Both In-Person and Live Stream Worship options are now being offered.
8-18-21 Update from the Church Council:
With the Covid-19 virus numbers high locally, it is the expectation of the Church Council that everyone over the age of 2 years will wear a face mask while in the church building.
Prior Updates from the Church Council: At their May 18 meeting the Church Council made the following changes to our Covid-19 guidelines:
- Persons fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a face mask.
- Those who are not vaccinated are asked to continue wearing a mask for their own safety or that of others.
- Those who continue to appreciate the additional safety of wearing a face mask (even if vaccinated) are welcome to do so. (We recognize this is a personal choice).
- Distanced seating will no longer be a requirement, however persons should choose to sit where they are most comfortable. (Chapel and Fellowship Hall seating will still be an option).
As we continue to live into new behaviors, we anticipate bringing back worship hymnals, a revised print form of the Sunday bulletin (along with the QR code format), and other comforts (such as the coffee bar and fully open restrooms). Thank you for your patience and compliance with all the safety measures we have taken and continue to take during the ongoing pandemic. The Council will continue to monitor any changes in CDC guidance moving forward.
Joint Statement on the Resumption of In-Person Worship Beginning Feb. 14, 2021
Dear First Baptist family:
We are actively monitoring the trends on local Covid numbers. As the local numbers continue to trend downward, we will plan to re-open the church for in-person worship on February 14th. We want to be mindful of everyone’s health and especially our at-risk population. As such, while delaying our re-opening even later than Feb 14th would allow a large majority of those over 70 in our congregation to receive one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, we must emphasize the decision to attend in-person will continue to be an individual decision.
In order to protect ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ inside the building, we ask those who choose to attend in person to observe the following:
- If you are not feeling well (headache, cold-like symptoms, etc.), please stay at home and worship with us online
- Sanctuary capacity limited to 60 persons; we will strictly adhere to this as we return to in-person worship
- Chapel and Fellowship Hall will be open for overflow
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Practice social distancing
- Refrain from shaking hands
- Congregating inside the building before or after the service should be avoided
We understand that not all members will feel comfortable attending in person at this time, and we are pleased to be able to offer our online worship so that you can still be with us virtually. We want to emphasize that the information available to us as we make this decision is the same public information available to all, which is largely why we emphasize that attendance is a personal choice.
We will continue to monitor local trends, as well as consider guidance from health officials and community leaders in this evolving situation. With the combination of safe behavior and increased vaccinations available in our community, we eagerly anticipate the day we can all worship together in person!
Dan Cash, Pastor
Jeff Caldwell, Church Council Chair/Ben Slaton, Covid Task Force Leader
Continued Guidelines for In-Person Worship
- Mindful of CDC and Indiana’s “Back on Track” guidelines, the elderly and those with compromised health situations are encouraged to continue to worship via Live Stream.
- Please enter and exit the building by the main entrances (circle drive or kitchen door) to help us maintain traffic flow and continue to keep surfaces clean and sanitized. Upon entry, please proceed to a worship seating area (sanctuary, chapel or fellowship hall) to avoid congregating with others.
- All present will be asked to wear a mask or face covering. (Masks will be made available to those who do not have one.)
- Persons will be seated by ushers, safely distanced, in the Sanctuary, Chapel or Fellowship Hall. Household groups may sit together. A live feed of the service will be broadcast in the Chapel & Fellowship Hall.
- Ushers will dismiss seating areas to avoid congregating.
- Families are asked to keep children with them in worship. There will be no children’s programming or second hour classes. Childcare for infants and preschoolers will be available.
- Coffee bar, Coffee Fellowship, Candy dishes and food receptions will be suspended at present.
- Worship spaces will be thoroughly cleaned each week before the next weekend’s services. Mid-week Bible study will continue to meet online, not in person.
- The following modifications to worship will be implemented for now:
- Offering stations available at entrances
- No choir at present
- No handshakes or hugs (Waves are acceptable)
- No communion at present
- Sing into your mask, or in your head.
A task force will monitor our process, to recommend modifications needed.
Read/Print Pastor Dan’s Letter and Church Council Guidelines About Resuming In-Person Worship:
Read/Print Pastor Daniel’s Letter on Congregational Singing:
Watch Our Walk Through Video on Resuming In Person Worship