Dear First Alliance Family,
If you are like us, you are weary of seeing the word COVID in our communications to you. It has been a long 18 months since we began walking through this pandemic together! Thank you for your continued grace as we keep walking! We thought it may be helpful to communicate with you our current posture, knowing that things can change from week to week.
First, we highly encourage each person in the FAC community, including our staff and volunteers, to educate themselves and stay abreast of local current events surrounding COVID-19. We ask each person to determine what is their most prudent response. We desire for people not to take a cavalier attitude and also to extend grace to others in the congregation who respond differently than you.
For those who attend in person, we have hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, the sanctuary and lower auditorium have ionizers built into the HVAC system to improve air quality, and we have masks available at the Connect Here Desk if you need one. We host three services on Sunday mornings (8, 9:30, and 11am) so there are plenty of opportunities to spread out, especially at the 8am service. Masks are optional but certainly welcome in all three services.
If you feel unwell or believe you have been exposed to the virus recently, or if you do not feel comfortable being around people at this time, please worship with us online on Sunday mornings at faclex.tv, Facebook, or YouTube. Also, several of our Sunday morning adult education classes have an online option too. We would love for you to join us!
One change we are making effective this Sunday, August 15 is having a mask mandatory livestream room available during all three services. This room will be located in the Family Life Center in room 216. Chairs will be in small rows and masks will be required at all times. We hope that this will allow those who would feel more comfortable with everyone around them masked to have a place to worship on site in community! Just as in the main sanctuary, there will be praise packs available for children in that space.
With regards to Next Gen ministries, we are asking that all adult volunteers working with our kids wear masks. We recommend that our school aged children kindergarten and up wear masks. That said, it will be left to the discretion of each parent what is best for their child. Pastor Tim has released a short video message on behalf of Next Gen for parents.
First Alliance family, we know that issues surrounding the virus can be very polarizing, emotionally charged, and deeply felt. We desire that we can be a church family that loves each other and demonstrates kindness no matter the issue, including this one. We will continue to seek God’s guidance as we navigate this fall. We covet your prayers.