Winter Season
Indoor and Outdoor Worship and Sunday classes at FPC

Due to the colder weather arriving, we are changing the times of the indoor and outdoor services. 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. Our indoor worship will be at 9:00 a.m., with a limited Sunday school curriculum.

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!

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will Sundays look like in general?
  • 10:00-10:45 am – We will have one adult class in the Covenant classroom, and one family class in the Fellowship Hall.
  • 11:00-11:45 – 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 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

  • Join us for a special Advent Sunday School class for the whole family this Christmas season! Pastor Elliott Everitt will lead us through “Advent Jesse Tree” from Sunday, November 29 through December 20. The 4-week study will include child-friendly lessons and offers a 25-day, family devotional leading up to Christmas.
  • This Sunday School class takes the place of the children’s normal Sunday School class for those four Sundays.
  • The class will be held in the Fellowship Hall with families seated at round tables.  We are hoping to have servers wearing masks and gloves serving coffee and hot chocolate.
  • All children are welcome, but our nursery will still be open for children 1stgrade and under. Drop off and pick up at the nursery entrance in the Brickyard.

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: January 6, 2020