Pastor Jerry D. Black has announced that Beulah Missionary Baptist Church will return to in-person worship for our Watch Night Celebration, New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2021.
We are gathering to praise God for 2021 and 2022.
Beginning Sunday, January 2, 2022, in-person Sunday Worship services will resume each Sunday at 9:30 am.
Worship services will continue to stream live via our Facebook page and church website.
Watch Night and Worship Services
Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions and answers are shared with the Beulah Church family to provide information regarding the resumption of in-person service for Watch Night and Sunday Worship services.
- Why has the leadership decided to resume in-person worship? Having been in this pandemic for almost 2 years now, we realize that the COVID-19 virus will be part of our lives for the foreseeable future. However, the increased number of vaccinated individuals, including children as young as 5 years of age, coupled with the effectiveness of the vaccine and the guidance and direction of God has led the pastor and church leadership to resume worship service effective with Watch Night, 2021.
The protocols adopted by the church are consistent with those provided by the CDC and will provide a safe worship experience for our worshippers.
- Will worshippers be required to register to attend Watch Night and Sunday services? Yes, registration will be required to attend Sunday services. The registration process details are forthcoming.
- Are worshippers required to be vaccinated to attend Watch Night and Sunday Worship services. Yes, worshippers must be fully vaccinated to attend Watch Night and the Sunday Worship services.
- Will worshippers be required to provide proof of vaccination? Yes, members will be asked to present their vaccination card.
- Will worshippers have their temperature checked prior to entering the sanctuary? Yes, worshippers will have a hands-free temperature check as they enter vestibule area.
- Will worshippers be required to wear masks during the worship service? Yes, those attending worship services will be required to wear a mask during the service.
- What will be the format of the Order of Service? The revised Order of Service will be:
Call to Worship Pastor Black
Devotion (Scripture & Prayer) Deacons
Pastoral Emphasis Pastor Black
Choral Selection Music Department (Praise Team / Dance Ministry)
Sermon Pastor Black
Invitation to Discipleship (Supporters will not be allowed to come up front during the invitation to discipleship)
*Communion – 1st Sunday Pre-packaged communion kits will be provided to worshippers as they enter the church
Tithes & Offerings Tithes, Offerings and Vision Pledges will be collected at the door as members exit the sanctuary
- Are there any other changes in the worship and the fellowship of members? Worshippers will be encouraged to remain in their seats and refrain from hugging and kissing prior to and after the service and will be dismissed by sections following the benediction.
- Will members have an opportunity to receive additional information about the Phase 1 Protocols? Yes, Pastor Black has scheduled an urgent virtual Townhall Zoom meeting for Thursday, December 16th @ 6:00 pm. to share additional details on what to expect during Phase 1 and how the worship services will be conducted. The virtual Townhall Zoom meeting is intended to answer all the questions regarding the Phase 1 Protocols.
Additionally, ministries required to implement the Phase 1 Protocols will be required to attend a training session to identify and define their roles and responsibilities prior to the Watch Night service. The training session will be held on December 11th at 10:00 in the sanctuary.
Health Resource Ministry
- Will there possibly be a change in the Phase 1 Return to In-Person Worship date? No, we have come to realize that COVID-19 will be an ever-present virus in our life. We need to adjust to it and move on with our lives. We believe our protocol represents the appropriate adjustment that will allow us to eventually return to full in-person services in the near future.
- When will the Family Life Center open? A tentative date of February 7, 2022 has been set to start the process of resuming operations at the Family Life Center. This date is contingent on completing the installation of new equipment and several maintenance projects. An update will be provided in early January if this date will be met.
- What specifically will the church accept as proof of being fully vaccinated? The church will accept the following as proof of being fully vaccinated.
The original vaccination card
A copy of the original vaccination card
A photo of the original vaccination card stored on a smart device (cell phone or tablet)
- Will children aged 12 and below be permitted to attend worship services? Yes, children 5 and older will be permitted to attend worship services, provided they are fully vaccinated.
- I have already contracted the virus and my doctor told me that I don’t need to be vaccinated, will I be able to attend services? No, only fully vaccinated worshipers will be permitted to attend services.
- Will the church vans be picking up members to attend services? No, the vans will not be available during phase 1.
- What time will the gates be open for worship services on Watch Night and First Sunday? On Watch Night, the gates will be open at 8:00 pm and worshippers will be allowed to enter the sanctuary at 8:30 pm, on Sundays, the gate will be open at 7:30 am and worshipers will be allowed to enter the sanctuary at 8:00am.
- Will the Virtual Townhall Zoom meeting on December 16th share any information regarding Phase 2 and when it will start? No, the scope of the webinar will be focused on phase 1 only, questions regarding anything else will not be addressed.
- Will Adult Sunday School and the Youth Sunday School return to in person during Phase 1? No, the adult Sunday School at 8:00 am, which is pre-recorded, will continue to be virtual during phase 1. The class will not be broadcasted in the sanctuary prior to worship services.
The Youth Sunday School will continue to be virtual via Zoom each Sunday at 11 am.
- Will Bible Study return to in person during Phase I? The Walk in the Word Bible Study with Pastor and First Lady Black will remain virtual via Facebook and church website each Wednesday at 7 pm.
- Will ministries return to in-person meetings during Phase 1? No, all ministry meetings and activities will remain virtual during Phase 1. Ministries should continue to submit the online Virtual Meeting request form for meetings and the BNN/Virtual Event request for special activities/events.
- Will there be any other in person services on the church campus during Phase I? There will be no funerals, weddings, or any other services on the church campus during Phase 1.
- If you’re a member of Beulah and not vaccinated, does that mean you can never attend in-person church services again? The Pastor and the leadership of the church made a decision to suspend in-person worship services in March of 2020. The driver for this decision was concern for the safety of our worshippers and staff. The Phase 1 resumption of in-person worship services reflects those same safety concerns.
Phase 1 requires that all those who wish to attend in-person worship services must be fully vaccinated, pass a temperature check and not exhibit any COVID symptoms. In addition, a mask must be worn while on the church campus and seating within the sanctuary will adhere to the social distancing guidelines. As you can readily recognize, we are doing all we can to provide a safe worship environment for our members.
Future phases will allow non-vaccinated members to attend when circumstances change and the COVID pandemic is under control. In the meantime, you may continue to watch our streaming services online.
- Will there be a designated social distancing area for members in wheelchairs, power chairs, walkers or those with mobility challenges? Yes, there will be areas marked for wheelchairs, manual or power; walkers should be folded (if not adjustment will be made) and regular seating used. Basically, the same pre-pandemic guidelines will be enforced with the addition of social distancing.
- What is the contingency plan for a member testing positive for Covid after attending service? Are members required to give notice to the church and will you notify members? The following process will be followed:
The registration process will indicate that all those who register to attend worship services are required to notify the church if they contract the virus. Agreement to do so is implied by the submission of the registration form.
The sanctuary will be divided into sections. If an individual contracts the virus, they will be asked what section they were sitting in.
The church will announce that someone in the noted section contracted the disease, and it is recommended that individuals sitting in the section be tested. The notice will be posted on the church’s social media platforms, website, and announced to the 5000+ members who subscribe to the Beulah Alert system.