Hello Church Family,
Our hope is that everyone is doing well at this time. We know that you are looking forward to start attending church once again. Many things have had to be thought of and taken care of in order to get everything ready for the reopening of the church. The plan is to reopen on June 7th.
First of all, as you have seen/heard in all the papers and news media, if you are 65 or older, not feeling well or do not feel comfortable at this time returning, it is suggested that until things get started back up and you feel good about returning, please remain home. We want you to feel safe about returning. Everything is being done to try to make people comfortable and safe about attending services.
Below is a list of some of the ways things are going to be different when we start attending the church:
- For the time being there will be one church service beginning at 9:30 AM.
There will be no Sunday School, Junior Church or Bible Studies until sometime in August.
- Offering plates will be on tables in the Narthex to leave your offerings, as they will not be passed as usual.
- The person responsible for Small talk will do their talk in front of the sanctuary however, the children will not come forward, they will remain in their seats.
- There will be no Bulletins, except for the Pastor and music personnel so they may keep the order of service.
- There will not be a Vision printed, however it will be available on line at our web site: www.firstbaptistmartinsville.org.
- Announcements in the Weekly Vision will be given at the first of the service and will appear on the monitors during the half hour before the service.
- All songs and scripture will be shown on the monitor during the service.
- Due to possible contaminants being spread while singing, there will not be any congregational singing at the present time. We will worship with hymns played by the organist and pianists
- For the time being communion will be done with the Pastor handling the Bread and Chalice and explaining what we do and why. The bread and cup will not be passed around during service.
- It is requested that the double doors in the connector building be the only ones used for entering and exiting the church at this time.
- It is requested that everyone attending church services would wear a mask when entering and leaving the church and sanctuary. Once seated you may remove your mask to be more comfortable during the service. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.
- There will be bottles of hand sanitizer at each entrance. It is suggested using it on entry and exit to the church.
- There will be a container in the connector building for donations to help the church to pay for the masks, hand sanitizer and extra cleaning supplies during this time.
- When using the elevator, please limit occupants to one family or one person at a time.
- The arms of the pews will have a number on a card on them. Please sit in the odd numbered pews only.
- Families are requested to stay together in a pew. All others are asked to maintain proper Social Distancing while sitting in the pews.
- When going to the restrooms, please make certain you properly wash your hands before exiting the restrooms.
- Downstairs and FLC will be off limits, for the time being, during church services.
- The different parts of the church that needs sanitized will be cleaned during the week so that they are ready for Sunday Services.
Note: If anyone requests to use part of the church at this time, they will be required to clean and sanitize chairs, tables they use, bathrooms used and the area. This will be at their expense, not that of the church. If using the Fellowship Hall for something, the space is limited to that area. Sunday School Rooms are to remain closed and unused.
We know that this has been and is a difficult time and we ask that you bear with
us on this process of returning to our Church. Hopefully there will not be any problems, but we want your return to church services to be safe for everyone
as possible. Things are going to be different for a while, but your health and wellbeing are the most important at this time. We would like to thank you
for your patience and understanding