Join us this Sunday!
In light of the declining trend of daily case counts in Illinois, we are happy to reopen in-person services as of Sunday, January 17th. Get all the details on the safety measures we've implemented to keep you and your family healthy below.
For anyone that doesn't feel ready to join us in-person, we completely understand and we will continue to offer the services online (facebook.com/firstbaptistpekin) at the 9am and 10:30am times. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at 309-347-5965.
First Baptist Church Pekin has a couple service options with an overflow room available. Services will be approximately 45 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 9:00am
- Contemporary Service: Sunday at 10:30am
Doors will be opened for the service 15 minutes prior to the service starting.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people are allowed to attend when we re-open?
To allow for proper social distancing up to 85 people can attend in the sanctuary, with an overflow area that seats 50 people (MP1). The overflow area 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 10:30am 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 45 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?
It is up to the class leader and the students as to holding class. Please check in with Info Central as to open classes and times.
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