In-person services and covid-19
Beginning Sunday, January 31st, we will continue in-person worship every Sunday, but will move the time to one, combined worship service at 10:00a. 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 that new time as well. Additionally, we are slowly resuming Lifegroup meeting opportunities on our campus that respect all of the social distancing recommendations from our state and local governments.
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.
This is what you can expect when you worship with us in-person:
- 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 in-person services will not include congregational singing. Our online services will include a musical worship element in the new future.
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 providing 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 exclusively for a time. 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