COVID-19 Update

In-Person Worship Gathering to Resume May 17

While we will continue to Livestream our Sunday morning worship services, First Baptist Powell will restart in-person gatherings on Sunday, May 17, 2020. In order to comply with State and County guidelines we have developed the following processes. Please take a moment to read through this document and determine if your household will attend on May 17. At the bottom of this document you will find a link to register your household.

Will there be limited seating and why?

The guidelines required that we limit seating to no more than 50% capacity. However, with the social distancing requirements, households can sit together but must be seated at least six feet apart, we will only be able to accommodate around 250 people in the Main Worship Center. At this time we plan to provide some overflow seating in the Student Worship Center and/or the Family Life Center as needed.

What are the requirements for those who will attend?

  • You will be asked to enter and exit as households (only those who live in your house) and sit together. Since we have been asked not to provide child care all children will need to remain with their households.
  • An usher will seat you when you arrive for worship.
  • You must observe the six feet social distancing requirement with individuals not in your household.
  • You are asked to abstain from shaking hands or hugging others.
  • You must wear face coverings at all times, except during the singing when you will be with your household in the Worship Center.
  • You will need to bring a copy of any notes you wish to use and your own Bible, since we will not be distributing sermon notes or any other printed material and pew Bibles will be removed.
  • Households are asked to remain seated until dismissed at the end of the service.
  • Restrooms will be open, but you are asked to maintain social distancing.

Should certain people consider not attending?

The County and State health departments along with the CDC have issued guidelines that recommend that certain at risk individuals not attend in-person worship gatherings at this time. The group includes everyone 65 years and older, people with disabilities, chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, compromised immune systems, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or severe obesity as well as anyone who has a fever, has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or has traveled internationally or to a domestic hot spot in the past two weeks. For more information on the CDC guidelines visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html.

How can I register?

To help us adequately plan for our in-person worship gathering, we need to know home many households and how many total worshippers will be joining in-person on Sunday, May 17. If you plan to attend please do one of the following, click here to register online or call the church office (947-9074) during regular office hours. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 14.

FBP COVID-19 UPDATE: MAY 4, 2020 LETTER FROM PASTOR TIM

Dear FBP Family,

Greetings from your staff and elders! As we enter our eighth week of seeking to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I want to begin this time together with a brief update.

As I am sure you are aware the State and County governments have begun the process of slowly reopening businesses. With the expiration of the “Stay at Home” order and the reopening of certain businesses things are slowly returning to “normal”. In addition both the State and County governments have issued guidance for churches to slowly begin to reopen. As your staff and elders have examined this guidance we have developed a plan to restart our ministries and gatherings.

Understanding that things may and likely will change, here are our plans based on the Knox County three phase timeline.

Phase One – May 1-28 2020

  • During this period our LifeGroups, Community Groups, Mobile Home Park groups will not meet. In addition there will be no other church or non-church sponsored meetings inside our buildings.
  • The church offices will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays (the staff will work from home all other days). We will follow strict physical distancing and sanitizing protocols when we are present in the buildings.
  • We will continue to Live stream our Wednesday night and Sunday morning services.
  • We will restart in-person Sunday morning worship services on May 17. 
    • Based on the government guidelines, we will only be able to accommodate around 250 people in our Worship Center. 
    • Households (only those living in the same house) will be required to sit together with at least 6 feet separating each household.
    • There will be no preschool or children’s care during the services. Children will need to remain with their households during the entire time.
    • Everyone present will be required to wear a face mask.
    • Individuals who fall into the CDC category of high-risk (everyone 65 years and older, people with disabilities, chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions, compromised immune systems, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or severe obesity) should not gather at this time. For more information on the CDC guidelines visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html.
    • We will be asking each household to register by Thursday, May 14. More details on how to register will come by the end of this week.
    • For more information on the State of Tennessee guidelines please visit https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/governorsoffice-documents/House%20of%20Worship%20Guidance%20FBCI.pdf.

Phases Two and Three (28 days each)

  • Knox County will be loosening some restrictions in each phase but have not issued many details at this time.
  • We are waiting for more detailed guidance for Phases Two and Three but hope to expand worship capacity and possibly restart LifeGroups, Community Groups, and Mobile Home Park groups during these Phases.
  • I must stress that there are numerous factors that will drive the decisions concerning the loosening of restrictions over which we have no control. Our goal remains to insure the continued worship of God and to protect the health of our congregation and neighbors.

Thank you so much for your continued patience, prayer, and financial support during these trying days. I am praying Romans 15:13 for each of you.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Pastor Tim

LIMITED IN-PERSON GATHERINGS BEGINNING MAY 17

All in-person church gatherings, services, and meetings will be cancelled until May 17, 2020. The church offices will be open on Monday and Wednesdays and the staff will continue to work from home the other days of the week. 

JOIN US FOR CHURCH ONLINE

Even once we begin to worship together in the church building on May 17, we will still have Wednesday and Sunday #fbpchurchonline, which will be available to live-stream at fbcpowell.org/watch/live beginning at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays and 10:30 AM on Sundays.

GIVE ONLINE

During these uncertain days, now is a great time to continue worshipping and honoring the Lord through online giving. Your generosity will help us as we continue to serve our community during a troubling time. Anyone can give to FBP by going to fbcpowell.org/give. 

other ways to give

If you prefer, you can mail your offering to First Baptist Powell at 7706 Ewing Rd. Powell, TN 37849.

seek the lord and serve your neighbors

We encourage you to spend time in the Word and in prayer seeking the Lord during this time and also seek ways to serve your neighbor and share the Gospel.

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39

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