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.
Worship services in the sanctuary have been suspended. See a letter from Pastor John below for more information.
November 18, 2020
Dear FPC Family,
Our session has decided to suspend in-person worship in the sanctuary effective immediately until further notice. As the Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly, the recommendation to suspend worship did not come lightly. In an effort to normalize our local situation as quickly as possible, these actions were taken out of love for our church family as a witness to God’s command to love our neighbors. Local infections and hospitalizations are on a significant rise in both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Mayor Robinson declared a state of emergency and recommendations from the Presbytery of Florida also suggest we cease indoor worship. Grief and anxiety are expected as we mourn the loss of our traditional worship during this holiday season but we are trying our hardest to offer meaningful connections to one another and God at this crucial part of the Christian calendar. This is a time to experience God in a new way. Below are details on the two ways we continue to worship at this time.
10 a.m. Online Worship Service
Worship will be streamed from the sanctuary on YouTube. Check your Sunday morning email, the church’s facebook page, or go to youtube.com/fpcpensacola to follow along with the stream. This service is able to be replayed once the stream is complete and rendered by YouTube (typically around 11:30 a.m.).
11:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service
Bring your lawn chair and join us for worship Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. in the church parking lot beside our sanctuary under our beautiful live oak trees. Masks that cover your nose and mouth are required. Physical distancing of 6 ft. should be observed at all times. Please use the restroom at home before joining us for worship. At the 10 am livestreamed worship service, we will announce each week whether or not the outdoor service will take place based on the weather forecast. At this service, congregational singing is encouraged (with masks on).
In-person church meetings are still permitted by appointment only. Masks covering your mouth and nose are required at all times. Physical distancing of six feet must be maintained. Rooms must be cleaned before and after use with the provided cleaner. Rooms available and contact information are:
Noonan Center Large Dining Room – 25 people max – contact Sandra Densmore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parlor - 8 people max – contact Donna Cobb at (850) 438-9619.
Library – 5 people max – contact Donna Cobb (same as above).
Monitoring Local COVID-19 Cases
We will continue to monitor the level of COVID-19 cases in our community and assess when to resume our sanctuary worship service. Key measures for the Coronavirus Task Force are the infection rate, hospitalizations, and positive test rate. If you’d like to learn more and keep track at home, I recommend using covidactnow.org
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we tread these difficult waters.
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 (email@example.com). Questions regarding the details for a particular service should be directed to Senior Pastor Robert Quiring (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Pastor John Kupar (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.
In-person Sunday School classes are postponed indefinitely. Some classes, like the Fellowship Class and the Open Door class, are continuing to meet online. Class leaders are encouraged to continue connecting with their regular attendees. For more information, email Pastor Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth who are in 7th - 12th grade meet in the church playground for a socially distanced, outdoor, youth group every two weeks at 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Pastor John at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college group is continuing to meet via Zoom. If you would like to participate, please contact Pastor John at email@example.com.
Child Discovery Center
The Child Discovery Center has reopened for a limited number of children. For more information, email elder Alan Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kupar - ext. 103 - 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, 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 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 reach out to Pastor John at 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).