Indoor and Outdoor Worship and Sunday classes at FPC

Several Adult and Children’s regular Sunday School classes have resumed meeting indoors!

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. The protocols we follow are based on the following:

  • New Cases of Covid 19 have declined significantly in the past two weeks. To date over 8% of the population of Bibb County has been infected with the disease (12,000 of 150,000).
  • Vaccines are being distributed but very slowly
  • Covid 19 is still a very serious viral disease that is capable of causing prolonged illness and even death for those with pre-existing conditions or weakened immune systems.
  • Covid 19 is an airborne virus that spreads rapidly in close quarters. Exposure can occur when a carrier is within 6 feet for 15 minutes in a 24 hour period
  • Outdoor gatherings or gatherings in large well-ventilated spaces are far less likely to spread the disease
  • Masks and face coverings significantly reduce the possibility of spreading the disease
  • Children under the age of 12 are less likely to contract the disease and significantly less likely to spread the disease
  • Adults over the age of 65 are particularly susceptible to the disease.
  • Anyone with cold or flu like symptoms including cough, runny nose, fever, chills, or severe fatigue should stay home

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.

The Sunday Morning schedule is as follows:

9:00 Indoor Worship with Masks

10:00 Adult and Children’s Classes

11:00 Outdoor Worship, weather permitting

The 9:00 worship service and the 10:00 Adult large group class will be livestreamed and recorded.

As long as the Lord allows, we will also continue to offer the outdoor service at 11 am. In a real sense, this gives us the best of both worlds.

Adults and children over the age of 12 are asked to please wear a mask indoors at all times. Masks and hand sanitizer are provided at the entrances and throughout the building.

Children’s classes will meet as usual in their classrooms. Parents are encouraged to drop their children off at Cornerstone and proceed to their classes, and then pick up their children promptly between 10:45 and 11:00 a.m.

There will also be a large group large venue adult class in the Fellowship Hall. 

All adult classes that do meet will be limited to 1/3 room capacity. Class leaders will be asked to monitor their individual classes, and the staff will do all they can to ensure that ample space will be available for those that desire to attend.

The adult large group class will be studying the book of Acts, which is a natural follow up to the Missions conference. Elliott Everitt will teach on February 14 with an overview of Acts. Tom Scott will then teach the next 8 weeks, beginning at Acts 16 through the rest of the book.

Please register for indoor activities below!

Register on Realm or right here on our website for each week’s worship service.

  • Indoor Worship at 9:00 AM  REGISTER HERE for February 28, 2021
    LOCATION: Sanctuary
  • Adult Large Group Sunday School: Missionary Journeys through Acts REGISTER HERE for February 28, 2021
    LOCATION: Fellowship Hall
    God’s Word contains many stories of the past to teach his followers in the present how to live, how to minister, and how to commune with him and with each other. As a follow-up to the Missions Conference, Tom Scott will examine the four missionary journeys of Paul in the book of Acts, looking for lessons that we can use individually and collectively as we carry out the Great Commission. Think of it as a series of vicarious short-term mission trips that include several cruises in the eastern Mediterranean!
  • Individual Adult Sunday School Classes 
    LOCATIONS: Various
    Current groups meeting: Immanuel, Grad & Career
    Individual Adult Sunday School classes do not currently require registration. However, all adult classes that do meet will be limited to 1/3 room capacity.
  • Inquirer’s Class
    LOCATION: Canterbury Classroom
    The Inquirer’s Class is a six-week course, taught by Senior Pastor Chip Miller for those interested in Christianity and/or church membership at FPC. Learn things like: our goals as a church, what we believe, and what it means to be a Christian.  This class provides a “no pressure” atmosphere where you’ll learn a lot and have a great time. Classes meet Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, beginning February 21, 2021.  Let us know if you’d like to attend by emailing Tammy Jones or calling our church office, at 478.746.3223
  • Communicants Class (for children in grade 5 and above)
    LOCATION: Gathering Place
    Class begins on Sunday, February 21, during Sunday school. The purpose of this class is to prepare our covenant children to take the Lord’s Supper and to give an opportunity to make a clear public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Contact Spring Rawlings for details, if you would like your child to join this class.
  • Nursery REGISTER HERE (one time registration)
    Nursery is available during Indoor Worship (9 AM) and Worship on the Lawn (11 AM)

If you would prefer to register by phone, please call the church office at 478-746-3223.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will Sundays look like in general?
  • 9:00-9:45 am – Indoor Worship in the Sanctuary. This service will be livestreamed and available on the church YouTube Page.
  • 10:00-10:45 am – During this hour, several adult Sunday School classes will meet in various locations. We will also offer one Adult Large Group class on the book of Acts, meeting in the Fellowship Hall, as well as the Inquirer’s class for those interested in joining the church (beginning February 21 in the Canterbury Classroom. Contact Tammy Jones to join us!)
    Children’s classes will meet in their usual locations, and we will have our Communicants class (beginning February 21. Grades 5 and up. Contact Spring Rawlings for more information.)
  • 11:00-11:45 am – Outdoor Worship on the lawn on Mulberry St. In case of rain we will have the service indoors and space will be limited. If necessary, we will make accommodations for overflow seating in the Gathering place with a live video feed. In this case, please enter the Gathering Place by way of the First Street entrance.
  • Nursery (1st grade and younger) will be available from 8:30 am until noon
  • Coffee will be served under the canopy on first street from 9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

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.
  • Pick-up at the Nursery entrance in the Brickyard or in the alley by car.

10 AM Sunday School 

  • K-6th Grade –Drop off and Pick up at Cornerstone
  • K4 and under – Drop off and Pick up in the nursery

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 or right here on our website for each week’s worship service.

If you would prefer to register by phone, please call the church office at 478-746-3223.

 

May the Lord use these incumbrances 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: February 10, 2021