Updated June 26, 2020
Pastor James Pritchard shares plans for two on-campus services beginning July 5
First Baptist Lafayette Family,
During the month of July, starting Sunday, July 5, we will have two live worship services on campus!
- 9:00 AM—Legacy Service (led by our choir and orchestra)
- 11:00 AM—Modern Service (led by our worship band)
- Both services will be live-streamed on the church website and Facebook page at their respective time.
- Social distancing protocols will be in place.
- Age restrictions will be lifted.
- Birth to Kindergarten childcare will be provided for the Modern Service (Registration Requested).
- Zoom Sunday School will continue. Communicate with your Sunday School leaders to find out about your class meeting time.
When we began phase one, our ministry staff, a special COVID task force, and our Deacons put together a reopening plan that we felt balanced wisdom and safety. This reopening plan anticipated that the Legacy Service would relaunch during phase three because the restrictions on the vulnerable population (underlying conditions and/or 65 and older) were mostly lifted. Had Governor Edwards felt that it was time to go to phase three, this decision to relaunch our Legacy service would have been easy. However, after assessing the situation in Louisiana, Governor Edwards chose to stay in phase two.
Under phase two, the vulnerable population is encouraged to stay home except for essential services. These essential services are things like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals. Religious services are included in these essential services, and by the letter of the law, we could have had vulnerable people in church. However, during the first round of phase two, we chose to be very cautious about relaunching and we thought that phase two would only last a few weeks, so we could bear the wait. Therefore, we encouraged (along with Governor Edward’s direct appeal to churches) vulnerable groups to stay home.
From the very beginning of our discussions, I have said that at some point the spiritual danger of staying away from church would outweigh the physical danger of going to church. I believe that we may be at that point. Since we do not have assurances concerning a timeline of when we will go to phase three and we are allowed under the letter of the law for our vulnerable folks to attend church, we feel freedom to relaunch our Legacy service without encouraging our vulnerable population to stay home.
Please know that the virus is still active in our community. We will be conducting these worship services with CDC recommended protocols. However, those protocols cannot guarantee a risk-free experience. You will have to personally assess the risk of attending church. If you are not comfortable attending, then please stay home. We will livestream both services and continue to provide Zoom Sunday School classes for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for your support and prayers during this time. Please know that ministry is being done, people are being saved, and the Kingdom is being advanced.
If you haven't attended a service recently, watch this video so you will know what to expect.
Things to keep in mind
- 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 at 9:00 a.m. Childcare will be available at 11:00 a.m. with registration.
- Facemasks are encouraged but not required
Birth through Kindergarten will participate in "Give Them Jesus Learning Time" during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
- Please stay home if there has been illness in the household.
- Expect screening for families upon arrival to ensure the safety of all.
- Any family member or worker having a fever 100.3 or above in the past 48 hours or at the time of check in will be asked to take their family home.
- If any of the following symptoms are present in the preschoolers’ household or workers’ household: sneezing, coughing, running noses, itchy red eyes, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell or sore throat, they will be asked to not attend until these symptoms are gone.
- Also, if any member of the household has come into close contact (within six feet) of someone who has a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days will be asked to not attend.
- We ask you to register to reserve a place for your preschooler, since we anticipate only six students in each classroom two years old through Kindergarten can be safely distanced.