Tips as We Reopen In-Person Worship

It’s time to worship together in person again!  We are planning to reopen in-person worship services with communion starting on July 19 and 26 at 10:30 am. Starting on Monday or Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to sign up for one of our next two weeks’ services—either the 19th or the 26th. As we look forward to those services, Jenn Jensen, head of our Reopening Team, has provided some important information on what to expect:
  • First, know that we will continue to live-stream the worship service. We love how God is working through technology to allow us to worship together.  If you are even a little uncomfortable coming in person, or if you are in a vulnerable population, please continue to worship with us from home.  
  • For those of you who do join us in the sanctuary, expect six foot separation in the pews. There will be six feet between families, and an empty pew in between.
  • Expect to stay in your seats, not to move around to greet, etc.
  • Mandatory mask wearing. Everyone will be expected to wear a mask.  Children under 5 and people medically exempt will be the only exceptions. Attendees without masks be asked not to sing.
  • Expect communion to be served in individually packaged servings.  Masks will be removed just for communion and then replaced.
  • Everyone must pre-screen at home—any signs or symptoms, stay home and pray with us via live stream!  In fact, text us so that we can pray for you!
  • Expect limited bathroom use (Not off limits!  But limited, so don’t drink too much coffee. 😊)
  • There will be NO Kids’ church, nursery, or childcare of any kind available and no overflow room.  As always, children are always welcome in our sanctuary.
Reservations will be required for joining us in person. We are limited in the number of people we can have. Our maximum capacity during phase 2 is 200 people, so we will run a reservation system, asking you to choose 1 of the first 2 weeks  (there will be more services to come, but we have to start somewhere!) Here are the details:
  • Registration will start on Monday or Tuesday of this week.  Go to the FPC website and click on the reservation banner to fill out an RSVP form. The link will also be available on social media, and in email/eblast.
  • After filling out the RSVP form, you will receive a confirmation email to print and bring with you (or save to show on your phone!)
  • Once registered for a service, you will receive instructions for attendance. For example—pedestrian traffic flow! Expect to enter and exit through the main door of the sanctuary (or the wheel chair ramp beside it). No entering through Fellowship Hall!  The only open doors will be on the Tacoma Avenue side of the sanctuary.  Once in our beautiful narthex, signs and ushers will help families find their seats.  More to come 😊.
If you need help, let us know!  Daniel Perrin, our Minister of Worship, has taken on the role of Worship Service Coordinator to make sure all of these new pieces happen safely, week after week. We are so grateful to him and the entire staff who continue to meet our spiritual needs in creative and new ways.