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FBC Reopening Update 5.27.20

Our current status at First Baptist Blairsville

Timeline for reopening our campus to in-person services and events:


May 31st and June 7th – Live stream two identical services at 9am and 10:45am. High risk members, those under our Governor’s “shelter in place” order, are encouraged to remain at home and participate online.

- Social distancing required. Fellowship should be done outside the building at a safe distance. Once inside, go to your chosen seat.

- A team will hand out masks for those who do not have one.

- Sermon notes will be available digitally prior to Sunday so you can print out and reference.

- After the 9am service, please exit promptly as directed.

- Ushers will be at the exits to collect the offering as we leave.

- Please exit the building promptly so our cleaning team can prepare for our 10:45am service.


June 14th – High risk members are encouraged to return – We will live stream both services and return to a Blended (9am) and Contemporary (10:45am) format. Continue all the above listed precautions.


June 28th – Sunday School back in session. “Shelter in place” will have been lifted for more than two weeks. This is a targeted date, subject to change as circumstances demand.


July 13th - 17th - VBS with Special Family VBS Sunday on July 19th


July 26th – Church-wide Picnic – kick off for all on-campus summer services and programs resumed.


- We are now livestreaming our worship service on Sunday mornings at 9am and 10:45am so that if you choose to stay home you can continue to “meet together” with us as a body of believers. Things right now are a bit different than we are used to but through technology we can still worship together and hear the Word of God preached from wherever we are. You can access the live stream on the Church Online page on the homepage of our website, as well as on the FBC Blairsville Facebook page.


- We will continue to update via email, social media, and our website at fbcvision.com/fbcupdates, as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at questions@fbcvision.com

More about Coronavirus


The facts:

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.