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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Regathering Information

After much prayer and planning, we are excited to welcome you back to worship at MBCC!  As you have heard, we are putting many precautions and safety measures in place as a part of our regathering plan.  Part of that plan is limiting capacity which requires everyone planning to attend to make an online reservation.  Please make sure only one person in your party makes the reservation for everyone.

Worship Service:

  • Service Time: We will offer one live worship service with 150 seats at 10:00 am in the Chapel. 
  • Social Distancing & Face Masks: We will still have social distancing procedures in place which limits our capacity.  Therefore, online reservations are still required.  According to the CDC guidelines and for your protection and the protection of others, we will be requiring everyone 2 years and older to wear a face mask while you are in the building.  
  • Live Stream: The live stream will be at 10:00 am during the Worship Service.  You can find the live stream on the MBCC website, MBCC app, Facebook, and Boxcast.  
  • Age Limit: We invite all ages to attend the service.  However, we will not have Nursery or Kids’ Ministry programming, so all children will be attending the service with parents.  Children 2 and older will need to wear a face mask. 

We also ask that you please read the FAQs we have put together prior to attending.  This will give you all of the details of where to park, where to enter, and more.  Also, please note that in order to maximize our capacity and fit everyone in the chapel, we will be assigning seats, so you will not be able pick your seat when you arrive.  Thank you for understanding.

We know some of you may not be ready to regather with us yet, and that’s perfectly fine! We want all of you to feel completely comfortable to return when you are ready. If you are in the high-risk category or not feeling well, we encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines and worship with us from the safety of your home. We will continue to provide a high quality streaming experience each week in addition to the weekly Kids’ Ministry worship material.

MOUNTAIN BROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH PHASED REGATHERING PLAN

  PHASE 1
PHASE 2*
PHASE 3*
PROPOSED TIMELINE
March 15th June 28th July 12th
Social Distancing**
Not Applicable Strict and Required** Strict and Required**
Vulnerable Populations***
Not Applicable Staying Home and Participating via the Live Stream is Highly Recommended*** Staying Home and Participating via the Live Stream is Highly Recommended***
Max Group Size
Not Applicable Limited Capacity with Online Registration
(Chapel 150/Fellowship Hall 150)
Limited Capacity with Online Registration
(Chapel 150)
MINISTRY ACTION
     
Sunday Morning Worship Service
Live Streaming at 10:00 am Limited Capacity Worship at 10:00 am
Live Streaming Worship at 10:00 am

Chapel Service at 10:00 am
Live Streaming Worship at 10:00 am

Face Masks in Worship Service****
Not Applicable Face Masks Required for All Attendees**** Face Masks Required for All Attendees age 2 years and older****
Minimum Age in Worship Service
Not Applicable 10 years old and above All ages welcome
Observe the Lord’s Supper
In Homes No No
Small Groups
Able to meet online Able to meet online or offsite
(social distancing & masks recommended)
Able to meet online or offsite
(social distancing & masks recommended)
Community Groups
Able to meet online No on-campus meeting on Sunday morning
(able to meet online)
No on-campus meeting on Sunday morning
(able to meet online)
Summer Electives
N/A No No
College Ministry
Able to meet online No on-campus meeting on Sunday morning
(able to meet online or in small groups with social distancing & masks recommended)
No on-campus meeting on Sunday morning
(able to meet online or in small groups with social distancing & masks recommended)
Student Ministry
Able to meet online No on-campus meeting on Sunday morning
(able to meet online or in small groups with social distancing & masks recommended)
No on-campus meeting on Sunday morning
(able to meet online or in small groups with social distancing & masks recommended)
Nursery Ministry
Not Applicable No Nursery Available No Nursery Available
Kids’ Ministry
Online Resources Available No on-campus Kids’ Ministry
(online resources available)
No on-campus Kids’ Ministry
(online resources available)

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL THE NOTES BELOW:
*Attendees at All Worship Service or Other Gatherings – (based upon CDC Guidelines)  All individuals that have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher; or feel ill; or are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, chills, or loss of taste or smell; or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days; or are awaiting results from a COVID-19 test; or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is suspected of having COVID-19, or has symptoms associated with COVID-19, should stay home and not attend a worship service or any other gathering.

**Social Distancing: (based upon CDC, White House and Alabama Health Dept. Guidance) – Limiting contact with others is the best way to avoid spreading the virus. People of different households must maintain at least six feet of distance from other people or households while sitting, standing, or walking within the church facility. This will require that shaking hands, hugging or any other forms of physical contact with members of different households is prohibited in an effort to avoid spreading the virus among attendees.

***Vulnerable Populations: (based upon CDC Guidelines) – People 65 year of age and older; people who live in a nursing homes or long-term care facilities; people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including: chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, and liver disease.

****Face Masks Required for All Attendees: (based upon CDC and Alabama Health Dept. Guidance) – Masks prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading respiratory droplets to others when talking, singing, sneezing, or coughing. If everyone wears a mask during a worship service, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 can be reduced for everyone in attendance. Because people can spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a mask can protect others around you.

Reservation Links

  • In order to properly social distance, we will have limited capacity seating available.  We are only going to be able to have 150 people in the Chapel (sanctuary).
  • Therefore, we will have an online reservation system to reserve your spot.  The reservation link will be posted on Monday morning each week for the following Sunday.  See the top of the page to reserve your spot.

Info and Resources

  • During this time, the church campus is closed.  No meeting, events, or gatherings will occur until further notice.
  • Each Sunday, we will show a live stream of the service at 10:30 am.  We invite everyone to join us together live, but if you miss the live stream, you will be able to watch or listen to the sermon later anytime you wish.  How to watch the live stream:
    • Visit this page of the MBCC website: https://www.mbcc.us/media/live/
    • Watch on our MBCC app: You can download the app by searching Mountain Brook Community Church in your app store.
    • Roku or Apple TV Users: If you have Roku or Apple TV, we encourage you to follow these steps to watch the live stream directly on your TV.  
      • Download the “BoxCast” channel or app. Open the BoxCast app and click “Find an Organization.”  Search Mountain Brook Community Church. 
      • That will take you to our page, and you will see where it has our Live and Upcoming Broadcast which will go live on Sunday morning at 10:25 am.
  • Wednesday Round Table Discussion: some of the pastors will conduct a round table discussion about the prior Sunday’s sermon.  This will be posted by mid-afternoon on Wednesdays, beginning March 18th, and can be found at this link or in your podcast feed.

May 29th Update from Tim Regarding Regathering

May 15th Message from Tim

May 1st Message from Tim

April 14th Message from Tim

April 10th Message from Tim – Easter

April 3rd Message from Tim – Holy Week

April 1st Message from Tim & Ben

March 28th Message from Tim

March 25th Round Table Discussion

March 24th Video: Message from Tim

March 21st Video: Update from Tim

March 20th Video: Tim with Drs. Stephen & Gretel Russell

March 17th Video Statement

March 13th Statement

March 13, 2020
 
Dear MBCC Family,

We want to inform you about some very important information about how we are responding to the global health pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff and elders have made the decision for us to not gather corporately for worship services this Sunday, March 15. This difficult decision was made based on the best information we had from health professionals along with the strong recommendation from the Jefferson County Health Department.

It was reached after much prayer, deliberation and counsel. We believe that the best way we can care for those in our church family and surrounding communities, especially the most vulnerable, is to avoid gathering in large groups at this time in order to minimize the spread of the virus. However, our staff will be present this Sunday to live stream services at both 8:30 and 11:00. We invite you to join us for worship via Facebook, the MBCC website, or our app. If you have not done this before, please see the instructions below.

Although we will not gather corporately this week, we will no less continue to be the church in this challenging moment in history. Let us be a people of faith. While we exercise caution and wisdom, we do not succumb to fear. Rather, in the face of uncertainty we root ourselves in the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. We don’t deny the reality of the circumstances around us but our faith in God is the lens through which we view those circumstances.

We must also be a people of prayer. Let us call upon God. This is the perfect time to apply much of what we learned in our series, “Learn to Lament-Dare to Hope”. Turn to God in prayer before you turn to your phone for the latest update. Pray for those most affected by the pandemic. Pray for the health care workers. Pray for those in positions of authority who are making critical decisions. Pray that many would turn to God for hope.

And, let’s be a people of compassion. Consider ways you can practically care for others. The legacy of the early church is how they cared for others. This is a time for us to carry on that legacy. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, especially this of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

We are not taking a break from being the church, We are simply taking a break from gathering corporately in a large group as the church. We will continue to provide more information on a regular basis through email, social media, our website and app. Grace and Peace, Tim On behalf of the staff and elders

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