Update – August 23, 2020
As of Sunday, August 23, there will no longer be an at-risk room available for in-person attendees. We continue to remind those who are sick or high risk of the option to stay home and take advantage of our streaming service.
Hello Zoe Church!
As we prepare to begin the process of reopening for in-person Sunday gatherings we wanted to let you know the policies and procedures we’re planning to implement for the time being. Thank you for your input on our reopening survey and even more thank you for your prayers and graciousness as we’ve deliberated over these decisions.
In-Person Service Will Open July 5, 2020
On July 5th we’re going to make the option of worshipping in person at FPC Allen available to everyone who can/wants to join. In accordance with the guidelines from the Governor regarding safe reopenings we’re going to set up the sanctuary for social distancing. We ask that each family unit sit together six feet apart from other family units.
As of July 4, 2020, the terms of our use of the building require that anyone over the age of 2 be wearing a face covering or mask while indoors, as well as when unable to practice social distancing.
We will have separate entrances for at-risk attendees and all others, and use the sanctuary’s rear exterior doors as our primary exit immediately following service. If you would like to fellowship after service, we ask you that you do so outside–we will block off an area of the parking lot so you won’t have to worry about cars. (At-risk population are those who are 65 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system)
For now we will not be having children’s ministry or snacks. Because our services will be family services for now, we will work extra hard to conduct service in a timely manner (somewhat of a big change).
Our service will be directly livestreamed to two rooms: the youth room which will be designated as a cry room/changing room, and the main lobby which will be designated for those who are high risk. Only those who are high risk may enter the church and be in that area. We’ll also be sanitizing the appropriate surfaces before church each week.
Lastly, we will continue to livestream our service for the foreseeable future. If you are considered high risk we would encourage you to take advantage of this option. Also, if you are sick or show any symptoms of sickness we ask that you join us online as well.
To summarize the main points:
- We are going to practice social distancing and use face masks or coverings while in the church building, or when outdoors and unable to practice social distancing.
- No children’s ministry.
- Enter from the front lobby (at-risk attendees) or fellowship hall (all others), and exit from the parking lot at the back of the sanctuary.
- We encourage those at high risk or who have any reason to believe they may be sick to take advantage of our livestream option.
Clearly, this isn’t going to be the most convenient reopening but we appreciate your graciousness and we look forward to the blessing of seeing one another. Right now we know there are still a lot of different thoughts and feelings that various people have within our church. We know that some of you won’t be back for a while, some of you might be uncomfortable with our guidelines, and some of you are unsure if your kids can handle service every week. We’re doing our best to understand where you’re all coming from and we believe this is what will allow us to get together soonest and safest.
What we need during this time is graciousness toward each other, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2). And we need to remember the clear command of Scripture: to consider others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). As always, feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns. See you soon!
Eric, James, and Jesse
Here are the links you’ll need to stay connected to church while we can’t physically meet together: