COVID-19 Update

covid-19 Update

Under the guidelines of government officials, Briarcliff Church began having limited, in-person services on June 14. Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 4, we transitioned back to two services by adding back in our 9:00 AM in-person service.  We still have our 10:45 AM in-person service and this will also be when we offer our live-stream at briarcliff.church/live.  Our Next Generation classrooms have also reopened during the 10:45 AM service only.  Please visit the Next Gen Reopening page for more information.

We are taking steps to help prevent transmission of Covid-19 but need your help. Please read the guidelines below to make sure you, our church family and community stay as safe and healthy as possible.  If you are sick, have a fever, present any signs of cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay home. 

We care about your health and safety.  If you are in a high-risk group, we encourage you to continue attending online. 

As a result of social distancing guidelines, our capacity is limited. Seating availability is on a first come – first-served basis.  If the service is full, you will be notified when you enter the parking lot.

ENTERING AND EXITING THE BUILDING 
When you enter the building, you will be directed to a seating area for your family.  We will seat people from the front of the room to the back of the room. After the service, we will dismiss you and direct you on exiting the building to ensure a quick, safe exit. 

GUIDELINES FOR YOUR SAFETY 
Our auditorium has been re-set to allow for social distancing.  We’ve measured and observed the federal standards – six feet between families/individuals. 

To help prevent the spread of infection, we ask everyone to wear a face mask. If you forget, we do have a few available. Infants and toddlers will not be required to wear a mask. If you have a health condition that makes it impossible for you to wear a mask, we understand. 

Common areas and gathering spaces of the building will be closed. That includes the coffee area and any place where people might congregate. The only areas open will be the auditorium, lobby, and lobby restrooms. 

Before every service, the open areas and all high-touch surfaces will be disinfected.  Limited access to the building helps ensure your safety and the cleanliness of the building. 

The Briarcliff Church buses will not run at this time. 

Hand sanitizing stations are set up throughout the building.  We encourage their frequent use. 

If you need to sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and nose or sneeze into your elbow. 

We will continually wipe down surfaces in the restrooms and other high-touch areas. 

Drinking fountains will not be available for use. While we will make every effort to keep all restroom surfaces wiped down and sanitized, we still encourage you to use paper towels when touching door handles, etc. 

Greeters will be wearing masks.  We will not shake hands, hug, or high five. Instead, we will wave, and smile. 

We encourage you to continue giving online.  If you would like to take the opportunity to give while you are attending a service in-person, you will find places to do so when you enter/exit the auditorium. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

FAQs

Is Briarcliff Church still offering online services?

For now, we will continue the live streaming of our services to accommodate those unable to attend in person. Join us Sundays at 10:45 AM at www.briarcliff.church/live.

Where can I access worship services on demand?

You can join the live service at www.briarcliff.church/live. You may also watch and listen to previous services on our Sermons page. 

Are the church offices/building open?

Our offices are open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Building usage outside of our regularly scheduled Sunday services is limited.  You may contact  for more information. 

Will the hospital ministry continue to make visits?

In-person visitation is currently suspended. We will continue to connect and pray with those in the hospital by phone.

How can I submit a prayer request or ask questions?

Please stay in consistent communication even if you're unable to attend live services! Let us know your prayer requests, praises and questions you may have by submitting an Online Communication Card.

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Small Groups

A vital part of our mission at Briarcliff is to grow in community. If you are not already in a community small group, now is the time to get connected. It is a great place to find friendship, support, and transformational discipleship. There are groups that meet at different times, locations, and days of the week, both online and in-person. Many are starting a new session for fall. Others are already in progress but welcome new members at any time. If you would like more information about our groups, please visit our Small Groups page.

 

Briarcliff Kids

Briarcliff KIDS
As information and circumstances are changing rapidly we wanted to connect with you on our plan for continuing Briarcliff Kids content. Content related to our weekly Gospel Project curriculum will be posted weekly each Friday on our Briarcliff KIDS Online web page. You will also find our Sermon Notes For Kids page that you can print for your kids to take notes on as you watch the service as a family.

We are ready to open our Next Generation areas on Sunday mornings starting October 4th at the 10:45 service time. To help with planning, we will require registration every week and it will close on the Friday prior to Sunday (i.e. for the 4th it will close on October 2nd). We will continue to provide our curriculum for birth-5th grade on our Weekly Lesson Page for those unable to come in person.  Visit our Reopening Webpage for more information and links to register.  

If you have any questions, please email    

BRIARCLIFF KIDS ONLINE

AWANA
With prayerful consideration of the physical health and safety of our clubbers and volunteers, we have made the decision to postpone the start of AWANA.  We are tentatively planning to hold club from January–May 2021. 

Briarcliff Students

Sunday Mornings
We are ready to open our Next Generation areas on Sunday mornings starting October 4th at the 10:45 service time. To help with planning, we will require registration every week and it will close on the Friday prior to Sunday (i.e. for the 4th it will close on October 2nd). Visit our Reopening Webpage for more information and links to register.  

Wednesday Nights
Students will also begin meeting inside Briarcliff Church on Wednesdays 6:30-8:00.

If you have any questions please email .

BRIARCLIFF STUDENTS ONLINE

Online Giving

Thank you for your faithfulness in giving during the times we do not assemble for worship at Briarcliff. Your giving continues to be an important act of worship. You can give online by clicking the link below. It is safe, secure and convenient. This would also be a good time to set-up “reoccurring donation” if you have not already done so.

Give Online

 

Until we can meet, here are steps we encourage you to take: 

  1. Pray 
    We have a prayer guide prepared for you to follow. Click here to access the guide.  

  2. Stay in Communication 
    Your small group may/may not choose to meet. Either way, stay in touch with one another. Online media tools allow us to bring our worship services into your home. Consider sharing this opportunity with those who may be far from God.  

    We will continue to post information, content and schedules at www.briarcliff.church. This is your best source to stay updated. 

  3. Live in the hope we have
    It’s tempting to get caught up by the constant stream of news and concerns. Prayerfully resist this urge by remembering the hope we have, now and ultimately, in Jesus Christ. Look for ways to worship in everyday events, serve your neighbor and proclaim the gospel in all we do and say. 

    If you would like to learn more about meeting this unique challenge with the unique hope of the church, we recommend Andy Crouch’s article, “Love in the Time of Coronavirus,” as an excellent resource.