Re-Opening Plan

COVID-19 Updates

After prayerful consideration with the staff and deacons of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, and in consideration of the feedback received in a recent church survey, we want to introduce our re-open plan and what you can expect moving forward. The phased plan will closely resemble the timelines and phases set forth by the health department and local/state officials. The decision to adopt the plan below was sought in prayer, approved by the staff and deacon fellowship of Friendly Avenue, and made in consultation with The Governor’s Office, The Guilford County Commissioners Office, the Sheriff’s Attorney’s Office, our church’s insurance company, and a local attorney.

Our multi-phase re-opening plan begins on Sunday, May 24th with a time of corporate worship on the church's ball field at 11:00 am. See the "Social Distancing Map" as well as the "What to Expect" section below to better understand how we will conduct our time of corporate worship. For those who wish to remain home, a live-streaming service will still be made available at 8:30 am each Sunday morning throughout Phases 1 & 2. For more details related to worship (as well as the entire re-opening plan), please read the letter from Pastor Daniel


NOTE: Ministries and programs related to FABC Kids such as Sunday School, KidsGrow, KidsPraise, Worship Care, and childcare are postponed until a safe re-launch time and strategy is determined. As such, adults with children who wish to participate in upcoming on-campus activities will be responsible to keep their children with them at all times while observing social distancing regulations. We encourage all families to make the most of discipling their children at home by taking advantage of the Family Worship Experience that is provided online and during each Sunday's Drive-Thru.


Sunday Morning Worship on the Ball Field

Sunday worship (weather permitting) will be on the ball field at 11:00 am beginning May 24th. Each family unit may take a 12ft x 12ft block on the ball field to maintain social distancing. Bring lawn chairs and sun protection. Hand sanitizing stations will be made available upon entry. Masks are encouraged, but not required. We encourage families of younger children who may have difficulty abiding by social distancing regulations to take advantage of the "premier parking" along the fence line in order to keep their children safe and secure inside their vehicles during services.


As we look to each Sunday of worship on the ball field, here are a list of things to except and how you should prepare.
  • Outdoor services on the ball field begin @ 11:00 am each Sunday throughout Phases 1 & 2
  • Bring lawn chairs and sun protection
    • Chairs are provided at the field entrance in case you’re unable to bring your own
  • Parking along the fence line is reserved for handicapped and families with younger children who may not be able to abide by social distancing expectations
    • NOTE: For those parking along the fence line, tune in to 87.7 FM for service audio
  • Enter the ball field through the gate closest to Friendly Avenue
  • Upon entering the field...
    • ...sanitize your hands at the hand sanitizing station
    • ...drop off food donations items for the Food Distributions
    • ...ushers will direct families to 12-ft squares, filing in front-to-back
      • NOTE: 12-ft squares are first-come-first-served (no saving spots, no “back-row-Baptists”). One family unit per 12-ft square
  • Observe social distancing (even as much as you want to hug people you haven’t seen!)
  • Exit the ball field on the playground side
  • Upon exiting the field...
    • ...sanitize your hands at the hand sanitizing station
    • ...drop off your tithes and offerings
  • Bathrooms are open inside the church
    • NOTE: One person in the bathrooms at a time (or 1 family unit for children in need of assistance)
  • We will make available a live-streaming service @ 8:30 am for caution and at-risk members who wish to worship at home
  • If weather prevents us from gathering...
    • ...we will make the call NO LATER THAN 8:00 am Sunday morning and will send notifications via email and social media
    • ...we will switch to an online only service @ 11:00 am