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An Update from Fairmont Presbyterian Church

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Greetings and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our savior and physician of all our souls. As a community, a congregation, and a world we face an unprecedented challenge with the rapidly spreading Coronavirus. We will face this crisis as God’s people have faced countless challenges in the past: together. The leadership of Fairmont is taking all necessary actions to safeguard our members and staff, not merely maintaining but extending our ministries and missions, and deepening our caring for our members and our community.

At the present time, in-person gatherings for worship and all programs at Fairmont are temporarily suspended. They will be suspended for as long as public health concerns may require. Our Session has formed a physician’s advisory group that is constantly monitoring the best available public health information and is advising us regularly. We ask that, for the present time please do not come to the church building.

However, we do want us all to come together to be the church. Our real connection has always been through the Holy Spirit, not our physical proximity. Accordingly, we are offering a wide array of opportunities to worship, connect, care, and grow all through digital media. So, what should you do?

1.   Take care of yourself — Avoid in-person contacts with others, practice good hygiene, stay rested and well fed, and do everything you can to stay healthy.

2.   Pray – Pray for the sick and the scared. Pray for doctors, nurses, and health care workers. Pray for leaders. Pray for teachers, delivery drivers, grocery store workers and everyone who is trying to make this better. Pray for the unemployed. And pray for our world and all who are scared and anxious.

3.   Love – We may be physically separate, but we are called into ever deeper bonds of love and caring, calling and checking on each other, writing notes, and reminding everyone that no one is alone.

4.   Participate – Join us and invite friends, family and neighbors for worship, Bible Study, and our Lenten School all online. Bring your children and their friends to join us online for daily children’s time. For worship, visit www.fairmontchurch.org/worship-videos for current and past worship services and current live streams.

5.   Give – As we ramp up our feeding efforts in our community, we need your financial support. Please give through our online giving portal at http://fairmontchurch.org/stewardship-and-giving/

The current pandemic is a worldwide crisis. The word “crisis” literally means a moment of decision. The leadership of Fairmont has decided to not only survive this emergency, but to innovate, grow, and transform our ministry by and through the Holy Spirit. Together, we can deepen our connections to God and each other. We know that we will pass through this storm because God is with us. Jesus is with us reminding us not to worry and that all will be well. The Spirit will sustain and encourage us, empowering us to boldly be Christ’s church. My hope is that someday our little children will look back on this time and tell their grandchildren that back in 2020 Fairmont really stepped up and was the church of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and your families. Please stay in touch, join us in online worship, let us know of your needs, and in all things, pray.

In Christ,

Brian

What has Fairmont stopped doing?

·     Public worship is suspended

·     The office is closed, but we are regularly checking phone messages and emails

·     Fit 4 You is suspended

·     All public, in-person, meetings, classes and groups have been cancelled

·     All outside groups (except 12 step groups) have been cancelled

·     Suspended in-person visits to nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and hospitals

What has Fairmont already started doing?

·     Sunday morning streaming worship through Facebook and YouTube

·     On-line worship resources for both children and adults

·     Session, Deacons, Trustees and Team meetings continuing through Zoom

·     Christian Formation classes meeting through Zoom

·     Accelerated building cleaning

·     PYC weekly meetings through Zoom

·     Confirmation weekly meetings through Zoom

·     Daily children’s ministry classes through Zoom, including preschool

·     Daily messages to children and youth through Facebook and Snapchat

·     Telephone connections with vulnerable older adult members

·     Phone tree established to call people without internet access

·     Pastoral Care providers accelerating telephone, card, and email outreach

·     Youth and younger members have been organized as a tech support team

What will Fairmont be doing?

·     New and innovative on-line worship experiences

·     Extended community feeding relief efforts

·     Direct material support for vulnerable older adult members

·     Expanding Christian Formation offerings for members of all ages

·     Encouraging use of on-line giving

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