See Below New Worship Times and Information due to COVID-19 requirements - Opening Day for Worship will be June 21.
Our only desire is worship God together. We have a diversity in age, ethnicity, neighborhood, and family sizes in our congregation. No matter where you're at in life, you are welcome here. Nursery is available during service for infants to 4 year olds.
Come in jeans, come in a suit, come as you are!
Dear Members and Friends of First Baptist Church,
Every church must endure difficult times at some point in their life together, and the last three months have provided such an opportunity, not only for our congregation, but for every church around the world. Because of your continued faithfulness in prayer, giving, worship participation, compassion, and understanding, we have not only survived the last three months, but we have continued to feed and assist families in crisis, we have supported missionaries around the world, we have reached hundreds of people that we normally wouldn’t be able to reach, and we have proclaimed loudly and clearly that our God is not limited to a building! I’m proud of you, people of First Baptist, and I’m deeply appreciative of you. As you know, we have been praying relentlessly about the time and process for gathering together again, and I’m pleased to be able to tell you that we will be opening the building for worship together on Sunday, June 21.
We recognize a few things up front. We know that not everyone will feel comfortable coming back right away, and that is perfectly fine. No one should or will be made to feel guilty about waiting. In fact, if you consider yourself to be a vulnerable person, please do stay home and continue to join us in worshiping online. We will continue to stream the service online so that you can participate wherever you are. We also know that a lot of things will look different when we gather. So to give you a bit of a heads-up, here’s what to expect:
● We will have two worship services to provide more opportunity for people to distance. Come to worship at 8:30 or 10:30 am. If you feel more susceptible to illness, come to the 8:30 service. We will have sanitized the entire room prior to that service.
● We will block off every other pew to allow for distancing, and we will change rows between services, so that the same seat is not used by more than one person in a morning. We will also wipe down the backs and arms of all pews between services.
● Families will sit together, but will sit 6 feet apart from other families.
● Restrooms will be cleaned after each use, and will only have one person at a time in them. Therefore availability will be rather limited, so please try to use the restroom at home beforehand.
● We will strongly encourage everyone to wear masks, and will have them available for those who do not have one. If you have masks, please do bring them. We will sing together, and although masks are not required, please do wear one if you choose to sing.
● We will use touchless thermometers for all who come, and for the safety of all, anyone with a temperature of more than 100 will be asked to go home and participate in worship remotely. Our goal is for this to be a temporary measure, and as we see cases continue to drop, we will be able to forgo this.
● We will not have childcare available for either service, and we will not have classes for any age until it is safe to do so. Sunday mornings will be reserved for worship, and the hallway and sanctuary will be the only areas of the church used on that day.
● Everyone will enter through the glass doors near the carport, but we will use multiple exits following worship. Ushers will release rows after worship to allow for distancing.
● The way things are in week one back together will probably be different than week two. We will adapt as we go, so bringing a compassionate and understanding spirit will help us all come into the presence of God joyfully.
We know that these are unusual times, but the truth is that God has operated in unusual ways throughout history. The simple fact that he has entrusted the hope of the entire world to us shows his desire to utilize unusual methods to accomplish his purposes. God is not looking for perfection from our gatherings – he is looking for faithfulness. As we come together again, thank you for your faithfulness to him, to one another, and to the church. See you very soon!
Yours in Christ,