A Note Regarding Returning to Church

 

We will be returning to church this Sunday, June 21st, and I wanted to share this not about what church will look like as we come together during this particular moment in the life of the church.

 

Due to the coronavirus, we are making changes to the service and we are implementing certain policies and procedures to keep people safe.

 

  1. We will have our usual 8:30 & 10:30 services, but the order of worship will be changed up.

  2. We will be asking the congregation to receive the music as a gift to them and God from the praise band and the music leaders in second service and we will not be inviting the congregation to sing along, as singing is considered one of the primary ways the virus spreads in churches.

  3. On Sunday mornings, we will only have three doors opened: the main entrance, the office entrance, and the side entrance. There will be a deacon stationed at each to ensure everyone is wearing a mask and to hand you communion as you come in. If you do not have a mask, we will provide a disposable one for the first couple weeks, but ask after that point that individuals bring their own. If you are unwilling to wear a mask, we will kindly ask that you join us from home.

  4. Masks will be required. The only exceptions to wearing them during the service are when an individual is addressing the congregation in word or song, or when an individual is sharing a joy or concern. The mask may be taken off to address the congregation, but it must be put back on when the individual has finished addressing the congregation.

  5. We will not have a children’s sermon and will not be taking communion together as part of the service. We will finish the service with a blessing over communion, for you to partake of it at your leisure later on Sunday, and a benediction, but we will not partake of the communion in the service. (It would defeat the purpose of wearing the masks if we all took them off at the same time for communion in the service)

  6. The pews are spaced six feet apart and we will ask that you sit with family members or those you would normally see outside church. If the sanctuary is filled, there will be overflow seating downstairs.

  7. There will not be coffee hour or Sunday school at this time. Right now, we just want to focus on opening worship right.

  8. The nursery will not be open at this time. However, high risk members or families can call the church office to reserve it on a Sunday if they would like to come to church, but feel unsafe worshiping in a larger group at this time.

  9. We are also asking people to refrain from shaking or hugging right now.

  10. There will be offering baskets at each entrance to the sanctuary and one in the overflow area for you to drop off your offering as you enter or leave.

  11. The deaconesses will be wiping down the pews, chairs, and door knobs between the services

  12. We are also asking if you have a fever, coronavirus symptoms, or you’ve been in contact with someone who has the virus, please stay home.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all and worshiping together again! Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

First Christan Church

320 Oakley Street

Livingston, TN 38570

(931) 823-2413

Office Hours

8AM to 3PM

Monday thru Friday

(The office is currently closed for the time being due to the coronavirus pandemic) 

What We Value

 

We Value Love

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:34-35 

Jesus taught that his disciples would be known by the love they have for one another. 

Love lies at the heart of the Christian faith and life. We welcome you in love to visit and be a part of our community.

We Value Community

"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved."

Acts 2:46-47

From the beginning followers of Jesus have gathered in community to break bread and worship God together. Gathering together and sharing our lives is a central part of what it means for us to be church.

We Value Worship

"Praise the Lord! Praise God in the sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!" -Psalm 150:1-2

We believe that God is good and worthy of praise. We gather each week to celebrate God's love for us, to lean on him in hard times, to remember the blessings we have received, and to be spiritually renewed.

We worship at 8:30 and 10:30 every Sunday!

First Christan Church

320 Oakley Street

Livingston, TN 38570

(931) 823-2413