REOPENING JUNE 14, 2020 – Back to Church Sunday!
First Baptist Jonesboro will open the Worship Center for on-campus worship on June 14. The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a challenge for the church, but we have persevered and been faithful. While we have greatly appreciated our ability to live-stream our services, we are looking forward to gathering together again.
The following are guidelines for our gathering.
Services: We will begin with only one service at 10:45 am. Doors will open at 10:15 am.
Attendance: All are welcome, but we understand some members are not yet ready to assemble on campus. That is perfectly fine, and we encourage them to continue watching our services through the various online options at fbcjonesboro.com, Facebook or YouTube. We strongly encourage those who are in the category of “at risk” to stay home and connect online for the time being. Those who are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home.
Children: Children are welcome in our service, but we are not able to offer childcare at this time due to social distancing guidelines. Properly prepared activity packets will be available to all children, or you can bring your own from home.
Restrooms: They will be accessible with doors propped open and with personnel available to keep them clean. However, we encourage people to not use them unless it is necessary.
Social Distancing: When you arrive, the doors will be propped open, so nobody touches door handles. Once in the building, you will be encouraged to go straight to the Worship Center where ushers will help you find your seat. Some rows will be marked off to keep proper distancing. Family groups are encouraged to sit together, but you will need to leave 3 seats empty between your family and the next person in your row. There will not be a time in the service for handshaking, hugging or any other physical contact. When we are dismissed, we ask you not to mingle in the building.
Masks: Masks are strongly encouraged, and there will be masks available as you arrive. Leadership on stage will not be in masks, until they join the congregation.
Offerings: We will not pass the offering plates during the service. Receptacles are at the doors of the Worship Center or in the foyer, where you may give your offering. If you choose to give electronically, you may do so at www.fbcjonesboro.com.
Life Groups: They will remain online until further notice.
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Effective immediately, 3-17-20:
NO large group worship time.
NO on-campus Life Groups.
YES, we will livestream several Bible Classes that can be accessed on our website Sunday morning at 9:30. Those families with youth or children will be receiving specific information about what is available for them.
NO major events through June, including Middle School and High School Choir Tours, Youth Camp, and Vacation Bible School. All mission trips have been postponed.
YES, we will replace many events with local opportunities to bless our community. Stay tuned for details.
NO regular activities during the week.
YES, our mercy ministries will continue, including our Medical Clinic by appointment only.
We have several ways to give tithes and offerings.
1 – Drop your gift by the church office, or mail it to PO Box 773, Jonesboro, GA 30236.
2 – Go to website at www.fbcjonesboro.com and select Give, at the very top of the HOME PAGE. You are able to set up your giving by connecting to your bank account or credit card as a one-time gift or a recurring gift.
3 – You can give through a text. Simply text 678-831-6710 and you will be prompted to setup your account one time, and then all future gifts will be easy.
4 – You can set up with your bank an automatic bill pay that can be one time or a recurring gift.
NOTE: Be faithful in giving. Some church members are facing furlough days and their income and giving may go down. Others may be laid off or have some other financial need. If you can give over and above your normal tithes and offerings, that will allow us help people through a tough time.
Thank you for your patience in a constantly changing world. These are temporary measures that are evaluated daily. Look for regular updates as we move forward.
To God be the glory,
Pastor Mel Blackaby