|Wednesday, September 16, 2020|
Dear Frontline Family,
After much thought, prayer, and deliberation the board of deacons and elders at Frontline Bible Church has made the decision to revise our Covid-19 Guidelines during Sunday morning worship to allow attendees to remove their face masks while seated in designated sections of the Worship Center. Face masks will still be required when entering the building and while moving about our church facilities (unless attendees are medically unable to wear a face mask) and may only be taken off while seated in the designated sections of the Worship Center. The wearing of masks is still recommended and all other protocols and guidelines for entering and exiting the building such as sanitizing hands, physical distancing, and limiting personal contact, will remain in place. Anyone who has a fever, is not feeling well, or has been exposed to the virus within the past 14 days should refrain from attending events at FBC.
The FBC board did not come to this decision lightly and we understand that this remains a serious health concern for our church and community. While we cannot remove all risk associated with Covid-19, we are striving to manage the risk in a way that minimizes possible exposure while at the same time being as inclusive as possible to those that desire to join us for in-person worship. We are aware that the issue of wearing face masks has become very polarizing in our culture and it is not our intention to favor one side of this debate over any other. Rather, our intention is to create an environment where our Frontline family can come together to worship, and enjoy the unity and fellowship we share in Christ Jesus. As your Frontline board we hope you will join us in living out your faith with an extra measure of grace and humility during these challenging times.
When we made the decision nearly two months ago to require face masks to be worn at all times while in the church building, we choose to err on the side of caution and we chose not to exercise our exemption as a church to make mask wearing optional at that time. After reviewing our Covid-19 protocols we made the decision to modify our requirement based on many factors, including:
• Overall cases of the virus have been going down and remain relatively low.
• The survival and recovery rate has increased dramatically over the past several months.
• Advancements have been made in the treatment of the virus.
• Other areas of the community have been opening up including restaurants, gyms and sporting events.
• Some members of our Frontline family are unable to tolerate wearing a mask for long periods of time and/or have difficulty breathing while wearing a mask.
• We are still providing a safe environment for our worship gatherings: Social/physical distancing is still required while in our building.
• Mask wearing is required while moving about the building.
• Mask wearing is still encouraged and masks will only be allowed to be removed in designated sections and only while at your seat.
• Attendees have the option to sit in designated sections where masks must be worn at all times.
This change will take place effective next Sunday, September 20th and there will be greeters in place to direct you to the appropriate section. Those opting to take their face masks off while in their seats will be seated on the west side (teal) of the Worship Center and will enter the Worship Center through the west lobby doors and will be directed to a seat by the ushers. Those who wish to be seated in a section where face masks remain on at all times will enter the Worship Center through the east lobby (orange) doors and they will be directed to their seats by an usher. Please remember to keep a safe distance while moving about in the building and please do not congregate in the lobby before or after the service. As we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of this pandemic, we ask that you continue to uplift Frontline Bible Church, our ministry leaders, staff, and board in prayer. As leaders at Frontline we are continually amazed at God’s grace and goodness to our church during this unprecedented time. As your board we humbly continue to seek God’s grace, blessing, and guidance as we serve at FBC and we look forward with excitement to what God has in store for us.
May God richly bless you,
On behalf of Frontline Elders and Deacons