Church and the Coronavirus

Peace be with you in these days. The coronavirus has disrupted all areas of our lives. We won't know the full extent of how this virus has impacted us for years to come. As a church, a crisis like this can serve to deepen our faith and our commitment to serving each other and our world. While our normal programming has shifted, such as worshipping online rather than from our building, the church has never "closed." We are grateful for technology that allows us to connect with each other and allows many of us to gather together.

Worship Online

Worship is available live on Sundays 10:30AM at our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view the service, however you do need one to interact with the worship leaders and each other online. You can access that Sunday’s service anytime after it ends, right there on the BVUC Facebook page; you can scroll down the page to see past services and other posts. 


Our most recent service can also be found on the homepage this website. 

In addition, Andover TV is now rebroadcasting our worship services on their public channel (Verizon 47, Comcast 8) on the following Saturday at 3:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM.


Worship in Person

Thankfully, virus statistics in our area are at a point where we can cautiously gather once again in person for worship and other activities, beginning in April 2021. If you choose to come to the sanctuary to worship in person, you must follow these precautions: 

  • making a reservation
  • using hand sanitizer upon entering the building
  • wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly to your face at all times
  • observing the direction of flow with one way in and one out of the sanctuary
  • observing socially distant seating placement
  • not singing out-loud 
In addition, offering plates and microphones will not be passed around. Please place your offering in the plate upon entry or give online! The pastor will repeat spoken prayers so folks online can hear what was shared. We will not be holding any community gatherings before or after worship at this time. In addition, sanctuary windows and doors will be open to maximize airflow and minimize touch points. If it's cold outside, bundle up!

Our protocols are more stringent and our attendance limitations lower than our state mandates. We need to be cautious with one another. Please understand that should circumstances change we will quickly revert back to an all-online format.

Reservations

We have limited the number of spaces in our worship in person. In order to reserve a space, please contact Pat Brouillard at 978-475-7047 or patsymay521 @gmail.com.

You may reserve for as many of the Sundays as you would like, but if we receive more than 25 reservations for a particular Sunday, we will have to prioritize those who have had fewer opportunities to be present. 

Restrictions
As required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, please worship from home and do not come to the church building if you:
  • are experiencing any symptoms such as fever (100.0ºF and above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea;
  • have had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. “Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic; or
  • have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by your doctor or a local public health official.