RSVP for Worship on October 25
RSVP for Worship & Sunday School on Nov 1
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. Beginning with Sunday, November 1 you may register your entire family for Sunday School and Worship in the same form.
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 Checks: 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.
Masks: 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. **Additional protocols apply for the different Sunday School areas.**
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.
What time will the doors open? The doors to the building and sanctuary will open at 10:00 am. On November 1, the doors to the building will open at 8:45 a.m. for Sunday School arrival. Sunday School for children and students begins at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for adults begins at 9:15 a.m.
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? Sunday School entrances will be the Washington Street Lobby, the alcove in the corner of the Washington Street Lot, the back doors of Boyce Chapel at the playground, the front porch of Boyce Chapel on Hampton Street, the Children’s Center awning on Marion Street (for families dropping off children only) and 1420 Sumter Parking Lot entrance (Middle and High School students, College and Young Professionals).
Is FBC enforcing social distancing? Yes, the Sunday School classrooms have been assigned and set up to allow for physical distancing. Since some classes will change locations, the Welcome Team volunteers will have a list of the locations. For worship, 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.
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.
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.