Relaunching Indoor Worship and Sunday Classes | October 2020

October 4, 2020 begins a new chapter in the life of First Presbyterian Church.
On that day we relaunched our indoor worship and classes. We will also continue to offer the outdoor service at 9 am. In a real sense, this gives us the best of both worlds.

As everyone likely anticipates, things indoors will be different for now. Our CV19 Task Force has continually monitored government and CDC reopening guidelines, consulted with doctors, and spoken with other churches. With all this in mind, we have created the following plan for resuming indoor gatherings at First Presbyterian Church. We’ve organized this information around some frequently asked questions, but if you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the church office at 478-746-3223 and we will direct you to the appropriate staff member.

Please register for indoor activities below!

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will Sundays look like in general?
  • 9:00-9:45 – Outdoor Worship on Mulberry St. In case of rain, we will move indoors to the fellowship hall and follow the safety guidelines below.
  • 10:00-10:45 am – Children’s Sunday schools will meet as well as two Adult elective Sunday school classes plus the Inquirers class. Each of these will meet in rooms large enough to allow physical distancing. Middle and Sr. High students will meet on the 3rd Floor of the education building. (Due to classroom space requirements for safe social distancing and traffic flow in the buildings, our normal adult SS classes will not resume until after the first of the year).
  • 11:00-11:45 – Worship Service in the Fellowship Hall (we anticipate this moving to the sanctuary in a few weeks after repairs to ceiling leaks are totally completed and we have a better idea of how many people are attending).
  • Nursery (4K and younger) will be available from 8:30 until noon
  • 6:30-7:30 pm – The Generations Bible study will continue to meet in the Fellowship Hall.
  • We will continue to stream our services online.

This is not ideal, but we are trying to follow best practices for the good of all. We know some people will not attend since masks are required. Others will only attend if masks are required. Let’s be patient and understanding with one another.

What are the Safety Guidelines?
  • We will be limiting capacity at each indoor gathering/service so please sign up to attend the service.
  • Everyone (5th grade and up) should wear a face covering throughout your entire time in the building and throughout the service. We will have some masks available, but we recommend you bring your own.
  • Temperatures will be taken outside the entrance to the building and must be below 100 to enter.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • All rooms, corridors, stairwells and restrooms will be sanitized prior to use.
  • The ushers will be available to help everyone find an open seat for gatherings in the sanctuary. Please follow the ushers’ directions while we work to keep everyone safe. People who live in the same home should sit together.
  • Online giving will continue to be available on our website. We will also have an offering box available by the exits of each service.
  • Water fountains will be turned off and we will not offer coffee. Bottled water will be available at the entrance on First Street and in the brickyard.
Nursery and Children's Ministry Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

9 AM Service Childcare (1st Grade and Under)

  • Parents can drop off their children in the alley by car, or walk them to the nursery entrance. A staff member will check the child’s temperature in the car before they exit the vehicle or at the entrance of the nursery.
  • K5 & 1st Grade children staying for Sunday School will be escorted to Cornerstone.
  • Pick-up at the Nursery entrance in the Brickyard or in the alley by car.

10 AM Sunday School

  • Drop off Infant – K4 children at Nursery entrance in the Brickyard
  • Sunday School Children (K– 6th grade) drop off from 9:45 AM – 9:55 AM at the gate facing Mulberry St. between the sanctuary and admin building
  • After 9:55 AM, parents will drop off K – 6th grade children at the Cornerstone Desk and children K4 and under at the Nursery entrance in the Brickyard.
  • Children K5 & 1st Grade whose parents are attending the 11am service will be escorted to the nursery for childcare.
  • Pick up Infant – K4 children at Nursery entrance in the Brickyard
  • Pick up children K5 – 6th grade at their Cornerstone Classrooms

11 AM Service Childcare (1st Grade and Under)

  • Parents can drop off their children in the alley by car, or walk them to the nursery entrance. A staff member will check the child’s temperature in the car before they exit the vehicle or at the entrance of the nursery.
  • Pick-up at the Nursery entrance in the Brickyard or in the alley by car.

Safety Procedures

  • Temperatures will be taken and child will be observed for signs of sickness.
  • You will be asked if your child has had any coughing, shortness of breath, fever, etc. in the last two weeks or if they have been around anyone that has been exposed to COVID-19
  • If your child has a temperature above 100, none of your children will be permitted.
  • Child will receive hand sanitizer upon arrival.
Should I stay home?

We want to assure anyone who might feel safer staying home and worshiping via livestream that you should feel no guilt or shame in doing so. If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not attend: fever, chills, body aches, cough/congestion, recent loss of taste or smell, or if you are generally unwell. Based on current medical advice, those who are in categories of increased risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 due to underlying health issues, low immunity, or age, should consider refraining from attending indoor worship services right now.  Our Media Tech team will be streaming and recording as many of the indoor events as possible which will be available on the web site.

 

How do I sign up?

Register on Realm each week for indoor worship services and Sunday school. Links to register for each option are listed below. If you would prefer to register by phone, please call the church office at 478-746-3223.

  • Indoor Worship REGISTER HERE for November 22, 2020
    LOCATION: Fellowship Hall
  • Adult Sunday School – Gospel Living During Covid: Grace for the Moment REGISTER HERE for November 22, 2020
    LOCATION: Gathering Place
    Taught by Justin Leslein, a study of various texts to see how God provides the Grace we need in the moments of our lives that try us.
  • Adult Sunday School – Unity not Uniformity: The Gospel and the Church REGISTER HERE for November 22, 2020
    LOCATION: Fellowship Hall
    Taught be Elliott Everitt, a study of Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
  • Adult Sunday School – The Sermon on the Mount REGISTER HERE for November 22, 2020
    LOCATION: Covenant Classroom
    Taught by Calvin Smith, this short course will follow the lead of Martin Lloyd Jones in his classic book on this, the most complete we have of Jesus’ sermons.
  • Youth Sunday School REGISTER HERE for November 22, 2020
    LOCATION: FPC Annex
    *All Jr. and Sr. high students attending the youth class on the third floor of the education building should enter and exit by the first street entrance only. Do not go through cornerstone or the adult area on the first floor.*
  • Children’s Sunday School REGISTER HERE (one time registration)
  • Nursery REGISTER HERE (one time registration)
    Nursery is available during Worship on the Lawn (9 AM), Indoor Sunday School (10 AM), and Indoor Worship (11 AM)

 

Where do I go & What do I do on Sunday?

Click here to find out the What, Where, Why and How of finding your classroom and joining us indoors on Sunday, October 4 and following.

 

May the Lord use these encumbrances to make our worship more intentional, sincere, and heartfelt. Sometimes it is good for routines to be broken since they have the potential to become perfunctory and rote. We hope everyone will look past these safety protocols and focus on the Lord through the elements of worship He has prescribed in His Word.

Updated: October 4, 2020