As we continue to get notice of lifted restrictions on church gatherings in Hawaii and Guam, your HPBC team suggests that pastors/church leaders work together to create a written plan for re-opening.
If you’ve been working on a re-opening plan, it may still take some time to implement the plan. We recommend that you follow all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and health of your congregation and community.
5/22/20: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidance for Faith-Based Organizations.
- Kauai and Oahu officials have lifted restrictions for in-person worship gatherings as long as they ensure this physical distancing requirement is met and that appropriate COVID-19 mitigation plans and procedures are implemented. The 10-person and under rule does not apply.
- Maui County – One of our MCBA pastors spoke to the Mayor and he said “churches are free to resume In-person services starting this Friday 5/29. The burden of responsibility is on each to use their best judgment in following the proper sanitation and social distancing guidelines.”
5/23/20: Hawaii County Governor Kim is allowing Big Island Churches to meet beginning June 1, 2020. See the proclamation here.
- We understand from this official release that “Guam places of worship are currently able to operate while following social distancing mandates.”
FREE Resources to use to Re-open:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance for Faith-Based Organizations.
- PRINTABLE SIGNS FOR REOPENING CHURCH CAMPUSES: Our friends at the SBC of Virginia have designed color and black and white signs that you may download and print to use throughout your church facility during the reopening.
- View a comprehensive Free Guide to Re-opening Church Services (From The Humanitarian Disaster Institute and National Association of Evangelicals)
- View a Church Campus Reopening Conversation Guide from SBC of Virginia
- View a Regathering the Church Toolkit from Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
- Use a survey tool to help gauge your congregation’s readiness and
expectations for re-opening. Consider something like this “Sample Online Opinion Survey” (e-mail craig@hpbaptist for more info).
- View the online training from LifeWay’s Ken Braddy on things to consider before coming back to the building and access the supporting 8-Page document.