In consultation with FMC healthcare professionals and commission leadership, Trustees and Pastors have developed the FMC Reopening Plan. This document describes the minimum requirements for resuming various levels of in-person, indoor gatherings at FMC. Decision guidelines therein are anchored on a specific leading indicator metric published by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). An up-to-date summary of tracking information may be found in this post. As a transition between levels approaches, further communications will be provided.
FMC is currently at Level 2*, meaning that indoor gatherings of up to ~50, with physical distancing and masks, are permitted. Individuals or groups wishing to make use of indoor facilities must have a representative receive approval from Trustees and clearance from the church office prior to meeting at FMC. The process is initiated by submitting this form.
We are excited to resume worshipping together at FMC on March 28, 2021 (with up to 50 individuals initially). To reduce risk as much as possible, the FMC Covid-19 Readiness Guidelines have been jointly developed by the Pastors and Trustees, FMC medical professionals, the Worship Commission, the Faith Formation Commission, and the Facilities committee. Please familiarize yourself with this document and be prepared to follow practices described therein, which include, but are not limited to: wearing a mask at all times, maintaining a distance of 6 feet (between parties), and adhering to instructions posted in the building and communicated by organizers.
If you are interested in attending in-person worship solo or as a member of a small party, please have 1 representative submit an attendance request. The form opens on the Wednesday 11 days prior to the service and closes at the end of the day on the Sunday 7 days prior to the service. The forms are used to ensure our headcount stays within the appropriate level, keep a record of attendance, and assist with contract tracing (if necessary), so submitting an attendance request for each service will be required for the foreseeable future. You will be notified of your party’s status at the email address entered during the week leading up to service.
Although the leading indicator metric we are utilizing has now been reported at ≤3% for three consecutive weeks, meeting the minimum requirements for moving to Level 3 as stated in the FMC Reopening Plan, Trustees are recommending we delay official transition to this level until having a chance to experience at least one event at Level 2, and to fine-tune new practices & precautions accordingly.