Update: May 7, 2020
We miss physically gathering together as a congregation! We are also very thankful for the technology that it is allowing us to continue to worship and study together when we cannot physically meet together at the church facilities. It has now been seven weeks since we have been able to worship together as a congregation, and so many are looking forward to coming back together again. With that in mind, we want to come back to worship in a safe and responsible manner. Here are the answer some of the questions that have been received at Jackson First Baptist.
When Will Jackson First Baptist Gather Together Again?
Now that the Governor has given the approval for gatherings of at least 50 people, our Strategy Team has set the date for our first Sunday back for worship as May 10th.
Will We Immediately Jump Back Into Our Old Schedule?
We will start off with having only Sunday worship at the church facilities. Small Groups and other services will continue online.
How Will You Ensure That You Are Following The Suggested Guidelines?
We will begin with four identical services at the church facilities.
There will be extensive cleaning and disinfecting between each service.
Here is what our Sunday schedule will look like:
- 9:00 am - 1st service
- 11:00 am - 2nd service and Online service
- 1:00 pm - 3rd service
- 3:00 pm - 4th service
We will setup the services with Eventbrite with limited “tickets” available for each service to help ensure that we are sticking to attendance guidelines, keeping in mind that we will have “walk up” guests. A link will be posted here and other place on Thursday, May 7th
What Will You Do To Protect Worshippers?
- Children will stay in the auditorium with their parents.
- There will be limited seating options to ensure physical distancing guidelines.
- People will be ushered to their seat.
- Household families will be seated together on a pew.
- We will have hand sanitizer readily available.
- We will be checking temperatures.
- There will be no bulletin or other handouts. You can receive the sermon notes with the Jackson FBC App.
- We will not pass an offering plate around the room. There will be a designated place to leave your offering
- There will be no coffee or refreshments served at the church.
- Our Welcome Center will be marked off to guide you to the sanctuary. Please remain in the sanctuary to ensure that no one has to come into face to face close contact with someone else.
- We are discouraging restroom visits. In an emergency, only the restrooms in the Fellowship Hall will be available and will be cleaned after each use.
- Only the front doors will be open to the public. In order to aid in the cleaning and disinfection between each service, please do not enter through any other door.
- Due to emergency evacuation procedures, we can not accommodate strollers or wheelchairs at the May 10th service.
- Please be patient and understanding as we try to protect the health of everyone attending these services. If our facilities are at capacity for a particular service, or if one of our medical staff feel that you should not attend, please do not be upset if you are turned away. We are only trying to keep everyone safe.
What Precautions Can People Take When They Come To Jackson First Baptist?
We encourage everyone to take these precautions when attending worship:
- Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well for ANY reason.
- If you are considered high risk, please stay home. Here are the CDC Guidelines concerning high risk individuals.
- Do not linger in the Welcome Center. Please enter and be seated promptly.
- Do not bring any food or drinks with you to the service.
- Children have a hard time with social distancing, so keep your children with you at all times.
- Use the provided hand sanitizer.
- We strongly recommend that attendees wear a mask during the worship service.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- We are a loving church, but please do not shake hands, hug or have any close contact with others outside your immediate family.
The church office will resume regular business hours, but no other social gatherings will be held at the church for the foreseeable future.
The walking track will remain closed.
We love you and want to see you again soon! But we want you to stay safe and healthy.
If you have any needs, please let us know.