First Tulsa family, we are so excited to get back to worshipping together starting May 31. For any of our members who are immune compromised or have other health concerns, please continue to shelter at home and worship online. We love you and want you to stay protected! Listed are some guidelines for what to expect in Phase 1 of gathering for worship.
OUR CHURCH FACILITIES
Our facilities have been completely cleaned and sanitized in preparation for resuming services. We have also revised and updated our cleaning practices and schedules in order to regularly clean and sanitize facilities after all events.
We want to continue to use practices that ensure a clean and safe worship environment to protect the health needs of each congregant. Around the facilities, you will see signs reminding you to keep a non-touch policy with others, refraining from shaking hands or any other greetings involving physical contact.
OUR HOSPITALITY SERVICES
There are hand sanitizing stations at our guest services desks, as well as other locations around campus. If you have protective face masks, we recommend using them as you feel comfortable. We are not operating our café and coffee services around campus at this time. We look forward to resuming these services in the future.
The restrooms around the sanctuary and on the first floor of the Detroit Tower are open. Please follow the hand washing and sanitation guidelines posted in the open restrooms. There are max occupancy numbers posted on each restroom. Please refrain from crowding restrooms and keep social distancing.
OUR SUNDAY SCHEDULE
On May 31 we will resume our normal worship gatherings at 8:30am and 11:00am in the worship center. We will not yet resume in-person community groups at this time. We encourage community groups to continue to stay connected with each other online or by telephone.
If you attend worship at 11:00am, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the service. This will give our great maintenance team time to clean and sanitize the worship center.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN WORSHIP
We celebrate and give thanks for the chance to resume gathered worship. Here are some changes to expect when you attend Sunday worship:
- Please sit together with members of your own household leaving 3 seats between others and every other row empty. If space does not allow for keeping safe distancing, please consult an usher.
- We will not have printed worship folders. Weekly announcements will be running on the screens before worship and posted on our Facebook page. Regular announcement highlights will be made during worship.
- We will not be passing plates to receive the offering. There are strong boxes around the sanctuary and in the main corridor to receive tithes and offerings. Online giving is also available.
- Our choir and orchestra will not resume leading in worship for some time. The current proposed date to resume is September 13.
- As you enter and leave worship, please maintain social distancing standards in consideration of those around you.
STUDENT & CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Students and children are encouraged to attend worship services with their families. Resources to engage children in worship will be available in the main sanctuary. Student activities will resume when adult community groups resume and children activities will resume later in the summer.
With a desire to love our neighbors as ourselves and an abundance of caution for the members of our church and community amidst a global pandemic that is affecting our city, all First Baptist Tulsa in-person gatherings have been cancelled through May 30 2020.
Join Deron each week on Wednesdays at 11:00 am our Facebook page for a live update on COVID-19.
Please plan to worship online, on our Facebook page Sundays at 8:30 or 11:oo am (or listen to KFAQ 1170AM at 11:00 am) and invite others to join us, as well. Each week we worship together, pray together and hear what God’s Word says about freedom from fear, peace over anxiety, joy amidst sickness and life that conquers death. In addition, we share important information about countless opportunities we have as a church to make God’s love known in our city and around the world during these days.
All facilities and buildings are closed to the public at this time. The only exception is by-appointment only meetings with staff.
We want people to encourage one another, pray for each other and continue meeting virtually. Our community groups are committed to continue studying scripture, praying and supporting one another while we practice social distancing. For help connecting to a community group, please email Dave McPherson.
One of the ways we can show God’s love is by participating in publicly endorsed strategies of containment, including social distancing. At the same time, we don’t want to isolate people who are in need all around us. As a church together and as individual Christians, we want to care for others in any way that we can according to all the health and safety guidelines and recommendations made by government leaders and health professionals.
Volunteers continue to serve the public at our Caring Center downtown. Though we are not offering our clothing services at this time, our volunteers are maintaining the food ministry in a drive-thru fashion and we are keeping the group under 10 to comply with the city mandate.
We also have partnered with John 3:16 Mission to provide volunteers to serve evening meals in the coming weeks. We need 5 volunteers on each of our assigned nights to serve 2-hour shifts. This is a great opportunity for our 18 to 55-year-olds who are in good health to volunteer. Please register to volunteer.