FPC PLAN FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP
"All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial... let no one seek their own, but the well-being of our neighbor.
(1 Corinthians 10:23-24)
First of all, the church has never “closed.” During the threat of COVID-19 we have curtailed many activities and public gatherings, but the church has continued.
Service Time Information
In-Person and Online Worship is held each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
This can change if we observe a marked increase in reported cases of COVID-19 in Wilson County.
What will Worship look like?
We have tried to normalize worship as much as possible. However, there are some aspects of worship have been changed until the pandemic threat has been resolved.
- Choir and congregational singing has been limited. Singers must wear masks. Sadly, singing is one of the most effective means of spreading the COVID virus.
- We continue to celebrate the Sacrament of Communion on first Sundays but will not pass out the bread or cup. Plastic containers with bread and juice can be picked up from a table outside the sanctuary.
- For those who choose to worship from home, we continue to offer online worship. For those in the sanctuary, we try to keep the technical equipment as inconspicuous as possible.
Summary of Safety Measures
- All those attending worship are required to wear a mask (including children) while they are in the building. Paper masks will be available at the door.
- Entry to the building will be through the double doors off the parking lot. The door will be propped open.
- Worship bulletins are placed on a table outside the sanctuary.
- Social distancing will be enforced. Households may sit together.
- There is no passing of the collection plate. Drop-off offering plates are available at each entrance.
- Use of restrooms will be limited to just two at a time.
- The names of all those attending worship are recorded.
Who Should Stay Home?
If you have been in contact with infected persons, or have experienced symptoms that may be COVID-19 related, or are medically vulnerable due to age or underlying health issues, please stay safely at home and continue to worship with us online. If any of the following apply to you, please stay home:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Intestinal issues
- Fever 100.0 degrees or higher
- Known close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19
CDC information page "Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness"
Your Cooperation is Greatly Appreciated
This crisis has caused many changes – some needed and lasting - and some we are excited to leave behind! The good news is that it will not last forever, and we are optimistic about what lies ahead for our church family.