"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
It is important for God's people to gather together to worship Him and encourage one another. For those who wish to join God's people online for worship, we will be streaming all three Sunday services. For those who wish to join God's people for worship in person, we will be reopening the building for Sunday worship on July 19. We encourage you to thoughtfully consider which option is best for you and your family. Inside the building, you will see some temporary changes in the way that we conduct worship because your health, safety, and well-being are important to us.
Beginning July 19, we will offer three worship services:
~ Traditional Worship @ 8:30 AM in the Sanctuary
~ Contemporary Worship @ 9:45 AM in the Living Room
~ Blended Worship @ 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
Temporary Changes in Sunday Morning Worship
~ We will make hand sanitizer available at entrances, in bathrooms, near doors, and at other strategic points throughout the building.
~ For those who arrive without a face mask, we will be distributing face masks at the entrances (while supplies last) and asking you to wear a mask inside the building. The purpose is threefold: to protect yourself and others and to demonstrate to your brothers and sisters in Christ that you care about protecting them too. Some have compromised immune systems but still want to be around other Christians for Sunday worship.
~ We ask that everyone maintain appropriate social distancing from those who are outside of your family or household.
~ Greeters will be at entrances to welcome you and to open the doors for you.
~ Ushers and greeters will be wearing face masks and disposable gloves.
~ You will be asked not to sing during worship and praise time, but rather enjoy the music and allow the lyrics to be sung over you.
~ All items have been removed from behind the seats. Please bring your bible, a writing utensil, and highlighter, if needed.
~ We will have containers near the worship space entrances where tithes, offerings, prayer requests, and attendance cards can be placed.
~ Worship space seating will be limited and spaced apart to encourage social distancing from people outside of your household. (For larger families, pulling together additional seating is fine. Extra chairs and ushers will be nearby to help.)
~ On Communion Sundays, the Lord's Supper will continue to be distributed via prepackaged disposable Communion cups. These include a sealed wafer along with juice. You may throw these away as you exit, at the conclusion of the service. You are also welcome to bring your own juice and bread, if you prefer.
~ To maintain social distancing, you will see a reduced number of people on the platform/chancel and in the pulpit. Those who are helping with worship will not be wearing face masks while on the platform/chancel or in the pulpit.
~ The Nursery and Kids Kingdom will have additional safety measures in places to further protect children. These are being communicated separately and will also be provided on our website.
~ For the time being, there will be no refreshments or coffee available on Sunday mornings.
Who should worship from home?
You should not attend if you answer yes to any of these questions:
~ Am I showing any flu-like symptoms?
~ Have I not been feeling well?
~ Have I been exposed to someone with symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19?
~ Have I traveled internationally in the last two weeks?
~ Have I had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the past 14 days?
~ Is there any medical reason why I believe I should not be around others?
~ Do I or others in my household have a compromised immune system?
There are several options available to parents and care-providers of young children:
~ You and your family are welcome to join us online by attending an online streaming worship service. This is the safest option for parents and care-providers who are concerned for their children's safety.
~ You are welcome to bring your children into worship service with you.
~ You are also welcome to bring your children to the Nursery or Kids Kingdom, following the guidelines above. Children six (6) years and older will be asked to wear a face mask. We will also have a variety of other new safety measures in place.
When Sunday School classes resume, we will encourage social distancing by reducing and spacing apart seating in those rooms as well.
If you are not attending...
Please do not feel pressured to come to a live service in person. We invite you to continue watching worship services online.
Ways to Give
~ Using your mobile phone, you can make a donation directly to the church by texting "FPCHC" to 73256. Please be aware that message and data rates may apply.
~ Or, via the Realm interface, you can make secure online donations, either one-time or recurring, from either your bank funds or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).
~ You can always write a check and either drop it off at the church office or mail it in.
Finally, please note...
We are taking all recommended measures to make this a spirit-filled event for everyone. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy worship space for you, so please allow us to serve you in that way. Volunteers and Staff will have masks and gloves on unless they are helping with worship. We have removed several elements such as the greeting, communion, and passing of offering plates, but again, it is just for the season we are in. We have taken many additional measures to clean and sanitize the building during the past few months and will continue to do so.
An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19. Help keep each other healthy!
Pastor Jeff and the Elders of FPC