Phase 4

Gatherings continue,

face masks become optional.

What is Phase 4?

Phase 4 is the penultimate phase of transitional ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Flint. It is marked by more in-person opportunities, including the return of in-person Gerholz Counseling Center clients as well a return of “open-door” hospitality at the church building during weekday operations.

What has enabled us to transition to Phase 4?
  • Further decline in number of new positive cases of COVID-19 in Genesee County over a 60 day period beginning with the start of Phase 3.

  • 7-day average positive test rate remains low for the past 60 days.

  • COVID-related hospitalizations continue to decline and do not threaten hospital ICU capacity limits. 

  • Vaccine doses continue to be distributed efficiently and effectively in Genesee County.

  • Session authorizes the transition to Phase 4.

When will Phase 4 begin?

Phase 4 began on June 23, 2021.

What will happen during Phase 4?
  • All Phase 3 operations continue; but also:

  • Church building re-opens to external groups (NA, facility rentals, etc.)

  • Gerholz Center for Christian Counseling opens to clients: in-person client appointments resume.

  • The church building will be open to the public Monday-Thursday, 830-430PM; and Friday, 830-1200PM.

Will we worship in-person during Phase 4?

Yes! We will continue worshiping at 9:30AM in our chapel.

Will we still need to wear masks or face coverings while attending indoor events?

Beginning with Phase 4, the use of masks and face coverings are now optional for all persons, regardless of vaccination status


Note: Our internal medical experts, as well as the CDC and MDHHS, continues to recommend the use of masks for unvaccinated individuals, especially children 0-11. However, with the beginning of Phase 4, the decision to wear a mask is left up to individuals, parents and/or caregivers. 

Should a variant strain of COVID-19 pose a community threat in the future, the Session may elect to revisit this policy, especially concerning children.  

What evidence are we looking for to indicate Phase 4 will end?
  • Vaccines are widely available to most persons.

  • Daily new case counts show no net gains over a 90 day period.

  • Positivity rate continues to decline over a 90 day period.

  • COVID hospitalizations do not threaten to overburden health care facilities.

  • Church health advisors confirm a return to public life permissible and wise.