the Elders have agreed that we will continue to hold our 10:30 Sunday service just as we have been doing
To the Church Family of FBCC
Governor Wolf signed a new order that went into effect today July 16, 2020 at midnight which states among other things that “Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited.”
According to the Governors original executive order where he shut down all “non-essential” businesses from March 19, 2020 and a spokesman from Rep. Oberlander’s office, churches and religious organizations “may continue physical operations”.
Furthermore, FBCC has been very diligent in following the mitigation protocols recommended by the CDC by wearing masks and social distancing. Therefore the Elders have agreed that we will continue to hold our 10:30 Sunday service just as we have been doing since the beginning of June.
With that said let me once again reiterate that if you are concerned about your own personal risk factors, or if you have any symptoms of illness we encourage you to remain safe at home and utilize the online service options to stay connected with your church family.
This is all in an effort to follow the all instructions of the scriptures to the best of our ability. Our prayer is that He continues to guide us in Growing Together in Grace and Truth for His glory.
In the Love and Service of the Christ, Jesus
We can not stress this point enough! You must decide for yourself what is in your best interest as it relates to attending worship services at FBC Clarion. We understand and highly encourage anyone who feels at risk, concerned, apprehensive, or just wants to be safe and not sorry please stay at home with our blessing. We completely affirm that this in absolutely no way represents a lack of faith, being led by fear, or being manipulated by the media. Each person must get alone with God and their own conscience and decide what is the appropriate for the best interest at this time and we the church will both respect and support those decisions. We love you all and want only what is best for our brothers and sisters.
With that said here are the procedures and protocols we will be attempting to follow so that you can make the most informed decisions.
We are holding Worship Service only at 10:30am Sundays. We plan to reevaluate as new information becomes available.
Both the front doors and the side door on 7th Ave. will be open for entering the worship service. We ask that upon entering you proceed to your seat and try to remain there unless there is an emergency. Feel free to wave and say hi to one another as you find your seat just try to keep space between one another.
Seating and Social Distancing
We ask everyone to sit in their family groups spacing themselves out in the sanctuary. We plan to use the ends of every other pew.
Since the purpose for wearing masks is not to protect you from getting the virus but to ensure others safety from the wearer, and since we are taught to think of others over ourselves (Phil. 2:4) we are asking everyone to wear a mask while in the building.
We ask everyone to slowly exit out the front doors of the church onto the main street sidewalk. Starting with those in the back first and then by rows proceeding toward the front. Those in the Balcony should be the last to exit. Please move away from the doors so there is room for those exiting if you want to visit with others outside.
There will be plates (and baskets for the Fellowship Fund) at entrances and exits you can give as you enter or leave when you pass by. We will not pass the plates.
The first Sunday of the month, we will provide individually sealed communion servings as you enter the building in order to observe the Lord’s Supper.
There will be no child care provided so children will need to sit with and be attended to by their parents. The nursery will be clean and open for parents to use in the care of their children if a need should arise.
We know how desperately you want to be in contact with one another, however we ask that you avoid physical contact with one another as we ease back into our public gatherings over this next month and see how it goes.
We will be broadcasting the service live on both YouTube and Facebook for those who want to participate digitally. You will be able to access the same as you have before or you can go to fbcclarion.com and find a link on the home page. Services will also be recorded to be viewed at a later time.
If you do not feel well
or have any concerns or questions about your health please don’t disregard that. We ask you to refrain from coming until you are certain of your health. We don’t want to put you or anyone else at greater risk.
You should feel no pressure to return to the worship services before you are completely ready. We trust each of you to discern what is wise and prudent for your life and we 100% affirm your choice.