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2 Timothy 1:7

Re-Opening Plans for Bethel Bible Updated: May 8, 10 AM

Our Trustee Elders and Church Leadership have voted on a re-opening date for Bethel Bible Church! We will have a Phase 1 plan beginning May 24, 2020.

Please watch the video below from our Senior Pastor, Ross Strader, for more details about Phase 1. If you have any questions, please contact us at web@bethelbible.com.

See a detailed description of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 below. You can also view and print a PDF version by clicking here.

WORSHIP SERVICE RSVP
All of our campuses will be practicing social distancing for our Worship Services. Our sanctuaries and overflow areas have been modified to meet the 6 foot social distance rule. You can RSVP each week to our services by clicking here.

re-opening plans
Phase 1: Return Timing: Beginning May 24, 2020

INDIVIDUAL SAFETY:

  • Masks optional
  • Social distancing with 6 feet between family groups.
  • Hand sanitizer at entrance and exits
  • Coffee will not be served, but feel free to bring your own from home!
  • Intense cleaning of high touch areas (door handles, seats, etc) before, after and during each service
  • Sick should stay at home
  • At-risk population should stay home

CHURCH PROGRAMMING:

  • Church office open for normal hours
    • Monday-Thursday: 9 AM – 4 PM
    • Friday: 9 AM – 12 PM
  • No Nursery or Preschool Ministry
  • Elementary and Student Ministry can meet in groups with social distancing
  • Small groups can utilize church facilities during scheduled, reserved times
  • Continued Online Worship Services for the at-risk and cautious
  • In-Person Worship Services limited by social distance guidelines
  • Pre-packaged Communion elements

re-opening plans
Phase 2: New Normal Timing: Not KNown

INDIVIDUAL SAFETY:

  • Masks optional
  • Hand sanitizer at entrance and exits
  • Coffee service
  • Regular cleaning
  • Sick should stay at home
  • At-risk population may return with recommended precautions–continued social distancing and mask use

CHURCH PROGRAMMING:

  • Childcare available for group meetings
  • Full Family Ministry available with precautions for Nursery and Preschool
  • Small groups can utilize church facilities during scheduled, reserved times
  • Continue Online Worship Services for the at-risk and outreach
  • Worship Services at normal capacity
  • Customary Communion elements.

Campus specific updates and livestream

We have created separate website pages for each of our Bethel Campuses. These pages will provide any updates as they relate to your campus. You’ll find the livestream link on this page as well as other resources we believe will help you during this time!

To see updates for your campus, click the appropriate link below:

Give Online

With the schedule change, we know this may impact your giving on Sunday. You can still give online by visiting our Giving Page by clicking here to give to Bethel, Missions, or the Benevolence funds. Or you can simply text “Give” to (903) 437-4437. 

If you have any questions about giving, please contact Karen Hudson at karen@bethelbible.com.

COVID-19 RESPONSE
We have also set up a special giving to help with the COVID response. Simply text “COVID” to (903) 437-4437 to give towards ministries serving those impacted by the coronavirus and towards local benevolence needs.

Mission Trips/Outreach

Our Missions team has been monitoring the global impact of COVID-19 and will continue to make appropriate changes, if needed, to upcoming missions trips.

  • Our Mission Trip to Sierra Leone (March 20-28) has been postponed until further notice.
  • Bethesda Day (Tyler, TX) has been canceled.

How you can help

As we’ve seen in the last few weeks, COVID-19 is affecting our world and our community here in Tyler. We desire to be a people who are seen by the hope we have in Christ and how we serve those around us especially in times of need. Below you will find resources you and your family can do together or individually to help love on those who are in need.

Bethel COVID Volunteer Team

We have put together a sign up for those interested in serving our community. This is open to anyone! Service opportunities include:

    • Picking up groceries/medicine (and leaving on their doorstep)
    • A friendly phone call
    • Providing someone with urgent supplies
    • Helping run errands
    • Praying with someone on the phone

To sign up to serve, simply text the word “Serve” to (903) 437-4437 or click here.

Love Your Neighbor Cards

Below you can click the link to download printable cards you can give to your neighbors. On each card your neighbor can check-off ways they may need help during this time.

This is a great and tangible way to love on those around us! If you have children, encourage them to write a note to go with the card to your neighbor or draw a fun picture!

Click here to download a set of Love Your Neighbor Cards!

SUPPORT

If you or someone you know has been affected by COVID-19, we would love to help the best way we can. We created a sign up for those who may be in need during this time.

COVID SUPPORT

We know it is hard to leave your house for daily routines like picking up groceries, medicine, or you need help with a chore or errand. We also know that it gets lonely or you need prayer so we created this sign up to help you!

Simply text “Support” to (903) 437-4437 or click here and fill out the form so we know how best to help you. Questions? Email us at web@bethelbible.com.

Prayer Requests

If you or a loved one has been impacted by the coronavirus: illness, job loss, etc., and would like prayer, please submit your prayer request by clicking here or texting “Prayer” to (903) 437-4437.

Job Openings

Home Instead in Tyler is looking for more Caregivers for their senior care. If you’d like more information, please click here.

Trust in the Lord

The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others. We are called to be a people who trust in the Lord, not act out of panic or worry. We know that the God we worship each Sunday is sovereign and in control. We ask that you pray for us here at Bethel and as a community of believers.

HOW YOU CAN PRAY:

    • During this time of uncertainty, pray those around us would see Christ in us, the hope of glory.
    • Pray we would share the Gospel with boldness and love wherever we go.
    • Pray for our missionary partners who are being impacted by this virus. Pray the Lord would protect them and their families.
    • Pray for those who are affected by this illness. Pray for God’s healing, protection and provision in their lives.
    • Pray for the caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus. Pray God would give them wisdom and clarity as they work to know more about this virus.

CDC Resources

The CDC is the primary source for information and updates on COVID-19. Here are just a few of the helpful links found on their website: