Open for worship & events as of June 15
8:30 a.m. - Worship, Stephenson Hall
11:00 a.m. - Worship, Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. - Tulsa International Fellowship, Great Hall
Dear First Church family and friends,
Since Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Church has been open for worship-only on Sundays. As of June 15, 2020, the Session has approved the next phase of reopening that includes the Church being open for:
- Weddings and Receptions for FPC members (subject to capacity determined by current social distancing protocols).
- Funerals (subject to capacity determined by current social distancing protocols).
- Baptisms (with parents to decide if the Pastor can hold the child, or if the parents will hold them).
- Facilities (open to reservations for small groups, Bible study and committee meetings subject to current social distancing capacity of the meeting room).
We appreciate how beautifully this congregation has sought to stay connected, worshiping together online, praying with and for each other, and serving the community at large during this extraordinary time of “sheltering-at-home.”
And, we’re grateful to the FPC Session and a task force led by Cynthia Stewart for their work in assessing and scheduling the opening.
How can you help prepare for entering the Church for worship, meetings or classes?
Consider your health and well-being. If you are immune-compromised, have underlying conditions, or are hesitant in returning to worship for any reason, you’re encouraged to stay where you are and share in our online and televised services from your residence. We love you and want you to choose the best option for yourself.
First Church facilities:
Outside of Sunday worship services, the FPC facilities will remain closed for all other activities through June 14, 2020. Beginning June 15, 2020, certain events as listed above will allow people into the Church. If you need to meet with a pastor or a staff member, please continue to call ahead and make an appointment. The Church staff offices will be open for staff members only and the person with whom you have an appointment will come down to meet you.
Our facilities have been completely cleaned and sanitized in preparation for opening the Church. A protective spray has been applied to keep the area sanitized for six months and our weekly cleaning practices have been updated to comply with CDC guidelines. Additionally, maintenance team members will disinfect bathrooms, elevators, handrails, doors and other high traffic areas.
When you come to the Church, you will see:
- Signage placed around the campus to remind congregants about social distancing
- Less furniture in the Atrium and outside the Great Hall
- No food or beverage service
- Sanitization stations for hand cleaning throughout the facilities
- Protective face masks available
- Occupancy limited to two (2) for bathrooms and three (3) for elevators
Everyone who comes into the facility plays a part in looking out for the well-being of their brothers and sisters in Christ. Please monitor your own health and choose your avenue of worship accordingly – on site, online or televised services.
For those choosing to worship on-site at the Church, please:
- Temperature – Take your temperature before coming to Church and if it is above 100.3 degrees, please self-quarantine. Temperatures will not be taken at the Church.
- Social distancing - Individuals and families are asked to maintain social distancing of six feet (6 ft.) or more from other people including sitting in the worship space, entering and exiting the facility and occupying small spaces including elevators and bathrooms.
- Sanitizing hands - Each person is asked to sanitize their hands at the stations before and after touching surfaces inside the Church.
- Masks and no-touch policy - Congregants are encouraged to wear face coverings or masks, and we have masks available for you at the Church. It will be so nice to see friends that you haven’t seen in two months. However, please refrain from shaking hands or hugging them (at least for now) and adhere to a no-touch policy.
- Children - Parents are asked to keep children close to them at all times and observe the six-foot (6 ft.) distancing rule from others.
If you or a family member tests positive for COVID-19, please alert the Church so that we may hold you in prayer and conduct necessary contact tracing.
Worship space guidelines:
- Spacing - Members of households will sit together and leave six to eight feet (6-8 feet) of distance between others. If space does not allow for safe distancing, please consult an usher.
- In the sanctuary, every other pew will be available for seating
- In Stephenson Hall and the Great Hall, please leave six to eight feet (6-8 feet)
between you/your family and the next congregant
- Bulletins – A printed bulletin will be available at traditional worship in the Sanctuary.
- Contemporary and TIF worship will utilize screens to display the order of worship.
- Announcements will be made and are also available in E-News and the website.
- Offerings – Plates will be stationed by the doors for congregants to share their tithes upon exiting the worship space. Online giving is available on our website.
- Worship areas – please dispose of food and drink prior to entering worship areas.
Online and television worship services:
In closing …
We are grateful for the unprecedented efforts made by so many to examine and review the best course forward for this congregation.
With gratitude to God for blessings received both at home and together, we commend each of you into the care and keeping of our Lord Jesus, the Lord of the Church!