News & Updates - Updated January 07, 2021.
Our Session has made the decision to pause in-person worship through January 24, with resumption on January 31, pending another assessment of the current state of the pandemic.
Our COVID-19 task force arrived at this recommendation by assuming that the post-holiday surge will hit between now and January 15. Assuming individuals become Covid positive at the end of this period (January 15), and allowing for 10 days for disease evolution, this brings us to an anticipated surge completion on or about January 25. This logic mirrors that used by CMCSS. We will continue to monitor community spread and positive test percentages over the coming weeks leading up to the 31st. The committee will make a recommendation on January 24 about worship on the 31st.
We will continue to improve the full, pre-recorded, online Service on YouTube and Facebook for those choosing to join from home.
Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the First Presbyterian Church Learning Center is following safety recommendations from the FPC COVID Task Force. For more information or questions and concerns, please contact the FPC-LC office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Presbyterian Church is making every effort to mitigate the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 Virus to its church community. The COVID-19 Virus, however, is a risk no matter how diligent we are in cleaning church property and social distancing. Our responsibility is to help provide an environment which allows resumption of our church activity as much as possible while keeping the risk of transmission low. We are doing this by establishing general guidelines for the gathering of groups of varying sizes, establishing safe cleaning and general building use guidelines, and communicating these guidelines to our church family and others who we serve.
It is important to note that the risk of infection increases with age (especially over age 70) and with additional co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and lung disease (COPD, asthma). Eighty-five percent of the deaths in Tennessee are in persons over 61 years of age. A few younger persons have died with COVID, usually because of one or more of the co-morbidities or underlying immunocompromise (not all of which may be known to the person). That said, if you are in any of these risk categories you must also take responsibility for protecting yourself. You can SELF-IDENTIFY with educational material we will be providing, and you can CHOOSE whether you accept the risk of attending church activities. We already have remote worship services available and/or you can choose to participate in other activities such as Sunday school or committee meetings by teleconference technology.
One other way to protect our church community is to take responsibility to protect yourself and others from transmission of the virus. Never lose sight of the fact that you may be an asymptomatic carrier. If you have exposure to people in the above stated high risk groups, please consider not attending church services in person. Additionally, do not attend services in person if you are running a fever or do not feel well.
We will continue to monitor disease prevalence in our region and re-evaluate our policies as conditions change.
If you or a loved one are in need of support with obtaining groceries and the like during the COVID-19 crisis, please complete our COVID-19 Assistance Form. We will receive an email with the information you enter and will be able to provide support for those in need.