What will Phase Two Look Like?

The main difference between Phase One and Phase Two for FBC is adding back limited levels of children, youth, and Sunday school ministries on campus.

Phase Two Specifics For You

How does Phase Two differ from Phase One? Below are answers to some of the most common questions about Phase Two of reopening FBC. For those who want a comprehensive look, please read our official plan here.
What's changed for worship between Phase One and Phase Two?

The biggest changes in the worship service between Phase One and Phase Two is this:

  • Capacity in the sanctuary goes above 50% (Phase One) yet still below 100% (Phase Three)

We will continue our livestream. We will continue to have a touchless experience for you to enter and exit the sanctuary, and clear markings of household seating to allow appropriate social distancing. We’ve thought through every aspect of the worship service with safety, preparation, trusting you to make wise decisions for you and your family.

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What is a "vulnerable population"?

In Phase Two, we are asking anyone in a vulnerable population to use their individual discretion on whether to join us physically or not. The term “vulnerable population” means any one of the following:

  • Individuals 65 years old and older
  • Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised (such as by chemotherapy or cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy)
  • We’re following the CDC guidelines on this, so for further questions, go to the CDC site.
What if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have, or may have, symptoms of COVID-19, stay home…and contact your doctor!

  • General Guidance: Each person has a responsibility to look out for the welfare of others. From the CDC – symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Or at least two of these symptoms
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
Will my small groups/Sunday School class meet?

Classrooms for small groups/Sunday school classes are available on campus during Phase Two, but not yet at 100% capacity. Of course, you may continue to meet online, or off-campus. We’ve got a full listing of Sunday school groups on our Fall groups page

Fall Groups

Will there be restroom access?

We ensure a clean building with appropriate social distancing. That does mean limiting the access to the restrooms during this time, and ask that when you use the restroom, practice extra sanitation.

Will there be Children's ministry for my kids?

Our children’s ministry will be limited during Phase Two, largely based on our number of volunteers. We have all our options listed on our Fall groups page

Fall Groups

As always, you are welcome to bring your children any age to the worship service. Not only do we not mind, it’s a great way to introduce your children to worship. We have activity bags available for you at the wings. (And, yes, we know that means they will sometimes make noise. After this time of separation, we will all rejoice to have noise in our sanctuary once again.)

What about student ministry?

During Phase Two, we have two main student activities:

SUNDAY MORNING GROUPS

Sunday mornings in the Youth Worship Center at 9:30 AM our youth ministry hosts two large group bible studies for grades 7-12. Led by PSYM Sunday School teachers, our students will journey through the Bible together on a weekly basis unpacking solid gospel truths for their daily lives. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Wednesday nights we have engaging worship led by our  PSYM Worship Team, Gospel Lessons taught by Pastor Dale and strong student fellowship, while maintaining health and safety protocols in this unique time. 

Will the staff be available during the week?

FBC’s entire church staff have been hard at work this entire time, and will resume normal office hours during Phase Two.

What about the Worship Team & Choir?

During Phase Two, our choir will have a reduced size based on social distancing. We will continue to have a worship team leading us from the platform as we sing in person and in our homes.

Will there be in-person ministry events?

During Phase Two, ministry events will begin again, but with modifications. Want to know event specifics? As always, our fun, fast, and informative weekly church newsletter The Tie will have all the details.

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Is there an "official" plan?

We tried to make this page answer your questions quickly. We know, however, that you may need a more comprehensive and official answer.

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Best Practices in every phase

There is no question that we desire to gather in-person. Deciding how to move through the phases is rather complex. We’ve got a great COVID-19 team and leadership council, and are committed to the principles of safety, preparation, and trust.

In all phases of reopening we will use the following best practices for health safety:

  • Medical professionals: We will work with medical professionals to develop best practices related to the health of those attending in-person worship. Our Covid-19 Team will provide oversight and ensure we are adhering to basic health protocols.
  • General Guidance: Each person has a responsibility to look out for the welfare of others. From the CDC – symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Or at least two of these symptoms
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Appropriate social distancing: Since the standard is 6 feet for appropriate social distancing, we utilize that standard in calculating the distance between family units in pews, worship leaders, and all volunteers and staff.
  • Provide COVID-19 protection: We will offer masks, gloves, and hand sanitizing stations throughout the building and at exits and entrances.
  • Discourage personal contact: We will discontinue meet and greet times in worship and maintain social distancing.
  • Clean & clean again: We will do whatever it takes to ensure a clean building. Protocols have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus on campus.
  • CDC Guidelines: We will likely follow specific CDC guidance for childcare or educational programming for children and youth, as well as encouraging those with underlying health conditions to avoid in-person gatherings  

Detailed list from the CDC