We have missed you!
Our ongoing prayer is that God provides you His peace during these troubling times. He is God, He is good, and we can trust Him!
As you may know, the Illinois Department of Public Health measures the levels of Coronavirus as well as other metrics according to regions in our state. We anticipate the levels in our region to allow us to reopen for services on Sunday, June 28th. Our staff, boards, along with others in ministry leadership have been working hard on a reopen plan. We’re excited about the opportunity to worship together again.
As we reopen things are going to look and feel different from what we are accustomed. In order to keep everyone safe, we are doing everything we can to align with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. This includes smaller gatherings, proper social distancing and disinfecting areas after use. As our region gets healthier we’ll see additional allowance for more of us to worship together. Remember, these changes are temporary.
We understand there will be lots of different opinions about our plan. Some will wonder what has taken so long, others will think it’s too soon, and then there are all the details of how our reopening should occur. It’s very important that we work to respect the differences we have with each other. Remember, as a church family we’re working to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, loving God and people. Let’s make sure we’re loving like Jesus.
For those who don’t feel comfortable attending services yet, we completely understand. Until you are comfortable we will be providing live services online. Please know that you will be missed.
For those who do feel comfortable attending, here are the details you need to know and what you can expect:
First Baptist Church Pekin will have a couple service options with overflow rooms available. Services will be approximately 40 minutes in length (less exposure to each other). We encourage those “most at risk” who want to attend, to attend the 1st service due to less risk of surface exposure. Shorter services will also allow for disinfecting of surfaces between services.
- Traditional Service: Sunday at 8:30am
- Contemporary Service: Sunday at 10:00am
Doors will be opened for the service 15 minutes prior to the service starting.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people are allowed to attend?
As per Public Health guidelines for phase four, 70 people can attend in the sanctuary, with two overflow areas of up to 50 people each (MP1 & Fellowship Hall). The overflow areas will offer remote streaming of the service. Any additional guests (usually less than five) will be seated with proper social distancing in the Sanctuary.
Are we following social distancing guidelines?
Sanctuary and over-flow room seating has been reworked to insure social distancing guidelines. As you make your way to the center of the foyer an usher will seat you at a location appropriately distanced from others. Dismissal will be done row by row by an usher. Please socialize outside the building where you can assure a safe distance. Pre and post service gathering times such as our coffee and donut times will be suspended during this phase.
Do I have to wear a mask?
We “highly recommend” all our attendees to wear a face covering (mask) per the (IDPH) guidelines for places of worship. All volunteers are “highly recommended” to wear a mask or face shield. Please understand that due to health reasons some attendees might not be able to wear masks. As soon as the IDPH makes face masks optional in public, we will also.
Are things kept sanitary?
Exterior doors will be opened for you by greeters with face coverings or face shields. All interior doors will be propped open to avoid touching surfaces. Hand sanitizer will be available in the foyer.
Cleaning teams will wipe down surfaces to disinfect before and after services with the appropriate disinfecting agents.
are things going to look different?
For a while, yes. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:
Tithes and Offerings
For your safety we will not be passing offering plates. Secure “offering boxes” are available and located near each of the sanctuary exits going into the foyer, near the exits of each of the overflow rooms, and at Info Central. You can also give on-line, through automatic deduction options, or by mailing or dropping your offering off at the church office.
On communion Sundays, individual communion units will be safely premade by two individuals and will be located on multiple tables in the Sanctuary and overflow areas for people to pick up at the end of the service and dispose of as they exit.
Bulletins & Connect Cards
Connect cards will be found on your seats as you come into the sanctuary. First time attendees will be asked to go to Information Central where the person at the desk will take their information and give them their gift. Prayer requests can be called in or emailed to the office for distribution and prayer time. You can also enter your prayer request on the church website.
What about my kids?
We are providing children’s ministry (Sunday KIDZ) for K-6th grade during the 10am service. All other children's ministry is discontinued until further notice (includes nursery). KIDZ Packs” will be available in the foyer to help keep children occupied during the 40 minutes service for those who have children outside the age range of Sunday KIDZ.
412 youth will meet in groups of 10 or less per area in the church building until later phases or will meet outdoors to assure appropriate social distancing.
What about other ministry gatherings?
Classes on the premises will be discontinued until later phases.
Small Groups & Bible Studies
We encourage groups over 10 to use web options such as Zoom or Facebook meetings or to meet outdoors to assure appropriate social distancing.
This ministry will be discontinued until further notice.
These are discontinued until later phases.
We look forward to seeing many of you soon. For those who aren’t ready, we understand. In the meantime know that we’re praying for you and looking forward to seeing you when you are ready. If you have questions feel free to call the church office.
For His glory,
Official Board Chairman