Hampstead Baptist Church exists to magnify the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ by the exposition of Scripture and equipping Christ followers to be on mission for God through multiplication and sending.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28.
Coronavirus (COVID-19 update from Hampstead Baptist Church (HBC): Updated 05/20/2020
We have scheduled Our Official Regathering for Sunday, May 31, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020 will be the “re-opening” of our building for public worship. We are, of course very excited about this, but cautious as well. Our staff has worked, prayed, consulted, and contemplated continually and tirelessly regarding this re-opening. We are taking every precaution that we can think of, as well as adhering to the lengthy list of recommendations suggested by our state government, etc. We are confident that we have done all we can do to provide a safe atmosphere for public worship. With that being said, I am including some information and instruction regarding our re-gathering. First is a list of preparations we have done/are doing to prepare to officially open the doors for public worship: · We are providing face masks for your safety and convenience. There are several different types, sizes, etc for you to choose from. Please feel free to take a mask home with you so you can bring it next time. We are asking (in accordance with recommendations we have received) that you wear your mask when you are speaking to someone, are near someone, and when you are singing, etc. · There will be hand sanitizer in various places, including someone who will spray your hands if you’d like. We ask that you use hand sanitizer as often as you can when you are in the building. The bathrooms will be open as well. It is recommended that you wash your hands with warm water and soap, vigorously for no less that 20 seconds. · There will be signage throughout the Sanctuary to guide you. · Please enter through the front doors on the sanctuary and exit through the door in the new hallway on the northeast side of the sanctuary. This will help us to properly social distance. · We will not “pass a plate” for offering, rather a portable receptacle will be placed so you can place your offering in it. We will show you where the receptacle is on that day. · There will be no bulletins in the near future so we will not spread germs. · The seating (pews) have been sectioned off to ensure proper “social distancing”. Please feel free to sit with your family if they are with you, and to sit in pews that do not have blue tape on them. If you are on the same pew with someone outside of your family, please sit at least six feet from them. · The carpets throughout our campus have been sanitized, as well as portions cleaned. · Hard surfaces cleaning is taking place, including pew backs and arm rests (end caps), light switches, door knobs/handles, faucets handles, etc. · We will strive to keep the services short to limit the time we are together in one place…(some of you are laughing at this! I will try!! J) · There will be no Sunday School or Children’s Church on campus at this time (stay tuned!) · Please feel free to bring your children, if you deem it safe. The children will sit with their parents, and there is a “quiet” room upstairs if needed. Mrs. Kelly will have some children’s material to help them with worship during our service. By the way, I LOVE children in the service!! Second, the following is information/instruction regarding the services on the 31st: · In order to assure proper social distancing by not overcrowding, there will be two services on the 31st. The first service will be held at 9:00 am; the second at our normal time of 10:15 am. · Our HBC Staff will sanitize between services. · We are asking that you sign up for the service of your choice so we will have a decent idea of how many people we are dealing with. If you miss signing up, come regardless… Again, the signup is simply to give us an idea of attendance in order to keep us from being overcrowded. · The links to sign up for a particular service are listed below in what is known as “The Planning Center”. · If you have not registered for the Planning Center, you will need to do that. Pastor Caleb Batts will be publishing a video with instructions to help you register, if you need help; but most will be able to simply follow the links and register.
The link for the 9:00 am service is: https://hampsteadbaptist.churchcenter.com/registra…/…/427905
The link for the 10:15 am service is: https://hampsteadbaptist.churchcenter.com/registra…/…/427935
Please do not feel pressure to attend!! If you feel unsafe or are in a “high risk” category, you may want to wait…. We completely understand! I understand that this is a lot of information to absorb…. I am very thankful and grateful for your patience in and through this situation. Again, we are striving to make decisions that will protect our precious people, yet allow us to worship as a family of faith again. You all have done astoundingly well through this trial! I’m so very grateful for your faithfulness in prayer, watching the online services, giving, etc. I am simply blessed to be your shepherd!! If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc., please contact us!! Until then, “Look to Jesus”, and we will see you soon!!
Above all, let’s remember that all things work together for good and that our God is sovereign.
Use this situation (pandemic) to bring glory to God and point people to Jesus.
Thank you for visiting with us online! We look forward to worshiping with YOU!