FCC & COVID-19 updated September 2, 2020
Since re-opening in-person worship services on August 9 we have had no reported incidences. It has been nice to worship together. However, 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. You will not be judged for your decision.
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 80 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 communion served, 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. 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.
You can reserve worship seats for services by clicking on Reserve Worship Seats or calling the church during office hours at 610-874-1729 (M,Tu,Th 9am-4pm). Please do not leave a voicemail reservation as that will not result in a reservation. Each service is capped at 80 persons. Should you not be able to reserve a seat, please worship online. Thank you for understanding!
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.
We will continue to monitor the best information available so that we can expand or modify our practices. We ask that you please be flexible, patient, prayerful and ready to respond favorably to changes, especially in the event of a case of COVID among our members or a change in PA’s pandemic phase.
Obviously, our worship services will be different and not all we desire. But might there be a lesson for us in the situation the Lord has placed us? I’m reminded of the Old Testament prophet Samuel when considering our worship predicament. Samuel was searching for the Lord’s choice of a king for Israel. None of the men that caught Samuel’s eye were God’s choice. The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God is primarily interested in the condition of our hearts, especially the condition of our hearts when we come to worship. Haddon Robinson made this point in the sermon I posted for you on June 28 about Mary and Martha. Martha’s irritation over the shortcomings of her dinner party spoiled the party for her, Mary and everyone. Robinson made the point, “If irritation is part of your service, it spoils the service.” God is pleased with simple worship when that simple worship is done with a grateful heart. I have no doubt that when we gather to worship Jesus, whatever circumstances prevail, if our hearts are full of praise, our worship will be accepted as a sweet fragrance rising up to Him. Let’s let these circumstances heighten our love for others and deepen our worship of our great God.