What you Need to Know About Worshipping On Campus

In order to continue with the on-campus portion of our hybrid worship format we’ll all need to work together to make the FBCR sanctuary a safe and comfortable place to worship.

Fill Out a Health Survey

In accordance with New York State guidelines we must keep a record of your presence on campus and your affirmation of health. There will be paper forms available, but you can save yourself and other worshipers a bit of time by filling it out online before you arrive. You may do this anytime within 24 hours prior to worship, so anytime after Saturday at 10:00 AM. You will be directed which door to enter, depending on whether you have completed your assessment in advance.

Dress for the Weather

In order to keep airflow in the sanctuary we will have the windows open unless it is bitterly cold. So the sanctuary may be a bit cool some weeks. Please feel free to wear an extra sweater or to keep your coat on during worship if you need to. The coat rooms are closed so we ask that you keep your coats with you in the empty seats within your pew.

Arrive Early

Entering the Sanctuary takes a bit more time than it has in the past. You’ll need to follow the flow of traffic markers, have your temperature checked, and find a seat at a distance from other worshipers. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of people here to help navigate this new way of entering worship.

Entering and Exiting the Sanctuary

In order to maintain social distance while entering and exiting the sanctuary you will find arrows and signs to designate the direction of the flow of traffic. Some of these directions may seem counterproductive, but they have been considered by a capable team of volunteers.

Submit Your Prayer Requests Ahead of Time

We will not be able to pass a microphone or have worshipers yell out their prayer requests. Please use one of the methods below to submit your prayer requests:

  • Email prayers@rochesterfbc.org by Saturday at 5pm.
  • Use the web form found here to submit a request.
  • Text Pastor Brent any time even up to the moment of prayer requests during worship. My cell phone number is published in the church directory.
  • If you’re worshiping from home you’re welcome to use any of these methods as well, but you’ll also have an opportunity to give your requests as per usual.

Save the Singing for Another Day

Congregational singing is a hazard until the pandemic is at an end. We are aware that this is a terrible loss, but we will still have beautiful music to adorn our worship. Our musicians will have protective barriers from which they will be able to sing. Once in while you might even hear a favorite hymn, just please refrain from joining in. We know that’s counterintuitive for a worshiping community, but it is the only safe way to be together for the moment. We’ll all be back to making a joyful sound together soon.

Be Nice to Our Technology

Some internet savvy folks may realize they could log on to Zoom from the sanctuary and get the best of both worlds. Clever! However, doing so will use bandwidth that is critical to our ability to conduct services online and could cause distracting feedback on Zoom and in the sanctuary. So if you’re on campus, please refrain from logging on to Zoom from your device.

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