Rye Hill Baptist Church
11512 Old Highway 71 South
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916
Pastor, Michael Franklin
Dear Church Members and Friends,
We are very excited about the opportunity given us to worship in our Sanctuary (in person) beginning this Sunday, May 17, 2020. The goal in phase 1 is still to ensure the health and safety of everyone who will attend our 10:30 am Worship Service. Please know that if you are not comfortable coming in person at this time we completely understand and support your decision. If you are not coming inside, we have an option for you. You can park on the north parking lot and listen to the service on FM 102.5. We will still be recording online, Sunday and Wednesday messages for your viewing and worship experience via our website and You tube.
Below are the guidelines given to us by the governor’s office that will deter any more spread of the coronavirus:
• Stay at home if you are running a fever of 100.4 or more the past two days, have a cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, a loss of taste or smell, or are 65 and over with any underlying health conditions.
• Governor guidelines include, wearing a face covering at all times (exception is children 10 years and under plus anyone on platform leading worship). When sitting, observe the six – foot distancing rule. Family units can sit together but there must be three chairs in between each family unit. (We will mark off every other row of chairs to abide by these rules). There will be no small group meetings in phase 1 (Sunday School, Preschool, Children, Choir, or Youth classes). All “meet and greet” must take place outside of the building. No physical contact is strongly suggested in all church settings.
• Other precautions include using hand sanitizer going into and out of the restrooms. The offering plates will be outside of each exit on a table for your convenience in giving. Doors remain open at all times to avoid hand contact. No bulletins will be used in this phase1. You will be able to make no contact decision during our time of decisions at the end of our services. (Bro. Mike will instruct you how at that time).
Even though online platforms are strongly encouraged, after much thought and prayer we wanted to try to have in person worship as the Rye Hill Church family. Our prayer is that once again we can experience God’s presence and the Holy Spirit’s moving in our hearts in a strong way. We understand that not everyone will agree with the guidelines but please, for the sake of harmony and love for your brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s do our best to follow them so we can get to phase 2 as soon as possible. If you have any questions or if we can help you in any way, please call the church office. We hope to see you this Sunday!
Bro. Mike and your Church Staff