COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
(Updated 7/3/2020 - 11:20am)
Update From Dayspring:
COVID-19 Update 07/3/2020
By now, many of you have seen the mandatory mask ordinance that was adopted by the City of Mobile and extended to the unincorporated areas of the county by Mobile County Health Department, that begins today. This ordinance DOES include Dayspring. We will be submitting to our governing authorities and requiring masks for all 3 services, as spelled out by the official ordinance. We understand this is inconvenient for many; however, in an effort to be able to continue in person gatherings, we will be submitting to the ordinance.
We will also continue our online services through FB live at 10:30 and on our website, mobile app and YouTube by Sunday afternoon. Please continue to register for in-person services. Also, we ask that you continue to pray for wisdom for our church leadership, as well as city, county, state and national officials.
From the Lead Pastors
COVID-19 Update 07/2/2020:
Dear Dayspring Family,
As we reopen our indoor worship services, we are taking a number of precautions to ensure the well-being and safety of all of our Dayspring families. Please read the following guidelines and come prepared to worship as we gather together.
We are going to have limited seating available for our 9:00 and 10:30 services, as well as our 8:00 service in the Shack (details for this service are below). Our services will be 50-60 minutes long and will be family friendly. We will sit families together with a safe 6’ distance between families. For this reason, we are asking that you register for a specific service time. Click here to register for our services. For those that do not register, we will have limited overflow seating available in Kids Central.
8:00 Shack Service:
This service will be a Kid Free service and is primarily set aside for the older age group that falls in the At Risk category as defined by the CDC. You will park in the parking lot behind the Shack and enter through the downstairs, rear exterior door. This will be a replicated service to the main room with live worship and live teaching. This is NOT a video venue. We will have pairs of chairs set up with a 6’ perimeter around each set. This service will have less than 60 people, be less than 60 minutes long and will be the only service in the Shack worship room. So, while we are doing everything we can to make this service a safe environment for At Risk individuals, there is no way we can absolutely ensure your safety. Therefore, we echo the CDC and recommend that the most vulnerable individuals stay at home and engage in our online livestream service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook.
We are going to ask everyone to remain in your car until 15 minutes prior to the service time. This allows us to properly prepare the lobby and worship center prior to your arrival. This will also help maintain safe social distancing by keeping groups from congregating in the lobby.
We will have the worship center set up in 8 sections of seats. We will have a host for each section. We will be enforcing 6’ of social distancing by using every other row and having 4 empty seats between families. For the first service, we will use odd numbered rows and then for the second service, we will use even numbered rows. We will rope off the rows that are not available for that particular service. Once you are seated, the host will put a red piece of paper in the immediate 4 seats beside your family. If you see a red piece of paper, that means “stop”, this seat is not available.
We are programming our services to be family friendly, except the 8:00 service in the Shack. Therefore, we will make sure the service last less than 1 hour and will have kid friendly elements to help keep their attention. You will hear more about this process in the future.
We will continue to offer digital bulletins for the foreseeable future. We believe it is best to limit the handling of paper bulletins and will not be passing those out. But, the information is extremely valuable, so please visit our mobile app or dayspring.church/weekly-resources to download the digital bulletin weekly.
We will continue to encourage families to give online through Realm. If you have not set up an online contribution, please visit the mobile app or dayspring.church/giving. We will not pass the offering plates. We will have offering boxes beside each door for your convenience.
We will be opening our bathrooms for your convenience; however, they will be under the premise of “use at your own discretion.” Please exercise extreme cleanliness when using the restrooms.
We are going to ask everyone to leave the facility without congregating in the lobbies and hallways. If you choose to catch up in the parking lot, feel free, but we need to ensure safety and cleanliness for the next service as well.
Our staff is most disappointed that we are not able to hug necks and shake hands. That is quite possibly the toughest thing we are having to deal with. However, many of our staff have family members that have compromised immune systems and family who are at risk. So, we are going to be a “No Touch” staff for the foreseeable future.
We will be bringing in an outside cleaning company each weekend to help ensure the cleanliness and safety of our facility. We will be handling our normal cleaning throughout the campus during the week, but as an added layer of precaution, we will be following additional cleaning procedures and preparing the facility for everyone’s well-being.
We will make sure the exterior doors and the doors to the worship room are open and closed by members of our staff and will not be handled by Dayspring attendees.
Coffee/Water and Doughnuts:
We recognize that the coffee/water and doughnut tent is very important to all of Dayspring. For the time being, we will NOT be serving coffee/water or doughnuts. We feel it is best to not have a self-serve area or a full service area. So, feel free to bring your own coffee and water as you see fit.
We will continue to livestream the 10:30 service on the Dayspring Baptist Church facebook page. By Sunday afternoon, the service will also be uploaded to YouTube, the mobile app and the website.
Our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. As of 7/3/2020, the wearing of masks in close-quarters is now mandated both by a new City of Mobile ordinance and the unincorporated county by order of the MCHD. See our most recent update at the top of this page.
Your Lead Pastors,
Chase Alford, Mike Hall and Kris Nelson
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