Update: 10-9-2020 – Letter from Pastor Trey (Delaying Scheduled Upcoming Events)
For months we have been saying the times are strange and those strange times have finally caught up with my family. Though we are still waiting for our test results to come in, based on the symptoms that both Whitney and I are experiencing at this point, it seems like COVID-19 has finally showed up at our door. I know that several in our church have experienced this already and some are enduring it right now. The presence of sickness in our lives should remind us that this world is not as it should be. Sin has corrupted God’s perfect creation and it is times like these, even in my own weakness, that I consider John’s vision in Revelation 4. I would encourage you now to open your bibles and consider this awe-inspiring chapter. John was on Patmos. I’m quarantined in my house. But Jesus is still on his thrown. My schedule and plans for the next two weeks may have changed dramatically but my King is still reigning. He is still drawing the nations to come to repentance. He is still saving the lost. His Kingdom is still advancing. In my sickness, I am reminded that I am not in control but I find great peace in the fact that Jesus is. Because of my quarantine and the quarantine of several others in our church that have popped up this week, some of our scheduled events and returns to a normal schedule are being delayed. Yes, we are disappointed, however we are not defeated. Jesus still reigns and in that we rejoice. I love you church and I want to encourage you to continue to take the proper precautions to protect yourself from sickness. Walk wisely. Trust Jesus.
Update: 7-30-2020 – Midwest City Mask Ordinance
For more information about the Midwest City Mask Mandate,
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Midwest City Council passed emergency public safety Ordinance No. 2020-3414 (COVID-19 Safety Code) requiring every person in Midwest City to wear a face covering when entering and while inside any indoor place open to the public. This would include our church facilities. According to the Midwest City’s website this ordinance means, “every person in the City must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth worn consistent with CDC guidelines when inside a commercial entity or other building, structure or space open to the public, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.” We have every intention of complying with this new ordinance moving forward. This means that in your Sunday school classes and as you are entering and exiting the building, please wear a mask. In the worship center, if you are unable to stay six feet from someone not in your household, please wear a mask. Our worship center is quite large when the balcony is utilized and if you would like to spread out so you do not have to wear a mask during our worship service, you are welcome to. There are exceptions to this ordinance for those under ten years of age, those who are unable to wear masks for medical or mental health conditions or developmental disabilities, those who are consuming food or drink, and those giving a speech to an audience. Disposable masks will be available throughout our facilities for any who forget to bring their own.
I know that this will be an inconvenience for many of you but out of love for neighbor and a desire for peace in the body of Christ, I am asking our church to gladly comply with this ordinance while on our campus. Paul tells in Romans 14:19, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” In our culture that is so polarized on issues such as these, let us be a people who are more interested in building each other up than we are winning an argument. We love Midwest City and intend to serve her faithfully until Jesus returns. Let us not let facemasks be a stumbling block to the gospel for those we seek to serve. I love you church and look forward to worshiping our risen savior with you on Sunday, mask and all.
Update: 6-1-2020 – Sunday School & Nursery
Dear Church Family,
These past few months have been interesting to say the least. Our world has been thrown through a loop as we have wrestled with the coronavirus over the last several months. However, as our state moves to reopening, we are continuing in the process of reopening as well. As we prepare to return to Sunday School in the month of June, I would like to for you to consider our current guidelines to ensure that our ministries are as safe as they can be during this strange season.
- We are encouraging each individual and family to consider their own health and susceptibility to this virus before choosing to attended.
- We are encouraging all attendees to wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before they enter our building.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout our campus for easy access.
- We are encouraging attendees to maintain social distancing to the best of their ability throughout our campus. Recognize that even if you are comfortable being within six feet of other people, others may not feel as comfortable as you. Also recognize that some Sunday School classrooms may be rearranged on a case by case basis to better enable social distancing.
- Masks are encouraged but not required on our campus, especially if you are within six feet of others.
- We are encouraging all Sunday school classes to leave their doors open for better ventilation.
- Each Sunday School class will need to evaluate whether or not they will serve food or drink during their class. If they choose to do so, we are encouraging each class to have a designated server or servers who will distribute these items to their class. We are asking that these servers wash their hands thoroughly before distributing food or drink and that they wear a mask while serving. This will lessen the risk of multiple hands touching others’ food or drink.
- Overall, we are encouraging all attendees to be wise and considerate of others in this strange time.
- Our Preschool department will be following more stringent procedures for parents to consider on the following page.
These guidelines are encouraged for your safety as we prepare to return. Sunday School is a key aspect of our ministries and we are excited about being able to gather together again in this way. We recognize that not everyone will be able to return to Sunday School June 7 because of their heath concerns. We understand this, and want you to know that we long for the day when we can all gather together again. Thank you for your faithfulness and patience in this process.
Nursery Guidelines for Sunday School
These are being used in our Mothers Day Out as well.
- Please come to the north nursery doors by the playground to check your child in. The south door of the nursery will be locked to limit traffic in the nursery.
- Teacher’s & children’s temperature will be taken before they come in.
- Remove children’s shoes before they enter the nursery. They will be taken to their class by a teacher.
- Please have your children wear socks or bring a pair of socks for them to wear in the nursery.
- Teachers will keep each child’s belongings in a separate cubby to prevent contamination.
- Teachers will wear gloves and mask when preparing and serving food.
- Parents should wait at the glass doors and a teacher will bring your child/children to you.
Dear Church Family,
As we have said several times in this past month, news changes all the time. On Wednesday, April 22, Governor Stitt announced that beginning in May our state is entering phase one of reopening our economy. During phase one, churches are able to reopen for in-person gatherings, but with strict social distancing protocols. Because of this, starting May 3rd we will begin allowing our church to gather in person for worship. However, we want to emphasize that just because we are able to gather in person again does not mean that all people should feel an obligation to gather immediately. Every individual and every family unit will have to make those decisions for themselves on what is best for them and their families in this season. Below we have provided a list of precautions we are taking for the month of May that we would ask you to consider before we gather again.
- Online services will still be provided for the foreseeable future.
- We will only gather in person for Sunday Morning worship for the month of May.
- Wednesday Bible studies will continue to be live streamed but we will not be gathering in person for those studies.
- All other in-person gatherings, excluding the food pantry and meals on wheels, are canceled for the month of May.
- Sunday School classes are encouraged to continue staying connected via phone, zoom, or other creative means, which would best serve each class.
- There will be no nursery provided at this time. Parents will need to evaluate whether it would be best to worship at home or to gather without the nursery.
- There will be no choir for the month of May.
- We are encouraging all attendees who are 65 and above and those with underlying health conditions to stay home and watch the services online; however, each person and family must decide for themselves whether or not they choose to attend in person.
- We are encouraging all attendees to sanitize their hands before entering the building.
- Wearing masks is encouraged but not required for attendees. However, all volunteers and staff must wear masks when interacting with the public.
- The doors will be propped open before and after the services.
- Every other pew in the sanctuary will be blocked off and the balcony will be open to enable social distancing. Family units are asked to sit together.
- There will be no greeting time during the service and we are strongly encouraging attendees to maintain social distance and not shake hands.
- Offering plates will not be passed during the service. There will be designated giving stations at each door and in the lobby, where tithes and offerings can be dropped off. Online giving is also available and encouraged.
Many of these things will feel foreign to us as we gather. However, these precautions are designed for your safety. Know that all of these plans are subject to change as this situation develops. Though the times are strange, Jesus is Lord and in that we rejoice. Church family, know that I love you and I long for the day that we can all gather together again. I am grateful for your faithfulness, your patience, and your unity in the Gospel. Pray that God would use these difficult days to strengthen our church and to advance His kingdom.
There are three ways to continue giving to First Baptist Church during this time.
- You can go online to our website—www.fbcmwc.org and click on the ONLINE Giving tab.
(the fees the church incurs are lower if you use your checking account instead of your credit card)
- You can mail it to the church at:
First Baptist Church
705 E. Rickenbacker Dr.
Midwest City, OK 73110
- Or you can drop it by the church office
(we are happy to meet you at your car window if you just call & let us know).