Covid-19 Update

This update is as of May 28, 2020.

FCC family,

On Sunday May 31 at 10 am we will have our first in-person service since the beginning of Covid-19. As we prepare for this service we would like to update you on some differences you will see as you return to First Christian Church. First we would like to say that your leadership has continually prayed and discussed how to and when to open back up; we have sought God’s guidance in every decision. We ask that you be patient with us as we attempt to balance the desire to be back together as a church family with the proper precautions needed to be taken in order to protect everyone, especially those who are the most susceptible to this virus. We ask that you practice Grace towards each at all times. Some of the precautions being taken are:

·         We ask that you follow CDC guidelines for washing hands and social distancing.

·         Face masks are highly recommended; the choice to wear them will be up to each individual.

·         We ask that anyone that has respiratory issues or other health issues and those 65 years of age and older refrain from attending in person; please continue to Worship with us online at this time. The sermon will be online live this Sunday.

·         All areas that will be occupied have been thoroughly cleaned

·         Entrance into the building will be through the main entrance only. Doors will be opened for you.

·         Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the lobby

·         Entrance into the Worship Center will be through the main doors only.

·         Seating in the Worship Center has been reduced by 50%

             -Seating will be in sections of 4 seats separated using CDC guidelines of social distancing

·         Once the Worship Center is filled, the overflow areas will be FLC 205 (Children’s Worship) and EDW 105.
             -Again the seating will be in sections of 4 using social distancing.

Sunday’s order of Worship will be slightly different than what we have done in the past. We will begin with our teaching time through the sermon. After the teaching time we will have a time of communion. Communion will be available in individual cups with bread on a table in the front lobby as you enter that morning. Boxes for Offering and Connection cards are available as you leave the Worship Center both on the inside and out in the lobby. After the time of communion we will adjourn to the Picnic Pavilion for a time of Worship through song.

Thank you for your patience as we make our way through this time together and know that God is in control of all things.


Steps to Prevent Illness

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).