Reopening Our Facilities

Updated May 28, 2020
Ray and Brad walk through plans for this Sunday, May 31

Things to keep in mind
  • The traditional service will be available online on our website and our Facebook page early Sunday morning and remain online all day. If you are over 65 or have underlying medical conditions, we encourage you to worship at home.
  • The contemporary service will begin on-campus at 11:00 a.m. and will be livestreamed on our website and our Facebook page. It will also be available later Sunday afternoon on our website.
  • Please enter the building through the "Barry St. A," "Barry St. B," or "Avenue B" entrances.
  • Seating will be designated and an usher will escort your family to a seat. Once seated, please remain there until the service concludes.
  • Families will worship together. No childcare will be available.
  • Facemasks are encouraged but not required

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Encouragement from James about Sunday

Updated May 23, 2020

Hey First Baptist Lafayette,

We are excited and ready to share with you the next steps in reopening our church for worship. For the last two weeks, since Governor Edwards made his announcement about moving to Phase 1, we have been praying, thinking through, and planning what reopening might look like and when to do it. Our staff has been advised by a church COVID-19 Task Force comprised of several medical professionals, and our Deacon Body has also contributed to the conversation. We feel that now is the right opportunity to begin reopening the church. Now is the time to go back wisely and safely.

Therefore, on May 31st we will have our first live, on-campus worship service. As a reminder, on May 24th, we will still have our online options available.

Now, many things will be different as we return to church and worship. We have some protocols from the governor’s office and the CDC that we want to follow. First, we will be limited to 25% of our capacity. This means we will be able to have around 400 in the Worship Center and another 125 in the Fellowship Hall. The Fellowship Hall will be a good option for families who would prefer their little ones not be in the worship center. We will not be able to offer a nursery or childcare during this service. Second, we will have to worship in family units. Third, the governor’s office has strongly recommended that anyone considered vulnerable not attend the service. This includes anyone aged sixty-five or older and those with underlying medical conditions. Because of this, we will strongly urge our vulnerable to participate online. We will communicate more detailed protocols next week.

These guidelines are all intended for the protection of the whole congregation. We will continue to monitor every aspect of this situation closely and wisely each and every day.

Here is the plan for May 31:

9:00 AM – Zoom Sunday School (This is a change in time from 9:30 to 9:00, in order to allow enough time to attend Sunday School and then travel to the church for worship.)
11:00 AM – Contemporary Worship Service on Campus (Worship Center and Fellowship Hall Simulcast

Online Worship Options

Traditional Worship Service—this will be prerecorded and available online when you wake up Sunday morning. You can watch it before or after your zoom Sunday School meeting at your convenience.
Contemporary Worship Service—we will live stream the 11:00 worship service. Afterwards, it will be available to watch online.

We look forward to worshipping together.

Until then, God bless.
Bro. James