Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
At First Presbyterian Church of Pensacola, we’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We have formed a task force that is meeting regularly to develop plans and procedures in response to COVID-19.
This webpage (fpcpensacola.com/covid19) will serve as our primary source of information for anything related to COVID-19 and how it impacts FPC Pensacola.
In-Person Worship Resumes!
See a letter from Pastor Robert below for more information.
March 12, 2021
Dear FPC Family,
I am so excited for our church to resume indoor in-person worship beginning Sunday, March 21 at 10 am. We will also continue to have our outdoor worship service at 11:30 am. This means we will be able to worship together in-person for Palm Sunday (March 28) and Easter Sunday (April 4)! We give thanks to God that the COVID case numbers have gone down and the vaccination numbers continue to go up! I want to extend a special invitation to you, hoping you will join us for in-person worship. I feel it is important that we resume worshiping together in-person as a church family whether at the indoor or outdoor worship service. So, I invite you to prayerfully consider joining us.
We will still be operating under the protocols we briefly reopened with during the fall of 2020, which requires everyone to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth and observe physical distancing. The only change to our protocols is that we will not require people to sign up to attend the indoor worship service. However, once the maximum number of parties enter the sanctuary, we will invite people to attend the outdoor service. The updated protocols and seating chart are included with this letter.
The past year has been hard and difficult for all of us. It has been especially hard as a church family. We have been physically disconnected for a long time, gotten out of our usual rhythms, and it will take time for us to recover. I have been encouraged to hear from many of you that you are now ready to return to in-person worship because you have been vaccinated or you feel comfortable attending worship with the protocols we have in place. I also know that people have different comfort levels, and some of you may not be ready to return to in-person worship quite yet. I respect your judgment and decision. We will continue to livestream our indoor worship service each week.
I am truly excited to return to worshiping God together! I hope to see you on March 21 or soon thereafter! Please let me know if you have any questions. “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” -Psalm 100: 1-2
Worship Protocols (.pdf)
In addition to updating this page, we will also be posting updates to the FPC Pensacola Facebook page. You can also receive updates by subscribing to our email newsletter at the link below:
These are reasonable steps designed for the protection of everyone, and our sincere hope is that they will be short-term actions. We thank you for your faithfulness, and we look forward to continuing our fellowship in new ways.
General questions concerning these changes or the church policy may be sent to Senior Pastor Robert Quiring (firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions regarding the details for a particular service should be directed to Senior Pastor Robert Quiring (email@example.com) or Parish Associate Joan Wooten (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about the coronavirus or COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/covid19.
In times when we are encouraged to keep a social distance, we encourage you to give online! Check out fpcpensacola.com/give for online giving options. Giving can also continue by sending mail to the church at the following address:
33 E. Gregory St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Additional Event Changes
Below is the current list of changes, cancellations, and postponements for additional church events. If you know of any information that should be added to this list, please let us know by calling 850-438-9619 or emailing email@example.com.
If you are a leader of any organized in-person church event, we encourage you to find alternate ways to connect with your group such as scheduled video chats or phone calls.
Some Sunday School classes have resumed meeting in-person, and some are meeting online. For more information, email Pastor Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Nights at First
Our in-person Wednesday night gatherings, including dinners and other programs, have been postponed indefinitely.
The Pastor’s Bible Study is now meeting via Zoom each Wednesday evening. To be sent a link to join, email Pastor Robert at email@example.com.
The college group is continuing to meet via Zoom. If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Discovery Center
The Child Discovery Center has reopened for a limited number of children. For more information, email elder Alan Moore at email@example.com.
Preschool and Elementary Children
Check out the Parents at First Presbyterian Pensacola Facebook group for information on how families are engaging at this time or email Sarah Uslan, Director of Family Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Resale Shop in the Rox Cowley Building has reopened for business. The new hours are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Face masks are required for entry and all purchases will be final. All donations are still much appreciated.
The church office is currently open by appointment only. Please contact the pastors by email and phone for pastoral care and concerns. During off hours please call the church office, 850-438-9619, and leave a message. During the initial greeting you may key in the extension number of the person you are trying to reach and leave your message. Below is a list of the staff contact information:
Robert Quiring - ext. 111 - email: email@example.com
Joan Wooten - ext. 109 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Uslan - ext. 104 - email: email@example.com
Tina Buran - ext. 112 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Nickles - ext.108 - email: email@example.com
Donna Cobb - ext. 102 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darnetta Williams - ext. 100 - email: email@example.com
Linda Black - ext. 115 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Robert and Pastor Joan are still available for pastoral care during this time, but they will not be visiting retirement homes or making home visits. They will be reaching out to those who are known to be in need of support through other communication methods.
The Congregational Care Committee will also be reaching out to our members who are homebound or who are vulnerable to feelings of anxiety and isolation. We want to be responsive to your material and emotional needs during the current crisis.
For assistance with grocery shopping or other errands that can’t be set up for home delivery, someone in your zip code may be available to get what you need. Please contact Pastor Joan at email@example.com or call 850-438-9619 if you require this assistance or know someone who does. And if you’re willing to help fellow members with shopping and delivery of items, contact us at 850-438-9619.
Feeling overwhelmed by the flood of news in this ever-changing crisis? Feeling exhausted by uncertainty and from having to make numerous adjustments to your daily life? You’re not alone! From time to time we’ll feature ideas for coping, prayers and meditations, and website links that offer help. Watch this page for updates and details on who to call for emotional or material assistance.
Even though we aren’t seeing each other in the pews on Sunday or at dinner on Wednesday, we are still a church family. We encourage our classes, teams and groups to stay connected through email, phone calls and other forms of communication. Make a plan for how classes can meet together online and share those plans with us. If you need help on how to meet online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage you to reach out to your pew pals and other church friends to check in, stay connected, and see how we can support each other during this time of isolation.
During times of uncertainty, it is calming to know that we worship the Prince of Peace. Let us pray for each other, our community, our country, and our world in the days and weeks ahead. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, not things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 37-39).