COVID-19 Response Plans!

Dear Bridge Church Friends and Family,

I trust that you all are doing well and staying healthy.  I am so grateful for all of you and the support that you have continued to give to the mission and vision of the Bridge Church.  God is still doing great things in the lives of people because of your commitment to Christ and your love for this community.

I wanted to send out our response to the Governor’s Roadmap for Recovery for Nevada and how we plan to move forward through the different phases he has set up for us.  I know we are all ready to get back to meeting together but we also want to do so in a safe and responsible way.  Just so you know, we are in the process of deep cleaning and sanitizing all of our facilities as we look forward to returning to live services as soon as possible.

Below are the plans that the staff, Board and I have put together for us.  Please understand that this is based on the information that we may have today.  We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward in each step of the way.

The Bridge Church Reno Campus COVID-19 Response Plan to Nevada’s
“Roadmap to Recovery”

Nevada is now in Phase 1 of 4 Phases that determine how quickly certain parts of our economy and state will reopen. Please be assured that we have had and will continue to have many discussions regarding our response to the local and state guidelines, and we will continue to follow the guidelines in Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery.

Link: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NEVADA-UNITED-ROADMAP-TO-RECOVERY.pdf.

Listed below is how The Bridge Church plans to proceed through all these Phases.  We will not set specific dates to move to a different Phase or to open our facilities for meetings and events, including Sunday Worship services at this time. We will continue to monitor all communication from the Governor’s office and respond to the information as it is provided for us and possibly revise these plans as necessary.

Phase 1 –This is the phase we are now in.  It has the strictest requirements due to concern about the spread of the virus, where we have the most responsibility of doing our part to keep social distancing (6’ apart) and wear masks.

During this phase, the following remains in place:

  • Church Service: Online only (Facebook/YouTube/ The Bridge Website: ZOOM Lobby afterward)
  • Small Groups: Online only at this time
  • Counseling: Online only (Zoom / Phone)
  • Special Events: Cancelled
  • Staff Location: Work from home if possible; otherwise, maintain social distancing while in the office

Phase 2 – This phase allows for the lightening of restrictions toward gatherings and allows small groups of people to gather together. It is expected that no more than 50 people can congregate in this phase, with limitations adjusted as we near Phase 3.

During this phase, we anticipate the following will be in place:

  • Church Services: Online only (Facebook/YouTube/ The Bridge Website: ZOOM Lobby afterward)
  • Small Groups: Online or in-person based on groups size and willingness to meet and maintain social distancing
  • Counseling: Online only (Zoom / Phone)
  • Special Events: Cancelled
  • Staff Location: Work from home if possible; otherwise, maintain social distancing while in the office

Phase 3 – Allows for the gathering of larger groups of people. At this time, our local government has yet to provide specific guidelines regarding the size of these gatherings.  As we get more clarity and move closer to this phase, church staff and the Board of Trustees will determine which activities to allow during this phase, with the priority being the safety and security of those who gather. Our goal is to resume in person Sunday services when groups of 100 or more can all meet with no restrictions in regard to social distancing.

During this phase, we anticipate the following will be in place:

  • Church Service Possibly in Person and Online (Facebook/YouTube/ The Bridge Website: ZOOM Lobby afterward)
  • Small GroupsIn-person with possibly some Zoom groups as well
  • Counseling: In-person and Zoom possibly
  • Special Events: May resume within numerical guidelines
  • Staff Location: All Staff on-premises

Phase 4 – Back to pre-COVID operations

  • Church Services: In-person and Online will continue
  • Small Groups: In-person and possibly zoom as well
  • Counseling: In-person
  • Special Events: Can resume with no restrictions
  • Staff Location: All Staff on-premises

Other Areas of Concern:

Children’s Ministry: Our Kids Kingdom is currently providing resources for families to access online every week.  We will hold a Virtual Kids Summer Camp dates will be posted later.  We will continue to discuss and monitor the best way to minister to children and families during these different phases as we move forward and keep you informed you along the way.   For more information, please contact chelsea@thebrigereno.com.

Student Ministry: Our Crossing Student Ministry program is currently providing resources for students online with Zoom on Wednesday nights. We will continue to discuss and monitor the best way to minister to students and families during these different phases as we move forward and keep you informed along the way. For more information, contact grant@thebridgereno.com.

Prayer Requests
Prayers can be submitted online prayer@thebridgereno.com currently and live prayer at noon Monday-Friday on the Bridge Church Reno Facebook page.

Food Pantry Precautions: Our Food Pantry will continue operating with volunteers only being allowed in the building.  All patrons remain outside, maintaining social distancing between themselves and the volunteers. Gloves and masks will continue to be used by volunteers.  Food Pantry Distribution remains the 1st and 3rd (and possibly 5th) Thursdays 9:00 am-11:00 am.  We will continue with the Food Pantry as long as we have food and can distribute it safely for everyone involved.