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Have questions about the church reopening? Check out the FAQ below.

FAQ

I miss everyone! How often can I come to the church service?

Leadership is asking people to register based on last name, so you will be able to register for services at least twice a month. It depends on how many people register! A-L’s come the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, the M-Z’s come the 2nd and 4th Sunday, and the odd fifth Sunday it’s open to anyone. And every week there may be an opportunity for others to attend. Just check Thursday at noon to see if there are any more spots open.

How do I register again? Can’t I just call the church office?

We strongly encourage you to register online rather than call the office. The link to register for the upcoming service is on our website every Monday by noon.

Registering online allows us to quickly and accurately compile lists for contact tracing. Most of us won’t have to fill in hardly any details; the church is using our existing database as part of the process and so it should be pretty easy.

If you don’t have a digital device like a computer, tablet or phone, then you are welcome to call the office! But those who can register online should so we don’t overwhelm our Administrator.

If I successfully register that means I’m in, right?

Well, not exactly. You will probably be able to attend, but we’ll need to check the registrations and make sure everything is good. You’ll get a confirmation (or an email explaining why you can’t make it this week) prior to Sunday. This allows us to monitor what’s happening, who is coming, how the screening questions are being answered- you know, things like that.

Do I really have to wear a mask?

Yes, you do. Ongoing research increasingly indicates that COVID-19 is aerosol born, and something as small as a cough or sneeze can propel tens of thousands of droplets into the air at a rate of 200 miles per hour. A significant portion of our congregation is high-risk or has family members who are high risk, and we want to respect everyone’s health by being as safe as possible. If you don’t want to wear a mask you can continue to worship at home since the worship and sermons will continue to be posted online for you.

What about Children's Ministry? What's happening?

We definitely miss seeing your kids! Check out the Children's Ministry news article here.

How will I know what to do when I get to the church? I’m confused by all these rules!

Don’t worry, we’ll have ushers in place to answer questions and direct us all in and out of the service safely. Just come to the exterior doors by the church office and someone will be there to help out. It’s a learning curve for everyone but we will be in it together.

Will we sing?

Yes. We are currently planning to sing a few congregational songs. We have also increased the distance between attendees to almost 12ft. Both the wearing of masks and the increased distance greatly minimizes the risks.

I miss everyone! Will we get to visit in the foyer before the service?

Not in the foyer, sorry. One of the wonderful things about meeting in-person is seeing each other and visiting together. We can do this outside the building before and after the service. While the weather is so great we want to minimize the time we spend indoors as much as possible. Again, aerosol-based transmission means the more people are inside, the more aerosol droplets accumulate. Outdoor air flow minimizes risk.

Do I have to wear a mask out in the parking lot?

Nope. Keep the physical distance of 2m outside but masks are not required.

I miss everyone! Coming once or twice a month isn’t enough.

I know, right? That’s why we want everyone to be part of a small group that meets every week! One of our Elders, Travis Wedel, is helping build our small group ministry and if you want to know more please ask him.

We also have two more church picnics on August 16 and 30 so please come and enjoy each other’s company.

I still have questions about the registration process.

The first time though any website form can be confusing, so feel free to send an email to Ariel Bowers (ariel@erbf.com) with the best way to contact you so she can help you out.

I still have questions or comments about the services.

We always welcome feedback from members of our congregation. Drop a line to office@erbf.com and our Administrator will make sure to direct your email to the right person.