Dear Church Family:
Governor Abbott announced this week further re-openings as a part of his “phased re-opening plan.” In light of this, I wanted to update you on the re-opening plan that our Church Council and staff have been working on.
Our guiding principle for re-opening is the command of our Lord: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34 NIV). Love will guide us to seek the good of others. Because we are called to love our neighbor as Christ has loved us, then we must be prepared to make certain adjustments in the way that we gather as a way of caring for the well-being of others.
Our Church Council and our staff have been asking for godly discernment and seeking to weigh all of the information available to us in order to make wise decisions for our church family. Our goal has been to balance cautiously our desire to meet together to worship and strengthen one another in the Lord with our desire to care for the health of others and minimize the risks of gathering together. As you read below about the measures we will implement for an initial, limited “re-opening,” I ask that you extend to us your patience, cooperation, and goodwill. Keep in mind that these are temporary measures, subject to change as we move forward.
Our first services in the sanctuary will be this Sunday, May 24 at 8:30am (for our Exalt service) and 11:00am (for our Revive service). Both services will be live-streamed (in the app, on fbcl.org, and on Facebook) for those who wish to continue to worship from home.
- If you are in an at-risk group—if you are over the age of 65, have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, chronic heart disease, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or anyone with a weakened immune system—please continue to worship with us online.
- In order to follow proper distancing guidelines in the sanctuary, ushers will make sure people are seated in every other pew and six feet apart.
- The sanctuary and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized before each service.
- We will require everyone to wear a face mask. Please bring a mask if you have one. We will provide masks for those who do not have one.
- Upon entering, temperatures will be taken using non-contact thermometers. Please be patient and maintain distancing during this process.
- Please use the hand sanitizer at the stations set out.
- An usher will help you find a seat in the sanctuary. The front of the sanctuary will be seated first, moving to the back and then into the balcony.
- Giving will be encouraged with offering boxes in the foyer after the service.
- When the service concludes, ushers will dismiss the congregation row by row to help maintain distancing as we exit.
- We encourage LifeGroups to continue to meet virtually during this time, although we know that some groups may have to adjust their meeting time in order to attend worship.
- For now, childcare will not be provided during worship, but we encourage families with children to worship together in the sanctuary.
I am praying that the Lord would lead us into a fresh season of worship and ministry as a congregation. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our staff and Church Council.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and do not fear, for the Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you wherever you go. He will never leave you nor forsake you.