FPC PLAN FOR REOPENING
"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. We do hope to resume in-person worship in the sanctuary on June 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Service Time Information
The FPC Session voted to return to in-person gathered worship on Sunday, June 28, with one service in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. This, of course, is a tentative date and could change if we observe a marked increase in reported cases of COVID-19 in Wilson County.
You can help us plan this reopening by registering online (below) or calling the church office to let us know if you are attending.
Please Register Below
What will Worship look like?
We will try and normalize worship as much as possible, however there are some aspects of worship that will need to change until the pandemic threat has been resolved.
- There will be no choir or congregational singing for the immediate future. Unfortunately, singing is one of the most effective means of spreading the COVID virus.
- We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion on first Sundays but will not pass out the bread or cup.
- We will control how worshipers enter and exit the church and sanctuary and direct the flow through the building.
- For those who choose to worship from home, we will continue with online worship. For those in the sanctuary, we will try and keep the technical equipment as inconspicuous as possible.
Summary of Safety Measures
- All those attending worship will be required to wear a mask (including children) while they are in the building. Paper masks will be available at the door.
- For the first two weeks, those who intend to attend worship will need to pre-register (call or website). This is so we will have an idea of how many to expect.
- Entry to the building will be through the double doors off the parking lot. The door will be propped open.
- Worship bulletins will be placed in pews.
- Every other pew will be blocked off. Social distancing will be enforced. Households may sit together.
- There will be no nursery or Sunday school.
- There will be no passing of the collection plate. Drop-off offering boxes will be available at each entrance.
- Use of restrooms will be limited to just two at a time.
- Ushers will help seat worshipers to maintain distancing. The households that arrive first will be seated closest to the front. Any family attending with young children will be seated near the back. You will likely not be able to sit in your ideal location—we thank you in advance for understanding!
- Dismissal: Following the benediction, the ushers will dismiss the congregation starting from the back.
- The names of all those attending worship will be 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.