COVID-19 Protocol for Frisco Bible Church

 Introduction

 

Big idea – Romans 13 and other passages command Christians to work under the sphere of each appropriate governing authority. God, who rules over all, calls us to obey earthly rulers as fully as possible without violating His word.

The State, County, and City Guidelines

The Governor of Texas has decreed that any restrictions on church gatherings be removed.
Collin County rescinded its disaster declaration on February 26, 2021.

Collin Cares Recovery Plan

The Collin County Commissioners Court on Monday, May 11, 2020 adopted the 'Collin Cares' recovery plan to assist families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. The county plan provides direct financial assistance for housing, utilities, and groceries; as well as funding for COVID-19 testing, personal protective equipment, and cities' COVID-19 costs and recovery efforts. Click HERE to learn more or visit www.collincountytx.gov for other news and updates.

Collin Cares

 

The Frisco Bible Church Elders’ Protocols

Effective March 21, 2021

 

Big idea – The following plans will be used to guide the ministry of Frisco Bible Church (“FBC” or “the church”). These protocols are based on the guidance of the governing authorities and may be updated as conditions change, or further guidance becomes available.  

Phase I – effective May 1, 2020

Phase II – effective May 20, 2020

Phase III – effective June 7, 2020

Phase IV - effective March 21, 2021

 

Responsibility

 

Big idea – the scriptures teach self-control and personal responsibility. It is each person’s responsibility to steward his own wellbeing and care for those with whom he shares community. Of course, “care” must not be misappropriated as an excuse for bullying. Following the commands regarding “disputed things” in Romans 14 and “minding your own business” in 1 Thessalonians 4, we will not condone any condescension among the brethren. For example: A person declared “high risk” by the CDC may choose to gather physically for worship. They will not be looked down upon. Likewise, one who is supposedly “low risk” may choose to stay home. No one will consider them lesser.

 

Encouragement

 

Big idea – When we work in faithful trust of the Lord, He often multiplies the results many times over.

  • During the pandemic, our ministry opportunities have multiplied. Letters from Texas, the US, and worldwide keep coming with comments like:
    • “Thank you for making your protocols available. Our church is using them and finding things are working very well. Thank you for ‘not giving up meeting together’ [Hebrews 10:25] and helping us find ways to do so as well.”
    • “We are so grateful for how our home [Frisco Bible] cared for us and others in every way possible during this season of national fear and division.”
    • “Here [Italy] we cannot meet still. It is such a gift to worship each Sunday night with Frisco Bible Church. It’s not the same as gathering physically, but I am so grateful.”
  • The church continues to grow! We are enjoying God’s blessings spiritually, physically, and even financially.

 

Phase IV Strategies for FBC

 

Big idea – The summary “trust God without testing Him” continues to wisely guide all ministry decisions. Below is our plan to live trust-without-testing in the near term.

Gathering:

  • Physical worship will continue at our normal times: 8:45, 10:15, and 11:45 am.
  • The livestream will continue to occur at 10:15 am each Sunday for those unable to physically attend.
  • The first worship service will continue to require masks for all not on stage.
  • Notes on Resurrection weekend services: 
    • Good Friday service will be livestreamed and not masked.
    • Sunrise service will be outdoors (or in the gym if weather requires) and neither livestreamed nor masked.
    • Wonderfully, there will be a Kolache feast between each Easter Sunday service; however, that means masks will be removed while feasting. Those who desire a masked crowd should probably join via livestream.
    • Should a service approach capacity, we will open overflow seating with staff hosts in the gym.

Auditorium:

  • Registration is not necessary.
  • Seating will be sprayed as long as the Governor’s guideline recommends seats be sanitized between each service.
  • Offering plates will not be passed. Please give online, via mail, or use the boxes as you exit the auditorium.
  • People will enter the auditorium via the 8 south foyer doors and exit via the 4 north auditorium doors.

Foyer and entrances:

  • Signage will be placed on entrances to encourage people to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. Signage will remind a person to go home immediately if the individual has any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout our facilities.

FB Kids:

  • Kids are always welcome in the auditorium, and engagement kits will be provided at least through May.
  • We are moving ahead with wonderful ministry in Sunday School, AWANA, Trail Life, American Heritage Girls, and more. As children are returning to our programmed activities, we are seeking more precious servant-leaders to join our children’s ministry team. Please contact Tasha Bradley for information on how you can assist.
  • Camp in the City will go forward July 26-30 with Pine Cove’s rules and guidelines given to Day Camp operators in Open Texas. Visit Pine Cove's website for registration and more information.
  • Other Summer activities are in the planning stages and more details will be coming out soon, so make sure to visit our FB Kids page for updates or contact Tony Jacobs if you have any questions.

Classes, Bible studies, life group gathering, and activities:

  • Bible studies, adult and youth classes can meet.
  • Small groups in all ministries will be allowed to gather. If any group member is ill or unable to physically attend, we encourage groups to find creative ways to engage each other.
  • Middle and Senior High Youth Camps are planned for June and are already full with waiting lists.
  • Our annual Beach Party and Baptisms are in the planning stages and more details will be coming out soon, so make sure to visit our News page for updates.

Office:

  • The church offices will continue to be open to all during regular business hours.
  • The buildings will continue to be thoroughly and regularly cleaned.

Pastoral care and helps:

  • Call or write the church office if you are an FBC member who gets laid off or enters serious financial distress. Use 972.335.8150 or contactus@friscobible.com.
  • If you know of an at-risk church member or attender who could use encouragement, please inform the pastors via the phone or email address listed above.

 

Dealing With The Unknowns

 

Big idea – Since Eden was ruined, humans have resorted to blame as our default reaction to pressure. The Lord calls us to exercise responsibility, not to blame. God has not abdicated His throne, abandoning us to completely human control. Thus, as a body we will be responsible to Him in every situation – even uncertain times. And we will not resort to nor accept finger-pointing. We trust the only sovereign God who brings all to pass in His time [1 Timothy 6:15] and submit to human under-authorities while we prepare to do good works. [Titus 3:1-2.]

 

God bless,

The Elders of Frisco Bible Church

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