Regathering

We want to keep you informed on the various adjustments we are making to our Sunday gatherings to keep everyone as safe as possible.

SUNDAY SERVICE CHANGES

Protection of Vulnerable Members
People over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems are encouraged to stay home and watch online. Please join us online if you’ve had these symptoms this week: fever over 100 degrees, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath or contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 (in the last 14 days).

If you’re planning to join us physically for a service, here are some guidelines we’ll be implementing:

Social Distancing
The Surgeon General and CDC strongly recommend that we keep social distancing (a 6’ buffer between people) during these times.

Physical Contact
Please, as a general rule, avoid physical contact with others. While you may feel comfortable with some form of contact, other individuals may not.

Entering/Exiting the Building
Front doors at the east and west entrances will be propped open before and after service to prevent the need to touch door handles. Greeters/ushers will welcome you to the church with a smile and a wave at the appropriate distance.

Facility Changes

– Foot door stops have been installed on the doors to adult restrooms, and the doors will remain open during services.

– Sanitizing and cleaning will be ongoing while we are in the building (during and in-between services).

– Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the facility.

– Café will be closed until further notice.

– The Connect Center will be open, but in a limited capacity. A staff member will be there to answer questions and assist, but to cut down on the spread of germs, use of the iPads and handing out gifts will be suspended until further notice.

Service Changes

– The Worship Center will have spaced-out seating to provide proper distance between family units.

– We’ll be livestreaming our services in light of our vulnerable population and those that choose to join us online.

–A family-friendly viewing area will be staffed and available in the Youth Room with a live feed of the service happening in the Worship Center.

– Communion will be done using a prepackaged, sealed bread and juice cup. Individually wrapped gluten-free options will continue to be available.

– Pens/Connect Cards/Tithe Envelopes will be removed from circulation for the time being.

– Commonly kept items (pens, Bibles) will be distributed as needed by our ushers for you to keep.


MINISTRIES

Children’s Ministry
At this time, Children’s Ministry will not be resuming in May, but will continue our Sunday programming online. When we begin meeting in person, it will be done incrementally with procedures in place to honor guidelines, as well as do our best to provide a safe and clean environment for kids and leaders. Our children’s team will continue to communicate with leaders and families as we plan for our return. Contact Children’s Director Becky Doubleday with questions.

Youth Ministry
No regathering date for Youth Group has been established for the time being. More details to come on precautions we’ll take to gather safely. We will continue to meet in Zoom meetings on Wednesday nights from 7–8pm thru June 3rd. Contact Youth Director Jake Walton for the link.

– Lake Ann Camp, June 28–July 4: Waiting to hear back from Lake Ann as far as their summer plans in regard to COVID-19. We will know more by May 20.

– Youth Summer Mission Trip:  Still planned for July 7–12

Discipleship Ministry
We’re encouraging Small Groups to have outdoor gatherings this summer for the purpose of community. Discovery Class and Membership Class will meet once a month as needed. (online vs. in-person will be communicated). The Disciples Making Disciples Class will resume on June 7th during the 9:30am service in Room 202. Contact Discipleship Pastor Travis Walker with any questions.


SPECIAL EVENTS

– VBS: June dates postponed until more information from the governor

– Big Creek Cookout: Still planned for June 23rd (This has been changed to a bring-your-own-food picnic instead of a cookout.)

– Youth Missions Trip: Still planned for July 7–12

– Summerfest Parade and Booth: SummerFest has been canceled

– Family Camp: Still planned for August 7–9th at Hidden Acres

– Party in the Parking Lot: Still planned for August 30th

FAQs

Will the music and preaching be live in the room? Or just a video playing? The service in the Worship Center will be live in-person! To create an option for families with small children and make sure we have room for everyone, we will be streaming the service from the Worship Center in the Youth Room where tables are set up.

Will we receive a physical bulletin? For the time being, our weekly bulletin will be digital only. You can subscribe here.

Will there be areas of the church cordoned off to limit use? The Student Center 1st and 2nd floor classrooms and children’s lobby will not be used. If you’re utilizing the family-friendly viewing area in the Youth Room, please enter through the side door to the east, and enter by the stairwell or elevator. The 2nd Floor Game  Room will also not be available.

Will the drinking fountains be open? Yes, someone from the cleaning team will wipe them down after use.

Are people allowed to stick around after the service and fellowship? We are encouraging everyone to make their way out of the building fairly quickly after the conclusion of each service to avoid people arriving for the next service. You’re welcome to continue conversations outside of the building at the appropriate distance.

What is FFC’s plan if someone presents signs of illness? Will you be able to safely take a temperature reading if necessary? We will have a touchless forehead thermometer available to take temperatures. If you have a temperature over 100, we may ask you to watch our services online out of respect for others in attendance. Just like we regularly do, if a child presents signs of illness, we will take them to the check-in area and take their temperature. If it is over 100 degrees, we will notify the parents to come pick them up.  

Do we have to wear masks? Will we have masks available if I do not have one? No, but you are welcome to wear one. Yes, we will have masks for you to pick up inside both main entrances.

Can I sit with someone not in my family unit? We strongly recommend sitting with your family unit, but if both you and the individual/family are comfortable, you can join someone outside your family unit if there is space in their clump of seats.

Are we capping the attendees per service? Yes. We will only accommodate as many people in each venue as allows for 6 feet of space between family units.

What if I miss my scheduled time, can I come to another service? Yes, but please plan to attend the service you registered for. This will help us keep proper numbers and leave space for new people.

Is it ok for me to bring a snack for my child during service? Yes, but please clean up any wrappers or crumbs left before you leave for the next service.

Will we have a self-serve nursery available? The tables and chairs in the Café will serve in that capacity for the time being. We may reopen the nursery in coming weeks.

Will the Library be open? It will be closed for the time being, but it will continue to be available in an online capacity.

Have a question?

Enter your question below, and we will answer it directly or at our Elders Fireside Chat on May 20th at 5:30pm.

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