A video message from Howard Germany about resuming in-person worship on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
The Church Council has set the metrics that are needed to resume In Person Worship.
When 80% of our regular attenders have received both vaccines, that is 40 people, we will resume in person worship. It will be important for you to call the pastor on his cell phone and let him know when you have received both vaccines.
Because the great majority of our regular attenders live in the city of Richmond, and the counties of Henrico and Hanover we will pay attention to the positivity rates of those being tested in those three locales.
If the percentage of positivity for those being tested in these three locales meets the following percent- ages before we get to 80% vaccines, then we will use the following as the basis for resuming in person worship. In order to being In Person Worship Outdoors we need to see a positivity rate of at least 7%. To begin In Person Worship Indoors we need to see a positivity rate of 5%.
The reason for suspending In Person Worship is to keep our congregation safe. This was a decision made by our church leadership not by anyone else. There are churches that are meeting and there are churches that have chosen to suspend In Person Worship. Each church must make the decision they feel is best for their congregation. Because of the age of most of our attendees, our leadership felt this was and is the right decision for us. Hopefully the metrics will be where we can safely return to In Person Worship in the near future.
Current metrics can be found at: www.vdh.virginia.gov
Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church is suspending In Person Worship, beginning this Sunday, January 17. We will return to in person worship when it is safe to do so. We are suspending because of the rising number of positive test numbers and number of new cases.
We will add a worship experience to our “in Person” worship. We will meet outdoors on the big parking lot side. The service will begin at 8:30 AM. This is an effort to reach people who are not comfortable coming indoors. Those who choose not to wear face coverings will be seated in a different area from those with face coverings. Family groups will sit together and we will practice physical distancing. Everyone is to bring their own chair. We will only have live music at one of the services. We will rotate every other week, with live music outside one week and inside the next. If it is raining or if it has rained over night, the outdoor service will be cancelled. The outdoor service will continue until it is too cold to be comfortable. The indoor service will continue at 10 AM. The format will remain the same, except no live music every other week.
You are invited to worship with us on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020. Rev. Howard Germany will share a message this Thursday. Have some form of bread and drink (can use any juice, water, tea, etc). As you listen to the message, share the supper with whoever is with you while knowing that your church family is participating with you as well.
We were hoping to have a Drive-Thru Communion on Maundy Thursday. But, with the Governor’s announcement to “stay home” and the list of appropriate activities, the decision was made by Rev. Howard Germany to cancel the Drive-Thru Communion on Maundy Thursday, April 9. Thank you to those of you who offered to help. It is in our best interest to keep all movement away from the home to trips that are necessary and this service does not fit that criteria.