Guidelines for returning to in-person worship June 6

We are elated to announce that we will responsibly be returning to indoor worship in the sanctuary every Sunday at 10:00 a.m., beginning June 6!

We encourage everyone to read the community guidelines below so you’ll know what to expect. We will also continue live-streaming all of our services at brentwoodchristianchurch.tv for those who prefer that option.

Guidelines for returning to in person worship 

We are so excited to welcome you back to weekly in person worship in the sanctuary! In our continued commitment to be as safe as possible, we ask you to please adhere to these community guidelines. 

*Note: These guidelines were developed in accordance to the high vaccination rate among Brentwood participants as reflected in the data collected in our anonymous survey (94% responded as being fully vaccinated). We encourage you to use your best judgement about returning to in person worship. If you haven’t been vaccinated please proceed with particular caution and use all due diligence when making the decision whether or not to attend. Keep in mind that these policies are designed to protect those who are not vaccinated. No one will be required to disclose their vaccination status; as such, please abide by these policies regardless of your vaccination status. Thank you!

Entry and Exit

  • Use the east doors only for entry and exit, unless (1) you are dropping off a child for Children’s Church (see instructions for Children’s Church below) or (2) have accessibility concerns and need to use a different door. This will help us separate the flow of traffic with our friends from Trinity Presbyterian Church, who will use the west doors for entry and exit.
  • Individual communion packets will be given to you when you enter the building.
  • Upon entry, go straight to your seat in the sanctuary. Do not congregate outside the sanctuary, either before or after service. Outdoor social interaction is welcome. 
  • Please fill the pews from front to back, making sure households are at least two arm lengths apart from others on the same row. Do your best to arrange seating so that you are not sitting directly in front or behind those sitting in the pews in front and behind you. 
  • Following the service, participants will be dismissed by row. 

General Protocols

  • Please self-screen before attending. If you have any symptoms of illness (COVID related or not), please show love for your neighbor by staying home until you feel better.
  • Face coverings are required while inside the building, except when partaking in communion or when speaking as a leader during the worship service.
  • Maintain social distancing in the sanctuary. Only sit next to others in your household pod. 
  • Coffee and refreshments will not be served, nor will we have printed bulletins or name tags. 
  • Offering baskets will be placed next to the doors but will not be passed. 
  • Restrooms are open, but please do not congregate in them. 
  • Congregational singing is allowed during worship (just don’t sing at the top of your lungs 🙂

Children’s Church

  • Everyone working or volunteering with children will be vaccinated.
  • Children’s Church (led by Pastor Sarah) will take place throughout the duration of the sanctuary worship service (from approximately 10:00-10:45AM)
  • Children’s Church is open to three-year-olds through second graders. 
  • Children should be dropped off and picked up in the downstairs Fellowship Hall. Use the south doors (next to the playground) for drop off and pick up. Do not use the stairwell or elevator at any time.
  • We are working on having our nursery (for babies and toddlers younger than three) ready as quickly as possible. As you might recall, a water line burst in the nursery and we are still in the process of repairing the damage. We apologize for this inconvenience and will let you now as soon as it’s ready.

Sunday Schools

  • As of now, with the exception of youth group, Sunday Schools are not meeting. We will announce any changes or updates as they become available.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Three BIG Announcements!!

We’re excited to share three BIG announcements with you!

  • The first is about our return to IN-PERSON worship in the sanctuary. (Yes, you read that right!) ⛪️ 
  • The second is about our special worship service this Sunday at 11:00AM (note the time change). ⏰ 
  • The third is about our new youth minister!! (Someone you might know!) 😃 

Here are details on each of these exciting developments:

Return to in-person worship in the sanctuary!

Our leadership team continues to explore the safest and most responsible options for a return to in-person worship in the sanctuary. While we haven’t set a precise date, we anticipate it taking place very shortly. In order to make sure we provide the best options available, could you complete this anonymous questionnaire? It will help us learn how quickly we can return to worshipping indoors (hopefully in early June!).


Worship this Sunday at 11AM (note the time change)

For Lawn Chair Church this week, in celebration of Pentecost Sunday (May 23), we are sharing in a combined worship service with our friends from Trinity Presbyterian Church.

  • It will take place on the front lawn of the church at 11AM (note the time change).
  • In celebration of Pentecost Sunday, we encourage you to wear red.

Meet Our New Youth Minister (If you haven’t already)
Drum roll please…

We are beyond elated to announce that the Rev. Sarah Stephenson is expanding her role at Brentwood to include directing our youth ministries!

We already know how wonderful her leadership as our Children’s Minister has been, and now as she expands her role from part-time to half-time she will offer leadership to our youth as well.

Rest assured that Sarah will continue working with children and their families as she has been, but will now begin planning and overseeing youth activities as well, beginning June 1.

There are many more details to be shared, but for now we wanted to announce this exciting news to our community! Join us in welcoming Sarah to this new, expanded role!

Worship for Sunday, May 16 will be in person

Although the front lawn is still too damp for Lawn Chair Church, we will gather for worship on the back parking lot behind the church. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Bring your lawn chair.
  2. Park in the very back lot (the one furthest from the church building).
  3. You can either sit in your chair beside your vehicle or sit in your chair in the parking lot closest to the church building (your choice).
  4. Practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Vaccine Available for Ages 12 to 17 at Brentwood THIS SATURDAY (May 15)

Brentwood Friends,

We are delighted to share some news we received yesterday: Jordan Valley will be offering dose one of the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 to 17 (with parent / guardian present) at our vaccine clinic THIS SATURDAY (May 15) from 10:00am to 11:30am.  Additionally, dose one will also be available to anyone age 18 and over.  No appointment is necessary.  The team from Jordan Valley will assist those receiving their first dose to schedule their second dose.

If you have children ages 12 to 17 — OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES — and would like to help get them vaccinated PLEASE share this information with them.

WHERE: Fellowship Hall at Brentwood / Trinity.  1900 E Barataria St, Springfield, MO 65804.  Park in the back lot and enter by the playground.


WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10am to 11:30am.  Please note the shortened hours from our last clinic.  Those receiving the vaccine will need to wait 15 minutes after their dose before leaving.


WHO: Any Missouri resident age 12 and over.  Children from 12 to 17 need a parent or guardian present.


COST: Free.  There is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is necessary.

Thank you for being part of the Brentwood community and for all the ways you continue to show love to our neighbors.

Brentwood Vaccine Clinic (updated as of May 14th)

UPDATED MAY 14TH 09:54 A.M.

We are delighted to share some news we received yesterday: Jordan Valley will be offering dose one of the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 to 17 (with parent / guardian present) at our vaccine clinic THIS SATURDAY (May 15) from 10:00am to 11:30am.  Additionally, dose one will also be available to anyone age 18 and over.  No appointment is necessary.  The team from Jordan Valley will assist those receiving their first dose to schedule their second dose.

If you have children ages 12 to 17 — OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES — and would like to help get them vaccinated PLEASE share this information with them.  Forward this email to them; it has all the information they need.

WHERE: Fellowship Hall at Brentwood / Trinity.  1900 E Barataria St, Springfield, MO 65804.  Park in the back lot and enter by the playground.


WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10am to 11:30am.  Please note the shortened hours from our last clinic.  Those receiving the vaccine will need to wait 15 minutes after their dose before leaving.


WHO: Any Missouri resident age 12 and over.  Children from 12 to 17 need a parent or guardian present.


COST: Free.  There is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is necessary.

Thank you for being part of the Brentwood community and for all the ways you continue to show love to our neighbors.