New Here? - Covid-19 Changes

Even with all the limitations below, the church is always open to serve your needs. Please do not hesitate to call the church office. Arrangements will be made to meet online or in person.

Building

  • Church building is closed except for staff and members performing essential activities. This includes use by church groups and outside groups.

Exterior Property Use Expanded (As of 8/24/2020)

  • General Guidelines - At the August meeting, Session voted to reopen our exterior property for use by church groups!  First the cautions: Strict adherence to social distancing guidelines MUST be observed.  Masks are required for all events.  Elbow bumps instead of handshakes or hugs!  The church building remains closed, and restrooms will NOT be available for use, so please limit your group’s events to shorter time slots.

  • Outdoor Worship & Fellowship

    • Bower Hill Worship - Starting on Kickoff Sunday, September 13, at 9:30, we will conduct an in-person worship service at Bower Hill Church for the first time since March 8!  Our front lawn, bordering Moffett Street, will be marked up into 50 squares of 10 feet each.  One square per household—whether it’s a family of five or a family of one.  Please bring: lawn chairs or blankets to sit on; umbrellas to use against the sun; bread and grape juice for communion.  Masks will be required.  If you forget to bring one, there will be a limited number on hand.  The outdoor services will have to be abbreviated.  There will be no singing, no children’s sermon, and no offering.  But won’t it be wonderful to be together again?  After the worship service, you will be invited to stay, if you like, and jump from square to square to visit with your friends.  Please check the weather each Sunday.  There is no Plan B for outdoor worship services, and they will be canceled in case of inclement weather. No worries, we will remind you of all these guidelines as the date draws closer. If in-person worship might jeopardize your health, we would encourage you to talk with your loved ones and a medical professional before coming back to church. Please self-select! We will not turn you away...unless you refuse to wear a mask.

    • 1st Baptist Worship - Starting on Sunday, September 13, 1st Baptist will also be worshiping outdoors on our property, but unfortunately we cannot yet open the grounds to other outside groups.

  • Other Church Groups and Classes: Please check the weekly bulletin and mass emails for special announcements for the church groups and classes that will meet outside.

Alternatives to normal In Person Activities

  • Sunday Worship Service​ - We will continue to produce a recording each week of a full-scale worship service, just as we have done throughout the pandemic. It will be filmed in the sanctuary and will include hymns, anthems, and the same weekly sermon as the outdoor service. As always, the link via YouTube will be emailed to you each Saturday. Website link for watching online - Live Stream/Archive

  • Sunday Children's Worship/Summer Stories - Website link for watching online - Sunday Children's Worship

  • Coffee Hour - Zoom meeting as scheduled

  • Adult Education - Zoom meeting as scheduled 

  • Parish Life - Zoom meeting as scheduled 

  • Church Groups - Zoom meeting as scheduled

Plan for Resuming in Person Activities Inside​ - There is a committee that is monitoring and making recommendations. The following are current plans but be aware that these may change based on status of the pandemic.

  • Worship Service - Earliest resumption is October 2020​ with the following limitations

  • Limited doors available for entrance and exit

  • Empty pew racks

  • Social distancing and face masks required

  • No choir or vocal music

  • No nursery or children’s worship

  • No coffee hour or second-hour activities

  • No children except those remaining with parents throughout the service. The earliest Bower Hill would resume in-person programs for all youth would be one month following the start of worship. Until then, programming will be offered virtually with a combination of pre-recorded lessons & periodic Zoom meetups.

  • Worship bulletins printed at home and brought to service

Other​ Activities (Including use of building by outside groups) - Will be some time after the worship service has resumed.

Bower Hill Community Church

70 Moffet Street

Mt. Lebanon, PA 15243

Phone: 412-561-4114

Email: Office@bhccml.com