Update from the Reopening Recommendations Work Group
Beginning Sept 7, 2021 we are moving from Phase III of Reopening to Phase IV - Wider Reopening and New Opportunities.
View Our Easy-to-Read Reopening Grid Here! (To be updated to Phase III & IV).
Our 11-member group has met weekly since May 2020 to: assess the changing trends in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; consider recommendations from public health experts; review local and state government mandates, track responses from our sister churches; and, explore all possible avenues to gather together as a church body. Any recommendation made by RRWG must be approved by Session. As part of our work, we surveyed the congregation and twice surveyed our church staff. The result of these efforts is a three-phase document entitled Recommended Framework for Keeping Safe as we Re-Enter Our Building. The Framework outlines best practices and procedures for First Pres to maintain a strong on-line presence while gradually reopening the church building when certain viral conditions are met, and with an emphasis on safety for staff and our congregants.
Phase II: Re-Entry of Small Groups and Preparation for Large Groups. Phase II included procedures and practices to allow at minimal risk an opportunity to meet for outdoor worship, as we did on Sundays in September and October 2020, as well as other outdoor in-person events, such as Six Sundays of Fun, College Lunches, special youth gatherings, and more. In addition, the church building has been reopened for staff and small groups (10 people or less) to meet using specific protocols. Any special request must be received and approved by the Reopening Communications Team. Please see this document if you would like to meet at church as a small group. We encouraged those able to meet online to continue to do so.
Phase III: Re-Entry of Ministry Large Groups allowed for a wider reopening over the summer of 2021.
- Reopening Grid - To Be Updated to Phase IV
- Recommended Framework for Keeping Safe as we Re-Enter Our Building (Through Phase III)
- Procedures for Reserving Space for a Small Group
- Indoor worship procedures
- COVID-19 safety protocols
- May 2020 Reopening Survey Results
- We are connecting in-person, online, on the radio and via Zoom.
- We listen and respond to phone, text and email messages.
- Our distinctive ministries of worship, music, Christian formation, congregational care and mission continue to operate to serve our community and members.
- We are deeply concerned for the health and well-being of our First Pres members and friends, and all our neighbors in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw and Detroit.
Need help using Zoom? Watch this tutorial from our very own Rev. Amy Ruhf!
We Worship on Sunday!
On Sundays, we worship in person at 8 a.m. (in Monteith Hall with Communion) and 9:30 a.m. (in the Sanctuary with the Chancel Choir). Our 9:30 a.m. Worship Service is also livestreamed on our YouTube Channel and our Facebook Page and available for viewing later. After the service, please join us for in person Coffee Hour on the Front Lawn, weather permitting. In case of rain, coffee hour will be held in the Social Hall. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom is held once monthly on the last Sunday of the month, and will be listed in the bulletin. Our 9:30 a.m. service is also broadcast at 11:00 a.m. on WAAM (1600 AM) and on the web (www.waamradio.com/).
The First Pres facilities are now open for people to visit, Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Members can now use their FOBs to get in between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. Everyone is expected to wear a mask when inside the building. Reserve
Pastors and program staff are available by phone, text or email. Should you need to reach us, simply call the church (734) 662- 4466.
Funerals & Memorials
We are now hosting funerals and memorials. Everyone is expected to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Livestream is available upon request. Please contact Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers for more information.
We are now hosting weddings in our Sanctuary! At this time, everyone is expected to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Livestream is available for a fee. Please contact Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers for more information.