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Read about Sundays at First Pres and the current sermon series, “The Messy Path of Discipleship”

By April 5, 2021May 21st, 2021No Comments

The sermon series, The Messy Path of Discipleship: The Walk of Faith in Peter’s Sandals, continues throughout May, 2021. The ultimate reason for coming to know Peter better is so together we can get to know Jesus better. The story of Peter and Jesus is the story of us and Jesus. Peter’s life reflects many of the trials, temptations and opportunities of our own journeys of Christian discipleship. Peter, a flawed but loved and forgiven disciple, discovers ways to merge faith with fear, faith with doubt, faith with failure, and discovers a faith that empowers him to live in obedience to the teachings of our Lord, Jesus. These are conversations you won’t want to miss!

With the move on May 14, 2021 from Phase 4 into the “Bridge Phase” of the Illinois state reopening plan, guidance for safely gathering in groups once again changed in a positive direction. For the First Pres community, this means that our Sunday morning worship capacity in the sanctuary increased significantly. 

Your church wants to welcome you back into worship as you feel safe participating. We know that with various levels of vaccinations and extenuating medical conditions, comfort levels vary. We will continue to livestream worship for any who are not yet comfortable participating in person. 
But, if you are someone who has been thinking “I don’t want to take someone else’s spot in the sanctuary” or “I will return to worship once we have the green light to do so,” this is your moment! We will still need in-person participants to register (you can see all available registrations HERE) so we can prepare a place for you.

Sunday morning worship at First Pres will continue to be one service at 10am. All are invited to participate online or in person. For those returning to campus, we are so excited to have you back in the sanctuary.

The staff and the First Pres Covid Task Force updated our mask policy based upon recent guidance from the CDC. Over a year ago, we had to close our campus. Now, we are taking progressive steps to return to a fully open campus. You have been gracious and compassionate towards one another during this long season. We can be encouraged as we look forward to being with one another in worship and in fellowship.

What does this mean? Can I come into the church building without a mask on?

Children under the age of 12 do not yet have the opportunity to be vaccinated. They are not protected from the virus unless they are wearing a mask and those around them are wearing masks. Therefore, upon entering the building, in case there are children present, we ask you to wear your mask.

Sunday Worship: Fully vaccinated* individuals can remove their masks in the sanctuary, if they feel comfortable doing so. They can participate in singing. You still need to register to attend worship in person.

Sunday morning for Children: children up to 2 years old are welcome in the Nursery. Children ages 3 – 5th Grade should check in at the Pink room. Once enough children arrive, elementary-aged kids will move to John Knox Hall (lower level.) Children, the nursery staff and the teachers will continue to be masked.

Westminster Preschool, Vacation Bible School: All children and all individuals, 12 and older (whether vaccinated or not) will continue to wear masks for the protection of our children.

The Tent and other outdoor space: All individuals 12 and older who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask unless children under the age of 12 are present.

Indoor Rooms: Staff meetings, Deacon and Elder meetings, ministry meetings, small group gatherings, etc can reserve rooms. All individuals, 12 and older who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks after second dose in a 2-dose series such as Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.

Additional CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated: We should continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID, you should get tested and stay home, away from others. People who have a condition or take medication that weaken the immune system should talk with their healthcare provider to discuss their activities.