COVID-19 Update

This is the place on our website for updates related to FBC Robinson and COVID-19.


Below is our current update (time updated - 1:45pm on Thursday, May 28th)


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This same update is also included below:


FBC Robinson Family,

 

We announce with great delight and anticipation that we plan to resume in-person worship gatherings in the church sanctuary on Sunday, June 7th at 10:30am.

 

But in order for us to do so, we must work to ensure that our time together is pleasing to the LORD, conducted with Spirit-filled wisdom and Christ-like humility. To this end, please read the following guidelines closely. 

 

Don’t Feel Pressure To Come


If you or someone you have been exposed to has recently exhibited COVID-19 symptoms,[1] please do not come to church. Also, if you are not comfortable being out in public yet or are in a high-risk category, please do not feel any pressure whatsoever to come. We are exploring various video options and hope to have a camera in the sanctuary to live stream services on June 7th and beyond. Either way, some form of video will be offered for those who need to stay home.

 

Some may argue that staying home for the health reasons listed above demonstrates a lack of faith. This perspective is not only untrue but has the potential to make a fellow brother or sister in Christ feel inferior. Let’s love each other instead! I trust God to keep me safe, but I still lock my doors at night and buckle my seatbelt when in a moving vehicle. We can trust God wholeheartedly, while at the same time not take unnecessary health risks that could potentially harm others and ourselves.

 

If You Do Come, It Will Be Different

 

For those who feel led to begin attending in-person worship gatherings again, there are some changes our church is making. Until further notice, the following precautions are in effect.

 

Sunday School– There remains no in-person Sunday School meetings. Classes are encouraged to meet online through Zoom or other outlets. If you need help setting these up please let us know!

 

Connecting Time – Instead of having our usual Connecting Time in the Fellowship Hall, we will have this in the Main Parking Lot (located between the church building and 77). This is also where we ask everyone to park his or her vehicle.

 

This time of fellowship will begin at 10am, and we are asking everyone to respectfully adhere to social distancing guidelines while on the premises. This is a time to talk, catch up, pray, etc. But please do not hug or shake hands.


At The Bell – At 10:15am, the bell will ring and everyone will be invited by an Usher to line up on chalk dots spaced along the pathway from the Main Parking Lot to our only available church entrance, the door on the side of the Fellowship Hall facing Stegall. If a health reason prohibits you from standing in line for an extended period of time, please ask an Usher to let you in the building first. You can also wait in your vehicle until the line has died down and go last.

 

If you are attending worship as an individual, you will line up on a dot by yourself. If you have family with you, your entire family unit will stand together on one dot. As the Usher at the door lets an individual or a family unit in, all others will move up one dot closer to entrance. Indoor Ushers will guide you the rest of the way. When you enter the Fellowship Hall, there will be a station for hand sanitizer if you so desire, as well as extra masks (masks are encouraged but not required), and an activity for kids to do during the service.

 

Seating – Once you make your way through the Fellowship Hall into the sanctuary, you will notice that all the even numbered pews are taped off, and seating only available in odd numbered pews. You will walk to the sound booth along the back of the sanctuary toward the center aisle. If you have an offering you can place it in the box, and then turn right down the center aisle. You will then walk to where the Seating Usher is located. He will seat you at the next available seat. 

 

Each available pew will have three spaces for individuals/family units to sit in: (1) space closest to center aisle, (2) space in middle of the pew, or (3) the space closest to the outer aisle. Please leave 6ft between nearest person of another space. If you need handicap seating, ask Usher at back of sanctuary to guide you to those spaces.

 

Restrooms – These will be available during the service for those who must use them. Adults can use the restrooms across from the nursery, while kiddos can use the one in nursery.

 

During The Service– The service will start at 10:30am. It will be a shorter service than usual, shooting to wrap up by 11:20am. ***There will be no childcare during the service. Parents are invited to bring their kiddos into the service and worship along with the church. Kids will have activities to do, and if parents need to take their kids out they can go to Fellowship Hall.***

 

Dismissal – After the service, the Seating Usher will come and lead each row to dismiss. Each row will dismiss by way of the center aisle as directed, coming to the only exit, which is the door by the Organ. Worshippers are then free to make their way to their cars.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the office at 254-662-6803 or email office@fbcrobinson.org.

 

-FBC Robinson Safety Team



[1]Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, 

fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

 


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Below is one of our previous updates (time updated - 10:00am on Friday, May 15th)


We pray this update finds you and your loved ones doing well!!


As of right now, our plan is to re-open for Sunday Morning worship on June 7. This is still subject to change, but is the current target.


Our Safety Team has met the last two weeks and will meet again this coming week to finalize our plan for re-opening in a safe and wise way. Please continue to pray for this team and the procedures put in place.


Some of you may have been itching to get back for weeks now, while others are more cautious. Please do not let the enemy get a foothold in our church by being brash and inconsiderate of other people's viewpoints on this matter.


We are UNITED BY OUR SHARED RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, not our views on current events. We must all take care to remember that!


If we learn anything at all through this, may it be how to bear with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).


What might this look like for you?


Until we meet in person, you can continue to catch our Sunday morning worship and sermon videos at our First Baptist Church Robinson, TX YouTube channel and at the Equipping the Found site (link in the previous update below).


In Christ,
Brooks


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Below is one of our previous COVID-19 updates (time updated - 2:15pm on Thursday, April 30th) 


FBC Robinson Family,


You have probably seen by now the latest Executive Order from Governor Abbott. He has allowed churches to resume meeting, but has suggested that certain safety practices be implemented.


Our church desires to open as safely as possible. We will NOT reopen for worship at the building for at least the next two Sundays (May 3 and 10), but in that time our health team leaders will discuss all factors related to providing a safe environment for worship once we do return.


ONLINE SERVICES


For the next two Sundays (May 3 and 10) we will still post online service videos to the Equipping the Found site found here and to our First Baptist Church Robinson, TX YouTube channel. 


Blessings,

Pastor Brooks


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Below is one of our previous COVID-19 Updates (time posted - 3:15pm on Saturday, March 21st) 


Our church will hold an online service this Sunday, March 22nd, at 10am on our First Baptist Church of Robinson Facebook page. We plan on doing this for the next several weeks during this period when we have been ordered by the City of Robinson to cease meeting at our building. 


Check the Facebook page for details on Sunday Online Gatherings and other videos posted during this interim period. Messages will also be posted to the Resources tab on this site, under the Sermons heading.


If you would like to be updated with regular text/email messages, email brooks@fbcrobinson.org or call the office at 254-662-6803 and leave a message stating that.


Blessings,

Brooks


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Below is one of our previous COVID-19 Updates (time posted - 6:00pm on Friday, March 13th) 

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In light of recent declarations made by President Trump and Governor Abbott, as well as precautions prescribed by national and state health care officials, FBC Robinson has decided to suspend all activities and services at our church building through next Sunday, March 22nd. 


To clarify, all Sunday morning, afternoon, and evening activities will be cancelled for the next two Sundays (March 15th and 22nd), along with Wednesday night activities on March 18th.


We also will not keep regular office hours this week. Personnel members may still perform their various duties in the office, but we ask that only those normally authorized to perform said duties come to the office. If there is an urgent need, please call the office or contact a staff member or deacon.


After this period, the situation will be re-evaluated. 


Per the previous update (see below), this decision was not made out of fear. Rather, it was made from a posture aimed at faith, wisdom, and love of God and neighbor.


Blessings,

Pastor Brooks


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Below is one of our previous COVID-19 Update (time posted - 12:30pm on Friday, March 13th) 
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Our church will comply with any recommendations made by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). As of 12:30pm on March 13th, we will proceed with regularly scheduled services this Sunday, March 15th.

As a precaution, those who feel ill or "ill at ease" are advised not to attend. For those who do attend, we recommend limited contact with no hugs or handshakes. 

The DSHS also recommends the following:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

As stated previously, as of 12:30pm on March 13th, we are still meeting for regularly scheduled activities this Sunday, March 15th. 

However, as we have seen over the past few days, this situation is extremely fluid with things subject to change as more cases become known. As your pastor, I would like to offer a few thoughts on how we can face this situation in a way that is pleasing to God and of most benefit to our neighbors:

1) If we do decide at some point to cancel services, it will not be out of fear. 
Scripture is clear on this. We know that death is no longer to be feared because our Savior has already defeated it. We long to please Him and be with Him! 

We have come to understand by his grace the truth of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."

For those of us in Christ, we can say along with Paul in Philippians 1, "it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not at all be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." 

2) If we do decide at some point to cancel services, it will be out of love of neighbor. 
As one church leader put it, "There is a maddening paradox to coronavirus precautions: 

They feel silly, cowardly, extreme. But they are not.

If the preventative measures work, then by definition they'll appear to have been excessive. Success will look like overreaction.

And neighbor love will often feel unloving."

This is what Christians do: we sacrifice, we set aside privileges, out of love for God and one another. 

3) Let's proceed with both faith and wisdom.
Our church, and others in McLennan County, around the state, and around the world must seek to walk in faith and wisdom. 

During this time when we may be forced to cease meeting in large gatherings of people, still pray for wisdom on how to love your immediate neighbors well. And may God grant us the balance that leads to loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, along with loving our neighbor as ourself.