LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Kentucky Baptist churches are continuing to work hard to keep church members safe and abide by Gov. Andy Beshear’s Healthy at Work guidelines as the number of diagnosed coronavirus cases increases in Kentucky.
“It looks like churches are doing well following the guidelines,” said Alan Dodson, Kentucky Baptist Convention regional consultant. “God’s people are called to be above reproach and exemplary citizens.”
Most churches are working hard to clearly communicate expectations to members and attenders. Marina Shelton, KBC social media and web associate, believes clear communication is a way for churches to cut down the potential for confusion and frustration.
“If congregants are left guessing if they are supposed to wear their mask for certain parts of the service, or if they are supposed to seat themselves, it can be a distraction to the main point of the service,” Shelton said.
Announcements through social media, email and mail is one way churches are letting folks know what to expect before they arrive. Another way to reiterate the expectations is through signage in the church building. The KBC has just released a new batch of signs that churches might find helpful for reminding folks.
“Now that we are over a month in to in-person services, it’s important to keep signage fresh and visible so church members are encouraged to continue following guidelines. It can be easy to ignore a sign you’ve seen for multiple weeks in a row, so refreshing the colors and perhaps even the placement of signs will be a helpful change,” said Shelton.
Dodson agrees that clear signage will help churches, “Churches should remind participants verbally and visually. Clear announcements should be made. When those announcements are reinforced with well-produced signage, the message will be clearer.”
He also says the signage would be a help to visitors who may not be on the church’s mailing or email list.
“If a guest should visit one of our churches during this crisis, he/she should find the congregation and its leadership going above and beyond to communicate guidelines in a professional way,” Dodson said.
KBC regional consultants talk with dozens of pastors each week. Dodson believes churches are doing their best care for the well-being of those in services and in the community. “I regularly have conversations with pastors who are wanting to do a really good job leading their congregations to do same.”
Churches can find the signs at kybaptist.org/signage. They are free for download and printing by the church. The KBC’s only request is that the church not alter the sign in any way without permission.