Georgetown First Re-opening – Phase 1

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Georgetown First Re-opening – Phase 1

On June 5, 2020, Posted by , in News and Events, Worship, With Comments Off on Georgetown First Re-opening – Phase 1

We are all excited to be coming back together for in person worship! While we feel comfortable beginning to come together in-person, there is still a need to be cautious in order to best love our neighbors and keep one another healthy and safe. The Kentucky Annual Conference has given us some helpful recommendations for reopening which, along with the orders from Governor Beshear, have informed how we will go about reopening the facilities at Georgetown First. 

Worship

We will begin in-person worship this coming Sunday, June 7 with three worship services taking place at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00. The 11:00 service will also be livestreamed on Facebook and uploaded to YouTube for those not able to attend. Each service will be 45 minutes long, giving us ample time to sanitize surfaces in between the services. More information below.

It is crucial that if you are feeling unwell, or have felt unwell in the past few days, please stay home and participate in the live-stream, which will continue into the future. We encourage those in our congregation who are more “vulnerable” to continue participating through the live stream. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines vulnerable populations as:

  • Individuals over 65.
  • Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma.
  • Individuals whose immune system is compromised (e.g. cancer, chemo and radiation therapy).

If you do plan to join us in person, please follow these guidelines closely:

  • Wear a face mask at all times when inside the building.
  • Follow the instructions of the safety and security team as they route people to the proper doors and seating areas. 
  • Please stay at least 6 feet from anyone you did not come with.
  • Refrain from hugging or shaking hands.
  • If you are bringing children, it is your responsibility to keep them distanced from others.

Other Ministries

There will be no in-person Choir, Sunday school, or children’s ministries this summer. These ministries will be reevaluated before the fall for phase 2 of our reopening. Youth ministries will follow the timeline of the state for youth events. The Youth Ministry Team is planning events for later in the summer that will allow the youth to gather while following social distancing guidelines. 

Church Office

The office is now open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am-noon and 1pm\-4:00pm. Please wear a mask when coming to the office and social distance 6 feet to help protect our staff. When possible, please limit in-person visits and continue to conduct business online. 
 
Our Trustees have decided that our facilities will remain closed through the summer to outside groups. 

Instructions for In-Person Worship

We are resuming in-person worship this coming Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00. Our safety and security team members will direct you into the building through one entrance at the portico and into the pews. The designated exit will be the west hallway doors facing Hwy. 25/Lexington Road adjacent to the choir room. Worshipers will park in the front lot only.
 
Everyone attending is asked to wear a mask as they arrive and depart and during the worship service. Pastors and staff will also be wearing masks except for when they are actually leading in the service (i.e. preaching, presiding during Holy Communion, etc).
 
We will distribute the elements of Holy Communion (a sealed cup of juice with a wafer on top) as you enter the sanctuary. We will all partake together during all three worship services. 
 
Collection plates will not be passed. Four new offering boxes mounted in the foyer, narthex and the west hallway (outside Denise Pitts’ and Howard Miles’ office) are our new means of receiving your tithes and offerings.
 
We will continue to broadcast live on Facebook but only at 11:00am. A recording of this service will be posted on YouTube by 1:00pm.

We will continue to broadcast live on Facebook but only at 11:00am. A recording of this service will be posted on YouTube by 1:00pm.
You may access our online worship services at this address: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownFirst/live/ or from our YouTube channel after 1:00pm Sunday at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUuS2qpUQv4TmS1a9jYDDag.