Church and the Coronavirus

Worship Online

Worship is available live on Sundays 10:30AM at our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to view the service, however you do need one to interact with the worship leaders and each other online. You can access that Sunday’s service anytime after it ends, right there on the BVUC Facebook page; you can scroll down the page to see past services and other posts. 

Our most recent service can also be found on the homepage this website. 

In addition, Andover TV is now rebroadcasting our worship services on their public channel (Verizon 47, Comcast 8) on the following Saturday at 3:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM.

Worship in Person

Thankfully, virus statistics in our area continue to go down, and vaccination rates continue to go up, allowing for more relaxation of restrictions. If you choose to come to the sanctuary to worship in person, you must not be showing any symptoms (see details below) and follow these precautions: 

  • wearing a mask if not fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated persons may choose to wear a mask or not),
  • providing your name and phone number in the unlikely event that contact tracing is needed,
  • placing your offering in the plate upon entry or giving online, and
  • on communion Sundays (generally first Sunday of the month), bringing your own communion elements from home or celebrating using a prepackaged individual communion packet.

Sanctuary windows and doors will be open to maximize airflow and minimize touch points. If it's cold outside, bundle up, if it's hot, grab a fan to wave! 

The rearmost pews are marked off to allow for seating at 6-feet from other worshippers. Some people will be wearing masks and distancing, others not. We will respect that we are each in different places in navigating the pandemic's current trajectory.

Reservations are currently not required.

Staying Home When Sick

Please worship from home and do not come to the church building if you:
  • are experiencing any symptoms such as fever (100.0ºF and above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea;
  • have had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. “Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic; or

  • have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by your doctor or a local public health official.