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Reunion: Reopening Guidelines

FPC Campus Re-Open Plan: Phase 1

We are excited to be REUNITED face to face. We have moved into Phase 2 of our Church Reopening Plan, but are still observing Worship and Sunday School Class guidelines from Phase 1. These include socially distanced, on-campus worship and an option for on-campus adult and youth Sunday schools. Online worship services will continue with Traditional Service at 9:00 AM and our 11:02 AM Contemporary Service at fpcsanantonio.org/media.

Worship with FPC In-Person or Virtually:

9:00 AM – Traditional Service – Sanctuary and Live Online
10:00 AM – Sunday School Hour – Adults & Youth Classes Online & On-Campus – Children** Online ONLY
See the Adult Bible Studies page or Youth Sunday School page for class specific information.
11:02 AM – Contemporary Service – Westminster Hall and Live Online

**At this time, due to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in San Antonio and out of an abundance of caution for our children and families, there will be no childcare or on-campus children’s Sunday school classes on Sunday mornings. We invite families to continue to worship together with their children and to participate in our online weekly Children’s Church (email rozlynm@fpcsat.org to join the email list or private Facebook Group). Stay tuned for more information about children’s ministry as we look forward to the reopening of schools.


The following are our basic guidelines for in-person attendance:

  • Social Distancing—Observe all signs posted for safety and social distancing, and follow the direction of ushers, volunteers, and staff  for entering, seating and exiting.
  • Face Masks—Masks strongly recommended. Ushers, staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks. We ask that everyone please bring your own face mask to use while on campus. Extra masks will be available at the Avenue E entrance should you forget yours. Read our Pastor’s Letter on Face Masks.
  • Seating Capacity—Seating capacity will be limited due to reduced capacity with social distancing. Congregants will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. We ask for your patience, and willingness to continue to experience our online streaming service at fpcsanantonio.org/media if unable to attend in person.
  • At-Risk Worshippers—We ask that those 65 and older or high health-risk individuals refrain from returning to on-site worship until public health conditions are more stable.
  • Other Activities—Children will sit with their families. No childcare will be available until further notice. Adult and Youth Sunday schools are welcome to return to on-campus meeting at their leaders’ discretion. All other activities, including children’s Sunday school and all Bible studies, will continue to be held online.
  • Minimize Community Sharing— We are temporarily limiting the sharing of frequently touched objects in worship such as hymnals or offering plates. Bulletins are set in socially distanced places well ahead of services. As Sunday School reopens we will not have communal coffee, water, or food. All water fountains have been disabled for our congregation’s safety.

What to Expect Sunday Morning

9:00 AM Traditional Service

9:00 AM Service Map

  • Try to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the beginning of worship. Doors open 30 minutes before service at 9:00 AM.
  • Please use the main parking lot at Avenue E and McCullough Ave.
  • Entry will be through the Avenue E entrance only, with the exception of those with mobility issues who will have the option of entering the Sanctuary through the 4th Street entrance.
  • All water fountains will be turned off and no coffee/water stations will be available.  Please feel free to bring a water bottle or other beverage with you should you wish.
  • An offering box will be available in the Narthex during entry/exit or online giving is available here.
  • Children sit with their families. No childcare is available at this time.
  • Ushers will direct congregants to seats on a first-come, first-served basis. You may not be able to sit where you are accustomed.
  • All papers, hymnals, Bibles, and pew cushions have been removed. There will be bulletins at the designated spots in the pews to maintain social distancing.
  • If the Sanctuary reaches capacity, ushers and greeters will redirect attendees up to our overflow area in Covenant Hall. Here is the Overflow Service Map with the direction you will go to get to Covenant Hall. This room will be disinfected between services.
  • We must adhere to the maximum capacity for this service at 170 people (including overflow). We ask for your patience, and willingness to continue to experience our online streaming service at fpcsanantonio.org/media if unable to attend in person.
  • Exit, at the direction of the ushers, from the back of the Sanctuary to the front through the 4th street narthex doors.
  • Please do not congregate inside the building to visit with friends, but rather head outdoors to catch up in the open air.

11:02 AM Contemporary Service

11:00 AM Service Map

  • Try to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the beginning of worship. Doors open 30 minutes before service at 10:30 AM.
  • Please use the main parking lot at Avenue E and McCullough Ave.
  • All entry is through Avenue E.
  • All water fountains will be turned off and no coffee/water stations will be available.  Please feel free to bring a water bottle or other beverage with you should you wish.
  • An offering box will be available at the entrance/exit to Westminster Hall or online giving is available here.
  • Children sit with their families. No childcare is available at this time.
  • Ushers will be directing congregants to seats on a first-come, first-served basis. You may not be able to sit where you are accustomed.
  • All papers, Bibles, etc. have been removed and a distance of at least 3 seats need to be maintained between families. There will be announcement sheets at the designated spots in the seats to maintain social distancing.
  • If Westminster Hall reaches capacity, ushers and greeters will redirect attendees up to our overflow area in Covenant Hall. Here is the Overflow Service Map with the direction you will go to get to Covenant Hall. This room will be disinfected between services.
  • We must adhere to the maximum capacity for this service at 110 people (including overflow). We ask for your patience, and willingness to continue to experience our online streaming service at fpcsanantonio.org/media if unable to attend in person.
  • The congregation will exit, at the direction of the ushers, through the Avenue E exit.
  • Please do not congregate inside the building to visit with friends, but rather head outdoors to catch up in the open air.

FPC Campus Re-Open Plan: Phase 2

The following are main points to observe as we have now implemented Stage 2 of our reopening:

  • On-site services will be held Sundays, as well as continue to be live-streamed and posted for online viewing during the week. We look forward to seeing you in our 9:00 a.m. and 11:02 a.m. worship services, and during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday school hour, on-line or in person.
  • We have resumed regularly scheduled business hours here at the FPC campus. We will also begin opening the campus to be available for small group meetings, Bible studies, and other ministries.
  • During the business week, the campus will be accessible by FPC members for necessary business and ministry. However, the door will not be left unlocked. (Just let the staff receptionist know you are here to let you in).
  • All persons entering the church building are REQUIRED to wear a protective mask at all times while in the public areas of the building, including but not limited to, all hallways, meeting rooms, restrooms, the workroom, the choir area, the kitchen area, as well as those areas where worship services are conducted. This requirement shall remain in effect until such time as the Session sees fit to discontinue this policy.
  • We recommend that the most vulnerable At-Risk Worshippers in our congregation please continue to wait for overall conditions to improve. The state and CDC recommend that those 65 and older and those at high risk refrain from returning to on-site worship until public health conditions are more stable.
  • We will also continue to support and encourage virtual platforms for a variety of meetings and small group gatherings. This will be the case especially for participation of at-risk members.

Click HERE to view Pastor Bob Fuller’s August 12 Letter to the Congregation for more details.