COVID-19 ResponseWhat Clough Pike is doing in response to the Coronavirus.
UPDATE: CLOUGHKIDS SOFT REOPEN POSTPONED
(Last Updated November 13, 2020; 11:30AM)
UPDATE: CLOUGHKIDS SOFT REOPEN GUIDELINES
(Last Updated November 10, 2020; 12:30PM)
We are so excited to begin the soft reopen of our CloughKids worship time. What do we mean when we say “soft reopen?” That simply means that we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and we are working to provide as many opportunities as possible for our families to worship together freely. That said, we may need to make adjustments to these guidelines as we continue to evaluate the COVID-19 numbers, the state regulations, requirements, and recommendations, and the safety of our congregation as a whole. The guidelines for that are below:
The soft reopen for CloughKids Worship – school age and preschool – will begin on November 15th. During this soft reopen, CloughKids will be able to open worship classes for children 1 year of age through 4th grade. The number of classes and the size of the classes will be limited for the health and safety of everyone.
All CloughKids volunteers will be required wear an appropriate facial covering.
All children PreK [the year before kindergarten] through 4th grade will wear an appropriate facial covering
Children and volunteers will undergo a temperature check / health screening at the entrance to the department each week and social distancing will be practiced as much as possible. We are confident in our ability to socially distance the children in our school age CloughKids worship. However, we want to acknowledge that socially distancing preschoolers will likely be impossible but we have every intention of doing our best.
The CloughKids Department also wants you to know that we do not go into this soft reopening without due diligence; all of our volunteers have been background checked and trained to lead your child in meaningful worship in a safe environment.
Over the next week, you will receive an email or a text from Kandis to let you know which class your child will be a part of at this time. We are excited to have a chance to disciple your children once again; however, we understand that some of you may not be ready to have your children participate with their age peers. Please know that we respect your decision. We will continue to provide some online content in case you would like to use it as you lead your family. Also, your children are always welcome in the sanctuary with you during service. Wiggles and giggles in the pews are signs of a healthy and growing church – children are truly not a distraction to Pastor Bill or the congregation as a whole!
UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDELINES
(Last Updated May 26, 2020; 12:00PM)
We are so excited to begin opening our worship services back in phases! Here are some tips that will help us all remain healthy and gather to worship our Lord.
- As our congregation comes back to church. We will practice NO hand shaking, NO hugging and will continue to practice safe social distancing. We ask adults to wear face masks. If wearing a mask for long periods of time causes you extreme breathing difficulty, we ask you to wear a mask as you enter the building. Then proceed to please sit in the front pew where you may remove your mask for the duration of the service. At the conclusion of the service, please put your mask back over your mouth and nose. This should provide a safe environment for you and the rest of the congregation. It is the parent’s decision about your children. We ask that you take a seat in the pews keeping safe social distancing as families. You will sit at each end of every other pew and the other pews you will sit in the middle. We will have them marked when you arrive. Please note the signs hung on the end of each pew as you choose a seat.
- There will be no CloughKid’s Worship or CloughKids Preschool classes. We ask parents to take their children to the Worship area with them. We will provide an activity bag including coloring sheets, crayons, sermon note pages and other quiet activities for each child to work on during worship time. You may pick them up at the welcome area and may keep them as our gift to your family. The Nursing Mothers Room will be open along with our training rooms. You may also use the space behind the pews inside the worship center to entertain your children if need be. Wiggles and giggles in the pews are the sign of a healthy and growing church, please do not feel as though your children are a problem for us during the service.
- The doors will be propped open or a greeter will hold them for you so that you do not have to touch door handles. We ask you to use the main entrance doors nearest the Worship Area. Bulletins will be made available at your seat.
- The cafe will not be opened due to health concerns. You are welcome to bring your own coffee into the worship center. Though we ask that you keep your mask on between sips.
- The offering plates will be provided on a stand at the back of Worship Center for you to drop off your offering. Online giving at www.cloughpike.com/give will continue to be an option as well.
- There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the foyer and worship center if you need them. We will also have a special gift for you located at your seat during our first service.
- We have provided disposable toilet seat coverings in each stall of the restrooms and ask you to help us limit the number of people in the restrooms.
- The lobby and worship area will have been cleaned and sanitized prior to each Sunday morning worship.
- There will not be any life group classes at 9:30 AM. We are encouraging our leaders to schedule their classes online during the week. Discuss it with your class, pick a date and we will promote it on the website. If you think your class will need more than 40 minutes uninterrupted, we will pay for the extended service, let us know in the office.
- We will continue our Wednesday CloughKids AWANA and Youth Services online as we have been doing them. It is our recommendation that D-Groups continue meeting virtually as well.
The staff at Clough Pike Baptist Church continues to regularly monitor the recommendations of our government as well as those of healthcare providers. These recommendations inform the guidelines we are using as we strive to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. We ask each of you to do your part and if you or one of your immediate family members are ill or have any signs of illness that the entire family remains home for everyone’s safety. Please know, we understand that some of you will choose to remain at home even after we begin to meet in the building. We want you to feel comfortable attending in person and will welcome you back into the building when you are ready. Our Sunday morning broadcasts of our worship service will continue on our website – www.cloughpike.com/live, YouTube, and Facebook. Keep sharing these links and telling your friends about it. If any of our staff or one of our deacons can help you in any way, please let us know. These guidelines will be in place for the time being until more restrictions are lifted and the Clough Pike Baptist Church leadership feel it is safe to make additional changes. We all know that God’s got this!
UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
(Last Updated March 20, 2020; 5:45PM)
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how CPBC is responding.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, we will strive to bring you the most up-to-date information via email and Clough Pike social media outlets. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
IS CPBC GATHERING THIS SUNDAY?
WHAT ABOUT MIDWEEK GATHERINGS?
We are cancelling all Wednesday night activities through Easter (April 12, 2020). This gives us plenty of time to clean the worship center appropriately, as other environments will not have to be focused on as much each week. Our staff is also working on a way to continue AWANA virtually so kids don’t get behind, and can still finish their books.
While we do not want to discourage continued spiritual growth, we would urge small, ancillary church activities such as D-Groups, Sewing Circle, and other midweek ministries to postpone meetings or meet virtually if able (via Skype or FaceTime), in order to limit physical contact.
WHAT ABOUT GIVING?
We must stress the importance of online giving during this time. We know (and have taught) the importance of faithful generosity. We know that CPBC is a generous church. However, we also realize that many people still feel hesitant to give online. If you prefer to give in person, we will have a place for you to do that. You may also mail your contributions to the church: Clough Pike Baptist Church, 1025 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245.
IS CPBC OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
At this time, CPBC is only open for staff and essential personnel during the week. If you need access to the building, we ask that you contact one of our staff members to schedule a time so that we have a record for maintaining sanitary standards in the building.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO CPBC IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at CPBC, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship online with us through streaming our worship service on facebook.com/cloughpike or by viewing recently recorded services at cloughpike.com/watch-and-listen.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO CPBC?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS CPBC TAKING TO MAKE GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
CPBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
In all of our Clough Kids areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to Clough Kids Ministry Programs. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online at cloughpike.com/give or by mail (1025 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245) so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”