FCC & COVID-19 updated April 11, 2021
On Easter we began adding back some of our beloved traditions. We are now singing again (with masks) and offering children's programming during the 10:30 AM worship service.
As before, each person should feel free to decide when it is safe to return to in-person worship. Only you know what is best for you given all the risks you face. Additionally, only you know if the places you've been and the people you've been around would present a risk to other worshipers if you attended. So, we ask each person to evaluate their situation individually and act for the good of others. You will not be judged if you decide now is not the time for you.
Here are the precautions we are taking to help keep us safe.
Face Coverings – studies show that face coverings help reduce the spread of the virus. In order to best love our neighbor, we will require mask wearing in church while the virus is still spreading. We understand some are hesitant or unable to wear a mask so we record our service and post it online. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one.
Reserved Seating – we calculate we can safely accommodate about 100 persons. To reduce the incidence of having to turn away people at the door we will ask people to reserve seats on our website. Those who cannot go online may call the church during office hours to reserve seating. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:00am to 4:00pm, 610-874-1729.
Health Safety - Each person attending should take their temperature before coming (babies and children included). A fever is considered a body temperature of 100.4 or higher. Each person should use the hand sanitizing stations immediately upon entering the lobby. During this time there will be no pew Bibles (please bring your own), no bulletins, no coffee, no meet ‘n’ greet and no childcare, children’s, student, or adult 9:30am ministry. The nursery will be closed. The gym will be closed. The building will be sanitized each week prior to worship.
Social Distancing – We encourage each person to maintain the customary 6-foot separation at all times while in the building. Alternating pew rows are closed. Family members living in the same house may sit together. Ushers seat each person or family to help maintain distance and reduce wasted seats. Bathrooms are for one person at a time. Children must remain with parents at all times.
Ventilation – We open doors to ventilate the church. You might want to wear a sweater! We have also shortened the worship service to limit time we are breathing recycled air. Currently, there isn't congregational singing; instead, we offer instrumental selections and vocal solos to the Lord. Since bathrooms do not have fresh air and are known transmitters, we recommend using your home bathroom as much as possible.
Please watch the recorded service from home if (1) you are in an increased health risk category, or (2) you’re in close contact with someone at increased risk, or (3) you or anyone you’ve been in contact with for the previous 14 days has tested positive for COVID, or (4) you or anyone in your home is showing COVID symptoms, or (5) you’ve traveled to a COVID “hot spot” in the previous 14 days.
God is doing something big in the world. We may not be able to predict anything – but we know we can trust Him! So, hang in there! Look out for one another! And stay close to the Lord! Because we know He loves us very very much!