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COVID-19 FAQs

General Questions

The church is partially open at this time for Sunday Worship Service only.
Worship Service begins at 10:30 AM.
The Elders at OBC are following the guidelines listed in our Governor’s phased approach.
Yes! We would love to be able to meet you.

Questions about the Service

Communion is served on the first Sunday.  Individual packets (contains bread and fruit of the vine) which will allow those who have been baptized to continue our celebration of the Lord’s Supper on a monthly basis.

Tithes and Offerings can be made by placing them in a secure box in the lobby at the entrance to the sanctuary. Online giving can be done via the giving page the church website, www.obcalexandriava.org.

Only congregational singing will be done at this time. Individuals will be required to wear mask during this time.
Yes, but while maintaining physical distance. Members may also wish to speak outside in the open air.
The CDC Guidelines suggest and the Governor’s Executive Order 61 mandates that we maintain social distance and refrain from physical touch.

Questions about the Building and Activities

Yes, but we would advise you to use the restroom before you come.

For now, we will only resume the 10:30 AM worship gathering.  Youth Sunday School is being offered through Zoom at this time.  Contact Elder Larry Fox at Larryrfox@gmail.com or Elder Hillmon at Samuel.Hillmon@yahoo.com for an invite.

Our plan involves propping all main doors open, having ample hand sanitizing stations, and organized seating spaced apart per CDC guidelines.
Sanctuary seating has been marked to adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing. Eventually if overflow seating is needed, there will be some available downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Again, if not in your physical family, please sit 6 feet away from the next closest person. A video feed of the Service will be made available when the fellowship hall is open for seating.

For now, no childcare will be provided.

No, in order to eliminate unnecessary shared contact points.

Questions about Attending

This is an individual decision that should be made with consideration of your health, age and other factors, considering the seriousness of the disease and risks of contracting it.

If you have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, we ask that you not attend. Furthermore, do not come if you are showing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or (less common) nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.  We also suggest you not attend if you have any underlying conditions or are in any risk category as published by the CDC.

Other Questions

You are required to wear a face cover to enter in the building. Executive Order 61 states that “persons attending religious services must strongly consider wearing face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.” Executive Order 63 gives additional guidance on face coverings including stating that “Face coverings may be removed to participate in a religious ritual.” Among other things, Executive Order 63 exempts face coverings for “children under 10,” “those who have trouble breathing,” “persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering, or if doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.”

Yes, as much of it as we can provide. There will be some provided at the entrance. Please use some as often as you feel you need, or bring your own.
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