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 April 24:
The staff and church leadership have not yet determined a target date for us to meet in person again for worship. However, we have been gathering and gleaning perspectives from other congregations in our area and through our networks. Being able to meet in person as a worshiping community of faith is a goal. Equally important is doing so in a manner and time frame that provides for the safety and health of all our church members as well as our community members.
What is clear in our early discussion is that when we open our doors again for in person worship and activities, we will do so with a gradual approach. Returning involves more than opening our doors. Considerations include providing the means for being able to practice safe distances while together. It is likely that this “soft opening” means returning for worship only at first. We would engage this phase for a period of time before adding other activities and opportunities.
Beginning this weekend and next week, some restrictions in business and community life are being eased. Some time is needed to observe the outcome and impact of these changes. We will continue working toward putting tougher a projection of when and how we re-open the offices, return to the sanctuary for worship, and add other activities. Presently, a date or timeline has not be determined. Once a phased plan is outlined, we will communicate this to the congregation.
I find it hard to believe that this Sunday will be our sixth Sunday of our “online worship only” experience. I am grateful to you and your continued presence and support of this means of worshiping God together. I am grateful for a dedicated and talented staff, and volunteers, that work together weekly to bring fresh and meaningful ways to worship. I am grateful to God for the grace and hope God offers to us be a thriving community in Christ, where we all participate in worship, and are transformed by mission, even in days of great challenge and need.
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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