COVID-19 Updates

Worship services will be in-person as well as livestreamed on our Facebook.

Our ability to continue worshipping in person is based on our compliance with the following safety guidelines. Though we all wish that these precautions were no longer necessary, the COVID virus is still very much a factor in our lives. As a community, we can show our love and support for one another by gathering safely. 

Safety Guidelines:

  • Check in at the entry table and have your temperature taken prior to worship
  • Always wear a mask when you are inside the building, regardless of vaccination status, and make sure your nose and mouth are covered.
  • Please maintain social distancing both in the sanctuary and in the hallway.
  • When sitting in the sanctuary, leave plenty of space (6ft) between you and another family/individual with whom you do not live.
  • Please refrain from shaking hands.
  • We will refrain from singing during worship.

If you answer yes to any of these questions the day of worship, we request that you stay home: 

  1. Do you, or anyone registered for worship with you, have any of these symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea?
  2. Have you, or anyone registered for worship with you, been in close contact with anyone you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms?
  3. Have you, or anyone registered for worship with you, had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?
  4. Within the past 14 days has a public health or medical professional told you, or anyone registered for worship with you, to self-monitor, self-isolate or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

Updated May 10th, 12:00pm

The taskforce met virtually and in-person to review details for reopening. After more than a year of meeting virtually, in-person worship will resume Sunday, May 16th at 10:30am. We recommend you review this letter sent to all members which includes information about the reopening including a listing of some of the changes to our familiar routine so that we can all still stay as safe as practical while participating in the service.  We ask that you read through the entire letter so you know what to expect, but here are some highlights:

  • Each family will be asked to sign in should the need arise for contact tracing
  • Temperatures will be taken when you enter the church building
  • Masks are required for anyone age 3 and up, regardless of vaccination status
  • Seating is limited and ushers will assist people to seats (come early!)
  • Common touch points will be limited.
  • BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Bible) if you desire.
  • Fellowship will be held outdoors

Updated March 19th, 7:25pm

The taskforce met to review the COVID-19 numbers now that more groups are eligible for the vaccine and we are discussing the date in which we can safely re-open the church building for worship. 

Updated February 17th, 12:45pm

With the new distribution and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, the reopening taskforce met again to discuss the topic of reopening our building. While numbers are moving the correct direction and making great progress, at this time, we are not comfortable opening in-person worship yet. The taskforce will meet again after Easter to reevaluate reopening for worship.

Updated November 20th, 7:00pm

The taskforce has gone as far as it can in preparing Faith to open, and after much prayer and consideration, review of the science and continuous rise of COVID-19 cases in SE Wisconsin, and with the support of session, we will reconvene the reopening task force once the pandemic is under control. If you have any questions, please contact us, a member of session, or your deacon. 

Updated October 12th, 7:00pm

We reviewed our A/V needs and are begging to work on applying for a grant through the Milwaukee Presbytery specifically for COVID A/V assistance. We recapped the outdoor worship service from yesterday, the 11th. We also noticed that the Wisconsin Department of Health has removed their original COVID-19 gating criteria per the Badger Bounce Pack Plan, and instead, is regularly updating two new dashboards that go into more detail by region and county. The two dashboards report on Disease Activity as well as Hospital Capacity. We are meeting the 2nd Monday of each month moving forward, or as needed if items arise. 

Updated September 28th, 7:00pm

We are working on a questionnaire for the congregation to get your feedback, that will be coming out in the next few weeks. We reviewed a new fall update from the Wisconsin Council of Churches and their recommendations to remain out of indoor worship spaces at this time. We are still discussing our A/V needs for when we meet in person and that will be the focus of our next meeting. We will be meeting monthly moving forward. As always, we reviewed the Badger Bounce Back Plan gating criteria, and we have still only achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria.

Updated September 21st, 7:00pm

The task force met again tonight and discussed our virtual fellowship events, completed a Franklin community check-in form, and began working on a questionnaire to get feedback from the congregation for your needs during this time. As always, we are keeping a pulse on the gating criteria through the Badger Bounce Back Plan, and tonight we still have only achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria. Keep an eye out in your mailbox - there's another update letter coming your way!

Updated September 13th, 7:00pm

The task force met tonight and discussed a webinar the Wisconsin Council of Churches sent out with information on COVID-19 and the church. See high-level take aways from the webinar below. We discussed topics for our bi-weekly virtual fellowship sessions via zoom, orientation for ushers and greeters, and working on a letter to the congregation with additional information. We are always reviewing the gating criteria, and we have regressed to only having achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria

Updated August 31st, 7:00pm

The task force met tonight with a guest appearance by the moderator of our worship committee to go over the updated roles for ushers and greeters when the church reopens. We also reviewed Wisconsin's gating criteria (we still have only achieved 3/6).  Lastly, we discussed keeping Faith connected and decided we will be re-implementing virtual zoom fellowship in starting September 15th. Contact us for the zoom information. 

Updated August 17th, 7:00pm

Task force met tonight and the discussed Wisconsin's gating criteria and we have still only achieved 3/6. Thanks to all who attended our outdoor worship yesterday (8/16) for adhering to the safety and health measures in place by the Faith Presbyterian Church Reopening Taskforce, the Franklin Parks System, and the state of Wisconsin’s health department. 

Updated August 10th, 7:00pm

Deacons and Session of Faith Presbyterian Church met to brainstorm and put into action new ways to keep our Faith Family connected, including, but not limited to:

  • COVID Connections notebook passed from member to member to update us all on how we're doing.
  • Member spotlight on our Facebook page
  • Private Facebook group for members only
  • Birthday Brigade
  • "Fill Your Cup At Faith" Drive-by coffee, bring your own mug or use one we provide, our first one will be August 23rd
  • Inter-generational pen pals
  • Continuing to mail the sermon transcripts and a copy of the weekly church emails to our members who are not electronically connected

Updated August 3rd, 7:00pm

Task force met at Lions Legend Park where we will be holding our annual worship in the park once again this year on August 16th. Great discussion and planning happened, with decisions behind assigned stations for taking temperatures and handing out masks (if masks aren't provided), dropping off pledges (into the new pledge box made by one of our members), and seating for attendees. 

Updated July 27th, 7:00pm

The task force met again and discussed Wisconsin's progress with our gating criteria 3/6 achieved. . We discussed the outcome of the July 25th church clean up and our physical space has been reset, deep cleaned, and ready for when we are able to meet. We also created our "COVID Commandments" for when we are in person:

  1. Thou shalt not hug. (But you can have warm thoughts)
  2. Thou shalt maintain social distance. (But keep us close to your heart)
  3. Thou shalt use hand sanitizer. (Clean hands make for a clean heart)
  4. Thou shalt wear a face mask. (This does not mean wear heavy makeup)
  5. Thou shalt not cough or sneeze on anyone. (Just gross)
  6. Thou shalt not shake hands. (Be together in spirit)
  7. Thou shalt not sing. (Have a song in your heart)
  8. Thou shalt have your temperature taken. (Don't be too hot to handle)
  9. Thou could wave or use jazz hands to say hi. (It's not so bad if we all do it)
  10. Thou shalt not dance cheek to cheek. (Absence makes the heart grow fonder)

Updated July 13th, 7:00pm

The task force moved our meetings to bi-weekly instead of weekly as Wisconsin isn't making significant progress with our COVID-19 gating criteria and as of this week, have only achieved 2/6 of the gating criteria needed to enter phase 1 of the Badge Bounce Back Plan. We discussed opportunities to potentially get together prior to WI entering phase two, and we drafted a formal proposal to session to move forward with our outdoor worship scheduled for August 16th at Lions Legend Park. 

Updated June 29th, 7:00pm

While Wisconsin has improved in one area, it has regressed in another; we have still only met 3/6 of the criteria. We discussed feedback from the congregation regarding our letter earlier this month, continue to clean out the unnecessary items in the church, and we continue to discuss the 3 items listed below from last week's meeting.  

Updated June 22nd, 7:00pm

To-date, Wisconsin has only met 3/6 of the gating criteria we need to arrive in phase one of the Badger Bounce Back Plan. While we wait for Wisconsin to be in Phase Two to open our building and worship in person, the task force continues to meet weekly and is actively working to get prepare for our reopening. We are currently:

  • Pursuing new A/V equipment needs to simulcast worship in the fellowship hall to maintain social distancing and allow for continued online worship for those who chose to do so.
  • Discussing directional & spacing signage.
  • Rearranging the building to accommodate our needs when we return. 

Updated June 15th, 7:00pm

This week, the task force focused on: Investigating A/V equipment needs for simulcasting worship in the fellowship hall when we start worshiping on-site again. Reaching out to the worship committee to begin discussion of modified responsibilities for ushers and greeters. And began cleaning up in the building, putting away items unnecessary for in-person worship. 

Updated June 8th, 7:00pm

The task force's recommendation is to open when the statistics show that Wisconsin is in Phase Two of the Badger Bounce Back Plan (see link below). A letter is being sent to the congregation with more detailed information regarding Faith's plan to reopen. Read the letter here.

Updated June 1st, 7:00pm

A task force was formed on May 28th and will meet weekly. The purpose of the task force is to evaluate the current guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Milwaukee Presbytery, and from the Center for Disease Control regarding group gatherings. Also, to determine the process needed for reopening the church for worship services, meetings, outside groups that utilize our building, and other onsite events once reopening the church is deemed feasible and responsible. Lastly, planning for continued monitoring and responding to the evolving situation, to ensure that we can continue to spend time together in person safely.

Supplemental Resources

Here are some links/resources we are referencing to guide our decisions regarding opening and guidelines to follow:

Center for Disease Control & Prevention:

Wisconsin Department of Health:

Milwaukee Presbytery:

COVID Science for Churches webinar interview between the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Lisa Allgood. 

General take-aways about the virus: 

  • Minimum time for maximum exposure is 15minutes (5:22) 
  • Infections are increasing in the young (5:47) 
  • The US has 15x the infection rate than the rest of the world (5:53) 
  • We don’t know if you can get re-infected (6:10) 
  • 2 months after people are released from the hospital, only 12% are totally symptom free (6:50) 
  • The natural response to this virus is very weak (12:33) 
  • Vaccines (14:12) in the works, but most of the population probably won’t get it until summer of 2021 at the earliest (14:29) 
  • You can be contagious eight days before you start to show symptoms (15:32) 
  • Another spike in the fall/winter because we are indoors and the virus travels faster in the cool air (15:47) 
  • Recent spikes due to small gatherings, church, school, etc. (22:45) 

General take-aways regarding the church/worship specifically:

  • Airflow in buildings – recommendation to not use fans, A/C, or heat during worship (17:20) but instead have windows open during worship when possible, wear masks, and be at least six feet apart (19:00)
  • Limit singing; it is like four minutes of an extended cough (19:20) particles are traveling at 24 feet when you cough/sing
  • No instruments that require airflow (20:18) 
  • Limit the number of things that get touched: communion and offering (23:35) take the hymnals out (23:40), limit the number of rooms people can go in (25:05) 
  • Kitchens and bathrooms are the most problematic areas, mark off 6ft in the hallways, one person in bathroom at a time, and wipe down after each use (21:17) 
  • Section about singing: (27:30-29:00) But absolutely no forming in-person choirs of any size for at least another year  
  • Make sure you are looking at consistent data (37:20) 
  • Advent will most likely be virtual, presbytery/PCUSA looking to create whole packages for advent season (41:00)