We are open for in person services. Please read below for the FCC COVID Safety Guidelines
FCC is officially offering an indoor, in-person service at 10:00am. Our sanctuary is limited to 50% capacity, however, we also have an outdoor overflow option available. We encourage you to arrive early to secure a spot inside the sanctuary. The service will also continue to be available YouTube every week. 04/07/21
Dear FCC Family,
We have been blessed to meet inside the church sanctuary for the past few weeks, and thankfully the restrictions are easing up! We have been working to create a safe environment to come together for worship and to meet for small groups while abiding by the state and insurance guidelines. The Bible tells us to follow governmental authority as outlined in Romans 13:1-5. Therefore, we are doing all we can to comply with the standards as a church and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this most unusual and challenging time. For your convenience and to answer some of the questions asked of the staff we are including the procedures and guidelines we are currently following.
FCC COVID Safety Guidelines:
General Procedures for Congregants Attending Church Service:
1. Before arrival at church, wash hands, use the restroom, self-screen for symptoms and/or temperature. Bring essential items such as a clean face mask, Bible, pen, paper, and water. If you have symptoms or fever is present, please stay home to get well.
2. Arrive and leave in a single group to minimize crossflow of people.
3. Park at least 6 feet away from other cars if you arrive at the same time.
4. Line up 6 feet apart along the main entrance double doors of the church (look for signs on the ground to help with distancing).
5. Read the COVID symptom list at the entrance to check for symptoms.
6. Our volunteer may ask about your health and offer hand sanitizer as you approach the door.
7. Have temperature taken at door (if a congregant/visitor has a fever over 100 degrees or present with symptoms they will be asked to get well at home).
8. We ask that you wear face masks during the whole service for the protection of all. Face masks will be offered to those without them (KN95 for those over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions). Children 2 years and under are not required to use face coverings.
9. Pre-packaged Communion elements will be spaced apart on a table next to the entry door/gate for pickup before seating on Communion days.
10. The usher will be available to direct family members to the seating area inside the worship building or outside under the Oak Tree as needed for any special seating arrangements.
11. Children may remain with their family members during service or meet outside the classrooms after the Worship music. Children’s Church adheres to the county and state safety guidelines.
12. Occasional reminders of safety procedures may be given during our Service time.
13. Upon dismissal please follow the directional arrows out the single back doors on either side of the Church entrance.
14. An offering bag will be available at the exit doors.
Restrooms- Please wash your hands before and after using the toilet and wipe the sink counter after use.
Visiting- Please try and maintain 6-foot distance and try to avoid visiting by entrances and exits. Replace hugging, handshakes, and elbow/fist bumps with a wave greeting.
Children- The play areas will be closed for child safety.
Service times- When meeting in the Sanctuary consider choosing the same service time each week for limited exposure and available seating. The Sanctuary is limited to 25% capacity so we can only allow 87 in the building per service. There are no limits when meeting outside under the Oak Tree.
Congregants over 65 or with at-risk health issues- Attendance is not recommended due to high risk of infection. Live Services are available at 10 am on our FCCFillmore YouTube channel.
We know that this is a long list of procedures and everyone has been doing an amazing job helping us keep others safe. If you want to watch a video version it is available for your viewing on our FCCFILLMORE YouTube channel 12 at 12 pm video playlist and our website, fccfillmore.com. For further information see the CDC.gov website. It has a wealth of information that our FCC COVID Safety guidelines are based on. Please contact the Church office (805-524-5564) if you have any questions or concerns about our FCC COVID Safety Guidelines, Church procedures, symptoms, or infection protocol.
Safety Procedures for Church Groups/Gatherings:
All Church related activities whether meeting on the Church campus or at another location must adhere to the same safety standards.
1. Before arrival at a group, wash hands, use the restroom, self-screen for symptoms and/or temperature. If you have symptoms or a fever over 100 degrees is present, please stay home to get well.
2. Maintain a list with names and contact information of all participants at the gathering.
3. Wear a mask during the meeting unless you can maintain a 6-foot distance.
4. Use hand sanitizer as needed.
5. To avoid sharing material each participant is asked to come prepared with all needed items including Bible, pen, paper, etc. One time use handouts may be distributed.
6. Assign a designated host to ensure safety protocols are being followed and to provide necessary items as needed (masks, pens, paper, etc). If an individual within your group has symptoms or reports testing positive for COVID-19, please notify Loni at the church office (805) 524-5564.
Policies and Practices for Outbreak Management:
Upon being informed of a positive case for COVID within the congregation the Designated Host (the person responsible for ensuring compliance with all requirements), Loni Larson, will take whatever steps are necessary. Important information from the infected person will be gathered to trace the illness spread.
1. Onset of symptoms
2. Trace all close contacts of confirmed cases and instruct those individuals to quarantine at home for 14 days from their last known contact with the person with COVID-19. Close contacts should be tested for COVID-19.
3. A close contact is someone who spent at least 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 infection during their infectious period, which includes the 48 hours before the individual developed symptoms (California Department of Public Health County of Los Angeles, “Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace”, pg. 3, June 16, 2020).
4. Confidentiality of individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection must be maintained as stated by the HIPPA Law.
When an Individual Can Be Around Others After Having or Likely Had COVID-19:
1. You can be with others after
a. At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
b. At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND
c. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
d. You can be around others after you have received two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.
2. If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), you may need to stay in isolation longer than 10 days, possibly 20 days. You may go through repeated testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.
3. If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms you can be with others after 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test or you can have repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier. You can be around others after you have received two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.
4. If you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, you might need to stay at home and isolate longer that 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider. Your health care provider may recommend you undergo repeated testing for COVID-19. You can be around others after you have received two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart. (CDC, COVID-19, “Isolate If You Are Sick”, p. 2-3).
Again, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation with the guidelines your FCC COVID Safety Team has drawn up. For further information see the CDC.gov website which has a wealth of information that our FCC guidelines are based on, or you may call Loni at the church office (805)524-5564. We look forward to our Worship time together.
Loni Larson & the COVID Safety Team
D St. Campus
355 D St.
Fillmore, CA 93015
Sunday Morning Worship
Every Sunday at 10:00am