Coronavirus Updates

*This is the most recent information as of May 2, 2021.*

Lincoln Park Baptist Church New Covid-19 Guidelines

Based upon recent changes in the COVID-19 Guidelines for the State of Tennessee and Knox County, masks are now optional when attending services and activities. We will still continue to have hand sanitizer and masks available at the entrance. We will also continue to ask those not feeling well to stay home and to watch us online. During the month of May, we will continue social distancing and keep the pews sectioned off while we are inside. If all is well after that, we will remove them. As a church family, please respect the preferences of others as we enjoy gathering together. Thank you again. God bless.

 

-Pastor Trey-

*This is the most recent information as of July 15, 2020.*

Lincoln Park Baptist Church Reopening Procedures – July 2020

 

Target date for resuming in person worship services is July 26th

 

  • Everyone is encouraged to stay home when sick; high risk members should evaluate their situation and make decision about staying home. There will be no negative responses for those who choose to stay home.

 

  • Phase One is 10:40 am worship service only

    • Everyone wears masks at all times

    • No child care

    • Children will remain with parents during children’s message instead of coming forward

 

  • No Sunday School or small groups onsite

 

  • No other activities onsite

 

  • Entering the Church

    • Entrances will be the front and back doors from parking lot

 

  • Hand sanitizer at each entrance

  • Extra masks at each entrance for anyone not bringing their own mask

 

 

  • No bulletins, only PowerPoint slides during worship

 

  • Practice Social Distancing—remain six feet from others. But not in your family.

    • Please refrain from hugging or handshaking

    • No congregational singing at this time

 

  • Families sit together with social distancing between families; children sit with parents at all times

 

  • Sanctuary pews marked with marking for every other pew

 

  • Hymnals, Bibles, cards, and pens removed from pew racks

 

  • Balcony will be closed

 

  • Offering boxes at entrance

    • Collection plates will be in the front and back (without passing)

    • Those who are uncomfortable coming at this time can still tithe through the mail

 

  • Only the restrooms by the choir room will be available at this time

 

·       Dismiss by rows or by families; everyone must exit the Sanctuary and proceed to the parking areas immediately following the service in keeping with Social Distancing guidelines

 

  • Doors propped open to eliminate touching handles

 

  • Remain at home if:

    • Self-quarantine any family members that might be exposed to Covid-19. 

    • You are ill. (If you have a fever greater than 100.4, cough, runny nose, sore throat or trouble breathing in the last 72 hours, please stay home until those symptoms have been gone for at least 72 hours.)

    • Are immune compromised

    • Have been out of the state in the last 14 days

*This is the most recent information as of June 10, 2020.*

Currently, our Pastor and Deacons are closely watching COVID-19 case numbers, and decisions will be made weekly regarding returning to Worship Service. 

For the time being, we will not have Sunday School or Wednesday evening services. To all members, please be on the lookout for a letter from the Church and a Phone tree call with more information. Until then, we will continue to hold weekly services here, online, under the sermons tab. As always, thank you to all members who continue to give and support the Church. You are appreciated, and we cannot thank you enough. Please continue to pray for our church, our country, and the world during this event. 

In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others. We should remain confident of God’s constant presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as for their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus. Also, please be mindful of the guidance from the local county health department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The following tips are a good place to start: 

 

*If you have a fever greater than 100.4, cough, runny nose, sore throat or trouble breathing in the last 48 hours, please stay home until those symptoms have been gone for at least 48 hours.

 

*Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

 

*If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

 

*Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue away.

 

*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 

*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

 

We know that it is often times in the midst of great difficulty that God does His greatest work!  Let us continue to pray for those who serve through medicine, schools, our government and others who are dealing with this on a larger scale. We need the community of believers around us more than ever in these days.

 

Pastor Trey