Update as of July 5, 2021:
pre-registration for Sunday worship and Godly Play is no longer required!

A letter from the FPC pastors:

FPC-Re-Opening-Letter-May-2021 – PDF version of mailed letter

May 17, 2021

Dear FPC Family,

We pray God’s blessings upon you as you receive this letter! The FPC Session has decided to offer in-person worship beginning June 6th. We will live-stream worship online through YouTube, which allows viewing from 10am on. Know that whatever you choose, there will be an option that works
for you!

What to expect during in-person worship:

  • Pre-registration: to manage our limited capacity and for contact tracing.
  • Masks: properly worn at all times indoors at all times until vaccines are available to all children
  • Distanced seating: Pews are already sectioned into bubbles for your convenience (a bubble could be your household or a friend group). 
  • Congregational singing: outside following the service. Special music will be offered in the service.
  • Toddler care and Godly Play: Class sizes are limited. Registration, proper masking, and distancing is required. If you have more questions, email Kerrie at kerrieb@fpcbellingham.org
TO REGISTER:

Register online at tinyurl.com/FPCSundayWorship
Or contact the church: (360) 734-5510 or email info@fpcbellingham.org and leave your name by
Friday at 9:00 PM.

Whatever you discern to be best for your family, we celebrate the fact that God is with us wherever we are – what joy we take in the living presence of the Holy Spirit!

Becca’s Departure

The other big change at FPC is that Becca Niemeyer and her family will be moving to Cashmere, WA this summer. Becca will end her pastoral role with FPC on December 5, 2021. We are so thankful for the gift that Becca has been to our community! She has been the right Pastor for this season of our church and she will be deeply missed. Look for more information on how we will thank Becca and say goodbye well.

For more information or questions, visit http://www.fpcbellingham.org/reopening/ or call the church (360) 734-5510 and we’ll be in touch!

The FPC Pastors,
Doug, Becca, and Kerrie


More Details and FAQ:

Curious to learn more details about a return to worship in the church building? Click the FAQ below to open and read more information.

What does in-person look like?
  • Pre-registration: to manage our limited capacity and for contact tracing.
  • Properly-worn masks at all times indoors (no bandanas or gaiters please) until vaccines are available to all children
  • Distanced seating: Pews are already sectioned into bubbles for your convenience (a bubble could be your household or a friend group). 
  • Congregational singing will happen outside following the service. Special music will be offered in the service.
  • Toddler care and Godly Play for children, preschool – 5th grade: Class sizes are limited. Registration, proper masking and distancing is required. If you have more questions, email Kerrie at kerrieb@fpcbellingham.org

Why do I have to register?

Two keys reasons:

  •  to manage our limited capacity 
  •  for contact tracing.

How do I register?

You can register for the dates you will join us for worship in two ways: either online at tinyurl.com/FPCSundayWorship  ocall the church (360) 734-5510 and Alissa will register you (leave a message with your details if there is no answer and she can call you back). Please call by 9:00pm Friday to register for that Sunday worship service.

Do I have to be vaccinated?

We encourage vaccinations for all that are able to receive one. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to protect ourselves and to do something good for our community. We are not requiring vaccinations for in-person worship.

What should I do if I’m planning to attend in person?

If you plan to join us for Sunday in-person worship on June 6th or after, please pre-register for the date, make sure everyone wears a mask, and arrive a bit early so as to stagger entrances, as getting in will take longer than we are used to.

What if I’m not sure yet?

Whatever you discern to be best for your family, we celebrate the fact that God is with us wherever we are – what joy we take in the living presence of the Holy Spirit!

Are we going to sing?

Yes. In the summer, it will take place outside, wearing masks.

Will we have indoor fellowship after the service?

When our public health conditions improve, we will reintroduce Cafe Pres and in-person worship. For the time being, we will gather outside on the lawn after the service for fellowship.

Will there be assigned seating?

No. The pews are blocked off to facilitate separation.

Can I just show up?

You can, but there is no guarantee you will get in. There will be a few spaces left open for people who show up that day without pre-registering. When those spots are filled, we will stop letting people in until we find out if all those who registered have arrived.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. If you want to sing, it will need to be a 3-layer cloth mask or a surgical mask, according to the Governor’s requirements.

What about communion?

For the time being, communion will take place outside after the service along with the singing.

What is there for kids?

Toddler care and Godly Play for children, preschool – 5th grade: Class sizes are limited. Registration, proper masking, and distancing is required. If you have more questions, email Kerrie at kerrieb@fpcbellingham.org

What is there for youth?

Middle school and high school youth are worshiping with us in the sanctuary; if they are already connected, they can register to be in a bubble sitting together. Email Erin to be added to email updates about youth programs.
College-aged youth are worshiping with us in the sanctuary. Email Fred to be connected with The Garden.

What is available online?

The service livestream will be available for everyone beginning at 10:00am (streaming simultaneously from the in-person service) and available after that as a recording. You can access the livestream each Sunday on our FPC Live page or view past services on our YouTube channel.

Are the bathrooms open?

Yes, but we request that they be limited to two people at a time.

How will we know if church is open or online?

If Whatcom County is in Phase 3 or higher, we will be gathering together at the building. If Whatcom County drops to Phase 2, we will go back to a weekly online service meeting via Zoom.