While the church never closed — because YOU are the church — we are very excited to announce our plan to gather again as a church body with in-person worship services during the month of June (beginning on Sunday, June 7).
Join us at 9:30am OR 6pm on campus as we offer two identical worship services per Sunday. We do ask that you let us know when you’re coming. (More on that below!) You may also continue to worship from home by joining us online if it’s not yet time for you to return.
Please take a moment to watch this video from Pastor Neal and read the points below so that you are well-informed and prepared to safely return. We hope your questions are answered and your mind is at ease. Your patience, flexibility, and kindness has been incredible during this time of uncertainty and change for our world and God’s church.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
As you prepare to join us on Sundays, let us encourage you to…
1. Relax. We've got you covered!
We are prepared for you for your visit. The worship space and any other public spaces are clean and will be cleaned between services. We seek to provide a safe, convenient, and worshipful experience for you and your family. If you feel comfortable, we feel comfortable. You are invited to join us at your discretion.
2. Let us know you're coming!
For your safety, we’re limiting each service to 100 people in attendance. Please take a brief moment to sign up for the service you plan to attend. You’ll need to do this weekly. Upon signing up, you’ll receive an email with service details that you’ll want to read.
There are three simple way to sign up:
- CLICK HERE!
- Download the Church Center app and search for Coats Baptist.
- Call the church office at (910) 897-5173.
3. Follow the signs & the smiles.
There will be signs and a welcome team directing you from the road to the worship center. The “north” parking lot (beside the cows) will be open and we’ll enter/exit through the set of double doors at the entrance commonly known as the sunroom.
4. Judge not.
Rather, be kind and considerate of others. If you would like to wear a mask, we encourage you to do so. If not, that’s okay as well. As James 2 tells us, we’re partiality free!
5. Love your neighbor... by keeping your distance.
We know it will be difficult to refrain from hand shakes, fist bumps, and hugs. For now, let’s wave and smile at one another. Upon entering the worship center (after having had the chance to apply hand sanitizer), keep on walking and then find a seat. Try to keep one pew, and at least two arm lengths (6 ft) between you and others not in your household. This isn’t news to you. Common sense wins the day.
6. Bring your children!
In the sunroom, kids (pre-K through 5th grade) will receive a worship guide and crayons just for them to enhance their worship experience. We want families worshiping together — with a little peace of mind.
Please note that in June, childcare will not be made available. The nursing mothers room will be availble down the hallway as well as a “Kid Break Room” if you need to step out of the service for a moment (first room on your right upon entering the hallway).
7. Go easy on the coffee...
Yes, the main restrooms in the hallway will be accessible, but they will be at limited capacity (one person at a time). A hall monitor will be keeping up with traffic flow at the restrooms and proper cleaning will occur during and between services.
Able to serve?
We understand that you and your family may not yet but comfortable returning to our campus. That’s fine! Our 9:30am service will continue to be live streamed on YouTube, Facebook, and at coatsbaptist.com/watch-live. These services will be archived and available at any time on all three platforms:
Listen to the Service by Phone
For those who may not have access to the internet in their home, nursing home, or hospital room, we have a phone number that allows you to call in and listen to our services live. Simply call (605) 468-5740.
If you miss the live service, you can call the number at any time and hear the previous 9:30am service on-demand.
We’ve also provided worship guides for kids! Print them if you can, or just walk through them with your child on your device.
For now, we encourage you to continue to remain in community off-campus. Whether you use Google Meet, Zoom, or begin to meet in homes, we simply encourage you to stay connected! Below are the latest online group gatherings that you can join at this time.
PRAY AND SERVE
Our mission hasn’t changed. BE the church! And pray for one another. Pray with one another. There are many people with great needs in our community. If you are aware of those needs, reach them as you can. Contact us if you have a need or if you know of anyone who has needs to be met in our community.
We encouage you to email us at email@example.com anytime, or fill out a prayer card and read prayer prompts for the month of June on our online prayer page.
Our deacons are still here to serve you! The deacons for the week of May 31-June 6 are Bradley Wilkie and Terry Wilson.
To contact them, look up their information in your church directory or contact the church office via phone or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re joining us on Sunday mornings in person, there will be black boxes by the entrance/exit for you to leave offerings as we will not be passing the plate during a designated time of offerings.
Whether you’re with us in person or online, the most simple and secure way to give is digitally, but you may also place your gifts in the secure drop box near our covered drop-off, or mail your gifts to PO Box 297 Coats anytime during the week.
Digital giving options include online giving, text-to-give (text COATS to 73256), and the Abundant Giving app. Learn more about these options and the benefits of digital giving on our giving page.
Besides frequent visits to our website, we still encourage you to stay connected and informed by following us on social media. Links to our social media accounts are below.
We also invite you to opt-in for text message updates from Coats Baptist Church. Simply text CBCNEWS to 94000 and follow the instructions in the automated text message. It only takes a few seconds!