How We Plan to Reopen

Our phased approach to reopening Lighthouse Baptist Church as restrictions are lifted

As our region and country begin the process of reopening, our leadership team has prepared a phased reopening plan in an effort to provide restored opportunities to worship together while maintaining heightened safety and cleaning protocols. We will start Phase 1 beginning on Sunday, May 24, and hope to progress to the other stages every few weeks. Please be aware that these phases and plans are subject to change as needed. Below is a concise overview of what will happen in each phase. A more complete view of the phases may be found in the image below that. For a listing of specific procedures and processes, please consult the next section.

Specific Procedures and Processes

Phase 1

Sunday Morning
11 am

Phase 2

Nursery + Kids Ministry
All available times

Sunday School on Wednesday Night
7 pm

Phase 3

Sunday Evening
6 pm

Phase 4

Normal schedule resumes

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What health and safety considerations are being made?

  • All contact surfaces will be disinfected between every service. This includes pews, door handles, railings, bathrooms, etc.
  • All in attendance will be asked to maintain a 6ft distance from other family units at all times.
  • Every other pew will be closed, and we will ask that a minimum of a “two-seat” distance be maintained between family units.
  • There will not be any food or coffee served for the time being, and all water fountains have been temporarily disabled.
  • Masks and gloves will be available for those that would feel more comfortable that way. In accordance with the State of Alabama’s guidelines, we will not require anyone to wear a mask.
  • We will not take up an offering in our traditional manner, but instead, we will have drop boxes installed by the exits. We still recommend our online giving platform as the safest most efficient way to give. For more information about our online giving and recurring giving options, please visit lbctheodore.com/give
  • All sick individuals will be urged to stay home.
  • Services will be dismissed by section and, due to space, congregating in the lobby will be highly discouraged.

What if I’m not ready to be around large groups of people?

  • While we are excited about gathering together again, we are very aware that some may have reservations about that. Please do not mistake our excitement and announcements as pressure to attend. We urge you to rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit to determine what’s best for you and your family.
  • As was the case before the stay at home order, all of our main services are live-streamed both at lbctheodore.tv and on Facebook. We will continue to place a strong emphasis

Are extra precautions in place for seniors or “at risk” individuals?

  • A dedicated senior entrance and seating area are available at the front of the building. This entrance will lead directly to the seats on the piano side of the auditorium. There is a bathroom in the baptistry changing room right next to this section that will also be reserved strictly for our seniors.

What is the plan for children’s ministry?

  • While our Kids ministry will not resume until Phase 2, we are working diligently even now to ensure we have the best protocols in place.
  • For those who do not feel comfortable with their children in the main auditorium, the Teen Auditorium will be open as an overflow room. The service live stream will be playing on the TVs at the front of the room.
  • All Kids and Nursery volunteers will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to go home.

What is “Sunday School on Wednesday Nights”?

  • As a part of Phase 2, we will hold our Sunday School hour on Wednesday night during our normal service time of 7 p.m.
  • There will not be any service or opening assembly in the main auditorium.
  • As far as schedule and structure go, this will be a direct replica of our entire Sunday School program that usually meets on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Will there be a choir and orchestra?

  • Unfortunately, our choir and orchestra will not meet in the early phases of our return to in-person services.
  • All members of the choir and orchestra should consult the regular scheduling emails for the most current information regarding practices resuming.

What can I do?

  • Pray. We all must continually pray for Pastor Tewell and the leadership of our church as they try to make the best decisions for our church. Also, pray that God would give peace, spiritual strength, and good health to your fellow believers.
  • Participate. If you’re able to come to our services in-person, that’s great! Be ready to sing in praise to the Lord and hear a message from His Word. If you feel that you need to stay home for a little while longer, that’s fine too! Join us on our live stream and ask God to help you to be challenged by the singing and preaching of that service.
  • Prepare. We believe that God is going to do AMAZING things in the days ahead! Let’s all be ready and willing to do our part to share the love of Christ with Mobile County and the surrounding area.

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