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Phase-in Plan

The phase-in plans for relaunching FBC in-person worship are on hold until further notice.


During the summer months, FBC Spiritual Leadership Team sought the congregation’s input through a survey to gauge people’s comfort level with returning to in-person worship. The overall consensus of those who responded to the survey was that we should continue to meet virtually until further notice. The SLT continues to meet monthly, and will continue to evaluate the situation based on congregational input as well as developments surrounding COVID-19 in the Lawrence community.

UPDATE, 6/23/2020

First Baptist Family,

What’s next for worship at First Baptist? That question has been at the heart of meetings involving the Spiritual Leadership Team and Worship Ministry the last couple of weeks, as we determine the next steps for our worship in the midst of pandemic. After several long and difficult conversations, the leadership has determined that the most meaningful worship experience at this time is a continuation of our current virtual worship format, offering for the immediate future a worship service that is engaging and participatory online.

While we are not sure how long we will continue worshipping in this way, the Spiritual Leadership Team will be reaching out to members of the congregation via survey, soliciting feedback on what our timeline might look like as summer rolls into fall. Keep an eye out for that communication and plan to share with them your thoughts.

Here’s the invitation link to our 165th Birthday party on Zoom, complete with trivia, a pageant, and cake!

Grace and peace, Pastor Matt


UPDATE, 5/15/2020

The very evening after we released this phase-in plan, Gov. Kelley issued an update extending the full phase-out date to no earlier than June 29. Therefore, FBC’s date for returning to in-person worship is now no earlier than July 1. (As before, this date is subject to change.)



Here’s the plan for phasing in FBC in-person worship in coming weeks and months. Watch the video below, where Pastor Matt talks about the coming weeks, discussions among folks on the Worship Team and Spiritual Leadership Team about next steps and when we might consider returning to in-person worship, and more.

You can also read this Phase-in Procedures letter.