COVID-19 Information

FBC’s Aloha Regathering Plan
Sunday June 7, 2020

To love and protect people during COVID, for the past almost three months, our worship services have been online. Our campus has been closed but the church has been WIDE OPEN. Our love for God and for people has been non-stop as seen in a zillion God stories. As we aloha regather to an on-campus worship setting on Sunday, June 7, you may be excited or uncertain. Please embrace the following safety guidelines as we navigate everyone’s needs. If you or a family member doesn’t feel well, we encourage you to worship with us online.

Stage 1 of Regathering (Sundays: June 7, June 14 and June 21)

  • We will gather with three on-campus family worship services, with social distancing, at 9:30 (blended worship), 11:00 (contemporary worship), and 6:00 PM (blended).
  • Live streamed online worship services will continue to be available on Saturdays @ 10 am (Intersect worship) & Sundays @ 9:30 (blended worship) and 11:00 (contemporary) & 6 PM (blended)
  • Our golf cart shuttle service will be available and sanitized regularly
  • All regular entrances and exits will be opened on Sundays
  • Face masks are encouraged. Extra masks will be available (while supplies last) at the Welcome Center
  • New hand sanitizing stations are conveniently located throughout the church
  • Please maintain the CDC’s social distancing guidelines while greeting and selecting your seat(s)
  • To help us with social distancing, every other row of chairs will be roped off
  • Embrace a touchless worship experience. All seatback pocket materials and bulletins/sermon guide will not be provided. Please bring your own Bible, pen and paper
  • Offerings and donations will be collected at the door as you leave
  • All high-volume areas, like doors and bathrooms, will be sanitized between services
  • Kid City, youth and adult Bible classes will regather later
  • The Skylight Café and Hospitality Room will reopen later
  • The church staff will evaluate on campus ministries that occur during the week on an individual basis.
  • If you or a family member doesn’t feel well or if you are considered more at risk, we encourage you to worship with us online.

Stage 2 (the opening of other ministries) and Stage 3 (the date to reopen the entire campus and all ministries) will be determined at a later date.

Key Ways To Have Confidence When the World is in Chaos

All the Christian life is about balance. Let us not stray to the left or to the right.

It is time for us as Christians to be filled again with the Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind that lives inside us, let us put aside fear.

In Christ, we have no reason to fear sickness, trial, tribulations, persecution, or even death.

At the same time, we must find a way to balance confidence with safety and good stewardship.

Rest assured, God is in control and we have great confidence in His provision through Jesus Christ.

As we observe the world’s response to the corona virus, we should be working towards balance in our own thinking and action: not unresponsive or over-responsive, instead appropriately responsive.

Here is a list of all the things First Baptist Church of Tempe is doing to be appropriately responsive:

  1. We are encouraging everyone who is experiencing flu or cold like symptoms to refrain from attending church until they are well. All downstairs worship services will be live streamed via Facebook on the First Baptist Church Facebook page – please tune in if you cannot physically attend. https://www.facebook.com/FBCtempe
  2. We are encouraging everyone to avoid handshakes (a holy bow is the safest!).
  3. We are encouraging everyone to diligently observe cleanliness (i.e. wash hands constantly, refrain from touching your face as much as possible, sneeze into elbow, use sanitizer/wipes/spray on anything that can safely handle it, etc.).
  4. We are being diligent to keep high traffic areas of FBC well sanitized.
  5. We are re-emphasizing and highly monitoring kitchen sanitation for all volunteers and meals prepared and served at FBC. All portions of the all meals will be served (no self-serving) to reduce exposure.
  6. We will have signs up reminding people to trust God and be clean.
  7. We are spreading these instructions to all Staff, Deacons, Deaconesses, Ministry Leaders and volunteers, asking everyone to spread the word.

The following guidelines are wise, common sense guidelines to use in protecting yourself:

  1. Wash your hands constantly and use hand sanitizers or wipes.
  2. Keep your fingers away from your mouth, eyes and nose.
  3. Avoid handshakes (do elbow bumps or fold hands to the heart and bow).
  4. Sneeze into your elbow.
  5. Stay six feet away from others.
  6. Stay home if you are sick.
  7. Take your temperature once a day and record the results.
  8. Use sanitized wipes on everything like cell phones, computers, light switches, counters, etc.
  9. Drink a gallon of water everyday.
  10. Don't panic. God is on control. PRAY!

Please do no minimize people’s feelings or responses to the corona virus (even if you think they are overreacting!).

Please do not impose your strict standards or opinions on people who are less concerned then you.

Please find a way to validate people’s concerns, help them to be discerning, help them make appropriately responsive decisions, and help them to stay calm by you yourself being calm!

We will keep monitoring and evaluating all the details we have to make good decisions for FBC and people attending.

Please allow leadership the freedom to make changes as we gain new information or as situations change, so we can continue to do our diligence to keep our people safe.

If you have any other questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 480-766-2395 while Roger is still in Israel.

Psalm 20:7 - "Some trust in chariots, some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

Thanks,

Pastor Anthony Whitlatch
Pastor Roger Ball

Staying Connected to FBC

  1. Where can I find Pastor Roger’s video’s on today’s trying times?
    Answer: Go to www.fbc-tempe.org
    Go to www.facebook.com/FBCtempe
    Go to The Walk and Talk Playlist on YouTube
  2. How do I find the FBC-Tempe live streaming worship services?
    Answers: Service in the Worship Center:
    • Video and audio will be live-streamed at 11:00 am Sunday on Facebook (if you miss the live-stream, the video will be viewable any time after service at the same address below) https://www.facebook.com/FBCtempe
    • Service will be posted on the FBC sermons website by midday the following Monday if you cannot access Facebook https://fbctempe.sermons.io/services/sunday-morning
    • There will be no live-stream for 8:00 am or 9:30 am service in the Worship Center
    Answers: Intersect Service Answers: Sunday Evening Service
  3. How do I find sermons on the church website?
    Answers: Go to www.fbc-tempe.org, on the bottom of the home page look for “Recent Sermons” and click on sermon desired
  4. Does FBC Website have a dedicated web page with helpful ways to protect yourself from the Corona Virus? How do I find this?
    Answers: Go to www.fbc-tempe.org/coronavirus
Online Worship

Downstairs worship services will be live streamed via Facebook on the First Baptist Church Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FBCtempe).

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