Fairmont Responds

Our Reopening Plans

Below you will find our road map for reopening. It provides an overview of the steps we are taking and intend to take in the coming weeks and months to protect our community. We will inform you as soon as the Session decides to move from phase two to phase three. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, love extravagantly, hope courageously, and pray boldly for our nation, our community, the sick, our health care providers, our families, and for Fairmont. As the church of Jesus Christ, we are growing and transforming through this crisis and through the work of the Spirit and your participation we are building the future of Christ’s ministry at Fairmont today.

Fairmont Presbyterian Church
Reopening Plan (approved May 3, 2020)

Phase One:            Lockdown

  1. Implemented by Session on March 13, 2020
  2. Church closed to all public gatherings regardless of size
  3. All employees work from home
  4. Preschool suspended for remainder of 2019-20 academic year
  5. Worship and programs conducted entirely online
  6. Encourage use of online and mail giving
  7. At least weekly phone calls to members without internet
  8. Accelerated cleaning and sanitization
  9. No hospital, nursing home, or health care facility visits. Worship materials mailed to vulnerable adults

Phase Two:           Limited Office and Small Group Opening

  1. Implemented by Session on May 12, 2020 as per state guidelines for opening retail and services businesses
  2. Church open to group meetings under ten (10) people
  3. Employees encouraged to work from home when possible
  4. Employees required to perform daily health assessment of fitness for duty and certify this assessment (temperature check, no cough, no flu-like symptoms)
  5. Visitors are requested to perform a health assessment before entering the church (temperature check, no cough, no flu-like symptoms)
  6. Employees and visitors required to wear masks in public spaces. Employees and visitors need not wear masks when alone in a room
  7. Employees and visitors required to maintain six-foot distancing. Mark minimum distancing in congestion areas
  8. Employees and visitors required to wash hands upon entering building
  9. No more than two visitors permitted in office reception area at one time
  10. Alcohol gel available at all entrances and office
  11. High-risk individuals (over 65 or with preexisting conditions) strongly encouraged not come to church
  12. Worship and programs conducted entirely online
  13. Vacation Bible School to be offered entirely online June 8-12
  14. Youth ministry trips cancelled
  15. Encourage use of online and mail giving
  16. At least weekly phone calls to members without internet
  17. Accelerated cleaning and sanitization
  18. No hospital, nursing home, or health care facility visits. Worship materials mailed to vulnerable adults

Phase Three:          Limited Worship Opening

  1. To be implemented when circumstances warrant, but not earlier than Ohio Department of Health lifting the ten (10) person public gathering prohibition
  2. Church open to mid-week gatherings over 10 people. Groups must mask and maintain social distancing
  3. Employees required to perform daily health assessment of fitness for duty and certify this assessment (temperature check, no cough, no flu-like symptoms)
  4. Employees and visitors required to wear masks in public spaces. Employees and visitors need not mask when alone in a room
  5. Employees and visitors required to maintain six-foot distancing
  6. Employees and visitors required to wash hands upon entering building
  7. Alcohol gel available at all entrances and office
  8. High-risk individuals (over 65 or with preexisting conditions) strongly encouraged not come to church
  9. Worship and programs conducted online and in person
  10. must sit six feet apart, however individual families may sit together.
  11. Hymns printed in orders of worship. Worship books and materials removed
  12. No coffee hour and no food or beverage service
  13. No nursery
  14. Online only children’s programs
  15. required to wear face masks
  16. asked to perform health assessment before attending worship (temperature check, no cough, no flu-like symptoms)
  17. Musical ensembles disperse musicians at least six feet apart
  18. Pews will be marked and chairs moved to encourage social distancing
  19. Lord’s Supper only by modified intinction
  20. No passing of offering plates.
  21. Encourage use of online and mail giving
  22. Real time cleaning of doors, handles, bathrooms, and elevator (will require additional staffing)
  23. Hospital, nursing home, and health care facility visits may resume with necessary protective equipment and the permission of the facility. Worship materials mailed to vulnerable adults

Our Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fairmont Worships:
Join us every Sunday at 10:30am for our live service of worship on YouTube (click the image below to visit our YouTube channel). Stay online before and after for a time of online fellowship in the chat window.
Fairmont Prays:

Our prayer team is constantly holding our medical professionals and care givers, as well as all those who are sick and vulnerable and our whole community in prayer. If you want to join in this important work, please contact Pastor Kelley.

Fairmont Cares For Those In Need:

Pastor Kelley, the Pastoral Care Providers, and the Deacons are in weekly, and in some cases daily, contact with vulnerable individuals in our congregation and providing material support, prayer, and encouragement.

Fairmont Feeds Our Community:
Fairmont is working with our community mission partners, the Kettering Backpack program and the Dayton Food Bank, to provide nutrition assistance to families in need in our community. Online contributions through the church website are much needed. You can also mail a check to the church office.
Fairmont Grows In Faith:

Every Tuesday through Friday morning, daily online children’s time provides important opportunities for faith formation, sharing, Bible stories, music, and fun. On Wednesday nights our PYC youth group continues to gather and support each other. On Sunday afternoons the confirmation class explores our faith.

Every Wednesday night at 6:30, our adult education class gathers online to learn about our faith. Currently, we are exploring Christian Practices through the book A Celebration of Discipline.

Every Thursday night beginning this week, we will be holding an adult Bible Study at 8:00 p.m. to allow parents to participate. Each week we will be examining the Bible text for the following Sunday.

Fairmont Has Fun Together:
Join us for Theology on Tap every Friday of the month. Just because we do not have a bar does not mean we cannot still get together and share. Bring your favorite beverage and join us for our virtual “Theology on Tap” via Zoom.