OPEN – SUNDAY 10:45 AM Service


Dear Church Family,

In light of Governor DeSantis’ announcement last week on leading our state into Phase 3 of COVID-19 Recovery, let me set the tone of how we ought to conduct ourselves at First Baptist Church. Last Sunday, I purposely paused making a decision on how we should go forward until I observed how you are responding. I believe our Governor is compelled to open the economy for our state but also knows there are risks. I am not your governor, but your under-shepherd, so my approach is different for reasons different than our Governor.

I will restate: I do not like wearing a mask in worship service. I do so, however, for the sake of others. That is the attitude I want us all to adopt. Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

I have observed that many in our congregation still wear masks throughout the worship service. If that is your desire, you should continue to wear a mask. Therefore, here is the “temporary”, “wait and see” plan going forward. For the time being, please continue to wear a mask entering and exiting the worship center and whenever social distancing cannot be maintained. Select your seating according to social distancing guidelines which means sitting with family and whoever you choose to sit with that will not be violated within a distance closer than 6 feet apart. Once you are seated, you may remove your mask if you wish. However, if you get up and walk about, please put your mask back on.

Please utilize hand sanitizers located at the welcome counters and the organ stool at the side entrance. We will continue to refrain passing offering plates or Lord Supper elements until such time it has been decided to discontinue those practices. As always, please continue to pray for our church and ALL churches, the faithfulness of Christians, and the Lord’s blessing of removing COVID from our lives.

God is good!
Pastor Marple

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