Chatham REOPENING GUIDELINES

NOTE: Please see the most recent update from our elders, posted November 18, below.

We've made significant changes to better serve our community during this time. Please see our current guidelines below.


Attendee Guidelines

Chatham is open for worship on Sunday mornings, and those who are physically able are welcome to attend. For those unable to attend in person, we will continue to broadcast services via Facebook Live. Those in attendance may give their offering upon entry at the Welcome Center kiosk. Individualized Communion kits are available at the table just inside the Worship Center doors, so please take one as you enter. Also, feel free to bring your own items for note taking or child engagement.

Childcare is available through age 3, with Children's Church for 4 years to 2nd grade available in the gym. Families will enter at the Worship Center doors and follow directional signs for exit and re-entry. Masks are required for ages 3 and up.

Doors will be open at 10:15 a.m.


General:

• If you feel sick in any way, are running a temperature in excess of 100 degrees or are aware of recent exposure to someone who was sick, remain at home.

Face masks are required inside the building at all times for anyone age 3 and older as a protection to others. Please bring your own mask.


Keep a minimum distance of 6 feet from others outside your household.


Those living in a single household unit should remain together as you enter, sit and exit, keeping movement inside the building to a minimum.

Follow all directional signs and specified entrance/exit points.


Once you enter the Worship Center, if you need to step out for any reason prior to the end of service, exit through the Learning Center doors and re-enter at the Worship Center.


Please exit the building promptly after worship as directed. All exits are available at this time. If you exit toward the Learning Center, continue to follow all directional signs.

Fellowship is encouraged outside the building with appropriate 6 foot distancing.


Worship Center occupancy is currently limited to 25% of capacity, or 62 on the Worship Center floor and 12 per side in the balconies. Overflow spaces are available. (Updated November 17, 2020 per current St. Louis County guidelines.)


The building remains closed to other activities or meetings outside elder approval.


Restrooms:

Please limit restroom usage as much as possible.


Only one household unit in any multi-stall restroom at a time.
(This may range from an individual to multiple household members.)


Use a barrier, such as a paper towel or wipe, when touching anything in restrooms.


Wash hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water.


Please wipe down anything you touch after use with a disinfecting wipe (as available).



You can also watch our walkthrough video below:


11.18.20

Elder Update

Brothers and sisters,


A new public health order took effect in St. Louis County yesterday, November 17, 2020. You can read all the details here: https://stlcorona.com/dr-pages-messages/public-health-orders/all-public-health-orders-archives/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-safer-at-home-order/


The primary adjustment for Chatham is that we will be limited to 25% of our building’s fire code occupancy. The elders believe that our Worship Center and Fellowship Room will be able to accommodate our expected attendance on Sunday mornings and remain within county guidelines. 


If you have any questions about the new health order affecting your ministry or small group, please talk to one of the elders or pastors. We are evaluating the use of the building during the week on a case-by-case basis. 


As we have emphasized throughout the pandemic, if you feel sick or exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19, please stay home. We are encouraging everyone to be extra cautious during this time when we are experiencing an increase in confirmed cases and hospitalizations. With the holidays coming up and college students returning home, please exercise wisdom and follow the CDC guidelines of wearing masks, washing your hands, and social distancing. Chatham will continue to live stream worship services on Facebook Live and utilize Zoom for Bible studies and other meetings. While we desire to be together in person, we understand that you may need or choose to participate online. If you are unable to attend church, please let the elders know how we can serve you during this time. 


If you were exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine. To understand what constitutes exposure and when it is necessary to quarantine, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.


If you test positive for COVID-19, be sure to inform anyone you may have exposed and please let the elders know as well. We want to care for you. 


Please continue to pray for our church and our community. May the Lord use this difficult time for his glory. Please be in prayer for the elders as we seek to make wise decisions. 


Pastor Sergei on behalf of the elders.

4.24.20
Elder Update

Dear Chatham Family & Our Greater Community,


We have been monitoring all the recent developments closely, and take seriously the guidelines and recommendations of both our medical leaders and government authorities. As we consider the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that only God understands the situation completely and is able to see all the factors correctly. He is the source of all wisdom, and we trust in His Spirit’s guidance during this difficult season.


As leaders of Chatham Bible Church and Christians who care deeply about the people in our wider community, we have decided to continue online only services through the end of May. During this time our church building and facilities will remain closed. If you need any help, please contact our office or one of our leaders. We are here to serve you.


As we all deal with the uncertainty of our future, we encourage you to trust Jesus, who died the death we fear and rose again to give us a new life and a secure eternity. His love and His victory on our behalf allow us to be hopeful even during a crisis like this one.

 

-Pastor Sergei on behalf of all the elders

3.18.20
AN Important Message From the Elders

Dear Chatham Family,


God calls us to seek the welfare of the community where he has placed us and pray to the Lord on its behalf, because our community’s welfare and our welfare are intricately connected (Jeremiah 29:7). During the current coronavirus pandemic we have an opportunity not only to care for ourselves, our families, and our brothers and sisters in the church, but also to work together with our neighbors and leaders for the healing of our whole community. As a church we want to be part of the solution rather than contributing to the already awful situation in which we find ourselves. The elders believe that taking an aggressive approach toward preventing the spread of COVID-19 is an expression of Christian love for our church and our community.


We have decided to cancel all activities and gatherings regardless of size in our church building. While the elders will be monitoring the situation closely and reassessing our approach as new information comes in, we expect the building to be closed for at least 3 weeks. At this point, it is very doubtful that we will gather for worship on Easter morning.


We urge everyone in our church to self-quarantine. Please, as much as possible, stay at home and avoid contact with others. Even if you do not believe that you are in danger of getting COVID-19 yourself, consider how you might contribute to its spread and the harm it can do to others. If it is necessary for you to be out of the house, please practice social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines.


This is an unprecedented time for our church and we are committed to shepherd the flock very intentionally. The elders will have weekly virtual meetings to pray and make timely decisions. We will live stream Youth Group teaching time and Sunday worship utilizing only essential volunteers. We are setting up online giving options. Of course, you can also continue to give by mailing a check to the church. We request that small groups and Bible studies stop meeting together. The elders plan to provide guidance and resources to maintain communication and relationships. Our Mercy Ministry and others in the church are available to help with various needs.


More information will be coming to explain all the changes. Please direct your questions to any elder or staff. They are all available via phone or e-mail while they work from home. You are welcome to use all regular communications, including our office phone number and email.


-Pastor Sergei on behalf of all the elders

3.13.20
Chatham's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brothers and sisters,


What is the Christian response to the possibility of the COVID-19 outbreak in our community? It is neither complacency nor fear. We should neither take this crisis lightly nor give into panic. Instead, we should respond in wisdom. Wisdom is applying God’s truth to specific life situations. As we consider what changes to make in the next days and weeks, we recognize that this world is not as it should be and disease is one of the inescapable realities of our sinful state. We also recognize that God is sovereign over all and our destiny as his children is secure. To walk wisely is to exhibit both caution and courage rooted in the hope we have in Christ.


With the above perspective in mind, prayerfully seeking the Spirit’s guidance, and staying informed as events develop, the elders have decided to make the following changes to our Sunday services.


We will not be taking communion, passing the offering plate, or using the pew Bibles. Please use your own Bible and drop your offering off in the front of the sanctuary. Additionally, we plan to have the whole service streaming online and are working to set up online giving.


While we are not canceling smaller gatherings and ministry events at this time (including Sunday School, Friday Night Prayer, Kids’ Connection, and Youth Group), we will make sure that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned thoroughly and regularly.


For those who are over 60 or have compromised immune systems, we leave it up to your discretion to decide when to attend and when to stay home. We encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).

Times of crisis are often full of unexpected opportunities to serve others and share the good news of Christ’s victory over sin and death. Be open to how God might use you or our church during this time.


-Pastor Sergei on behalf of all the elders