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OUR STRATEGY IN THE NEW NORMAL (AMBASSADORS)

 

UNITED BELIEVERS COMMUNITY CHURCH

  • COVID-19 Pandemic (UPDATED: May 10, 2022)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Church Update

What is Pastor Edwards doing?

Pastor Darron LaMonte Edwards is doing his best to navigate the church in this pandemic. No pastor in the history of modern Christianity has led through a time like this.  Your prayers more than your criticism is appreciated. As the virus presents to us various mutations & variations, we must be wise and prudent in our decision making as it relates to mandates and meeting. The decisions that pastor makes may not be popular but it will be bathed in prayer.

ACCOMPLISHING THE MISSION IN A PANDEMIC
Since March 2020, according to the Harversters Impact Report, we have distributed meals and groceries to over 301,000 indivduals.  According to the most recent report, we have acquired 635,392­­­­­ pounds of food and household goods from Harvesters valued at $512,567.75.

Our meal program through Sysco Foods has helped to give out an additional $123,000.

Our Prison Fellowship initiative has touched the lives of over 100 children through our partnership with Hy-Vee Arena. This event was valued at $33,000 and our AngelTree Christmas is valued at $9,500.

Also through our partnership with Fellowship Church-Greenwood and with Kohl's Department store, we have given away over $55,000 in clothing. This means we have disseminated almost ONE MILLION DOLLARS in charitable relief since March 2020!

Most importantly, we have led 113 souls to Christ through our weekly virtual, drive in, and in person worship services.

We have served the greater community with mobile food pantries, a polling location, developed a virtual academy for elementary students, and now we are begun our partnership with University of Missouri Kansas City to offer COVID-19 resources.

CHALLENGES IN THIS PANDEMIC
All of this has been done while our ministry accomplishes our mission at 29.2% less in operating revenue.

HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH ALL OF THIS?  Our building usage has decreased-these cost savings have offset our increased technology expenses.  When our building served as a virtual academy, it helped offset much of our mortgage payments.  Our staff salaries have remained consistent with very little increase.  Our non-profit partnerships continue to allow us to be innovative and creative in our approach to ministry that meets the needs of thousands (including our own church family) as noted above.

Our ministry has expanded.  It has taken sound business decisions and keen spiritual insight to navigate this tenuous space in the life of the church in this pandemic.

We have done our best to keep our church family inspired, engaged, and updated through utilizing phone calls, text, online parties, and social media.

We have been featured on local, state, and national television, internet, & radio broadcast stations for our innovative approaches during this unprecedented time.

Is there a process to returning to a new normal as it relates to gathered worship?

Yes.  We are watching our capacity.  TEMPERATURE CHECKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ENCOURAGED; MASKS & FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED.

CAMPUS DECORUM

A) All worshippers must adhere to strict CDC protocol -- which includes, if you are sick -- stay home, maintain social distance (no hugging, no handshaking, no touch your neighbor) -- If you do not adhere to these codes of conduct, we will have to evaluate your continued attendance until restrictions lighten.

B) Upon entry, you must have your temperature recorded.

C) You may enter the sanctuary. Please DO NOT rearrange or move the chairs. Worship as freely as you desire as long as you recognize and respect CDC guidelines.

D) NOTICEABLE CHANGES ONSITE & ONGOING.  There will NOT be any greeters, ushers, printed programs, water fountain usage.

E) ADDITIONAL CHANGES ONSITE.  We strongly encourage online giving through our platformsOnline giving produces 70% of our total giving.

If you do not feel comfortable giving online, we have giving kiosk placed throughout the building whereby you can place your offering as you enter or exit.

F) ENTER/EXIT --  We have loosened restrictions in this area.  Enter and exit as you feel appropriate.

G) Nothing beats gathered worship.  However, you will never hear from the mouth of the Pastor any pressure to attend.  You do what is best for your health & safety.

LET'S STATE THIS AGAIN, our church is a mask required facility and campus.  All essential volunteers, staff, members and guests will be required to wear a mask in the pulpit, music area, audience, offices, and throughout the building and on the church campus (including the parking lot).  No exceptions.

How will you address “fellowship” and cordiality within the church?

For starters, we need to practice social distancing (this will be a new normal).

We can welcome and acknowledge people verbally without physical contact.

Please understand that if you feel the need to fellowship, please exit the building first.

  • We will be totally eliminating all water fountains. Please come prepared with your own bottled water for use outside of the sanctuary.  Please no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary.
  • We will be totally eliminating the “meet & greet” period in gathered worship.
  • We will be totally eliminating altar workers at the conclusion of the sermon in gathered worship.
  • Be mindful of social distancing during restroom usage 

What adjustments will you make to Communion, Baptism, etc?

Communion will be administered by utilizing fellowship cups placed on a table in the foyer and each person will be responsible for grabbing their own fellowship cup. A fellowship cup combines the bread and beverage.

For your safety, Baptism will only be administered by deacons who have been vaccinated. The baptism candidate does not have to be vaccinated but must follow all normal protocols.  No family will be allowed on the stage.  Our camera crew will be positioned so you can see by looking at the big screens.

What about Sunday School and Small Groups?

Sunday School and all small groups will embrace a digital platform. We will continue to offer you the best virtual Bible lessons and small group engagement via our digital services.

Are we continuing children’s church?

We are evaluating the re-opening of our Kids worship in 2022.

What new or emerging trends will come from COVID-19?

Honestly, God has already uniquely positioned us with our HAM focus. Hunger & Homelessness, Advocacy work, and Mental health are and will be the emerging and growing trends during this pandemic and we are already focused to meet these needs.

There are several ways to give

What is the church’s official response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our church’s official response to this pandemic is that we believe in FAITH over FEAR.  Please be assured that we are following all recommended strict protocols and directives given by medical scientists and highly trained health professionals.

Can UBCC host funerals during this time?

Yes, we can host a funeral at the church. Whatever the latest guidelines imposed by our city health department will be our guidelines to how we will execute.  As long as there is a threat to public safety with COVID-19, we cannot and will not be hosting repasts at the church in the foreseeable future.

Can UBCC host weddings during this time?

Yes, we can host a wedding at the church. Whatever the latest guidelines imposed by our city health department will be our guidelines to how we will execute.  As long as there is a threat to public safety with COVID-19, we cannot and will not be hosting receptions at the church in the foreseeable future.