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ReGathering FAQ's

Where do I park, and what door do I enter?

We are asking everyone participating in Preschool or Elementary activities to use the North Parking lots and enter at the Welcome Center.

If you are not involved with Preschool or Children’s ministries, park in the Dean Street and Main Street lots for Sanctuary Worship. If you are worshiping in the Hangar Auditorium, use the Hangar and North Parking lots. Golf carts will continue running with sanitization between uses. Handicap parking is best in the Chapel Parking Lot for Sanctuary access, and the Hangar Parking Lot for Hangar access.

 Do I have to sign a waiver?

Waivers are not required for worship services. In situations where children are left in our care like Sunday School, Life Groups, Weekday Preschool, Missions trips, Basketball, Bus trips, etc. – the answer is yes. We require every family that participates in these ministries to sign one. One per family. Volunteers that serve in these ministries will be require to sign one as well.

 Do I have to wear a mask?

We strongly encourage you to wear a mask inside the building. We do this out of love and respect for all people, especially for the most vulnerable among us.

 Do my children have to wear a mask?

Children under the age of 6 are not required to wear masks anywhere on campus.

 Is there childcare?

Yes, by reservation only for Preschool (birth – K5). In order to provide the safest and best care for our children we are limiting room capacities. Visit www.fbs.org/rsvp for more details and to make your reservation. 

 What do Elementary age children do?

The Kid Depot is offering Elementary age kids (Grades 1-6) a small group experience at both 9 and 11. Drop off and pick up will be in the Kid Depot. Visit www.fbs.org/rsvp for more details and to make your reservation for which hour your children will be attending. Reservations begin October 5 for October 11. 

 So my kids need a reservation as well?

Yes, visit www.fbs.org/rsvp for all the details. 

 Is there an alternative to ONLINE reservation?

Yes, for our senior adults and other non-web participants, you can call the church office 864-583-7245 on the Monday before the Sunday and we will make the reservation for you.

 Are there overflow rooms? 

Yes, as we fill the main worship spaces we will open overflow spaces: The Dining Hall for Genesis and The Chapel for Celebration. Reservations are required for these spaces as well.

 What if I don’t get a reservation? 

The reservation system is very versatile including the ability to cancel reservations on the morning of worship. In real life, some will discover on Saturday or wake up Sunday and realize they will not be able to attend. As those reservations are canceled they show up as available spaces at www.fbs.org/rsvp which can then be secured as reservations for a place in worship. We are discouraging arriving with “hope” there will be room due to no-shows and cancelations. There is always the opportunity to worship on TV-7 at 11 or online at www.fbs.org/watch in both the 9am and 11am hours.

 Are greeters showing me to my seat or can I sit anywhere I want?

In the Sanctuary and Hangar we are utilizing every other row. 50% of the pews and rows will be partitioned off. We are asking everyone to practice social distancing between family groups.

 Will an offering be received?

We will have stations to drop off your offering throughout the campus. Deacons will also be available outside of each worship center as you leave the service. You can also continue to give online at www.fbs.org/give.

 Is my temperature going to be checked? 

Generally, no, only staff and volunteers will be checked. However, the answer is yes for all entering the preschool and Kid Depot areas. We hope you will check your temperature before you leave home and if you are feeling the slightest bit ill…. Please stay home and worship online or on WSPA TV-7.

 Are there sanitation stations? 

Yes, throughout the entire campus and especially in our children and preschool areas.

 Are all halls and restrooms open?

Selected halls are open to parents and children, and restrooms are available as well, but our initial focus is similar to the way we have interacted at the park. Let’s fellowship outside and then come in to worship. We will be encouraging everyone to exit the worship centers immediately after church and gather OUTSIDE.

 Do Life Groups meet? 

Not on campus on Sunday mornings. Many are meeting on campus throughout the week, some virtually, some in backyards, etc. Contact your Life Group leader for the latest in your group. If you are not already in a Life Group we recommend it highly! As Dr. Don reminds us, we all need 2 AM friends and this is where we find them! Ask about where you can get connected at www.fbs.org/connect

 Is the coffee bar open? 

In the future yes, but not quite yet.

 Will youth students have a place to hang out with their friends?

Look for the new student ministry tent in the Hangar to hang with friends and catch up with the Student Ministry Staff.

 Can I still watch online? 

Absolutely! The TV Ministry is now in its 65th year and provides the opportunity to worship at 11am each Sunday. Our Online ministry is 10 years old and gaining viewership every day. Find all the ways to watch: YouTube, Facebook, Livestream and more at www.fbs.org/watch

 Can I still go to the park for worship? 

No, Sunday October 4th is the last Worship in the Park for this season.

 When do other activities begin?

We will be announcing the additional start dates of activities as they are determined. Details will be online at www.fbs.org and you can get weekly updates by signing up for the eblast here

 How can I serve? 

Serving is a core value of our church. There are many opportunities from teaching to greeting to media and more. Visit www.fbs.org/yes to tell us how you might like to plug in.

 Are there people who can show me where to go? 

Yes! We have an excellent team of Guest Services volunteers who will be holding doors and directing you throughout the day. It is their goal to help make your worship experience physically as touchless as possible, so that spiritually the Lord will touch us all greatly!

 Will the altar be open for prayer? 

In the future yes, but not quite yet.

 Are we singing indoors? 

Yes, with our social distancing and newly installed advanced air filtering system, we believe it is safe to sing in our services.

 Are you cleaning between Services?

Yes, First Baptist has a number of systems in place and recently purchased state of the art cleaning systems. They are being used for surface disinfection and cleaning of the buildings all week, but especially between the 9 and 11 am services housekeeping will use our foggers to fog the seating areas.  The chemical is an EPA certified Covid-19 sanitizer. Our HVAC systems in both the sanctuary and hangar auditorium have been upgraded to systems which treat the air as it is circulated in the system.  This has been designed to deactivate the viral pathogens on surfaces and in the air to sanitize the enclosed spaces.  

 In this age of Covid 19, any of this is subject to change.

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THIS WEEK'S NOTES

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CHECK YOUR TEMPERATURE

September 20, 2020
Dr. Don Wilton

 

WORLDLINESS AND THE CHURCH
Revelation 2: 12-17

Introduction:  Pergamum

 What Jesus said:

  1. He has a sword (12, 16b)
  2. He knows where they live (13)
    a)He sees personally
    b)He knows intimately
    c)He understands compassionately
  3. He salutes their faithfulness (13c)
  4. He pinpoints their sin (14)
  5. He demands they repent (16)
  6. He guarantees their reward (17)

PAST MESSAGES

First Baptist Church, Spartanburg

September 20, 2020

Donald J. Wilton

 

Worldliness and the Church

Revelation 2: 12-17

What a joy to be able to hear a Word from the Lord as we continue to "check our temperature." There continues to be signs all around us indicating the end times. In this message we take a look at the church at Pergamom where we are reminded that Jesus expects us to be different from the world. When we as a church start looking like the world, Jesus has a definite warning for us. God knows the heart of the church and the people. Although He commended the faithfulness of the church at Pergamom, He condemned their sin regarding false teaching and immorality, calling for repentance.

Just as God knew the heart of the church at Pergamom, he knows the heart of our church. What does He see when He looks at our church? What does He see when He looks at us? Are we as Christians filled with worldliness? He is a loving God and is ready to offer forgiveness if we repent. God is faithful and promises a reward of His blessings and His freedom. 

As we check our temperature through this Scripture, perhaps we as a church will find a need to repent of our worldliness and commit to be obedient to His command to share the Good News of Jesus outside the walls of the church building. Oh, church, we must rely on God’s promises and His freedom during this time of physical restrictions and confinement. We must be in the world but not of the world; after all, the world is our mission field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK

September 14-20

Click the tabs below to see specific details on our schedule. This information is updated weekly.

This week, we are gathering at Barnet Park for worship at 9:00 AM for one unified service. This Sunday, we will stream the service at 9:00 AM (11:00 AM WSPA TV-7 Broadcast) and we will have an additional online-only Genesis stream at 11:00 AM live from the Hangar. Learn more about this at www.fbs.org/regather

If you need to stay home, we hope you'll tune in and worship live with us this Sunday from your home. The live streams and broadcast will not go away! Our prayer is that you will take every opportunity to connect with others through the technology we are so blessed to have so readily at hand.

We are taking a temporary break from some of our weekly meetings. Keep checking our social media and the content blocks above for updates from our different ministry teams.

The FBS main building and Hangar are closed with the exception of church staff and special considerations. We're taking every measure to stay connected with you over video, phone, and email! Click here to connect with staff phone/email contacts.

Activities NOT meeting this week:

 Hour of Encouragement

Choir & Orchestra Rehearsals

MPACT Kids

M&M Preschool

 Bible Study Fellowship

Our Weekday Preschool Program is now open. Contact the office at 864.285.9169

We are offering online counseling during these days of temporary closings. You will find more details here www.fbs.org/newday. If you have any questions feel free to call our office at 864.699.4290 for more information.

During this special time, we have decided to make some changes to the Bridge Operating Hours. Beginning in April, we will only be giving out food at The Bridge on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon. Our Wearhouse is open on Monday and Wednesday Mornings from 9-12 for clothing. For Financial Assistance please visit our website to watch an informational video on how to apply. Clothing donations including shoes, belts, purses, etc. are accepted at the bridge Monday through Thursday from 8am-6pm.

Please visit www.fbs.org/RSVP to learn about our updated schedule for October and November!

We can’t wait to allow groups to begin meeting on campus for ministry events. In accordance with CDC and DHEC regulations, the following factors will influence every request to meet indoors on campus:

 

  1. The current community activity of COVID-19.
  2. The size and activity of the group and the size of the venue being requested.
  3. The overall church calendar and the need to clean between groups.

 

  • The FBS staff is meeting weekly over the local activity of the virus, which will influence our decision on what activities can meet on campus for the following two weeks.
  • In order to keep everyone’s safety and health our number one priority, the church also reserves the right to cancel any church-sponsored events, even up to the day of the event.

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