We've resumed indoor services on Sundays at
9 & 11 A.M.
We're excited to announce that for the first time since March, we're having services indoors! In order to do so safely, we're making lots of changes to the way service operates. Please read this page carefully.
If you are experiencing symptoms or are at higher risk, please stay home- we will continue to post our online church service and online Kids Church weekly.
2 services: 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M.
Doors open 15 minutes before service begins
Doors close 15 minutes after service ends for cleaning
5 N Court St., Athens, OH 45701
Parking is available for free on Sundays in the lot next to Lucky’s Sports Tavern, in the Athens City Parking Garage, and on the street.
Spacing groups of chairs at least 6 feet apart to accommodate social distancing
Blocking off areas where we would typically congregate
Providing touchless hand sanitizer dispensers
Installing air purifiers in our auditorium
Installing UV lighting in our HVAC system
Eliminating shared objects such as programs, Bibles, and the passing of offering baskets
Posting hygiene, social distancing, and mask reminders throughout the building
Using directed seating to ensure that only members of the same household sit together
Eliminating the distribution of food and beverages
We want to make sure our services are as safe as possible. Please review the guidelines below before attending.
1. MASKS REQUIRED
Masks are required at the service. If you don't own one, don't worry⏤we will have disposable masks available for those who do not have their own to bring. Masks must be worn properly for the entirety of the service.
2. social distancing
Please maintain a 6-foot distance away from others who are not in your household. Additionally, please refrain from physical forms of greeting (hugs, high-fives, elbow bumps, handshakes, etc.). Air hugs at a 6-foot distance, loving words, air high-fives- all welcome!
We have created a seating arrangement that allows for social distancing. When you arrive, similar to arriving at a restaurant, you will be asked how many are in your party and directed to a particular group of seats in the auditorium. This allows us to keep track of how many people are in the building and ensure that everyone has a place to sit that is in line with social distancing regulations. You do not have to RSVP for a seat.
4. BUILDING SAFETY MEASURES
Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building. Please be mindful about washing your hands or using hand sanitizer anytime you sneeze, cough, or touch your face or mask.
We have installed air purifiers in our auditorium to promote airflow and aid in removing airborne germs. We have also installed UV lighting in our HVAC system to kill germs as air is circulated throughout the building.
Sanitation Between Services
We will have a team of people sanitizing high-touch surfaces between services.
Removal of Shared Objects
Unlike our normal services, we will not be providing coffee, donuts and bagels, Bibles, or programs. We will also not be passing offering baskets. This is to reduce the amount of shared surfaces and prevent the spread of the virus.
5. COMMUNITY TIME
While we love the community time that happens before and after service, we ask that you please limit it to 15 minutes after (and not before) the service. This is to minimize the amount of time people are spending in an enclosed shared space. You are welcome to gather at safe distances with masks on outside of the church or in the atrium after the service. This also allows us time to sanitize the church between services.
6. KIDS CHURCH
Kids Church will remain suspended for the time being. Online Kids Church will continue to be posted weekly. Kids and youth are welcome to attend service. However, when possible, we encourage one parent to stay home with the kids during the 9 am service, and the other to attend service, and vice versa for the 11 am service. This way each parent gets to attend service while minimizing the number of people in the space.
7. ONLINE CHURCH
The online church service will continue to be posted on Sundays by 1:30 pm.
8. STAY HOME IF...
You have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 7 days:
shortness of breath
new loss of taste or smell
congestion or runny nose
nausea or vomiting
You or someone you have been in close contact with in the last 14 days has tested positive for COVID-19
In the last 14 days you have traveled to a state on Ohio's coronavirus travel advisory list
You are uncomfortable with attending- we will continue to post teachings and Kids Church online every Sunday after service! Online church will go live by noon on Sundays and stay online through Tuesday morning.
Coming for the first time?
Learn more about what to expect when you walk through the doors at Brookfield.
We're excited to see you!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Bethany Ungar.