Phase 3

Sunday public worship returns.

What is Phase 3?

Phase 3 is the third of five phases of operational ministry to begin at the First Presbyterian Church of Flint during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What metrics help us know when to transition to Phase 3?

Using county data from CovidActNowGCHD, and MDHHS, we track the following metrics in making determinations for in-person activities. 

  • 7-Day Average New Cases

  • 14-Day Average Positive Test Rate

  • Hospitalizations and ICU Capacity

  • Vaccine Distribution

When will Phase 3 begin?

Phase 3 began on March 1, 2021. 

What will happen during Phase 3?
  • Church Building: Generally closed to the public, but open for appointments with staff members.

  • Church Office: Staff available Monday-Friday, 830AM-430PM.

  • Sunday Worship:  Beginning April 11, we will offer in-person services of worship on Sundays in the Sanctuary at noon. 

  • THE GROVE Preschool Group: In-Person; contact Angie Field.

  • Pipe/Youth Ministry:  Beginning March 14, in-person on Sunday evenings. Contact Jim Pope.

  • Weekly Bible Studies:  Beginning March 15, in-person gatherings at the church. Contact Kim Skaff.

  • Nursery Care/Child Care: Not at this time.

  • Daily Prayer: Livestreamed daily prayer services continue. 

  • Neighborhood Breakfast: Remains take-out only.

  • Community Ministry: Remains by appointment only.

  • Gerholz Center: Remains remote, conducts virtual client appointments.

Will we worship in-person during Phase 3?

Yes, with restrictions (masks required, personal distancing observed, no singing, no childcare) and occupancy limits of 100-125 persons per service. Our first in-person gathering will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 12:00PM.

Our livestream-only service of worship (with Children's Lab!) will continue to be streamed at 9:30AM from the Chapel. 

Our Daily Prayer services will continue to be live streamed on Mondays-Thursdays at 9AM. 

How long do we expect Phase 3 to last?

Until early summer 2021.  The elders (Session) will make a determination about any changes to our transition ministry at our May meeting. 

What evidence are we looking for to indicate Phase 3 will end?
  • Continuous, persistent decline in new cases, hospitalization rate, and positivity rate over a period of 60 days from the beginning of Phase 3.

  • Increased number of persons fully vaccinated in our County;

  • Successful and safe implementation of in-person activities without outbreaks of COVID at our gatherings for 60 days.

Where can I get more information about transition ministry at FPCF?

Click here for a link to our most recent publication to our congregation. 


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