Updated September 1, 2020
On September 6, we will launch a limited on-campus Sunday School primarily for families with children, birth through 12th Grade. This Sunday School will include modified Preschool, Children, Student, and College Departments, as well as Young Adult Classes and two Median Adult Classes. Safety protocols will be in place in each department to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Adult Sunday School classes that are currently on Zoom will continue to meet digitally. To accommodate this Sunday School, our worship service times will shift to a 9:30 Legacy Service and an 11:00 Modern Service. Please read below for group listings and protocols.
Modified Sunday School Groups Meeting On-Campus Beginning September 6
In Assembly Area & Zooming @ 9:30 a.m.
- Young 25-39 Co-Ed
Josh Proffitt, Assembly Room
NEW! All Previous Groups combined.
In Adult Education Area @ 9:30 a.m.
- Median 40-54 Co-Ed
Christi Emfinger. D206/207
- Median 55-69 Co-Ed
Jeff Strassel. D209/210 – NEW!
In College House @ 9:30 a.m.
- College Students
Hartie & Kim Spence
- College Grads & Professionals
Tanner & Meredith Spence
In Student Ministry Area @ 9:30 a.m.
- 7th & 8th Grade Girls
Angela Bradley & Lydia Hayes. E210
- 7th & 8th Grade Guys
Mike Smith & BJ Dorrell. E212
- High School Girls
Lori Leger & Jennifer Steen. E213
- High School Guys
Devin Hayes & Ben Tate. E215
In Fellowship Hall @ 9:30 a.m.
Make reservation at fbclaf.org/reserve
- 1st-2nd Grade
Hunter & Maggie McKay
- 3rd & 4th Grade
Aaron & Danielle Newsom
- 5th & 6th Grade
John Ward, Melissa Kinney, Holli Rowzee
In Preschool Area @ 9:30 a.m.
Make reservation at fbclaf.org/reserve
- 2 Year Olds
- 3 Year Olds
- 4 Year Olds
Protocols for Sunday School & Small Group Attendance
In a spirit of Christian brotherhood, we are making every effort to provide a thoughtful, clean, healthy classroom environment at First Baptist Lafayette. Our desire is for everyone to be able to comfortably participate in a small group setting. Due to the current pandemic, that requires some special consideration and attention.
The classroom setting presents some concerns for safe interaction that are different than the large open Worship Center. Here are the current guidelines for small group participation in person on the church campus.
ADULT, COLLEGE & STUDENT MINISTRY PROTOCOLS
- Adults and teenagers should self-assess their health before entering the church buildings.
- We want you here, but out of respect for others you should not attend in person if you or anyone in your household have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours: Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy red eyes, fever, or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or a body temperature above 100.3 degrees.
- Hugging, hand-shaking, and fist-bumping should be avoided. Give air hugs and elbow bumps!
- Please wash your hands at every opportunity and use hand sanitizer often. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom.
- Practice physical distancing as much as possible. Respect the personal space of others without standing too close or hovering.
- Before and after small group meetings, please keep moving without congregating in corridors or doorways.
- Large Classrooms will be used and set at 50% capacity. For most spaces that will be no more than 30 people. Sit physically distanced and not directly behind someone. Family members should sit together.
- Facemasks are strongly encouraged in the classroom setting and corridors for all age groups.
PRESCHOOL & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY PROTOCOLS
In addition to the above protocols, the Preschool & Children’s Ministry will require the following:
- Advance Reservation is requested for Preschool & Children.
Make reservation at fbclaf.org/reserve
- Parents should take children to the bathroom and wash their hands before entering the classroom spaces. (Not a bad idea for adults too! Just sayin’...)
- To alleviate crowding, only the child(ren) who will participate and one parent should enter the check-in space if possible.
- Temperature checks will be administered to all who enter.
- A COVID-19 screening form will be completed for each family that participates.
- Children will have a designated space at a classroom table and should use only that space to avoid cross-contamination.
- Games and activities will avoid close interaction.
We hope you and your family enjoy your group experiences at First Baptist Lafayette. Let’s all do our part to ensure it will be so.
Adult Sunday School Groups Continuing to Zoom at Home
MEDIAN ADULTS – Zooming
- Median 40s Co-ed with Teens
Scott McKenzie – 5:00 p.m. Sunday
- Median 50s Co-ed A
Ronnie Powell – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
- Median 50s Co-ed B
Campbell & Richardson – 9:00 a.m. Sunday
- Median 60s Co-ed A
Bob David – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Median 60s Co-ed B
Lee Johnson – 10:30 a.m. Sunday
- Median Men 40s-60s
Kioke Ringo – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Median Women 40s-54
Sammye Bates – 5:00 p.m. Sunday
- Median Women 55-60s
Sandy Philips – 11:15 a.m. Sunday
SENIOR ADULTS – Zooming
- Senior Women A
Sarah Darby – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Senior Women B
Susie Barfield – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Senior Men
Elliott Smith – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Senior Co-ed A
Barbara Rogers – 7:00 p.m. Monday
- Senior Co-ed B
Roddy McKenzie – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Senior Co-ed C
John Bolin – 9:00 a.m. Sunday
CHINESE MINISTRY – Zooming
- Chinese Adults
Jessica Koski – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
- Chinese Youth
Tod DePriest & Queenie Lau – 11:00 a.m. Sunday
August 18, 2020
Dear First Baptist Lafayette,
- September 6th—9:30 A.M.—Launching modified on-campus Sunday School for Preschool, Children, Students, College, and limited Adult Departments
- The remainder of adult classes maintain zoom meetings
- 9:30—Legacy Service
- 11:00—Modern Service
Over the last few months, our region has been one of the hotspots for the Coronavirus, and our church has been stuck in neutral concerning relaunching our ministries. I have been amazed at how supportive and patient our church has been as we have walked through this trying time together. You have been resilient and flexible as we have tried to adjust to a new normal.
Because none of us has been this way before, we have been methodical and calculated in how and when we reopen. We must make sure that whatever ministries we provide, we have a sufficient volunteer workforce to serve. Also, we must evaluate the effectiveness of the new sanitary protocols, which takes time. Furthermore, we do not know how people will respond or how many will show up and do not want to offer a service that we cannot deliver. Therefore, we have chosen to open in phases, launching, and becoming comfortable with one phase before starting the next. We are ready to announce the next phase of our relaunch.
While many of our church members have been maintaining connectivity through Zoom Sunday School and online worship, some of our people have had a more difficult time connecting. One of those groups has been our young families with children/students. While on the surface, it seems that these young families would be the perfect candidates for a digital ministry, we are finding that it does present challenges, even for them.
On September 6, we will launch a limited on-campus Sunday School primarily for families with children, birth through 12th Grade. This Sunday School will include modified Preschool, Children, Student, and College Departments, as well as Young Adult Classes and two Median Adult Classes. Safety protocols will be in place in each department to help mitigate the spread of the virus (details to follow). Adult Sunday School classes that are currently on Zoom will continue to meet digitally.
To accommodate this Sunday School, our worship service times will shift to a 9:30 Legacy Service and an 11:00 Modern Service. The new Sunday School will meet during the Legacy Service at 9:30, allowing for attendance at the Modern service. It also will serve as an option for the children of families attending the Legacy service. This time change limits the amount of time spent gathering between services.
Because of our phased approach, we are not ready to provide on-campus Sunday School options beyond these, yet. This limited Sunday School has been in the works for over six weeks. We are currently working on plans to continue expanding our on-campus Sunday School groups and Wednesday night programming for future phases.
Please continue to pray for your church leadership as we move forward.
Your partner in ministry,