Dear Church Family and Friends,
Psalm 122:1 "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the LORD."
It is a joy to begin the steps of regathering to worship our Lord as a church family. Please hear my heart; some of you will be comfortable attending the first Sunday. For others, it is still too early and you are comfortable joining us from your home by live stream. God wired each of us differently and we need to follow the Lord and the pace He gives us concerning our comfort and confidence. Let me be clear, whether you are on campus or at home on live stream, we support your decision. We are one united church family. We will walk forward together with the goal of retuning to a sense of normalcy. If you are not feeling well, we ask you to remain at home and join us by live stream. To our vulnerable population, there is no expectation of you attending. We support you as you join us from home through live stream.
Our regathering will be a slow, step-by-step plan that follows the Phase 1 reopening guidelines given to us by our State and County concerning safety policies, sanitation procedures, and social distancing practices. We are committed that you will return to an environment that will ensure your safety, comfort, and confidence. This will all be temporarily different, but I know you will respond with flexibility and a great attitude.
Our regathering plan, starting May 17, will be Sunday Worship Only. Our campus will remain closed all of May to weekly activities (including the FLC), Wednesday church services, and our Sunday Small Groups. Our Small Groups and Wednesday service will continue to meet through technology. Also, we will not have a nursery, childcare or children's ministry in our Sunday worship for May. We will revisit this in June. Of course, all your children are welcome to attend as they will need to sit with you. We will have three identical Sunday services at our regular times of 8:00, 9:30, and 11 am. These three services will be one hour long with the same message and music. We will have safety policies, sanitation procedures, and distancing low-contact practices for when you arrive, move to the auditorium, and are dismissed. To meet safe distancing guidelines, our seating capacity in each worship service will be limited. To serve you and keep everyone safe, we need you to please sign-up for the service you would like to attend. Again, please be flexible and have a servant's heart as you might need to temporarily attend a service that is not your first choice. The best way to sign up is online at fbcarnold.org/gather or you can call 636-296-7729 ext. 110. The Frequently Asked Questions tab should help you know what to expect and help you prepare to gather in person.
This will be a gradual process and we will follow each phase of the guidelines we receive from our State and County officials. I am so grateful for our hard-working staff. They love Jesus and they love you. Donna and I are so blessed. I am grateful to pastor the greatest church in the world. Personally, I want to thank you for your support during these different and difficult days. Your support has been overwhelming. I join you in knowing our great God is in control and He is working all this out for the salvation of souls and His glory. Be sure to sign-up!
Thank you and I sure do love you.
When will First Baptist Church of Arnold be open again for Worship services?
Starting Sunday, May 17th
What time are the services?
8am, 9:30am (deaf interpretation available), 11am
What is the format of the services?
Services will remain the same as they have been for the past several weeks. All three Sunday services will be the same; around 60 minutes in length, led by the Worship Band. Deaf interpretation will be available at 9:30am.
Does it matter which service I attend?
All services are identical in format. However to be in compliance with local guidelines, we are asking everyone to RSVP as to which service they are attending. This will allow us to know when a service has reached maximum capacity. Our goal is to not have to turn anyone away; however, to be in compliance, that could be the case.
How do I indicate which service time I (my family) will be attending?
You can RSVP by one of two ways:
1. Go online to FBCARNOLD.ORG/GATHER and fill out the RSVP form.
2. Call (636) 296-7729 X110. If there is no answer, please leave a message as to which service you will be attending (8am, 9:30am or 11am) and how many people are in your family. You will receive a confirmation call back from our church office.
Will small groups be meeting?
Small groups will not be meeting in person for the month of May. June is TBD. We encourage you to continue to meet virtually with your small group.
Will child care be available?
For the month of May, we will only be having the large group worship services. There will be no kids programing or nursery taking place. Kids are welcome to sit with their parents and be a part of our 60 minute services. June is TBD.
Will we be meeting on Wednesday nights?
For the month of May, there will be no in-person Wednesday night gatherings. We will continue to meet via live stream at 6:30pm. June is TBD.
What if I still have concerns about gathering onsite?
We are doing everything we can to sanitize throughly and ensure safety. That being said, if you have health or other concerns, please join us via live stream at 9:30 or 11am. We long to see you and this is just one step in that direction. We fully support your decision to do what is best for you and your family.
Am I required to wear a mask?
We are following the Jefferson County Safety Guidelines. They do not require people to wear a mask. When attending our worship services, people are welcome to wear a mask if they wish, but we are not requiring it.
Can I bring my offering/tithe?
Yes. However, we will not be passing the offering plate to avoid surface contact and maintain social distancing. There will be black mail boxes available in the hallways and baskets at both the Hospitality Center and the Next Gen Hub in the lobby. As always, feel free to give safely and securely online through our website.
What time should I arrive?
To maintain proper social distancing and allow the cleaning/sanitation of the auditorium between each service, doors will not be opened until 15 minutes before each service. If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes, please remain in your car until the doors open.
When I arrive to the church, can I just walk in as normal?
To ensure safety and compliance, the traffic flow will be designated and monitored. Staff will be opening doors to limit surface contact for you and your family. Both the lobby and hallways will be directionally marked to guide you as you maintain proper distancing. We also will not be shaking hands, hugging or having any form of physical contact. A big smile or head nod will be the new greeting!
Does it matter where I enter the church?
To maintain directional flow and ensure safety, we will only be entering the church through the glass lobby doors. If you park on lot J (the Fellowship Hall side), you will line up on the sidewalk along the Family Life Center. If you enter from lot A (main office/Lowes side), you will line up along the sidewalk going towards the three way stop. Please adhere to the social distancing markers and wait for a staff member to welcome you into the church building.
Does it matter where I sit in the auditorium?
To ensure proper social distancing, seating will be designated by family group (with whom you rode to church) and which side of the lobby you entered the building. Please follow our staff and the directional signage to find a seat. Limited seating will be available in the balcony and on the floor.
Will restrooms be available?
There will be three sets of restrooms available - both sides of the auditorium and just outside of the lobby in the Family Life Center. Water fountains will not be available.
How will I exit?
To maintain proper social distancing, you will be dismissed by section. Those who entered from LOT J will exit through the Fellowship Hall doors. Those who entered via LOT A will exit the main office doors.
What If I have additional questions?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us!