Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
At First Presbyterian Church of Pensacola, we’re closely monitoring the status of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus that had not previously been seen in humans. 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.
(Last updated April 4, 2020, 2:05 p.m. CT.)
To read Pastor Robert's letter to the congregation about COVID-19 sent on March 18, 2020, follow the link below:
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), Associate Pastor John Kupar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Parish Associate Joan Wooten (email@example.com).
For more information about the coronavirus or COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/covid19.
In-person worship services have been suspended for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to worship God. We will produce an online worship service that will be available to view each week on Sunday morning. A link to view the online service will be distributed by email and published on this webpage and the FPC Pensacola Facebook page.
April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday)
You will be able to watch services any time after they are published, but we encourage you to watch them on Sunday morning with the knowledge that you’re worshiping with your FPC family.
To make sure you know when the worship service is available online, like the FPC Pensacola Facebook page and subscribe to our email newsletter at the link below:
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
Previous Worship Services
For the videos of worship services dating back to March 22, 2020, scroll to the bottom of this page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
In-person Sunday School classes will be postponed indefinitely. Class leaders are encouraged to continue connecting with their regular attendees.
Wednesday Nights at First
Our Wednesday night gatherings, including dinners and other programs, have been postponed indefinitely. The Pastor’s Bible Study, which normally meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, will be meeting via Zoom starting on April 1. To be emailed a link to join, email Pastor Robert at email@example.com.
Child Discovery Center
The Child Discovery Center will be closed Monday, March 23 through April 3. For more information, email elder Alan Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool and Elementary Children
Preschool and elementary school children and their families are invited to join Director of Family Ministries Sarah Middleton Uslan for for weekly video sessions via Zoom. For more information, join the Parents at First Presbyterian Pensacola Facebook group or email Sarah at email@example.com.
The Resale Shop in the Rox Cowley Building is closed until further notice.
Additional Cancellations and Postponements
DiscipleFest 2020, originally scheduled for March 28 at Dogwood Aces, has been postponed to November 14. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gulf Coast Presbyterian Pilgrimage, scheduled for April 16-19, has been postponed. Contact: Leslie Yandle, 850-450-1592, email@example.com or Brad Schild, 850-377-4809, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The performance of Mary and Martha: Heart and Hand scheduled for April 5 has been canceled. Contact: Allen Pote, email@example.com.
The weekly Pinky Bach Men’s Breakfast has been postponed indefinitely. Contact: Bob Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Presbyterian Women’s Annual Gathering on March 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven has been canceled. Contact: Sheri Morden, PW Moderator, email@example.com.
The church office will be closed from March 18 through April 1. Our Human Resources Team will monitor the situation and determine if this time period needs to be extended. Our staff is diligently working from home during this time.
Pastor Robert, Pastor John 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 reach out to Pastor John at email@example.com. 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).
Archived Worship Services
March 29, 2020
March 22, 2020