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This plan outlines our desire to move forward and the protocols we will be following for the foreseeable future. We have not put dates on each phase and we may have to move back and forth between phases based on the current COVID activity in our area.

Download the full plan (PDF) HERE

Operational Conditions:

  • Worship Services – Outside and online only
  • Ministry Activities – Outside and online only
  • Sunday School – Outside and online only (CLICK HERE for options and access)
  • Small Group Meetings (< 12) – Outside or online only
  • Worship Choir, Orchestra, and Praise Team – In-person rehearsals with masking and social distancing MAY be allowed.
  • Church Office – Open regular hours for appointments and quick visits/tasks and deliveries
  • Events – Outdoors or digital only
  • Prayer Room – Open with new protocols (every-other-hour schedule to alternate weeks for those that desire to participate)
  • ALL First Baptist Ministry Gatherings (including outdoor) – masks required
  • Church Weekday Ministry – Opening with strict/independent procedures in place for students and staff
  • Providence Preparatory School – Staff only in the building
  • Vulnerable Population – Outdoor and digital only recommended

Phase 1 operations have the strictest requirements due to the concern of the spread of the virus, where we have the most responsibility of doing our part to maintain physical distancing and masking. No indoor gathering of the congregation is authorized, except for those involved in the production of church services and recording special communications to the church family.

* CURRENT PHASE *

Operational Conditions:

  • Worship Services – Inside but distanced/masked and digital
  • Ministry Activities – Inside or outside, but may have some new protocols
  • Sunday School – Online and in-person options will be available (CLICK HERE for options and access)
  • Church Office and Prayer Room – Open with continued Phase I guidance
  • Small Group and Committee Meetings – Inside available with masks/distancing
  • Worship Choir, Orchestra, and Praise Team – Should be able to meet and perform in-person with new protocols.
  • Events – Inside and outside with certain protocols
  • Church Weekday and Providence Preparatory School – Open with independent/strict procedures
  • Vulnerable Population – Prayerfully make your own informed decision but may proceed with caution to distanced/masked events

Achieving Phase 2 Operations allows for the lightening of restrictions towards gathering sizes and will allow for groups to meet in person and indoors. Sunday school will begin to meet in person as well as approved onsite and off-site events.

Operational Conditions:

  • Worship Services – Inside but distanced/masked and digital
  • Ministry Activities – Inside or outside, but may have some new protocols
  • Age Group Choirs – Should be able to meet and perform in-person with new protocols
  • Sunday School – In-person with new protocols
  • Weekly Bible Studies – In-person with new protocols
  • Events – On site and off-site activities resume, possible new protocols
  • Vulnerable Population – To your comfort level

Phase 3 is the new steady state for resuming regular operations – keeping protective measures in place but allowing for the return of our vulnerable population members and lifting certain protocols set forth in the previous phases.

NEW STANDARD PROTOCOLS

Before You Come

  • Be sure no one in your household has a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, or other possible symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please use the restroom before attending. (The restrooms will be available for indoor events and will be frequently cleaned, but this will help cut down extra traffic.)

Wash Your Hands Frequently

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hand washing is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

  • Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus through your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice Respiratory Hygiene
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your mask, bent elbow, or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then disposing of the tissue properly and sanitizing hands.
  • We may require wearing a mask before, during, and after services and any time in the building, especially during Phases 1 and 2. Staff members will be required to wear face coverings for the foreseeable future.

Maintain Physical Distancing

  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others not in your household. This includes entering, exiting, and while in the building. Minimize direct physical contact with others. Please note that distancing is applicable for ANYONE that is not in your IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD. Please wave or find other creative ways to greet people and do not hug, shake hands, or fist bump.

Stay Home If You Feel Unwell

  • If you have a fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, please stay home and seek medical care as needed.
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