Dear First Baptist Church Family,
We are writing to let you know that starting Sunday, June 7, we will be opening the doors for in-person services. Many things will be a little different, but the core things will be the same. We are concerned for your spiritual needs, so we want to gather. We are also concerned for your physical needs, so the following guidelines will help us care for one another for the next few weeks:
- We will have three ways to worship with us. We will have a 9:00 AM service, a 11:00 AM service, and a video service at 11:00 AM. We would recommend that those with last names starting A-L attend the 9:00 AM Service, and those with last names starting M-Z attend the 11:00 AM service, but you should choose the service that fits you and your family. At this point we will not have an evening service.
- There will be no nursery, Sunday School, or children’s church. We ask you to sit together as a family.
- The governor has recommended wearing a face mask when we are in public.
- We will plan to have a 45-minute service so we can clean between services and avoid violating any social distancing protocol.
- We have instructed all greeters and ushers to practice a “no contact welcome.” The Pastors will not be shaking hands at the end of the services. Doors will be open where access is needed to avoid touches.
- Printed bulletins will be available on the chairs, but will not be handed to you.
- The offering plates will not be distributed by our ushers but will be at the back of the auditorium for you to give your tithes and love offerings. Our on-line giving is still available on our website.
- The rows will be sectioned off to follow the recommended social distancing standards. Please use only the open rows for seating, and please leave the three chairs between people within your row.
- Hand sanitizers are available at our entrance doors and throughout the building.
- We would ask you to take your temperature before coming to church. If you have a fever, a cough, or have been around someone with these symptoms, we recommend you use the video service and not attend the in-person gathering.
- We will dismiss everyone by rows at the end of services, but we would encourage you to fellowship at a safe distance once outside.
Finally, we would encourage all of you to show grace toward those that might feel differently about the circumstances than you do. This is an opportunity to show humility and respect toward people who feel more cautious or more confident than you do.
We love you church family, and look forward to worshiping together in whatever way we can!
Pastor Hack and Pastor Luke