In-person services and covid-19
Four weeks ago we made the move to return our worship services to online-only in order to cooperate with the state’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. During those four weeks we have remained dedicated to exhibiting Christ’s love for our city and state by not offering gathering times for people indoors and, at the same time, working on our social distancing systems to ensure that we can provide a campus that is safe and worshipful for everyone when we do gather in person again.
Starting Sunday, December 20th, we will resume in-person worship every Sunday at 9:00a and 11:00a. those who wish to worship in-person at the church building are invited to do so. We fully support you if you are not ready to return to in-person services at this time. We will continue to stream our services live on our website at both of those times as well. Additionally, we are also developing a plan to resume Lifegroup meetings on campus throughout the week.
First Baptist Church is dedicated to having a Christlike testimony to the world around us and we want to humbly serve our city, state, and congregation. We are still taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously, and for our in-person services we will be following the state of Washington’s guidelines for religious gatherings to the letter.
In many ways, things will look like they did before…
- Limited capacity (you’ll still need to pre-register for each service on our website).
- Masks will be required.
- Social distancing (Attenders must respect 6 ft. distancing and only sit with members of their own household).
One major difference you will notice is that, for now, our services will not include congregational singing.
We know that worship is more than the singing portion of our services. So, if it helps in the fight against COVID-19, we will look forward to, and explore other engaging expressions of corporate worship such as prayer and scripture reading. We will also retain the teaching of God’s Word as the centerpiece of our services.
While we look forward to vaccines becoming available in the near future, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a fluid situation. We are reopening in-person gatherings now because we feel that we will be able to do so safely, but future developments may again require us to meet online. We are doing our best to fulfill our responsibility both to love our neighbors as well as to gather for worship and we thank you for your patience and prayerful dedication to the mission of Christ as we continue on this difficult journey together.
The FBC Elder Board and Pastoral Staff