~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~COVID 19 INFORMATION and TIMELINE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
10-31-22 FINAL UPDATE to say: NURSERY has now been reinstated. It feels GREAT to have our normal schedule and activities back! Please remember to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask as needed. They are available on the book case at the main entrance and on a shelf at the lower entrance. Sunday Worship is still available online on Facebook each week and uploaded to our church website: www.fbcamsterdam.com
2-13-22 UPDATED TO NOW SAY MASKS ARE STILL AN OPTION BUT CERTAINLY NOT REQUIRED
12-17-21 through 2-11-22 A new Covid mask mandate slated to take effect 12/13/21 has been announced from the governor’s office. The following statement has been released by our pastors and deacons:
“In keeping with the recent issuance of the New York State Department of Health’s stipulations of requiring either vaccinations or masks through Jan. 15, 2022, we are opting for the mask option. As a local church body, we are encouraging our attendees to wear masks as they deem fit according to their personal health. We ask also that attendees continue to wash their hands, use church-provided hand sanitizer, and stay home if they are sick. Covid is a real and serious virus, and we are doing our best to honor God first and foremost, follow our government’s edicts, and protect our congregants. All are welcome to attend our church services and no one will be turned away.”
UPDATED TO EXTEND THROUGH JANUARY 30TH
UPDATED TO EXTEND THROUGH FEBRUARY 10TH
12-14-21 Quick update re: new mandate from the governor’s office: Our church will not be asking for proof of vaccination, however, we will continue to offer masks and hand sanitizer at each entrance for those who need them. We are not placing restrictions on seating in the sanctuary, but please ask before you sit directly behind or beside someone. The nursery is open for families but is not staffed by other church members at this time. Communion is offered using disposable “all in one” wafer/juice containers. After church fellowship is still being offered and you may sign up on the board in the lobby. For those who are unable to attend Sunday church in person, we continue to offer Facebook LIVESTREAM and a recording will be available on YouTube via this website at a later time. Prayer Meeting/Bible Study is not being recorded LIVE but will be available upon request at the beginning of the new year. All groups which normally meet during the week/month continue. Please check our home page for information. We are thankful to our Lord that very few people in our congregation have experienced this virus!
6-14-21 – 9-12-21 Our services in church meet NYS and Federal guidelines. Please use hand sanitizer (provided) and if not vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear your mask upon entering. You may take your mask off once seated at your pew. Wear it again upon exiting your pew. Restrictions on seating have been removed. Please speak up politely if someone sits too close to you! If you bring a guest, make sure they are safely seated.
Coffee fellowship has been reinstated. You are encouraged to “meet and greet” downstairs if you are comfortable doing so. If you would like to bring something to share, please sign up on the board upstairs.
We want to thank Rhonda for the time she put in to keeping our church clean but has now passed the baton to Hannah. Thank you, Hannah and Rhonda for your service. Our church is cleaned on a weekly basis and common areas/items are also disinfected at this time.
Current worship services are recorded and posted on the home page. Previous weeks and prayer meetings from our early days during COVID restrictions are also available by clicking on “Most Recent Services.” Many older sermons are available by clicking on “Older Services”
We will continue Facebook LIVE for the Sunday Service and it will still be recorded and a link to it in the Announcements on the Home Page. Why not share our homepage with a friend? Our mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting is no longer being uploaded to our website but the Bible Study time will be offered on Facebook LIVE Wednesday evenings at 6:45 (not available July, August, September or October). People who have provided an address will be receiving the prayer list via email. Paper copies are available here at church.
@RiSE, our youth group is back on schedule, meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:45. No masks are required at this time, though social distancing and hand sanitizer is still encouraged.
6-7-21 We made it through the winter and early spring! Very few in our congregation have had the virus and those who did were able to recover in a timely fashion. We are very thankful for God’s grace during this time!
NYS guidelines seem to change weekly… we are still practicing 50% occupancy with the overflow area designated for those who are not quite comfortable in the sanctuary. Six feet of separation is our plan for sitting in the sanctuary. Pews are marked green and red. Please sit closest to the green end of each pew. Sunday School has resumed with the children meeting downstairs and 2 adult classes, upstairs. There is no nursery service at this time, though families are welcome to use the nursery at their convenience. Our Sunday Service and Wednesday night Bible Study are also on Facebook LIVE with the Sunday Service being recorded and uploaded to our webpage. Our coffee fellowship has been reinstated. Information and signup is on the bulletin board in the lobby. Youth group resumed inside for the winter and spring, with no illnesses reported. June 3rd was their final meeting for this school year. They will resume regular meetings in September, the first Wednesday after school has started.
11-29-20 We are finally able to meet at 50%. Please continue to follow the guidelines. Remember that when YOU wear a mask, you are protecting the other person more than yourself. If we all wear masks, we are protecting each other. It’s the least we can do! We have changed the overflow area somewhat to safely accommodate more people. This will be temporary. In the sanctuary, please sit closest to the ends of pews where they are marked with green paper. This will keep everyone 6 feet away from the people in front and behind. There is room for only 3 or 4 people at the end of every other pew. Larger families will have to split between the green ends of two pews.
6-28-20 Our NYS Governor said we are in Phase 4 and can now have 33% of our legal capacity in attendance. Therefore our worship service can now serve over 60 people (includes the overflow.) However, an interesting article here: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-blocks-25-capacity-rule-religious-services-ny-71480425 may make some changes in the future.
6-7-20 NY State’s governor announced yesterday afternoon that churches can meet at 25% of their legal capacity. Our legal “chapel” capacity is 204 so we can hold 51 people! An email was sent out that evening and word was spread so that we had 28 people in attendance this morning!! Social distancing guidelines are still in effect. Drive-In church will still be available for tomorrow’s service. Please read the Current Schedule on the left. (of the home page)
Many thanks to our volunteers who initially cleaned and disinfected the sanctuary, overflow room and lobby (including restrooms.) The Trustees have appointed Rhonda to head up this weekly project.
6-2-20 Youth Group RISE will begin meeting in the church parking lot next Tuesday evening at 6:30. Social distancing is required as are masks. If you don’t have one, one will be supplied. Individual refreshments will be served.
5-28-20 The word is out! We are now able to meet in our parking lot for church for Sunday Worship. Masks and hand sanitizer are required if you need the rest rooms in the building. All other areas are off limits. Please read all signs and follow all directions for parking.
4-19-20: Youth Group will begin ZOOM meeting on Tuesday night this week.
3-20-20: Due to COVID 19, we have had to suspend meeting at the church until given the all clear by the County and/or State. All meetings will be on Facebook LIVE. You may access the live session even if you don’t have a Facebook account by going to this website and clicking on the Facebook logo. Ignore the request for “Log In” and “Create Account”, then scroll down to the LIVE video. These recordings will be available by link on this page and in Email shortly after we conclude each service. If you would like to be on our Email list, you can contact Pastor Bill at email@example.com