Covid-19 Response

FBCR is open and available!

We are also joining our neighbors from across Monroe County in prioritizing community health. For that reason we have made some temporary changes to procedures and operations.


Pandemic Task Force

The Church Council of the First Baptist Church of Rochester has appointed a Pandemic Task Force (PTF) to research and review the documentation from the New York State Forward Guidelines, the Center For Disease Control, and the work of other places of worship including but not limited to resources ABC-USA and ABC/RGR, then recommend to the Church Council a plan for reopening the church for worship and to a shared facility users in the summer of 2020.

The work of this Task Force including a comprehensive safety plan was developed for the church and for our facility users.  Equipment to thoroughly disinfect the facility was ordered, personnel were trained and appropriate signages, social distancing markers, sanitizers, and more were delivered and placed to comply with the appropriate guidelines.  The PTF periodically reviewed guidelines and adjust as needed to the ongoing changes that were taking place.  The latest guidelines to follow may be found below along with the full original Safety Plan and other Pandemic related documents.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the church office.

Facility Use  (Shared Facility User Groups)

In order to comply with community health best practices FBC campus will no longer be available for meetings of any kind. We regret the difficulty this presents to many of our building use partners and wish to do whatever we can to help mitigate that stress. Please contact us if we can help.

We have assigned a Reopening Task Force with the responsibility to developing a reopening plan that is in accordance with NYS Forward mandatory and recommended guidelines and the CDC guidelines.  Their work will continue into the foreseeable future bringing recommendations to the Church Council for review and action.  We also have order appropriate cleaning equipment to properly disinfect the church between groups for the COVID-19 and other virus.  This equipment is currently backordered and will be delivered to the church when it becomes available which is expected sometime between mid-July to mid-August.

Please check back to this page as more details become available.

Each room in our Kaiser Wing is being marked with the appropriate number of individuals which can safely be in the room at time. We will publish those numbers soon.

Before your group may return to the church the State of New York and our insurance carrier require the following criteria be met:

  1. A new proof of insurance certificate, naming the First Baptist Church and specifying COVID related coverage.
  2. A plan according to NYS Forward guidelines on how your group will met during this time of pandemic.  Each plan should include at minimum:
    • How will you maintain appropriate social distancing?
    • How will you ensure your participants know they should and actually wear masks while in the facility?
    • How do you plan to handle restroom requirements?
    • What measures do you have in place should someone not following the rules set up by the state, the church, or your group.
    • What health questions do you plan to ask your participants prior to entry?
    • What plan will you implement if your numbers exceed room capacity?
    • How will you notify the church office if you need to move to an additional room?
    • How will you provide appropriate contract tracing information on your participants?

The church has worked hard to establish safe, fair, and comprehensive documents and guidelines and we would be more than happy to advise your leadership on suggested guidelines.  Please contact the church office and ask for Janet Richardson.

Congregational Church Information


FBCR Diaspora Times

To keep you informed and up-to-date without overwhelming your emails, the FBCR Diaspora Times has been created.  You may wish to check it regularly for new and up-to-date information when they become available.  For quick access to to the COVID-19 Response tab (dropdown) in the navigation bar at the top of the website page.


We worship in an online format.  If you do not have online access and need to worship on campus, please contact a staff member to make a reservation. Reservations are required to help us properly prepare for your arrival and to meet current NYS Forward Mandated Guidelines.  For access to online worship click here.

Pastoral Support

Pastor Brent is available! Leave a message for him at the office (585)244-2468 or email him. For time-sensitive pastoral needs contact him using the contact information in the church directory.

Pastor Brent will reserve in person meetings for emergent pastoral needs.

Congregational Care

Many among our congregation have already reached out to those among us and around who may be particularly vulnerable during this time. Please continue to check on and care for one another. Pastor Brent and the Congregational Care Team are working together to ensure that this natural response is organized and sustained. If you know of someone with particular needs, please reach out pastor Brent or a member of the team to let us know. If you would like to support the work of the Congregational Care Team and volunteer to help us stay in touch with the congregation, please let us know.

Community Response

Our Missions Committee and others within the congregation are assessing the needs of our partner organizations and the community around the church. Efforts to help will be organized as more information becomes available. If you know of needs or wish to volunteer, please let us know.

Other Church Events

All other church events have been postponed or canceled. Check back often for developing information on opportunities to gather online.


Office Business

Our staff will be working from home as much as possible, but you may still reach us at our individual email address or by leaving a message on the church phone @ (585)244-2468. We will check messages frequently and respond promptly.