With the situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) changing rapidly, we wanted to provide you with a short update about how First Baptist Alcoa is handling it. Any changes or updates will be added to this page.
We are resuming our in-person services beginning May 31. We will have several practices in place to help enforce social distancing. Please see the below chart to try to best understand what we are doing to maintain a proper distance while gathering. The middle section is intended for smaller groups, couples, or singles, while the outside sections can accomodate larger groups. Please note which aisle enables you to enter each section, as we have roped off the inside entrances for the outtermost sections of the sanctuary.
We are also asking that our congregants wear masks for the duration of the service—this includes during worship if you are able to do so. Though all may not agree on the necessity or desire to wear a mask, we are doing this out of love and respect for those who are particularly vulnerable or immunocompromised that choose to gather among us. (With that in mind, if you are especially susceptible to catching the virus, we are encouraging you to continue abstaining from the service until you are comfortable joining us again.)
If you do not own a mask, we will have some available; if you do have your own mask, please wear it to the service.
We will not have our weekly in-service offering in an effort to minimize unnecessary contact with surfaces. We will have giving stations set up in the back of the sanctuary so you can drop your offering into a secured, locked box without making contact with offering plates. We continue to encourage you to give online if that is an easier option for you. Likewise, if you have found yourself in a difficult financial situation because of the outbreak, please let us know how we can help you.
While we understand the tempation to hug those you love and be close to those you have been separated from for several weeks now, we are asking everybody in attendance to respect the social distancing practices we have set in place in hopes of being an example of a congregation seeking to gather thoughtfully and carefully.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com.