not alone during this time. We will continue to utilize varying options to stay close to our ZBC family. In the absence of services and gatherings, and while observing “social distancing” guidelines, our members can expect personal “wellness check” phone calls from our Diaconate, “Pastor’s Weekly Check-In”, (robo call) and other ZBC communications via phone, email or texting. Meantime, if you have a need for personal prayer, we ask that you contact your assigned DEACON directly or the church office for relaying your prayer request.
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