COVID-19 Precautions

Join us to worship together (in person) Sundays at First Baptist

We have made changes to the way we meet to comply with safety requirements from the CDC and State of New York.
We are loving our neighbors and we are submitting to the authority God sovereignly placed over us.

Please take time to read these procedures so we are all ready for safe Sundays together.  

  • Churches are limited to 50% capacity (our maximum is 382). This means we can have up to 191 people including the Fellowship Hall as an overflow room.
  • 9:30 am Worship Service – side doors (by parking lot) will open at 9:15 for entry. The first 70-80 people here can be seated in the auditorium with alternating empty pews to help us spread out; others will be seated in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) watching the service live on screen. We have a maximum capacity of 191 people right now. Others are welcome to watch online on or our YouTube channel.
  • Entering the building – please wear masks when entering/exiting and as you walk around indoors. You are free to remove them while seated during the service and socially distanced (6+ feet). Please honor the choices of others to wear or not wear their masks when socially distanced.
  • SIGN IN Procedure
    • Temperatures (touchless) will be taken on entry and you will be required to complete a three question health survey.
    • Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and throughout the facilities.
  • Please maintain social distancing with others outside your immediate family.
  • Kid’s Church will be meeting but with some distance precautions and no shared food.
  • The Nursery will be open with limited capacity
  • Sunday School has returned with social distancing in place
  • Offering plates will be in the lobby as you exit the auditorium
  • Coffee & refreshments are served café style. Pre-screened volunteers with masks & gloves will serve you so no items are shared.
  • After the service we will dismiss by rows to avoid large groups in the hallways.
  • Our regular staff and volunteers are pre-screened each Sunday before opening our doors
  • Our facilities are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily plus an additional evening of deeper cleaning before Sunday services.
  • Signs are posted at our entries and throughout the facilities to notify and remind people of our safety procedures.

Prescreening Form

You can take your temperature and answer the prescreening questions at home and simply bring in the completed form instead of waiting to check in. 

The form is available at the Welcome Center or you can download and print it at home. CLICK HERE to download the prescreening form.

CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith from CDC website

Promote healthy hygiene practices

  • Encourage staff and congregants to maintain good hand hygiene, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for those who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
  • Encourage staff and congregants to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed.
  • Whenever soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Cloth face coverings

  • Encourage use of cloth face coverings among staff and congregants. Face coverings are most essential when social distancing is difficult. Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance. Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.