Our Plan to Reopen
On Friday, March 13… our pastoral team made a decision that none of us ever thought we would have to make. But out of concern for the health of our church family and our community, and out of respect for our government leaders, we chose to suspend all of our on-campus church activities. And ever since, we have been praying and thinking about what it would take to reopen our campus. When Governor DeSantis announced his plan to slowly reopen businesses in Florida, we felt that it was time to put our plan on paper and seriously pursue reopening our church.
We have prayed… and asked the Lord to guide us. We have listened to government leaders, healthcare professionals, Tampa Bay Baptist Association and Florida Baptist Convention leaders, and pastors from other churches. And we’ve included the thoughts you gave us in the reopening survey as well. And now we want to share that plan with you.
As we move forward… we’re asking each of you to prayerfully consider what God would have you do. Taking part in any public gathering these days is a personal decision and we certainly don’t want anyone to feel like they have to attend in person just because the option to do so is available. We will continue to have an online worship service and many of our ministries will also continue online.
COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation… and we know that we must remain flexible. Many details still need to be worked out but we wanted to give you an overview of our plan for returning to in-person gatherings. We will have additional information to share with you as we go along, and we’ll let you know ahead of time as we add more and more in-person meetings back to our schedule.
Reopening First Baptist Brandon
▪︎ Sunday morning worship services, with social distancing and other precautions, will begin
on Sunday, June 7.
▪︎ We will have two services initially, at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. These services will meet in the
Sanctuary. They will be identical and will include various musical styles.
▪︎ We will eventually return to one worship service when the time is right.
▪︎ The 11:00 service will be live streamed through the church’s website, www.fbcbrandon.org.
▪︎ We will honor our graduates in the 11:00 service on Sunday, June 14.
▪︎ Ministry for preschoolers, children and students will continue online. Bring your children
to family worship.
▪︎ Adult life groups and other ministries will also continue online.
▪︎ Other activities, including Wednesday night and weekday activities, will be added as we are
able to do so. And eventually, we will return to our regular schedule.
Adult Life Group Literature Drive-Through
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Centennial Plaza Parking (Sadie Street)
▪︎ Please enter the parking lot near the A Building (Dining Hall)
▪︎ Give us your teacher’s name and we’ll give you your personal study guide.
▪︎ You may also make an appointment to pick up your literature later that same afternoon. Just email
email@example.com and let her know what time (2:00-5:00 pm) that you would like to get
▪︎ To be good stewards, and since not all of our life groups are meeting at this time, we reduced our
order for this quarter.
▪︎ It would be helpful if couples who are in the same life group would share a book this summer.
God is still blessing us, isn’t He? Remember, I love you, I miss you, and I’m praying for you!