After the meeting of the Medical Advisement Team and our ministers, the decision was made that First Baptist will continue in Phase 1 in of our onsite services in our sanctuary for an undetermined length of time. That means we will NOT begin our Phase 2 Reboot Plan on August 16th. Pastor Mike has written a letter to our congregation outlining our plans and his thoughts as we continue to move forward through this pandemic. Click here to read the letter.
We encourage you to continue worshipping in the setting that makes you the most comfortable whether it is with us in person or in your home joining the livestream worship. If you are in a vulnerable population group, or you feel uneasy about being in a worship setting with other people, please know that we are doing everything we can to make sure that at your home, you still have the best seat in the house. Your spiritual health and physical health are important to us, and we are taking this step related to weekend worship with a great deal of care. We do not want anyone to put themselves in a situation that threatens their health. Please don't feel pressured to attend worship in person. Our online worship service will continue livestreaming on both YouTube and Facebook. For those attending the live service, adherence to social distancing guidelines continue as a precaution, and the sanctuary will continue to look a little differently from what you may expect.
"Where" we worship is not nearly as important as "Who" we worship. The woman at the well asked Jesus about where people should worship. “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24
We miss the social interactions of a live congregation, so the following policies will be in place. Please understand and abide by the limitations and know that if any regulations change after we announce our plans, we will adjust to follow those recommendations. We appreciate you and your willingness to bear with us as we move forward.
- Masks or face shields/coverings are strongly recommended when you enter the building at any time during the week and on Sunday.
- We will have some of our pews closed to seating to accommodate the recommended six-foot distancing.
- Please do not be upset if your traditional seating place is unavailable.
- Please do not remove any of the social distancing items. These will be in place until the distancing restrictions are cancelled.
- There are six-foot markers in the pews for your convenience to determine how much distance to leave between families.
- We ask that families sit together.
- If your family needs more than one pew, please consider moving to a longer pew. There are several pew sizes from which you may choose to sit.
- If there is a family on the pew where you and your family planned to sit, and the six-foot distancing cannot be maintained, please choose a different pew.
- Connections Groups and age group ministries will not meet on Sundays. Families will worship together.
- It is not possible for us to maintain the recommended six-foot distancing in our classes, but we are working on other alternate meeting possibilities.
- Many classes have been meeting on Zoom or other social platforms, and we encourage you to continue to do so for the time being.
- If you would like to join one of the Zoom classes, please contact the church.
- There will be no nursery or children’s church.
- We will have a Children’s Sermon, but the children will need to stay in their seats with their families.
- The offering plates will not be passed during the service.
- The ushers will be at the exits to take your offering.
- Online giving is always available for you to give your tithe and offerings.
- No Bibles, hymnals, offering envelopes, cards, etc. will be in the pew.
- If you have a prayer request, praise, or comment, please go to www.jesupfbc.org and click on contact us.
- Consider downloading a Bible app to your phone. YouVersion is very user-friendly app, and if you need help downloading it before our services, please call the church.
- You may bring your own Bible to use.
- Please refrain from shaking hands and other physical contacts while on the campus. “Smile and wave” is appropriate.
- Please feel free to dress casually.
- If you would like to wear a mask during the service, please feel free to do so, but please put your mask back on before leaving your pew.
- Midweek services and ministries will still be online or paused.
- Virtual Bible Study with Pastor Mike—Wednesday evenings at 6:30 via Zoom
- Preschool and Children Connections Class—Wednesday 7:00 on FBC Facebook page for link
- Youth Mid-week Devotional—Wednesday 6:00pm—YouTube
- Youth DEEPER Bible Study—Thursday mornings at 10:30am on Zoom
- Adult Choir Practice—currently paused
We are unsure how long these restrictions will be in place, but we do want to be prepared for us to gather again in a responsible manner. Again, we will continue with and recommend you join our online services, which were already in place before the current disruptions. Please know, however, that you are welcome to join us in person. We do ask that you use your discretion as to which method you choose to worship with us.
Thank you for being patient and persevering as we work to resume ministry in a measured and safe way. We will pass more details to you as they become available.