COVID-19 Response & Update.

Updates.

3.23.20
3.18.20
The Leadership at First Church has decided to move all of our regularly scheduled worship gatherings to our online platform this Sunday, March 22nd. We want to invite you to engage with us and join us on-line at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 4:30 pm at www.firstchurchok.com/live. We will prayerfully make decisions and let you know what we believe is best for Sundays to follow as the situation continues to develop. 
3.14.20
3.13.20
The Center for Disease Control along with the World Health Organization have identified the following as people at a higher risk of serious illness caused by COVID-19.
 
• Older adults, specifically over the age of 60
• People with serious chronic medical conditions like:
• Heart Disease
• Diabetes
• Lung disease
 
If these criteria apply, we recommend that you do not attend any large gatherings at First Church. This includes Sunday morning services, Midweek programming on Wednesday evenings or any special events. We also recommend that if you are the primary caregiver of anyone who is considered high risk that you also avoid large gatherings and services at First Church.
 
For anyone not able to attend in person, we are offering our full services online each Sunday at firstchurchok.com/live

Our Response.

As many of you already know, the on-going global health situation, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), has continued to develop, and we are seeing people respond in a wide variety of ways. Amidst the fear and anxiety surrounding our current situation, we believe that the Church is called be an example of God’s love and peace. We believe that we can live from a spirit of confidence, rather than a place of fear.
Ultimately we are placing our trust in Jesus above anything or anyone else. Thus, we are seeking Jesus for how to respond. We want to be diligent and wise in our response, but also not motivated by fear and anxiety.
While the current risk in our community is low, we also don't want to be dismissive to that pending possibility and have been making sure to be getting the latest information from our city and county with any guidance toward large group gatherings.

What are we doing?

These are regular practices we take here at First Church, and we are increasing our diligence due to the current situation:
  • Reinforced our health policies with our staff and leaders.
  • We are taking extra steps in our cleaning process to wipe down door handles, common areas, and common touch points throughout our facilities before and after every service.
  • We have placed extra hand sanitizers in common locations encouraging everyone to take the personal responsibility of managing their hygiene while on campus.
  • First Kids and First Years volunteers and staff will continue to disinfect and clean toys and classrooms after each service. 
  • Carefully watching the guidance from our city and county to determine the best course of action as things develop especially as they pertain to large group gatherings.

What can you do?

  • If you or an immediate family member has shown signs of sickness, please do not attend a church gathering until those symptoms are completely gone. Symptoms include but are not limited to: 
    • Fever
    • Wet Cough
    • Respiratory Issues
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Please offer a fist-bump or air-hug in place of your handshake or embrace
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily

Stay Connected.

  • Watch live our complete service online at firstchurchok.com/live at 9:30AM, 11AM, and 4:30PM.
  • You can always catch up with our sermons online, in your podcast app of choice, or through the First Church App.
  • If you miss a Sunday and want to worship through giving, you can do so online: firstchurchok.com/give or in the First Church App. 

Have Questions.

While the extent and severity of the virus are still unknown, we feel these steps are helpful in preventing the spread of the virus. We have a high value for safety at First Church and appreciate your help in creating a safe space for children and adults. If you still have questions please let us know by filling out the form below.