—– DECEMBER 21 —–
Dear Church Family,
In support of Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order issued Sunday, December 20, your church leadership (Pastoral Staff, Trustee Chair, Deacon Chair) concur that it is in the best interest of our church family and community that we return to a virtual presence only effective immediately through January 20, 2021. Today I am writing to inform you of this decision and to ask for your continued faithful support of this decision.
Please know that this is a voluntary decision for the church to make. We are not being required by our Governor to do this. He has requested that we consider it. Nashville First counts in her membership a number of physicians and others who are healthcare professionals, and a number of them support this decision and even encouraged it prior to our Governor’s request.
Here is a summary related to this decision:
- This is a temporary building closure for Sunday Mornings and Wednesday Nights, through January 20, 2021.
- Worship will be virtual only during this time with a limited number of worship leaders in the building (10). View the livestream of Worship on our Facebook or YouTube pages, these links are also available on our website NashvilleFirst.org
- All Bible Study classes (Connect Groups) will be virtual only during this time.
- We have already asked our office staff to work remotely and will continue that policy during this temporary closure. We are available by phone or email and will do everything we can to provide ministry to our church and community during this time.
Finally, please join us in praying for the health and wellbeing of our church family and our community. Tennessee is leading the world in new cases per population. This is serious and we are taking it seriously. If you are in need during this time, please contact one of our ministers, a Deacon, or a member of your Connect Group so that we can respond in a timely way. You can text the word “Connect” to 615-640-3712 and we will contact you immediately.
Church family, you are loved and cared for during these days. The hope of a vaccine is right around the corner for many of us, but until then, let’s stay united and pull together to get through this in a way that is a testimony to our faith.
Blessings, and stay well.
Please view this video below of what to expect when we return to church.
Our church has some unique issues and we are a large venue, so the precautions we must take might be different from other venues. Keep in mind, compliance is an expression of care for those around you. Even if you feel safe, others may be more vulnerable or unlikely to attend without safety measures in place, so please make every effort to follow these precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time.
What to expect when you return to church.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, we recommend that those in the Vulnerable Population* at higher risk of severe illness continue to participate and worship online.
Vulnerable Population is defined to include those 65+ years of age and those of any age with serious underlying health conditions. More information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
Regathering Task Force Members:
- Dr. Frank R. Lewis, Senior Pastor
- Alan Raughton, Pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship
- Joe Fitzpatrick, Worship & Music Pastor
- Rex Davenport, Security
- Pam Stockett, First Adults
- Katie Shull, Communications
- Jimmy Hester
- Dr. Doug Johnson
- Susie Roberson
- Dr. Donna Scudder
- Shannon Meadors, Minister to Children
Keep in mind the church will move through these phases as the data permits, dates and items may change based on new information.
Any Items not addressed in this chart will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact a minister or church staff member for additional guidance.