Reopening July 12

Written by Justin Falloon

June 17, 2020

๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ๐˜๐—ต?
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We are all excited to be back together worshipping under the same roof very soon! Some of us were ready to do that two months ago and others of us may not be able to get together until a few months from now. Our elders/pastors know that this will be a personal decision for each family in our church. The reopening date of July 12 is a calculated decision based on several factors.
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๐Ÿญ.) ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ
a.) The leadership team values the safety of our members, so we put together a reopening plan to make sure we could, to the best of our ability, minimize the possibility for COVID to be transmitted at our church. This plan is a phased approach for reopening with corporate worship being the main focus for the initial reopening, and other ministries and church functions will resume in time.
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๐Ÿฎ.) ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป
a.) Part of the reopening plan involves social distancing and the way we move people through the building. We wanted to make sure our trustees and greeters have time to get familiar with the reopening plan so the building can accommodate people using the new safety protocols.
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๐Ÿฏ.) ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€
a.) Our church nursing team has given the pastors/elders very valuable input on how people should enter and exit, and who should attend from a medical perspective. Along with the building use recommendations, the nurses also helped us determine what medical supplies they would need to help protect them as they help administer new safety protocols. We did not want to open without all our supplies arriving on site. Those supplies have been ordered and we are awaiting their arrival.
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๐Ÿฐ.) ๐—ข๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€
a.) In our approach to reopening, we did not want FBCB to be in the first 20% of churches reopening. We wanted to see how the virus affected the population as people started gathering back in groups. In our church reopening survey, our congregation said the most important factor to them in the reopening process was they would like โ€œthe number of coronavirus cases near me to be very small before returning.โ€ Fortunately, we are seeing positive indications as the community slowly reopens.
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We look forward to reopening and meeting together for worship. Thank you church for your patience and prayers as we make, and continue to make, decisions that will protect our church family. If you have any questions, please donโ€™t hesitate to call us.
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