Indoor and Outdoor Worship and Sunday classes at FPC

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

NEW GUIDELINES *4-7-21

The Elders of First Presbyterian Church strongly encourage members and guests over age 12 to wear masks for all indoor gatherings.

We will continue to provide masks and hand sanitizer at all entrances and throughout the buildings.

We have increased the capacity limits for indoor gatherings to 50% from the current 33%. (from 150 to 225 in the sanctuary; 200 to 300 in the fellowship hall)

We will allow people to sit where they will but ask them to keep at least 5 feet between groups / families. (in other words, if a family of 4 is in a pew, no one should sit in front of or behind them (unless they are in the same family); but if a couple were in a pew, another couple could occupy the pew in front and behind, but just on the opposite ends). This will give people the option to spread out as best they can. This is very hard in our sanctuary because of how the pews are built.

Coffee will be served in the brickyard, outside of the children’s area at Cornerstone and on the patio between 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

Overflow seating will continue to be in the Gathering Place.

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 Worship on the Lawn, weather permitting.

As long as the Lord allows, we will also continue to offer Worship on the Lawn at

9 am. In a real sense, this gives us the best of both worlds.

LOCATION: In front of sanctuary

Children’s Bible Lesson

We offer a bible lesson and music for children in pre-k through second grade during the morning services. Children will be dismissed from the service and escorted to their classroom before the sermon, as noted in the bulletin.  Please pick up your children after the 9am service or Sunday School on the second floor of Cornerstone or after the 11:15am service in the nursery.  If this is your first Sunday at FPC, please walk your child to the bible lesson to check them in.

10:10 Adult and Children’s Sunday School Classes

 

11:15 Indoor Worship, masks strongly encouraged

The 11:15 worship service will be livestreamed and recorded.

Children’s Bible Lesson

We offer a bible lesson and music for children in pre-k through second grade during the morning services. Children will be dismissed from the service and escorted to their classroom before the sermon, as noted in the bulletin.  Please pick up your children after the 9am service or Sunday School on the second floor of Cornerstone or after the 11:15am service in the nursery.  If this is your first Sunday at FPC, please walk your child to the bible lesson to check them in.

 

Nursery REGISTER HERE (one time registration)

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

Nursery care is provided for 3K and under from 8:45am – 12:15am.  We also provide a mother/infant room located in the nursery with a live video feed of the service, as well as a “cry room” downstairs from the sanctuary for parents of “fussy” children with an audio feed. Ushers are available to direct you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will Sundays look like in general?
  • 9:00-9:45 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.
  • 10:10-11:05 am – During this hour, adult Sunday School classes will meet in various locations.
    Children’s classes will meet in their usual locations.
  • 11:15-12:15 pm – Indoor Worship in the Sanctuary. This service will be livestreamed and available on the church YouTube Page.
  • Nursery (1st grade and younger) will be available from 8:30 am until 12:15 pm.
  • Coffee will be served in the brickyard, in the lobby outside Cornerstone and under the canopy on first street from 9:00 – 11:15 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) is strongly encouraged to 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.
  • Please be mindful of others when choosing where to sit in worship and Sunday School.
  • 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 offer coffee under the awning, in the brickyard and outside of Cornerstone. 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.

10:10 AM Sunday School 

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

11:15 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

  • 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.

 

 

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: April 26, 2021