July OUTDOOR In-Person Services
All of July, Beginning Sunday, July 5th at 9am &10:45am

We would like to keep you informed on the various adjustments we are making to our Sunday gatherings as we anticipate returning to public services, At present, we are preparing an outdoor, tented worship area with spaced-out seating that provides effective distance between persons and family units to keep everyone as comfortable as possible.

The video above shows what to expect from the time you arrive on campus to your departure at the end of the service. If you’re planning to join us on campus, following are some guidelines we’ll be implementing. If you don’t see an answer to a specific question, please don’t hesitate to contact the Ministry Leadership Team at mlt@millingtonbaptist.org.

Video: July 5th debut of our open-air service.

Registration is required to attend service in person.

Millington Baptist Church has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as stated within our Campus Guidelines (below); however, the church cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. By clicking Register below, you are acknowledging an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present and do so at your own discretion.

MBC Campus Guidelines:

 

Social Distancing 

The Surgeon General and CDC strongly recommend that we keep social distancing (a 6’ buffer between people) during these times. 

 

Physical Contact

Please, as a general rule, avoid physical contact with others. While you may feel comfortable with some form of contact, other individuals may not. 

 

Entering/Exiting the Building 

Front and rear doors to the Y&FMB will be propped open before and after service to prevent the need to touch door handles. Greeters/ushers will welcome you to the church with a smile and a wave at the appropriate distance. Greeters/ushers as well as wayfinder signs will direct you to seating in the worship area. 

 

Facility Changes 

  • Foot doorstops will be installed on the doors to adult restrooms, and the doors will remain open during services. 
     
  • Sanitizing and cleaning will be ongoing while we are on campus and in between services. 
     
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout campus. 
     
  • Café will be closed until further notice.  

Service Changes 

  • The tented worship area will have spaced-out seating to provide proper distance between family units. 
     
  • Services will continue to be live streamed on our website and on Facebook at 9am10:45am, and 7pm, in consideration of our vulnerable population and those that choose to join us online. 
     
  • Communion elements will be administered using a prepackaged, sealed bread and juice cup. Individually wrapped gluten-free options will continue to be made available. 
     
  • Offering plates will not be passed around. There will be a centralized area to submit offerings. We continue to encourage the convenience of online giving.
     
  • Pens/Connect Cards/Tithe Envelopes will be removed from circulation for the time being. 
  • Commonly kept items such as pens and Bibles, will not be distributed or made available at this time.  

FAQs:

Is there anyone who should not attend outdoor services? People over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems are encouraged to stay home and watch online. Please join us online if you currently have these symptoms or have had them in the last week: fever over 100 degrees, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath or contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 (in the last 14 days).

 

Can I sit with someone not in my family unit? We strongly recommend sitting with your family unit, but if both you and the individual/family are comfortable, you can join someone outside your family unit if there is space in their pod of seats.

 

Will we receive a physical bulletin? For now, our weekly bulletin will be digital only (included with Saturday’s Enews Bulletin). Lyrics to the worship songs for Sunday will also be included with the Saturday Enews Bulletin email. You may choose to print lyrics from home or follow along on your digital device.

 

Will there be congregational singing? We will offer live worship music but insist that the congregation will wear masks during the music portion. Some may be comfortable singing while wearing a mask, others may not and can simply enjoy listening during this time.

 

Do we have to wear masks? Yes. Masks will be required when gathering under the tent, especially during the portion involving worship music as congregational singing can spread the virus more rapidly. Masks are also required in situations on campus when 6 feet is not maintained. There will be times during the service (such as during the sermon), when we allow you to take a break from wearing the mask, however, you are always welcome to wear one at all times. 

 

Will masks be available if I do not have one?  We encourage you to bring your own mask, but masks will be available inside the main entrance of the Y&FMB and at the rear lawn if someone forgets one.

 

Are people allowed to stick around after the service and fellowship? We are encouraging everyone to make their way to their vehicles fairly quickly after the conclusion of each service to minimize excessive contact and to prepare for people arriving for the next service. You are welcome to continue conversations off-campus or at another convenient location. If gathering is to occur, it is recommended that safe social distance guidelines be followed per the current CDC recommendations.

 

Are we capping the attendees per service? Yes. We will only accommodate as many people in each venue as allows for 6 feet of space between family units. Under Executive Order No. 152, outdoor services are allowed for 100 people, but this number is set to increase by the end of June 2020 to 250 then 500, Lord willing. There is also a religious exemption in place for worship gatherings.

 

FACILITIES

 

Will there be areas of the church cordoned off to limit use? Only the Youth & Family Ministry Building will be available for ministry activities until further notice. Access will be limited to comply with the most recent Executive Order issued by the Governor. All other buildings will remain locked and unavailable (except for staff and authorized persons) until further notice. 2nd floor classrooms and the teen youth room in the Y&FMB may be made available upon request. Otherwise, these spaces are not to be used.

 

Is there handicap accessibility? Yes, outdoor worship is on the lawn at ground level and there is a ramp into the Y&FMB for ease of access to handicap restrooms if needed in the Y&FMB.

 

Will the drinking fountains be open? No.

 

Will the Library be open? No.

 

EMERGENCIES

 

What is MBC’s plan if someone presents signs of illness? We will have volunteers with EMS or medical backgrounds to assist those feeling ill as well as contact professional paramedics and/or first responders. If a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the facility, we will communicate with staff and congregants about potential exposure while maintaining confidentiality. If a child presents signs of illness, we will notify their parents to come pick them up.  

 

Will you be able to safely take a temperature reading if necessary? We will have a touchless forehead thermometer available. If you have a temperature over 100, we will ask you to watch our services online out of respect for others in attendance.

 

MBC KIDS

 

Will there be MBC Kids ministry? We are not offering kids ministry during our outdoor gatherings at this point but we are exploring possibilities of doing this safely in the future. Kids in attendance are encouraged to sit with their families. We will continue to offer online kids ministry from home.

 

Is it ok for me to bring a snack for my child during service? Yes, but please help our Hospitality Team by cleaning up any wrappers or crumbs before departing.


MBC MINISTRIES

 

Will there be Youth Ministry this summer? Our youth ministry will be offering outdoor gatherings this summer. More details to come on precautions we’ll take to gather safely. 

 

Will there be Small Groups this summer? Each group will make their own decisions. We are encouraging Small Groups to have outdoor gatherings this summer for the purpose of community. Contact individual group leaders for specific information.

 

LOOKING FORWARD

 

When will we return to indoor services? Indoor gatherings are high risk. We are taking this regathering plan one step at a time. If the Covid-19 crisis subsides further and larger numbers are allowed indoors, we will consider the safety of that decision to have modified indoor services at that time. We are loving our church body and our community by taking this slowly.

 

Is there a chance we will return to online services only? Yes. We are thinking of this plan in terms of a “dimmer switch” not a “light switch.” If the number of cases and hospitalizations begin to increase again, we may need to revert back to our previous model of online services and will let you know.

 

When will things go back to “normal”? We are likely waiting until a vaccine or other licensed treatment is readily available in order to go back to what we will call the “new normal.” Some aspects of our church ministry may look different going forward.  

 

MBC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

How can I help? We will need all hands on deck to make this successful. There are several opportunities to serve with campus prep, service prep, and hospitality teams. Contact the  Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) about your desire to serve using the email below.

 

Don’t see your question? 

Email the Ministry Leadership Team at mlt@millingtonbaptist.org.

Will we have a space for families with kids under 3?

Families with young ones are welcome to sit wherever they prefer; these are family-friendly services. Additionally, the tables and chairs in the Café area and Great Room will serve as a space for families with little ones as well. There will be a limit as to how many people will be allowed to use these spaces at one time.
 

Is there anyone who should not attend outdoor services? 

People over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems are encouraged to stay home and watch online. Please join us online if you currently have these symptoms or have had them in the last week: fever over 100 degrees, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath or contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 (in the last 14 days). 

 

Will there be MBC Kids ministry? 

During the sermon, kids in Pre-K through 4th grade will be invited to an outdoor, non-contact game and lesson time. Parents are asked to please pre-register online. 

 

Will there be Youth Ministry? 

Our youth ministry will be offering outdoor gatherings this summer. More details to come on precautions we’ll take to gather safely.  

Will there be Small Groups? 

We’re encouraging Small Groups to have outdoor gatherings this summer for the purpose of the community.  

 

Will we receive a physical bulletin? 

For now, our weekly bulletin will be digital only (included with Saturday’s Enews Bulletin). Lyrics to the worship songs for Sunday will also be included with the Saturday Enews Bulletin email. You may choose to print lyrics from home or follow along on your digital device. 

 

Will there be areas of the church cordoned off to limit use? 

Only the Youth & Family Ministry Building will be available for ministry activities until further notice. Access will be limited to comply with the most recent Executive Order issued by the Governor. All other buildings will remain locked and unavailable (except for staff and authorized persons) until further notice. 

 

2nd floor classrooms and the teen youth room in the Y&FMB may be made available upon request. Otherwise, these spaces are not to be used.
  

Will the drinking fountains be open?

No
  

Are people allowed to stick around after the service and fellowship? 

We are encouraging everyone to make their way to their vehicles fairly quickly after the conclusion of each service to minimize excessive contact and to prepare for people arriving for the next service. You’re welcome to continue conversations off-campus or at another convenient location. If gathering is to occur, it is recommended that safe social distance guidelines be followed per the current CDC recommendations. 

 

What is MBC’s plan if someone presents signs of illness? Will you be able to safely take a temperature reading if necessary?

We will have a touchless forehead thermometer available. If you have a temperature over 100, we may ask you to watch our services online out of respect for others in attendance. Anyone showing signs of critical care needs will be addressed by professional paramedics and/or first responders. If a child presents signs of illness, we will notify their parents to come pick them up.   

 

Do we have to wear masks? Will masks be available if I do not have one?

Masks are not required, but you are welcome to wear one.  Masks will be available inside the main entrance of the Y&FMB and at the rear lawn. 

 

Can I sit with someone not in my family unit?

We strongly recommend sitting with your family unit, but if both you and the individual/family are comfortable, you can join someone outside your family unit if there is space in their pod of seats. 

Are we capping the attendees per service? 

Yes. We will only accommodate as many people in each venue as allows for 6 feet of space between family units. 

 

What if I miss my scheduled time, can I come to another service?

Yes, but please plan to attend the service you registered for (if nec.). This will help us keep the proper numbers and leave space for new people. 

 

Is it ok for me to bring a snack for my child during service? 

Yes, but please help our Hospitality Team by cleaning up any wrappers or crumbs left before departing.  

 

Will we have a self-serve nursery available? 

The tables and chairs in the Café area and Great Room will serve in that capacity for the time being. There will be a limit as to how many people will be allowed to use these spaces.  

 

Will the Library be open? 

No 

 

Don’t see your question? 

Email the Ministry Leadership Team at mlt@millingtonbaptist.org 

Ministry Leaders will be communicating to their respective groups, however, feel free to reach out to them directly should you have specific questions or concerns.

Weekday office hours will remain the same until further notice. We will continue to monitor information as we receive it and will communicate to updates as they emerge.

You still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and support MBC ministries, even though we’re not gathering in-person for church, by giving through our giving page, by texting “MBCNJ” to 77977, or by mailing a check to 520 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Please stay connected with us by checking our website and our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the latest information. 

 

Most importantly, let’s remember that God is fully in control! Even though fear is spreading, our God is a strong tower and mighty fortress, the righteous run into it and we are safe (Prov. 18:10). Let’s be a “non-anxious presence” around those who don’t know and follow Jesus.

Please remember to lift up our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering, and pray for all caregivers, for those who are tirelessly working to fight this disease and for the swift development of treatment. 

Please be advised of our response to the COVID-19 and the steps we are taking immediately for the health and safety of our MBC family:

 

///SUNDAY SERVICES LIVESTREAM ONLY////

Effective immediately and through the entire month of March, all of our IN-PERSON Sunday Services will be moved exclusively to our Live Stream online only. Service times will remain the same at 9am & 10:45am.

 

///UNDERGROUND SESSIONS POSTPONED///

The Underground Sessions planned for this Sunday evening are postponed until a later date.

 

///ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING POSTPONED///

The Annual Business Meeting scheduled for March 18th will be moved to March 25th. Be prepared for an online forum.

 

Ministry Leaders will be communicating to their respective groups, however, feel free to reach out to them directly should you have specific questions or concerns.

 

Weekday office hours will remain the same until further notice. We will continue to monitor information as we receive it and will communicate to updates as they emerge.

 

You still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and support MBC ministries, even though we’re not gathering in-person for church, by giving through our giving page, by texting “MBCNJ” to 77977, or by mailing a check to 520 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

 

Please stay connected with us by checking our website and our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the latest information. 

 

Most importantly, let’s remember that God is fully in control! Even though fear is spreading, our God is a strong tower and mighty fortress, the righteous run into it and we are safe (Prov. 18:10). Let’s be a “non-anxious presence” around those who don’t know and follow Jesus.

Please remember to lift up our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering, and pray for all caregivers, for those who are tirelessly working to fight this disease and for the swift development of treatment. 

 

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