**COVID-19 Update**

Regathering for Worship on September 20

Starting September 20th we will regather for in-person worship on campus. It is important that we as a congregation gather as best as we can in order to worship and grow as a family of faith.

(Read the full letter from Pastor Wes here)

There are five key components to our health and safety protocols for regathering for Worship on campus:

Reservations: Everyone should make a reservation via the church office or website so that we have a record of who is attending and can contact you in the event anything should change.  Those who arrive without a reservation are asked to check in at the Connection Desk in the foyer.

Personal Responsibility: Anyone testing positive, showing symptoms of COVID-19, or who has been exposed to the virus should not attend until cleared by medical officials or allowed to be around others according to public health regulations.

Temperature ChecksUpon entry to the church, volunteers and staff will conduct temperature checks with touchless monitors at all building entrances.  Anyone registering a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to return home and monitor your health.

MasksEveryone over the age of 10 is required to wear a mask upon entry, exit and while moving around the church building.  We strongly encourage people to wear masks during the service, especially while singing.  There will be masks available at entrances for those who forget or do not have a mask.

Seating: Pews will be marked for seating in order to ensure social distancing between family units.  Those who arrive at the church in the same vehicle or from the same household should sit together on the ends of available pews.  The center portion of the pew sections will be blocked to better organize our seating.

Do I need to bring my reservation confirmation? Everyone should make a reservation via the church office or website so that we have a record of who is attending for space purposes, and so we can contact you in the event anything should change. Congregants with a reservation will be checked in at the doors. Any congregants who do not have a reservation will need to sign in at the check-in stations and will be seated as space is available.

Is there childcare? No, we are not providing childcare at this time. We encourage you to worship together as a family.

What time will the doors open? The doors to the building and sanctuary will open at 10:00 am.

Where should I park? Senior adult and handicap parking will be available in the Washington Street parking lot. You can park in the Marion Street parking garage, on the streets surrounding the church, or in the Palmetto Citizen’s parking lot.

Where can I enter the building? You can enter though the front steps of the sanctuary building, the Children’s Center, Washington Street awning, and Washington Street parking lot entrances.

Do I have to wear a mask?Everyone over the age of 10 is required to wear a mask upon entry, exit and while moving around the church building. We strongly encourage people to wear masks during the service, especially while singing. There will be masks available at entrances for those who forget or do not have a mask.

Are temperature checks required? Upon entry to the church, volunteers and staff will conduct temperature checks with touchless monitors at all building entrances. Anyone registering a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to return home and monitor your health.

Is FBC enforcing social distancing? Yes, we have arranged our pews to allow 6 feet between worshippers. Out of respect for others, we ask that people not congregate in the building before or after the service.

Will there be assigned seating? No. Ushers will be available to help you find a seat. Pews will be marked for seating in order to ensure social distancing between family units. Those who arrive at the church in the same vehicle or from the same household should sit together on the ends

of available pews. The center portion of the pew sections will be blocked to better organize our seating.

Will I be able to use the restroom? Yes, our bathrooms will be available. There is limited capacity in our restrooms and they will be cleaned frequently.

How will the offering be collected? We will have offering receptacles in the sanctuary and foyer for you to drop off your offering. You can also give online.

Will there be a greeting time in the service? No, there will not be a greeting time.

Will Sunday School meet? No Sunday School classes will be meeting on Sunday mornings at this time. We are looking at a date later this fall to hopefully reconnect in groups on campus, but you may check our website for a complete list of classes meeting via Zoom on Sundays.

What You Can Expect Of Us

As we begin to offer worship services, our staff and volunteer team will take the following precautions:

· Our custodial team is diligently cleaning our facilities including hard surfaces, door knobs, and restrooms.

· We will limit our worship service to no more than 20% capacity. Proper social distancing protocols will be in place.

· Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entering and exiting the building.

· Specific entrances and exits will be used to limit cross-flow of traffic.

· If someone tests positive for Covid-19 after a service, after talking with them we will notify everyone at that service so they can take adequate precautions.

What We Ask Of You

As we gather, we want to take precautions out of love for one another. As we move forward we want protect those worshiping along with us and the vulnerable in our community. Please join us in this by:

· Registering for the service/event you would like to attend so we can stay within the gathering size guidelines.

· The use of masks is encouraged. Remember that a face covering is meant to protect other people.

· Make every effort to maintain a distance of six feet apart from others (this includes refraining from shaking hands or other physical contact).

· Refrain from coming to a service if you or anyone else you have been around shows symptoms of COVID-19.

· If you are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of any risk factors, we encourage you to refrain from coming to any event taking place on our campus.

· In the case that you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a service, please inform the appropriate ministry leader of the service/event you attended in a timely manner.