Information about COVID-19 and Our Response
We value the strength and importance of our being together as a community of faith, as well as being respectful of health precautions regarding the Coronavirus. This page will be updated frequently to reflect the most current information about how the FBC family will work through the challenges and opportunities of the coming weeks. Just remember, we are “Connected, Not Cancelled” during this time.
Please see this note from Frank Granger from August:
Our Church Re-Entry Team met Thursday, July 16 via Zoom to review your input along with recent developments regarding Covid-19. We are weighing the need for being together in community with the responsibility to provide for the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved. We have worked diligently to listen to both our hearts and minds throughout this process. Within that context, flexibility remains key in this unprecedented time. The team has put together some guidelines for our church community as we enter into August and approach the fall of the church year.
First, we considered how to return to in-person worship. Though we have not set a specific target date, we have agreed upon a marker for when we will consider a return. When there is continual decline in the rate of new cases over a consecutive 21-day period in both Clarke and Oconee counties, we will prepare to return to in-person worship. This gives us a baseline for planning and provides clarity for how we move forward.
Secondly, we discussed provisions which will allow limited small group gatherings at the church. Large group gatherings create conditions that are highest in risk. However, with safe practices, small group gatherings can occur with much less risk and provide for personal interaction in a community setting. We have identified three specific areas in the building which offer a large, open space where small groups can meet. We have outlined specific details for when these spaces can be scheduled and the conditions which must be followed.
Our Summer Bible Studies have met both online and in-person (limited capacity with masks required) during the month of August and a third Let’s Talk Series is planned for the fall which will have a virtual option as well. Please watch FBC publications to stay up-to-date on our Covid response.
Need some inspiration? Our ministers offer a time of prayer and devotion each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. on the FBC Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to listen in.
Many in our community are wondering how to be helpful. Please see this link: Ten Ways to Love Athens in Troubling Times from Envision Athens.
Follow this link for more information about the Coronavirus and Athens-Clarke County.
Here is a link to the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control.
Are you wondering how to talk to your children about the current situation? UGA has some good tips here.
Resources for children can be found on our Children’s Ministry page.
If you are in need of any assistance from the church, please contact the church office. .
Nurturing Faith Journal and Bible Studies is making video lesson taught by Tony Cartledge available to all, without a subscription at this time. Since our Sunday School Classes cannot meet in person, I encourage you to watch the video lesson. Simply follow this link. You will be asked to enter a password. The password is “hope.”
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