Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, worship continues online each Sunday.
Session Approves 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. This allows for small groups (such as prayer groups, covenant groups, book studies, or other groups) to gather in person once again!
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:
Coping as a Couple During the Pandemic: October 20 at 7 p.m.
During this time of pandemic, you might have noticed new or different challenges in your relationship. Join Dr. Evan Buja from The Center of Integrative Counseling and Psychology on Zoom on October 20 at 7 p.m. for Coping as a Couple in the Pandemic. We will talk about the many layers of increased stress and unprecedented situations you are living in. Click here to register.
Session Update on the Phased Approach Plan for Reopening:
The Session’s Work Group on Reopening updated the Session at their August 16 meeting. Since the Phased Approach to Reopening was approved on May 17, the Work Group has continued to monitor the local health data provided by Tarrant County Health and consulted with committees and staff as preparations are made for reopening when the required local health metrics are met.
The Session will continue to receive regular updates from the Work Group as they consider other issues that require Session action in the weeks and months ahead.
First Presbyterian Church to Enter Phase One of the Reopen Plan Monday, August 24
The Session affirmed at its August 16 meeting that the metric required to enter Phase One of the Reopen Plan has been met. The metric is a “Two-week decline in virus spread and deaths as reported by the Tarrant County Health Department, along with adequate hospital capacity, a declining positivity rate, and other metrics that may apply.”
Phase One allows for church staff to be able to work from their offices on a staggered schedule, as necessary. Phase One also allows church members to schedule individual appointments with Pastors and staff if necessary.
Protocols in place for Phase One include:
- staff and members will be required to wear a mask or face covering when in the building
- temperatures will be taken upon entry
- hand sanitizers to be used upon entry
- social distancing will be enforced
- enhanced cleaning and sanitary protocols will be in place
If you have questions concerning Phase One, please feel free to contact the Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski at 817.335.1231 ext. 229.
Early Education Center (EEC) Fall Reopening
Session approved the EEC plan to reopen on Monday, October 12, 2020 barring an unforeseen upward trend in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate, and stressed hospital capacity.
The Session thoroughly and thoughtfully discussed the needs of working parents during COVID-19 and the benefits and risks of this critical ministry that cannot be accomplished virtually or remotely. Session consulted with EEC Director Mindy Samples as she shared an overview of the reopen plan for the EEC that the Work Group had reviewed in detail and commended for exceeding both state and CDC guidelines.
Mindy will be communicating with EEC parents in the next weeks about registration procedures, protocols, and changes to the hours and operation of the center beginning October 12. Questions about the EEC can be directed to Mindy.