Congregational Service Reopening Plan: May 23, 2020
We will start to meet as a congregation in person on May 31 at 10:00 a.m. for services, slowly working our way into our regular schedule. We will begin with having only a 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning worship service and slowly work our way into Sunday School, then Sunday evening.
- Hand gel and wipes will be available in foyer as you enter and in the bathrooms. For the time being, we will suspend choir practice to reevaluation in June. - Wednesday night Bible study and prayer time will be in the auditorium (all ages combined for now). - We plan to check temperatures at the door. - Social distancing is encouraged as much as possible. We will try to practice social distancing by asking families to sit together, one family per pew, and alternate families from one side of the pew to the opposite side for the pew behind so no one will have a person or family directly in front of them. - We will suspend passing the offering plate but have an offering box for this act of worship. - We will have communion on the first Sunday of June as normally scheduled with disposable communion cups and plastic covered wafer. - If anyone in your family is ill, we advise the entire family not to attend the service. - Since there will be no offertory, the service will be preceded by announcements which will be on the screen. - We will not encourage handshaking, but we will encourage social greeting. Smile and express welcome through your words and body language. We do love each other and have deeply missed everyone. - High touch areas are disinfected routinely. - Lyrics for our hymns will be placed on the screens in the auditorium temporarily, as hymnals should be avoided. If we sing, it will be just two hymns and just two stanzas of songs and we will be seated. - We will encourage high risk people not to feel that they have to come to the services. - If people want to wear mask that is a decision you must make and it is encouraged if you feel safer to wear one. - Though we will be open on May 31, we understand if some of our members or visitors are not quite ready to come back to services in the building. Please know that we love you and will enjoy being reunited with you in the future. - We will continue to broadcast services on Facebook Live and You-tube. - Small bottles of water will be in containers in the back of the auditorium. Our public drinking fountains will not be open for public use. - At the end of all services ushers will dismiss us by rows. It will be explained from the pulpit that there are different exits out of the auditorium. We will not provide a staffed nursery, but if a mother needs to take her child to the nursery that will be fine, but they can only play with limited toys and clean them afterwards. - We will hold Pastor Matt’s Ordination questioning on Saturday. You are welcome to come, but we will also make it available online for those who want to see it but would rather not attend in person (please contact Ann Rediske for online access). Right after the service on Sunday morning, we will have a box lunch available prepared by Big Boar Barbeque. The deacons will call with details to see if you will want a box lunch as we need a count by Tuesday May 26th. - Finally, we want to be a testimony of God’s grace and we will follow the guidance of those God has placed over us. If there is a time that government will tell us to stop preaching and teaching God’s word will “Obey God rather than man.”
We love our Lord and want to worship Him together. We also love those in our midst who are vulnerable and have compromised immune systems. We will not embarrass you or think less of you if you hesitate to return to the services for the time being.
Faith Baptist Church•3615 S 28th Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601•Phone 608-788-1165•Fax 608-788-1176