Coronavirus response fund

So many people are facing unfortunate and unforeseen obstacles regarding childcare, food, furloughs, layoffs, etc. In response we created a Coronavirus Response Fund to provide relief for those impacted by this pandemic.  Now more than ever we need to answer Jesus' call to love our neighbors. Please consider donating to this fund so we can be the light of the world reflecting Jesus' light to those around us during these dark days.


If you or someone you is in need at this time, please let us know! Email us or call us at 330-633-0107.

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coronavirus updates

  • Re-Gathering Plan Starting June 28, 2020

  • We are excited to reopen our doors on June 28! While we look forward to seeing everyone, we want to emphasize the precautions we are taking to reopen safely for everyone. Here’s what you can expect.


    A Safer Re-Gathering

    A Sanitation Team will be established to disinfect after each service. Our team will be vigilant about cleaning and wiping down the pews, door handles, faucets, and any other common touchpoints. If weather permits, all doors will be propped open so theres no need to touch door handles. Tables and chairs will be removed from the lobby and our Gathering Grounds will be closed to discourage physical contact. Every other pew will be roped off to allow for appropriate space between congregants. Also, hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout.


    Signing Up for Services

    An additional worship service will be added on Sundays to comply with social distancing regulations. You can sign up to attend service at either 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. at https://reopen.church/r/mj2v2HPT. We can accommodate 100 attendees per service, so we ask you to register in advance each week to ensure we have space for everyone.  If you do not have a computer or smart phone and are unable to register you are still welcome to join us!


    Attending Service

    We ask that you arrive early. A member of the welcome team or an usher will show you which entrance to use and where you can choose to sit. Here are a few additional guidelines to follow:

    • Please distance yourself 6 feet away from those who are not in your family or not regularly in your home.
    • Every other row will remain empty. 
    • Please avoid physical contact like handshakes and hugs.
    • We ask you to wear a mask as required by Governor DeWine's mandate for Summit County effective July 10.
    • Our children’s ministry is not open yet so please keep your children with you at all times (more info for families with children below).
    • We have removed Bibles and Hymnals from the pews so please bring your own or use an app such as the “Bible” app. 
    • We will not pass the offering plate. Instead you can use your smartphone to access our online giving at FirstChurchTallmadge.com/Donate. We will also have a contactless drop box in the lobby to put your offerings as you leave the service.
    • At the end of service, you will be dismissed by rows starting from the back.


    The CDC recommends the following people should not attend church services:

    •        Those who are (or are living with someone) under quarantine, not feeling well, or 
    •        Those who have underlying health conditions
    •        Those who are 65 years and older. Please note, we will not turn anyone away based on age. 


    We understand many of you will not feel comfortable returning to church gatherings just yet, and we stand by and respect your decision. Join us by watching the service streamed LIVE via Facebook at 10:45 a.m. Videos are also always available on our Facebook page and our website.


    Families with Children 

    We are happy to have your children join us for worship service! But we also know it will be quite a different experience to have children in our pews. To help our parents, the Children’s Ministry will create a Family Box filled with activities related to that week’s message to engage children during the service. Each family will have its own box (used only by them week-to-week) that will be sanitized after each service.


    Thank You

    We also want to say THANK YOU for your unwavering faithfulness and generosity. Your gifts allow our work and mission to continue during this challenging time for our community. Whether you are attending service in person or watching from home you can give online at FirstChurchTallmadge.com/Donate. 


    As always if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you and sharing the hope of Christ!

     

    Have a blessed day, 

     

    Pastor Josh, Staff and Elders

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    COVID-19 Group Guide

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    In March after the government encouraged us to shelter in place, we quit gathering on Sunday morning and in our groups to participate in flattening the curve. That has been accomplished, the healthcare system has not been overwhelmed and the state has begun to encourage businesses to re-open with precautions as we move forward. Yet we still acknowledge the virus is spreading and can have severe effects on the vulnerable. 


    The Elders believe now is the time for us to begin to encourage some to meet.  We want to start with our Growth Groups before we gather again in the Sanctuary. We set a tentative date of June 28 to begin in-person worship on Sundays. This gives us time devise a responsible procedure for regathering. Until then, we ask that if our group leaders are willing to host group meetings that they do so. We recognize that not everyone who hosted in the past is willing to host now and some people will not feel comfortable attending. 


    We believe Growth Groups allow us to ease into regathering, and from a spiritual stand point we believe some people really need to re-gather. We are more than physical beings. Our spiritual and mental health are also very important.


    Please use this guide to formulate the plan for regathering that works for you and your Growth Group. 

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    FCT Quarantine Photos