First Baptist Church’s Phased Plan For Reopening

 

 

Dear Church Family,

 

As we begin to think about easing the lockdown restrictions and moving to more social interaction, I want to provide you with the plan on how our church will be slowly phasing into reopening. This plan has been agreed upon by our staff and deacons. As exciting as it is to think about coming back together in worship and fellowship, we still need to take wise and healthy measures of precaution to ensure the safety of all of our guests and members.

 

How Will It Work?

 

PHASE ONE:

 

  • We will offer a Sunday morning worship at 10:45 am beginning May 31, 2020

  • We will mark off every other row and place tape around the sanctuary to make it easier to adhere to social distancing practices 

  • We would ask that, as you enter, you would go and find a seat. As hard as it will be to not walk around and fellowship, we would ask that any fellowship happens in the parking lot after the service

  • Face coverings or masks are recommended and will be available for you if you desire to have one.

  • There will be no Sunday School, no childcare, no Children’s Church, no youth activities, no choir, and no Sunday evening service.

  • We will have hand sanitizing stations located throughout the worship center

  • We will keep the doors open, so no one will have to touch the doorknobs

  • Bathrooms will be available on a 1 person only basis.  After you use the restroom, we will ask that you sanitize the toilet and sinks with Lysol that will be provided

  • We will not pass an offering plate, but will have giving stations set up at the exit for you to drop your offering in

  • At the close of our service, we will dismiss 1 row at a time

  • We will continue to provide online live streaming of our 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning service on Facebook Live and YouTube Live

  • We will continue to digitally provide a Wednesday night bible study at 6 pm on both Facebook and YouTube

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PHASE TWO:

 

  • All of phase one is still implemented, with the following additions at a date TBD

  • Small group gatherings (Sunday School, youth, etc.) may begin to meet as long as they maintain adequate social distancing practices 

  • Larger group gatherings (20 or more) may utilize the sanctuary or fellowship hall in order to maintain adequate social distancing practices

  •  Classes may choose to utilize the church on different days of the weeks/times for meetings (for example, a class may choose to meet on Sundays at 4 pm). Please contact the church office for scheduling those times/locations

  • It is important for us to know when and where your class will meet to have our custodial staff sanitize the building properly

  • There will be children’s classes on Sunday morning, but no children’s church

 

 

PHASE THREE:

 

  •  All Sunday morning and Wednesday night church activities return to the pre-COVID-19 outbreak schedule.

  • Sunday nights will begin to meet monthly for fellowship times

  • We will continue to provide online live streaming of our services.

 

 

What We’re Going To Do To Create A Safe Environment

 

  • Our Welcoming Team will hold open the doors for you to minimize your need for touching door handles.

  • Face coverings or masks are recommended and will be available for you if you desire to have one.

  • We will turn off the water fountains, and provide bottled water for those in need of water.

  • Our custodian will be using CDC approved cleaning and disinfectant sprays to clean and sanitize the building before and after worship services.

 

 

What Can You Do To Help?

 

  • Stay home when you are sick, running a fever of over 100.4, or have any flu-like symptoms.  For the safety of everyone, if a fever is detected by the touchless thermometer, you will be asked to watch the service online from your home.

  • Stay home if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • If your job requires you to travel internationally or to domestic areas where “hot-spots” are still actively growing with COVID-19, please stay home and enjoy our services through live streaming.

  • Work with our Welcoming Team members to help seat you properly.

  • We will need additional ushers for each service.  Please contact the church office if you are willing to help.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Pray!  We need God’s wisdom as we move into and through this plan, and His discernment to reveal necessary details to help keep us safe and healthy.

                                   

 

 

 

 

The Governor has recommended people with disabilities, people with serious respiratory or cardiovascular conditions” and those with compromised immune systems “should not gather in person until a later time.”  If you fall into any of those categories, it is understandable if you choose not to attend in person at this time.  At the end of the day, you must make the decision that you feel is in the best interest of protecting yourself and your family. 

Churches are not geared for social distancing, and that is why this is so difficult for all of us.  I want to get back together as a church family as quickly as possible, but I also want to make sure that we have done everything in our power to make it safe for people to gather.

I truly believe that our church will come out stronger and more useful to the kingdom through this process. Thank you for allowing me to lead us as we face this time. I love you all and pray for you daily. 

Because of Jesus,

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