—Latest COVID-19 UPDATE—

Hello First Baptist Centre Family,


Last Friday, Governor Ivey of Alabama gave churches clearance to reopen. Because of this, we have decided to offer in-person worship services in addition to our online and radio services beginning this Sunday, May 17th.


We will offer two services at 9:00 am (traditional worship) and 10:30 am (contemporary worship) on Sunday mornings. We will continue to livestream both services to our website and both of our Facebook pages. It has been so encouraging to hear how so many of you have embraced our online worship services!


For those who prefer to listen on the radio, 9:00 am traditional worship will also be broadcast on WEIS 990 AM radio.


The staff at FBCC have decided that we can safely meet in person as long as we follow the stringent guidelines recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health for houses of worship. You can see our 4 phase plan below. Please read it carefully.


Please understand that this is temporary. Our goal is to get back to a normal schedule methodically while keeping your health and safety as our top priority. Until then, it is extremely important that we follow these guidelines very carefully. We will continue to monitor the situation. If there is spike in Coronavirus cases in Cherokee County or another situation arises where we feel we can’t worship together safely, we will pull back without hesitation.


Please know that if you do not feel comfortable coming back at this time or if you’re uncomfortable with these protocols, we completely understand. You can still enjoy our online services and return when you feel comfortable to do so.


We want to emphasize that if you are over age 65 and/or have pre-existing conditions or any other condition that would make you vulnerable, please strongly consider watching online or listening to WEIS 990 AM radio.


—First Baptist Centre Immediate Re-open Plan for Sunday, May 17th—

(Services will continue to be livestreamed online and on WEIS 990 AM radio)


PEOPLE

   1. People over 65 year of age or have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease or weakened immune system are strongly encouraged to continue watching online (per State guidelines). If you still choose to come, it is recommended to come to the early service.


   2. Screen yourself (per state guidelines): Have you been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? Are you experiencing cough, shortness of breath or sore throat? Have you had a fever in last 48 hours? Have you experienced new loss of taste or smell? Have you experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you SHOULD NOT come to church.


BUILDING

   1. All areas of the building will be locked and closed except for the sanctuary and fellowship hall (if there is a need for overflow).


   2. People will enter through the carport entrance doors. The doors to the back of the sanctuary (facing Main Street) will be for exiting only.

PARKING

   1. Everyone will need to park in the back parking lot or the side parking lot where the carport doors are located.

   2. Cars should be spaced at least 6 feet apart. Our parking lot team will assist you in finding a parking spot when you arrive.


PROTOCOLS

(NO NURSERY, NO CHILDREN'S CHURCH, NO SUNDAY SCHOOL)

   1. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask.


   2. Everyone will have their temperature checked (using touchless devices) by our volunteers outside before entering the building. Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4° or higher will be asked to return home along with everyone they came with.


   3. Ushers will sit people every other row in a staggered formation. Families may sit together.


   4. Service capacity will be at 90 people in the sanctuary. If it begins to exceed that, we will ask for volunteers to go to the fellowship hall for overflow. Chairs will be distanced and the service will be streamed on the TV.


   5. All interior doors except for bathrooms will be left open. The exterior doors will be left open and closed right before the service begins.


   6. There will be no choir. Congregational singing is discouraged unless you are wearing a mask.


   7. There will not be an offering plate passed. There's an offering drop box in the foyer as you exit the sanctuary.  Online giving is still encouraged.


   8. There will be no “come forward” invitation. Bro. Eddie will counsel with anyone needing ministry after the service.


   9. We will dismiss by sections after each service. People are asked to go to their vehicles and refrain from congregating.


   10. The sanctuary and bathrooms will be sanitized in between services. The bathrooms behind the sanctuary will be the only ones open.


   11. There should be no handshaking or hugging.


   12. There will be no other services/activities at FBCC. Wednesday night Bible study will be via Facebook Live only.

4 Phase plan to reopen FBCC

The past several weeks have required many adjustments for all of us. Each Sunday has caused us to ask, "when will we return to church?". Based on Governor Ivey's May 8th order and CDC guidelines for church reopening, the ministerial staff has developed the following phases to returning to a full gathering of our congregation. Our goal is to methodically return to our church's full schedule and full use of our facilities while being sensitive to your health and safety.


Any of these phases may be adjusted according to state COVID-19 guidelines.

  • phase 1 (to begin immediately)

    • Sunday morning worship service for May 10 will be livestreamed online.
    • On May 11 our church office will return to its normal operating schedule.
    • Church committees and ministry teams will resume in-person meetings (with social distancing required).
    • The ROC will reopen with limited hours from 8:00 a,m.—4:00 p.m. and by appointment only. Social distancing and cleaning/sanitation protocols must be followed.
    • COVID-19 sanitation protocols will be in place at the church.
  • phase 2 (goes into effect sunday, may 17)

    • Phase 2 requires social distancing for worship and COVID-19 sanitation protocols.
    • Both 9:00 a.m. (traditional) and 10:30 a.m. (contemporary) Sunday morning worship services will be offered at our uptown facility with social distancing and sanitation protocols required (with social distancing, the worship center will hold 90 persons, 35 in the fellowship hall, and 125 in The ROC gymnasium).
    • For overflow, Sunday morning services will be livestreamed to the fellowship hall and The ROC, if needed there.
    • Both Sunday morning services will continue to be livestreamed for those who prefer to worship at home online.
    • No pre-school care, Sunday school, kid's worship, or church choir will take place during this phase.
    • Wednesday night Bible study will continue to be live streamed via Facebook Live.
    • Shepherd's Fold Daycare is to reopen May 18.
  • phase 3

    • Phase 3 is based on state COVID-19 regulations and other protocols at the time, with the likelihood of some regulations being lifted.
    • Sunday morning worship services uptown at 9:00 a.m. (traditional) and 10:30 a.m. (contemporary) continue with sanitation protocols required.
    • Both services will be live streamed.
    • Pre-school care during morning worship will resume with social distancing required. Workers will be required to wear masks. Temperature checks. Mingling of classes and teachers will not be allowed. Parents will not be allowed past the foyer.
    • No Sunday school, church choir, or kid's worship during this phase.
    • Youth will meet in small groups with social distancing required.
    • Wednesday Bible study at 3:00 PM will be held in the fellowship hall. 6:00 PM Bible study will be held via Facebook Live. Social distancing and sanitation protocols required.
  • phase 4

    • Provided state COVID-19 regulations have been lifted, we will resume our normal schedule uptown. This includes: worship, Sunday school, kid's worship, and adult choir.
    • Wednesday Bible study will move to The ROC.
    • ROC facilities resume normal schedule and activities.

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