Letter to Congregation Re: Returning to In-Person, Indoor Worship

Dear Friends,
On Sunday, March 7, 2021, the Session voted to begin in-person, limited-capacity worship in the sanctuary beginning the Sunday after Easter. The Session wants to provide a safe and healthy environment for all worshipers, necessary volunteers, and staff. Worshiping in-person and indoors carries risks for all who gather; however, the Reopening Committee has worked very hard to create procedures and protocols to help provide a safer environment. Recommendations from the CDC, state officials, and our presbytery were used to create these protocols. We feel they encompass every aspect of our worship experience and will help us all feel more comfortable as we begin to worship in person again. Services will continue to be live-streamed for those who choose to worship at home.
If you wish to worship in person, you MUST make a reservation. Here’s how it works:
  1.  Calls may be received for the upcoming Sunday between Monday 9:00 and Thursday Noon of that particular week.
      1. Call the office at 336/248-2140 to speak with Jeanna. –If leaving a voice mail message, you MUST have a return voice confirmation from Jeanna for your reservation to be valid.
      2. Email the office at office@fpclexnc.com. —You MUST have a return email confirmation from Jeanna for your reservation to be valid.
  2. Jeanna will use a reservation chart to assign seating. Households will be seated together by an usher in their assigned spot. Please do not move to another pew as that will interfere with the seating chart.
  3. Availability will be first-come, first-served. Please be mindful of others who may want to worship in-person but who may have missed the cut-off. If you were in-person one week, please wait until later in the next week before making another reservation to give others a chance to attend worship.
Beginning April 11, we will have a capacity of 50 worshipers, plus the worship leadership staff and volunteers. All worshipers, ages 5 and older, must wear their face covering over both mouth and nose throughout the service and while inside the building. The Reopening Committee will continue to monitor our guidelines recommended by the CDC and state officials in order to evaluate, modify procedures, and/or cancel if/when circumstances are deemed necessary. The guidelines and protocols may be viewed by clicking here. Please read through them before making a reservation so you understand your part to keep others and yourself healthy.
The pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives for over a year. With love and respect for each other and with our guidelines in place, we hope to slowly begin to gather together in the name of the Lord.
Deep peace to you this Holy Week,
Margaret King                                      
Clerk of Session   
Richard Goff 
Reopening Committee, Chair   
Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer
Transitional Pastor