In-Person Protocol

June 25, 2020

Dear FPC Family and Friends:

Hope your summer is off to a good start. It’s hard to believe that our last in-person worship service was nearly four months ago! This is not the year anyone could have imagined. Our hope is that you have been able to experience God’s comfort and presence in this season.

First Presbyterian Church will begin holding in-person worship services on Sunday, July 5. Please note that the time of our service has been changed to 10:00 am. FPC will be doing everything possible to provide a safe and sanitary environment, but please know there are inherent risks in gathering. For that reason we encourage those who are most vulnerable to consider if it may be best to continue to worship from home. For those who make the decision to worship in person, we ask that you follow these protocols until further notice:

Check the temperature of all family members prior to coming to the church. If your temperature is at or above 100 degrees, please stay at home. Once you arrive at the church, you will be asked if you checked your temperature at home. For those who have not, we will ask to check your temperature with a no-contact thermometer prior to you entering the sanctuary.

Please enter the building through one of the three entrances leading to the Narthex, or through the office door if you need to use the elevette. Please do not enter through the door leading to the chapel or through the alley door; these doors will remain locked.

The use of masks is strongly encouraged. Please put on a mask prior to entering the building. If possible, bring a mask from home. FPC will have additional masks available for your convenience if needed. Staff and volunteers will use masks unless they are speaking or leading worship.

Please thoroughly wash your hands before leaving your home and use hand sanitizer before entering the church building.

Please only sit with family members with whom you have had regular contact. In addition, we ask that you sit at least 6 feet apart from other family groups.

No nursery or children’s church will be offered at this time.

There will be no singing and we will only have music for reflection throughout the service.

For now, FPC will have a “no-touch” service, meaning the following practices are temporarily suspended:

  • Physical contact (handshakes, hugs, etc.)
  • The use of printed bulletins and newsletters
  • The passing of offering plates (boxes have been mounted on the walls for the placement of offerings and prayer requests)
  • The celebration of the Lord’s Supper
  • The consumption of coffee or food, including any brought from home

Before and after the service, please do not congregate in the church building. Instead, we ask that you converse outside while continuing to practice safe physical distancing.

FPC will offer online services. These will take place on Sundays at 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Details on how to login to the service will be available on our website, ashlandfpc.org.

Protocol is subject to change. The most updated version of these protocols will be posted on our website, ashlandfpc.org.

Hope to see you soon, whether in person or online! Blessings to you and your families.

FPC Staff, Session, and Deacons