-Masks and gloves are not mandatory, but feel free to use them if you choose.
-We will have hand sanitizer readily available.
-We will be observing the Lord’s Supper. We have individual packs that will be used.
-Please spread out as best as possible.
-There will be NO Sunday School, Children’s Church, or Nursery at this time.
-We will have the Nursery room open for you to take your children in there where we will have the service live streamed.
-The service will be live streamed and will be able to be found on our website (fbcthibodaux.org/family).
-We will also have a digital copy of the bulletin available online (fbcthibodaux.org/family).
Greetings church family,
As you are aware, our state will begin Phase 1 to reopen our economy beginning Friday, May 15th. The question we know that everyone is asking is, “What does that mean for our church?”
Some of the guidelines for reopening for corporate worship include:
-Churches may meet at 25% capacity, which will be based upon 1 person per 60 square feet of net useable seating area, or 25% of the posted capacity by order of State Fire Marshal.
-Seating shall be arranged such that a minimum of 6 feet of distance between persons and small groups is maintained.
-Avoid assigned seating within 8 feet from the center of the main aisle to allow for circulation and egress.
-Limit group seating to persons who are members of the same household.
-Human contact as part of services shall be eliminated.
In light of these guidelines, the church leadership has decided that it is in the best interest of our church family not to open our doors during Phase 1. We believe that there are still many uncertainties as well as so many rules that can encumber our fellowship as a church family.
Although we are very anxious to meet, as we know many of you are as well, we believe that we should use wisdom here as we did back in March when this pandemic began. If all goes well in these next few weeks, Phase 2 should begin during the first week of June. If this is the case, our trajectory is to reopen tentatively on June 7th. We feel this will be best for our local congregation as Phase 2 has fewer rules, and people will be allowed to have contact with one another.
In the meantime, we will continue our regular ministries online. These include Facebook live prayer meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and our family worship services on Sundays which can be found on our website.
Lastly, know that you are missed and we are praying for you. We long for the day when we can gather face-to-face again.
Dear church family,
By now you all are well aware of COVID-19 and the effects it has had on our nation. In response to this pandemic, our governor issued a ban on all public events that exceed an attendance of 250 to help reduce the possibility of this virus spreading rapidly.
In response to this, our leaders gathered to discuss how we, as a church, should respond to our current situation. After much deliberation and out of an abundance of caution, we feel it is in the best interest of our congregation and in the best interest of our community to cancel ALL scheduled activities for this Sunday, March 15th, as well as this Wednesday, March 18th. This was not an easy decision, but it is our desire to love our neighbors always, but especially in times of difficulty. By reducing large gatherings, we are helping to protect the health and well-being of our local gathering and also our surrounding community.
Our leaders will meet again next week to reassess the situation and will make sure to keep you up-to-date. Despite our inability to meet together in this coming week, and perhaps in weeks to come, this does not relieve us of our duties to be the church. We ask that you would take advantage of technology and continue to reach out via phone, text, or social media to pray for one another and to meet the needs of one another. If there is any way our pastor and leaders can minister to you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our pastor and Sunday School teachers will continue to communicate with you and your families via phone and email.
We hope that in the absence of all services in the coming week that you will not neglect your spiritual disciplines. Continue to read and study God’s Word, pray, and lead your families well. We will send out a link to a sermon that you and your family can sit down together this Sunday and listen to together. It is our desire to continue to see God’s people mature in the faith even in the midst of difficulty and limited gatherings.
Lastly, we look forward to seeing you all again soon. We have been, and will continue, praying for you and your families and our community.