May 5th, 2020
Dear Faith Baptist Church Family,
It is wonderful to be able to send a letter filled with good news! During this time of social distancing, it has been wonderful to see how God has been providing for our needs, keeping us together and encouraged, and even broadening our reach with the Gospel through our live streamed services! And now, we are starting to make plans to have physical church services again. Restrictions on gatherings are being lifted, travel restrictions are expiring, and Indiana is slowly starting to reopen everything— Praise the Lord! In this letter, I will be outlining the plan that the deacons and I have prayerfully considered for beginning to have physical gatherings again. We want to be wise, prudent, and maintain a good testimony in our community. So, though some of what we will be implementing may seem inconvenient, remember that we want to do our best to protect those in our church who are most vulnerable, and we want to follow the guidelines laid out by our local and state government so as to maintain a godly testimony before people.
We will begin gathering together again starting May 17th, for the 10:30am and 6pm services. For the time being, those will be the only two services that we will have. As further restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks and months, we will add Wednesday night and then finally our 9:30am Bible Fellowship (Sunday school). Kings Kids will resume at the start of the new school year. We will continue to live stream the services, though with our current audio and visual equipment, we can only feasibly live stream the audio while having physical gatherings.
We do have some recommendations as well as some requirements regarding attending the services:
If you are over 65 years of age or have underlying health conditions that make you more vulnerable to the severe symptoms of COVID-19, we recommend that you stay home and listen to the service via live stream.
If you are not feeling well, have a fever or any other symptoms of sickness, please stay home and listen to the live stream until you are feeling well.
To protect everyone during the services, we will implement the following guidelines:
All touchable hard surfaces will be sanitized between each gathering.
Hand sanitizer stations will be present through the church foyer and disposable face masks will be made available for those who wish to use them.
Every other pew will be roped off so as to create more space between each row and we ask that there be at least 6 feet between family units and individuals sitting in each row.Please, no physical contact. Do your best to maintain social distancing even as we fellowship together.
Hymnals will be removed from the pews. We will utilize only the projected lyrics during our congregational singing
Bulletins will not be distributed.
I cannot wait till May 17th! To gather together again, to fellowship together, to worship the Lord together, to hear the preaching of God’s Word together, to pray together… it will be a taste of that future Great Reunion in Glory! Pray with me as we continue to evaluate all that is going on and make wise decisions for the health, safety, and prosperity of our church family.
Keep praying for one another, keep encouraging one another in the Lord. And please, reach out to me if you need anything.
With Love in Christ,