Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
On Sunday, March 22, FPC’s Session unanimously approved an Updated Approach to Reopening. The Session continues to balance safety for our faith community with pandemic realities. Given the current trends in Tarrant County, the Session is excited to enter Phase Two of the updated plan in April!
Indoor in-person Worship: 9 & 11 A.M. sundays
In addition to continuing online worship, we gather for indoor worship each Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Great Hall and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Worship is modified to maintain as safe an environment as possible: properly worn surgical/cloth masks are required, capacity is limited to maintain 6 feet of distance between households, and music is offered on behalf of the congregation by soloists. Children are invited to attend worship with their household. Advance registration for worship is required, and opens by 10 a.m. Monday each week. When registering, be sure to add additional attendees at the bottom of the form.
Small Groups may meet inside the church building beginning April 6
Beginning April 6, in addition to meeting outside or online, small groups (under 25 people) may meet inside the church building. Available meeting spaces have been pre-selected in order to maintain 6-foot social distancing between households. Properly worn surgical/cloth masks are required for all FPC meetings. To reserve a meeting space for your group, contact the church office, 817.335.1231.
If you have further questions, please contact your pastors and church staff at 817.335.1231.
FPC ENCOURAGES YOU TO REGISTER FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE
The State of Texas has begun distributing the Covid-19 vaccine. All adults (16 and up) are now eligible for vaccination. Anyone in Tarrant County may register for the vaccine and be placed on a waitlist. In order to protect ourselves and our community, First Presbyterian Church's Wellness Committee is encouraging everyone to register. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation that you are on the waiting list. You will be notified when your initial vaccination date has been scheduled. Registration is also available by calling 817.248.6299 (option 7).
You are also encouraged to check with your local pharmacy or medical provider for additional registration options. A searchable map of vaccine availability and providers is available here.
If you are a Veteran, the VA North Texas Healthcare System is now offering vaccinations to all Veterans, caregivers, spouses and CHAMPVA beneficiaries. To schedule a vaccine appointment, call the VA Dallas Covid-19 vaccination appointment line at 214.857.4791. The Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic is offering a drive thru vaccine clinic for veterans in the North Texas VA system, by appointment only. To register, call 817.730.0000.
Outdoor Small Group Gatherings
On October 3, 2020, the Session approved the addition of outdoor small group gatherings of no more than 25 people on the Penn Street campus or other outdoor locations. While we all share in the excitement of regathering in person, there are several requirements that are necessary in order for these gatherings to occur. These requirements protect the health and safety of our church family and staff, as we do our best to navigate Covid-19 as a faith community.
- All gatherings – whether at the Penn Street campus or at other locations (such as a church member’s yard or a city park) - must be scheduled through the church office. For on-campus gatherings, church maintenance staff will be scheduled, chairs will be provided, and restrooms will be made available for emergency use only. Food and beverages are not permitted at gatherings – on or off campus. Please call the church office (817.335.1231) to schedule your event.
- All participants will be required to register in advance. Advance registration will allow the church office to maintain group size, and also allow for contact tracing in the event of an exposure to Covid-19.
- All participants must sign the Covenant of Care. The Covenant guidelines are to protect everyone, as well as making a promise to love our neighbors as we collectively do our best to navigate Covid-19 as a faith community.
- Social distancing and properly-worn cloth or surgical face masks are required to be worn at all times at FPC events – on or off campus. Click here for the CDC guidelines on proper face mask selection and usage.
This short video walks through the small group gathering guidelines, as well as the locations available for gatherings held on Penn Street:
If you have questions concerning the Reopen Plan, please feel free to contact the Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski at 817.335.1231 ext. 229.