Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
First Presbyterian Church's Session continues to closely monitor the local virus spread and hospitalizations. Because of their historic highs, we remain in Phase One of our Reopen plan and grateful to provide online worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. through Facebook Live and YouTube. Parking lot services continue each Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Penn Street campus, weather permitting. (Services will not meet if raining or other inclement weather.)
Small groups, committees, and classes continue to meet via Zoom, and committees and staff continue to creatively find ways to safely connect virtually or outdoors in small group settings, weather permitting. (Scroll down for more detailed information regarding outdoor small group gatherings.)
The church office is open from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with reduced staffing and enhanced cleaning and sanitary protocols. Members are welcome to call and make an appointment to meet with a staff member if necessary. For everyone entering the building, temperatures are checked upon arrival, and the wearing of a cloth or surgical mask is required. Hand sanitizers are provided throughout the building, and social distancing is required.
The Wellness Committee is planning congregation wide educational information on how to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Tarrant County. Watch for details.
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.