First Mennonite is attempting to reopen as safely as possible and to provide the best worship experience possible while at the same time following CDC recommendations for a public worship service. With that in mind, an ad-hoc committee consisting of Dr. Kent Lehman, Mike Habegger, Milly Fox, Steve Sommer, and Pastor Jeff Linthicum was appointed to determine how to move forward.
Click on the picture below to see a video that highlights our reopening plans The written guidelines are below.
The following recommendations are for the weeks of May 24th and 31st. The ad-hoc committee will meet again on May 29th to reevaluate the plan and will forward any potential adjustment recommendations to the Ministries Council. Please know that there is risk involved in gathering together in a larger group and the steps we have taken do not ensure your safety so please take the steps you feel are needed for you and your loved ones.
- We will continue to offer streaming services on Vimeo.
- We strongly encourage those who are ill, have pre-existing conditions, or are over the age of 65 to continue to worship at home with the video option. We look forward to soon being together again as the gathered body of FMC.
- Ministries other than Sunday morning services will continue to be evaluated for potential start dates.
- We will request that online Sunday school classes be held from 8:30 to 9:15 in order to give time for those participating to get to church after Sunday school.
- We recommend all attendees over the age of two wear a mask as an act of love to those around them.
- Per CDC recommendations, we will open the windows in the sanctuary when the weather allows.
- There will be two entry points into the church - the northwest doors and the FLC main entryway. Only the sanctuary and the restrooms in the foyer will be the areas open to those in attendance. Other areas will be taped off to remind those in attendance of the temporary restrictions.
- There will be two greeters at each door with hand sanitizer. They will have masks available for those in need of one.
- Restroom doors will be propped open to reduce touchpoints.
- Announcements will be on the screen to minimize contact points. Bulletins will resume at a later date.
- There will be baskets at both entry points for offerings.
- FMC will wait for several weeks to resume coffee and donut refreshments.
- Ushers will assist with proper seating based on social distancing guidelines. They will be available after 9:30 to ensure individuals are seated in an organized and efficient manner.
- Hymnals, scribble pads, pencils, etc., will be removed to reduce possible touchpoints.
- The balcony will be used as an overflow area only. Ushers will assist with proper seating based on social distancing guidelines.
- There will be additional music after the benediction while ushers assist with dismissal by rows.