Regathering Plan

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Our Heartbeat

We eagerly want to regather as a local church. We want to assemble together, face to face, in order to do the work of the ministry. This is essential! This is the way Jesus designed the local church. Assembling as a local church is part of our heartbeat!

Faith Baptist Church exists to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and equipping the saints with the goal of Christlikeness.

We exist first and foremost to glorify God! (Ephesians 3:20-21). We primarily do this by evangelizing the lost (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8), and by equipping you the saints to do the work of the ministry with the goal of growing together unto Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:12-23). With our focus on our mission statement- on the main thing- we seek to wisely regather as a local church.

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Our Commitment to You as Leaders

As your pastor I am thankful that you have consistently and joyfully lived out this mission statement during this time of quarantine and I am confident that you will continue to do so even during this rapidly changing and difficult time. The leadership of Faith Baptist wants you to know that God’s people with good hearts have different mindsets- but that is not unique to this pandemic. God’s people have always had the responsibility to operate according to their conscience. Together, as one Body, the Church, we have the responsibility of progressing toward Christlikeness as we pursue His commission.

We also want you to know that we desire that you are not distracted when worshipping. If that means staying home and worshiping by livestream for now- we support that decision. If that means following the regathering plan below- we support that decision.

We desire that you continue to grow in disciple-making. If you are comfortable taking advantage of the easing social distancing according to government guidelines- we support that decision. If not, please continue to deepen your relationships with each other through God’s Word as often and by whatever means necessary to do so.

We desire that you remain teachable. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, it is clear that “normal” will not come soon. Please understand that as under-shepherds we are trying to lead all the sheep, and not one is expendable!

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Overview of Our Church’s Plan

We have strived to use as much Godly wisdom as possible is developing our regathering plan. In the process we have consulted several resources including: The White House’s “Opening Up America Again” guidance; Local Government Officials; Waukesha County’s Issued Guidelines to Help Businesses Safely Reopen; Local Church Interdependent Network.


Timing: The phases below generally correspond with the White House’s plan for “Opening Up America Again,” which can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica. This plan accounts for the Coronavirus’ prevalence by state and is executed by each state’s governor. There is no set timing. We will gradually open our ministries based on the situation in our community. Additionally, guidance to move from one phase to another will be in consultation with the Waukesha County Public Health Department.


Before You Come: The following are some items to consider before you come back to church:

We are recommending that those most vulnerable to the virus stay home and continue to worship via livestream. Vulnerable individuals include the elderly (65 and older) and individuals with serious underlying health conditions (including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy). This is according to government guidance. This is only a recommendation. We are asking you to pray for wisdom as you make your own decisions about regathering. As an additional option for those who fall into this vulnerable category, we will have member’s homes available for you to view the livestream with no more than 10 people gathering together. If you would like to meet in a member’s home to view the livestream please contact Pastor Jon for more details.


Before you come,

  • Please check your temperature. You should not come if you have a temperature of 100.4° or higher.
  • Consider bringing your own mask (we will provide masks if you forget). Masks are not mandatory.
  • Talk to your children and remind them that church will be a bit different: and that they should avoid physical contact with others. As parents we will do our best to instruct our children, but they are still children. Please weigh this factor in your minds as you think about attending our services in person.
  • RSVP! Please help us plan by RSVPing before noon on Saturday. Contact Pastor Jon by any means to let him know you plan to attend. 
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Phase 1

Sunday Morning Worship will resume first at Faith. We will still upload Sunday School videos for the children. And we will still use Zoom for all our Bible studies and prayer meetings during the week. Please keep these items in mind:

  • There will be no childcare or programs offered in person.
  • Families will sit together in family units.
  • Service will be held to 1 hour.
  • We will meet according to strict social distancing (6 feet in all directions between household units). Please refrain from any handshaking or hugging.
  • We encourage you to wear a mask or face covering (these are NOT mandatory). We will provide optional masks if you forget yours.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be strategically posted.
  • Doors will be propped open and greeters will keep social distance.
  • We are disinfecting bathrooms and all high-touch surfaces. Our water dispenser will be closed, and water bottles will be provided. There will be no access to coffee or snacks.
  • We will not hand anything out (i.e. bulletin) or have you pick up a hymnal.


Weekly Schedule:

Sunday

Sunday School- YouTube videos provided for children (K4-6th grade). Videos are upload to our channel by 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. You can have your children watch them at any time.

Morning Worship- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (In person at the new church building). We also have an overflow setup in our old auditorium if needed. With our new building we should have plenty of space so if you feel comfortable coming, we encourage you to do so! No childcare or junior church programs available during phase 1.

Kid’s Church Lesson- 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Available via Zoom. Go to www.fbcocon.org/livestream for details.

Men’s Book Study- 6:00-7:00 p.m. Available via Zoom.

Tuesday

Ladies’ Book Study- 7:00-8:00 p.m. Available via Zoom.

Wednesday

               Teen Group- 3:00-4:00 p.m. Available via Zoom.

               Prayer Meeting- 7:00-8:00 p.m. Available via Zoom. 

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Phase 2

In person small group studies will resume using the same social distancing policies as our Sunday Morning Worship Service. We will also make these services available via Zoom for those who cannot participate in person. All other ministries will remain the same as phase 1.


Weekly Schedule:

Sunday

Sunday School- YouTube videos provided for children (K4-6th grade). Videos are upload to our channel by 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. You can have your children watch them at any time.

Morning Worship- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (In person at the new church building). We also have an overflow setup in our old auditorium if needed. With our new building we should have plenty of space so if you feel comfortable coming, we encourage you to do so! No childcare of junior church programs available during phase 2.

Kid’s Church Lesson- 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Available via Zoom. Go to www.fbcocon.org/livestream for details.

Men’s Book Study- 6:00-7:00 p.m. Available IN-PERSON & via Zoom.

Tuesday

Ladies’ Book Study- 7:00-8:00 p.m. Available IN-PERSON & via Zoom.

Wednesday

               Teen Group- 3:00-4:00 p.m. Available via Zoom.

               Prayer Meeting- 7:00-8:00 p.m. Available via Zoom.  

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Phase 3

Children’s Activities and Childcare will resume, and vulnerable individuals will be encouraged to come back as they feel comfortable attending. Our schedule will look more familiar as we observe moderate social distancing.


Weekly Schedule:

All in-person meetings will observe moderate social distancing.

Sunday

Sunday School- 9:30-10:15 a.m. (All ages) In person at the Church building with childcare.

Morning Worship- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. In person at the Church building with childcare. Livestream Option also available.

Afternoon Worship- 12:00-1:00 p.m. In person at the Church building with childcare. Livestream Option also available.

Wednesday  

Prayer Meeting- 7:00-8:00 p.m. In person at the Church building with childcare. Teen group and summer child activities will also resume as normal.


Book Studies and Disciple-Making Studies will resume normal schedules. 

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FAQ’s

Do I have to wear a mask?

No, currently (May 2020) there is no law requiring individuals to wear masks.

What if I forget my mask?

We will provide masks at each open entrance.

Do we need to sit as a family (household)?

Yes, to maximize social distancing, we are asking all households to remain together at all times.

Will there be childcare?

No childcare is provided during Phase 1 and 2.

Will I have a place to go if my child needs a break?

Yes, we will have specific rooms open where a parent may take a child as long as social distancing can be maintained. Nursery rooms will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask these be used for children under 5.

Why do we need to RSVP?

RSVPing helps us assure that we will have proper space for social distancing.

Why are we starting with the largest group meeting in phase 1?

Our auditorium is the biggest room allowing for the easiest implementation of social distancing. We also can use other rooms as overflow to the auditorium.