Our Plan for Reopening in Response to Covid-19


The following is a tentative schedule for reopening. This schedule is our best prediction based on the information and guidance that is currently available. All of this is subject to change, of course, should guidance from the state change or other factors demand a different course of action.

Here is our proposed schedule for reopening:

  • Week of May 11-16 – Deep Clean– Our custodian will do a deep clean of our facility. Areas of greatest emphasis will be commonly touched areas.

  • May 17 – Sunday Morning Worship Service – 10am. We will have service at 10 am. There will be no adult Sunday school, Sunday evening service, or bus and outreach ministry at this time. Nursery is available only for parents and will not be staffed during this time. Wednesday evening teen activities will also be on hold. Sunday and Wednesday nights will utilize the Facebook Live platform at 7 and 6pm respectively unless noted otherwise. 

  • May 17 – Sunday Evening Facebook Live –  6pm.

  • May 19 – Combined Leadership Board Meeting – Our church board will meet and there will be a review of our procedures, and changes will be made as needed.

  • May 20 – Wednesday Facebook Live Worship-Based Prayer – 7pm.

  • May 24 – Sunday Morning Worship Service – 10am.

  • May 24 – No Sunday Evening Facebook Live—Memorial Day Weekend –

  • May 27 – Wednesday Facebook Live Worship-Based Prayer – 7pm.

  • May 31 – Sunday Morning Worship Service—Pentecost Sunday – 10am

  • May 31– Sunday Evening—Annual Business Meeting – We will have our annual meeting at 6 pm to elect our officers for the new church year.

  • June 3 – Wednesday Facebook Live Worship-Based Prayer –  7pm.

  • June 7 – Sunday Morning Worship Service—Senior Sunday – This will be a special service to honor our 2020 graduates at 10am.

  • June 7 – Sunday Evening Facebook Live –  6pm.

  • June 10 – Wednesday Facebook Live Worship-Based Prayer – 6pm. 

  • June 14-17 – VBS Canceled – Rescheduled dates TBD. 

  • June 14 – Sunday Morning Worship Service – 10am.

  • June 14 – Sunday Evening Facebook Live – 6pm.

  • June 21 – Parent's Day – This will be a special service to celebrate both Mother's Day and Father's Day at 10am.

  • June 21 – No Sunday Evening Facebook Live—Enjoy time with your families. – 6pm.

  • June 24 – Wednesday Facebook Live Worship-Based Prayer – 6pm. 

  • June 28 – Sunday Morning Worship Service – 10am.

  • June 28 – Sunday Evening Facebook Live – 6pm.

  • July 5 – Resume Normal Church Schedule – Adult Sunday School at 9am. Sunday Morning Worship at 10am. Bus and Outreach Huddle at 3:10pm. Children's and Teen Sunday School at 5pm. Sunday Evening Service at 6pm. Reopen church nursery. All Nursing Home services will stay canceled until we are allowed by the nursing homes to continue ministry there. 

  
                                In conjunction with the reopening plan, FBMC makes a commitment to the following:

  • We strongly encourage the at-risk population to watch or participate in the service remotely. At-risk population are those who are 65 or older with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or a weakened immune system. If you are 65 or older and have none of these conditions, feel free to use your own judgment in deciding on whether or not to attend. 

  • We strongly encourage all attendees to not attend if they're showing any symptoms of illness (cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell). 

  • We will remove hymnals, pew Bibles, bulletins, sermon study guides and other items commonly handled in a church service. Sermon study guides will be either emailed or can be downloaded in the FBMC Facebook community group. 

  • We will suspend the moment of fellowship and encourage church attendees to practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands and hugs to the best of their ability. 

  • We will station ushers at each entrance so churchgoers do not have to touch door handles; we will provide personal protection equipment for ushers if needed. 

  • We will provide face masks if those attending feel that it is necessary to wear one. Face masks ARE NOT required to attend services. 

  • We will provide hand sanitation stations throughout the church. 

  • We will utilize offering box rather than passing the plates; emphasize online/digital giving.

  • We encourage the congregation to sit in family units with each family at least six feet apart.

  • Ushers will rope off every other pew.

  • Communion will be served using pre-filled cups and wafers. Only one person will prepare the communion set and two will serve, and we will make sure that proper sanitation procedures are followed. 

  • We will cover the drinking fountain. 

  • We will clean and disinfect high touch surface areas of use immediately following the service.

    Pastor Travis J. Johnson

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