Phase 2

Limited public opportunities available. 

What is Phase 2?

Phase 2 is the second phase of transition ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Flint.

 

This phase roughly correlates to the later parts of Phase 4: Improving of the “2020 MI Safe Start Plan.”

What will enable us to transition to Phase 2?

Four things.

  • First, the continuous decline in number of infections (10 out of 14 days) in our region.

  • Second, the Presbytery of Lake Huron provides advisory opinions which would permit smaller groups to gather publicly for meetings/prayer.

  • Third, the Genesee County Health Department provides advisory opinions to allow smaller groups to gather safely.

  • Finally, after thirty days of Phase 1 ministry, the Session authorizes by vote a transition to Phase 2.

When will Phase 2 begin?

Phase 2 began on August 25, 2020 following discussion, debate, and a vote by the Session.

What will happen during Phase 2?
  • Church Building: Closed to the public.

  • Support/Program Staff: continue to work in-office on M-T-W of each week.

  • Cleaning/Maintenance Staff: continue to work Th-Fr-Sa of each week.

  • Gerholz Center Staff: continue to work in-office M-T-W of each week.

  • Worship: No changes, livestream only.

  • Daily Prayer: Open to a limited public congregation, livestream continues. 

  • Neighborhood Breakfast: No changes, take-out only.

  • Community Ministry: No changes, services offered by appointment and rendered under the portico outside.

  • Gerholz Center: may begin to see low-risk clients on a limited basis.

  • Session Meetings: Open for monthly in-person meetings.

  • Trustee/Deacon Meetings: Open for monthly in-person meetings.

  • Bible Studies: No changes, not in-person at the church.

Will we worship in-person during Phase 2?

Not on Sundays. During this phase, we will be opening our Sanctuary for daily prayer liturgies on Mondays-Thursdays of each week, which will be livestreamed as well.

We will continue to "gather" online on Sundays via our Liturgy livestream.

How long do we expect Phase 2 to last?

Per a recent decision of the Session, Phase 2 will last at least through December 31, 2020.

What evidence are we looking for to indicate Phase 2 will end?
  • Continuous decline in the number of infections (17 out of 20 days) observed in our region. 

  • Presbytery of Lake Huron provides advisory opinions that would permit mid-sized groups to gather publicly for meetings/prayer.

  • Genesee County Health Department provides advisory opinions that would allow smaller groups (50-75 persons) to gather safely.