What you can expect
Dear First Church Family,
We cannot express how happy we are to see you all again in worship on June 28! It is our sincerest hope that all public health indicators and governing bodies will not push the date back again. We miss you all immensely, and we are excited to have our community together in worship after such a long hiatus.
Enclosed with this letter, you will find a list of all the ways we have made in-person worship safer for everyone while we continue to face this public health crisis. We truly believe that these changes will make worship more meaningful for everyone present.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
These plans are all temporary and fluid. We will miss singing just as much as you will. We will miss all the hugs, hand shakes, and other expressions of love even more. But remember that in the end this is all temporary and we will recover. Even in the midst of all this discomfort, God is with us still.
Wright and Bill
● The Welcome Center doors will be used as the only entrance. No other doors may be utilized for this purpose.
● Masks are required for everyone over 3 years old. Extras will be available if you leave yours at home or do not have one.
● Food will not be provided in the Welcome Center
● Nursery will not be provided. However, the nurseries will be open for parents who feel the need to take their children in there. The service
will be broadcast into the nurseries and instructions concerning clean up will be provided.
● Children’s Church will not be provided (please see the note on what we will offer for children during worship in the section below).
● Social distancing will be encouraged and seating will be spaced accordingly.
● Per denominational regulations, family units must stay together if possible.
Changes to the Worship Service
● The sanctuary will has a 100 person capacity. The Fellowship Hall will be used for overflow.
● Service times will be 9:30 and 11:00 and will last approximately 45 minutes
● Paper bulletins will are not permitted at this time per denominational standards.
● Both services will contain the same special music, liturgy, and sermon.
● Congregational singing is not possible at this time. However, solos and small ensembles will be utilized for special music during the services.
● At the 11:00 service, the Children’s Moment will be extended and will be an interactive worship experience for our children. The leader will be in the front and Children will remain in their seats but encouraged to stand and participate. We believe that this will be meaningful and life-giving to all present (both children and adults).
● The 9:30 service will NOT have an interactive experience for children but will still have a short video based Children’s Moment.
● Pews will be moved in order to both discourage in the sitting of pews that would be too close and also allow children to have floor space in front of their parents so that they can be more comfortable during the service.
● Kids are welcome to bring toys that do not make noise, coloring materials, and books into the services. Efforts are being made to also provide the usual Children ministry bags.