412 N Madison Street, Whiteville, NC 28472

Soft Opening of the Church

July 24th, 2020


The Committee to Reopen First Baptist Church is planning for our soft opening beginning in August.

Plans include the following:

  • Continue the Wednesday Night Drive-Through Supper through August. The music ministry will provide the meal for the August Wednesday Night Drive-Through Supper.
  • On August 2nd and 16th, we will offer a general Sunday School session for adults in the Fellowship Hall. Face masks will be required and we will be practicing social distancing by placing chairs strategically throughout the Fellowship Hall to accommodate up to 36 people. We are soliciting volunteers from our Sunday School classes to teach on these days. Please be patient as we are in a learning curve as to how to offer services to as many of our members as possible. Sunday School will begin promptly at 10:00am and end at 10:30am in order for individuals to return to their homes to listen via internet or radio. Members of the committee and Deacon volunteers will be directing the flow of traffic in and out of the building. Reservations are required.
  • On August 9th, 23rd and 30th we will open the sanctuary to the congregation for worship services. In addition to staff, we can accommodate up to 36 participants in the Sanctuary with social distancing. If we exceed the number of reservations for sanctuary, we will open the Fellowship Hall and allow participants to view the service on a screen through the internet. Families may sit together in the sanctuary but others must social distance. Children are welcome for our worship services in the Sanctuary. They must sit with parents in designated family pews and remain with family members during entrance and exit from the building. There will be no Children’s Service or nursery provided on these days. Masks will be required and we will have volunteers to assist with seating, exit and entrance options. Reservations will be required.
  • Currently, restrooms will not be available during the Sunday School and Worship Service but the committee will discuss these provisions at the next meeting on July 29.

Again, we ask your patience in advance as we are preparing to fully open our church. We welcome your suggestions and ideas. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the church office at 642-2139 and they will forward them to the committee. Please continue to pray for our committee as we move forward in opening FBC.