Hello Bright City Family and Guests,

Here is our most up-to-date plans in response to COVID-19. The key points are in bold. Bright City is taking a phased approach to regathering indoors based on hitting objective numbers regarding COVID. The phases are outlined below. Please email church@brightcitychurch.com with any questions.

Key points:

1. Until further notice, Bright City Church will continue gathering in person once a month, outdoors. (The next date is our Outdoor service on February 21st at 10:30am at Old Mill Farm, 8913 NC-751 Durham, NC 27713)

2. We will continue streaming online at brightcity.live.

3. We are currently offering two ways for people to meet in smaller gatherings: 

  1. Sunday Morning viewing sites (Space available in Raleigh and Durham)
  2. Small group gatherings

Requirements for these gatherings:
1. Remain 6ft a part at all times
2. No sharing food and beverages
3. Masks recommended, but not required. We leave this up to the discretion of the host.
4. Please show hospitality and deference to the most vulnerable

If you are interested in more information about either of these options, please email smallgroups@brightcitychurch.com.

 

Regathering Stages:

Stage Red

Guiding indicators: 

-Durham County 7 day running average of new cases rising or plateauing

-Percentage of positive test outcomes over 5%

 

Policy:

-No indoor/in theater worship gatherings

-Continue once-a-month outdoor gatherings at Old Mill Farm

-Services will be streamed on Sundays at 10:30am at brightcity.live

-Small groups and other gatherings remain outside, observing social distancing and wearing masks

-Leadership/Advisory/staff Meetings are over zoom or outdoor

-Pastoral care and meetings are outdoor at coffee shops, or over zoom

-Worship can record indoor, with masks worn by all except vocalists, and socially distanced.

 

Stage Yellow

Guiding indicators: 

-Durham County 7 day running average of new cases decreasing

-Percentage of positive test outcomes below 5%

 

Policy:

-Resume indoor worship services at the AMC at 30% capacity, or what is allowed for theaters by the state at that time (not every week initially). *This is also contingent upon having sufficient servant leaders to provide a great Sunday morning experience. This capacity based on NC guidelines: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/information/business/businesses-and-employers

-Services will be streamed on Sundays at 10:30am at brightcity.live

-Small groups and other gatherings remain outside, observing social distancing and wearing masks

-Leadership/Advisory/staff Meetings are over zoom or outdoor

-Pastoral care and meetings are outdoor at coffee shops, or over zoom

 

 

Stage Green

Guiding indicators: 

-Percentage of positive test outcomes moves below 2%

 

Policy:

-Increase indoor worship services to 60% capacity at the AMC, or what is allowed for theaters by the state at that time (not every week initially)

-Services will be streamed on Sundays at 10:30am at brightcity.live

-Small groups and other gatherings may resume meeting inside at their discretion, observing social distancing and wearing masks

-Leadership/Advisory/staff may return to meeting indoor as team members are comfortable

-Pastoral care and meetings can resume indoor, or may continue over zoom

 

All Clear

Guiding Indicators:

-A vaccine or an effective treatment for Covid-19 is widely available.

-Infection rate is low, widespread testing is available, outbreaks contained

 

Policy:

-Restrictions on attendance for in-person gatherings are lifted (as allowed by state guidelines)

-All church activities may resume as normal

-In-person pastoral care continues following appropriate safety recommendations from public health officials. 

 

Sunday Regathering frequency based on Servant Leader availability:

Every 3 weeks: Servant leader team at 30%

Every other week: Servant leader team at 60%

Every week: Servant Leader team at 75%

 

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters. Please pray with us for wisdom as we continue to move forward as a church. We are very excited about the future of Bright City and we are so glad that you are a part of it!