On-Campus Activities Update 9/1/2021
Special Update 9/1/21
(Informing our community about our current gathering decisions)
Church family, your staff at FBC, want to thank you so much for your continued patience concerning the decisions we have made and continue to make about how and when we gather. Please know that we never make any decisions in haste and we always do our best to consider the spiritual and physical wellbeing of you our church body. We are taking this time right now to inform you of our most recent decision based on the current information we have gathered.
First, we want to meet together, if at all possible, because we understand the value of fellowship. We know it strengthens and encourages the body of believers. If you look at any news channel at any time of any day, it is evident we all can use some encouragement from our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Second, in order to gather, each aspect of ministry, here at First Baptist, has particular requirements so they can maintain the standard of excellence that you, our local fellowship, and most importantly, God, deserves. With that said, here are our plans for gathering this weekend and moving forward into the following week. After speaking with Mrs. Debbie, our Children’s Director, we have learned the Children’s area requires 26 volunteers on a Sunday morning to provide our kids with a safe and adequate learning environment. We are choosing, for this Sunday, to close our kid building one more Sunday, to allow all of these volunteers a little more time to prepare.
After speaking with Matthew, our Youth Pastor, we learned that our youth area requires 2 adults on a Sunday morning in order to provide our Students with appropriate oversight and teaching. Let me also say, that we desire to have more teachers in the future, but for now we can meet with Students and function adequately. Therefore, our Students WILL meet this Sunday at their regularly scheduled time.
After speaking with Derrick, our Minister of Spiritual Development who oversees our adult small groups, we have determined that, much like our youth department, our adult classes are able to function as long as there is a teacher willing to gather together. Some adult classes have made the decision to gather in the building, some on-line, and some have decided to not meet for a season.
So, with all this in mind, we WILL allow our adult Sunday School classes to choose if they will meet together. We ask our teachers of these classes to communicate with their class members the decision that is made. Finally, we have decided that we WILL meet together for our regularly scheduled worship gatherings, which are 9 am and 10:45 am. We ask that each of you follow the particular precautions that you have learned over the last 18 months, which best suits the needs of your family. Please consider that people will make different choices about how to best protect themselves and others, and we should act in a spirit of love and respect towards one another as we gather.
So, just to restate our plans, we WILL meet for worship this Sunday at 9 and 10:45 as usual. Our youth ministry WILL meet at their regularly scheduled time. Our adult Sunday School Classes will meet at the discretion of the teacher and its members. Our children’s building will be closed for one more Sunday, but families, we welcome you to bring your kids with you to worship together as a family (Mrs. Debbie will have worship bags available for your kids near the front entrance of the Sanctuary). At this time, we do plan to move forward with our Wednesday gatherings beginning Wednesday, September 8. This includes: Family XP, Children’s activities, Youth activities and adult discipleship groups. Thank you all so much for listening. We love you, are praying for you, and are thankful for you! God bless.
More about Coronavirus
COVID-19 most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing any special treatment. Those who need additional medical treatment due to more serious complications typically have other underlying health conditions such as low immune system, respiratory problems, or are on immune suppressant medical treatments.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person contact through small droplets from the nose or mouth. These droplets are spread when someone coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets can land on surfaces or objects that others come into contact with. Others can then catch the virus by touching these surfaces or objects, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Others can contract the virus by breathing in droplets from an infected person who coughs in their direction. This is why it is important to keep your distance from those who are sick (approximately 3 feet).
What you can do:
• Stay home when you or family members are sick. You can watch our services online at fbcvision.com.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Sneeze or cough into your elbow/sleeve or into a disposable tissue.
• Avoid touching your face.
• If you are returning from a “high-alert” area, we encourage you to consider refraining from attending church events until the 14-day timeframe has been observed
• If you fall into an at-risk category don’t be afraid to come to church wearing a mask if your doctor has advised it.
What we are doing:
• We have always and are continuing to clean and care for our facilities throughout the week, before and after gatherings. It is our common practice to clean our facility with commercial grade disinfectants and contact surface cleaners.
• We will continue to pay special attention to sanitizing contact surfaces such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, and sinks. Please get used to the smell of cleaners as we increase the frequency with which we use them.
• Our staff and volunteers will continue to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
• We have additional hand sanitizer stations around the church and encourage their frequent use.
• We will continue to thoroughly sanitize all children’s toys and play areas. This is a regular practice at our church and we will continue with diligence.
We will continue to serve our community and strive to reach the lost for Christ. If you need to stay home for any of the above-mentioned reasons, you can continue to partner with us in our effort to share the gospel by clicking on one of the buttons below.
2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Let us all be calm during this time. Use proper judgement when going into the public. Treat people with love and respect always remembering to share the Gospel through action. Our calling is to love our neighbor, whether they are sick or healthy. Please continue to pray for God’s mercy and wisdom for us, our community leaders and our global leaders as we make decisions regarding this health concern.