EBC COVID-19 Response
Updates from EBC Staff
Update - September 30, 2020
Earlier this week the Manatee County Commissioners, following the move from Governor DeSantis to Phase 3, rescinded the county-wide mask mandate.
While we rejoice in the progress our state has made, we are not out of the woods yet on the pandemic. Some of you may still feel the need to wear a mask. If so, feel free to. Some of you may feel this complicates your ability to attend in person. If so, join us online or in our overflow room.
We have also removed our seating restrictions but do ask you to continue to practice reasonable social distancing as we continue our reopening transitions.
Update - May 4, 2020
The Church Council meeting last night was incredibly productive, encouraging, and optimistic about what the Lord has been doing, teaching, and showing us through this crisis. While we do not know all of what will happen over the next weeks and months, we are confident that the Lord is in control and He will guide our steps.
The two words we want to use most as we reenter in-person gatherings are Safe and Smart. We want to be smart about how we go back into in-person gatherings. We want to make sure we've taken as many steps as we can. We also want to be safe in not only how we reenter but when. During the discussion, it became clear from the Church Council that the wisest course of action is to wait a little longer before reentering in-person gatherings.
Our tentative plan is that we will resume in-person gatherings on June 7. We will have one service at 10:30am.
-We will not have Sunday School in person during this reentry.
-We will not offer childcare or children's ministry activities. Families are encouraged to attend worship together. We will make resources available to parents so their children can engage in worship.
-Wednesday evenings will continue on Zoom during the initial reentry.
-Offering Stations will be available after service.
-We will be offering masks to anyone who wants one before entering the worship center.
-We are limiting seating in the Worship Center to promote social distancing, and turning the Fellowship Hall into overflow seating where the service will be live-streamed.
-We are recommending 2 families (or 3 couples) per row in the Worship Center, and maintaining six feet distance between families.
Stay tuned to our website, Facebook page, and service broadcasts for more information as we get closer to time to reenter!