Important Update From Foothills Church!

When is Foothills Church meeting on campus again?

Foothills Church will resume in person gatherings on Sunday, July 5th. We will offer two live services at 9 and 11 am, and we will continue offering an Online Worship experience for anyone who is sick, immunocompromised, or simply not comfortable with returning to social gatherings. There are a number of factors that have gone into making this decision, and we know there are different opinions about when in-person gatherings should resume. With restrictions loosening across the state of Tennessee, and numbers of COVID-19 cases continuing to stabilize, the leadership of FC has determined that July 5th is the return day for our on-campus gatherings.

What will I do with my kids on Sundays?

Babies and Pre-K

Childcare will be available for all of our babies through Pre-K (2 to 5 y/o). Each environment will be extensively cleaned before and after each service, and all volunteers will have their temperature taken before serving in one of our FC Kids environments. Volunteers will also be asked to sanitize their hands every 15 minutes. We ask that no babies or preschool-age children be brought to the service. If you do not want to take your child to one of our babies or preschool environments, then we will have our family area set up where you can watch the service together. Our goal is to keep your children and all families safe, as well as provide a distraction-free worship experience. If you do not feel comfortable taking your baby or preschool-age child to one of our FC Kids environments, then we encourage you to worship with us online from home.

Kindergarten through 5th grade:

We are excited to have our normal Kindergarten through 5th-grade programming back as well. We will continue to have an unforgettable and age-appropriate worship experience for them on Sunday mornings. Each environment will be extensively cleaned before and after each service, and all volunteers will have their temperature taken before serving in one of our FC Kids environments. Volunteers will also be asked to sanitize their hands every 15 minutes. K-5 children are welcome to join their parents in the main worship experience as well if the parents feel uncomfortable with taking them to their environments.

Vol Kids

If you volunteer on Sunday mornings, then we are going to have all babies and Pre-K children repeat programming. Essentially, they will remain in the same environment throughout the day. Elementary age children will have a special Vol-Kids space where they can be checked into during the time their parents are serving as well.

What are you doing to make sure worship environments are safe?

As mentioned previously, all of our FC Kids environments will be cleaned and disinfected between each service. This includes any surface or toy that children may touch, as well as bathrooms and door handles. Likewise, all of the door handles and bathrooms in the Atrium will be disinfected before and after each service. Each week the building will be deep cleaned in preparation for the coming Sunday, and all environments will be prepared for the weekend worship experiences. In addition, there will be a multitude of hand sanitizing stations located across campus that we encourage everyone to use. Finally, all of our volunteers will have their temperature taken before they are allowed to serve on Sundays.

What will the worship experience be like?

One of the main factors that contributed to us waiting until July to resume in-person gatherings is the nature of our worship experiences. We like to sing, be close to each other, baptize, take communion, and do many other things that make us feel connected as a community and connected to God. Waiting until July gives us the opportunity to do as many of those things as possible, without taking away what makes our worship experience special.

With that being said, there are a number of actions that we will be taking in order to ensure a safeworship experience:

  • Our hospitality team will be asked to not shake hands for the time being.
  • Our café will be serving a limited selection of items. The cafe volunteers will also be wearing gloves and masks while serving.
  • All water fountains will be disabled.
  • Giving-stations will be set up around campus in lieu of passing offering buckets.
  • Extra hand-sanitizing stations will be set up all around campus.

What can I do to serve others when we come back?

We know how much you want to care for each other coming into this new season of in-person gatherings. There are a number of different things that you can do to help serve and honor each other when we return.

With that being said, there are a number of actions that we will be taking in order to ensure a safeworship experience:

  • Limit contact as much as you can. This includes shaking hands and giving hugs.
  • Utilize our provided hand sanitizing stations.
  • Social distancing and masks are optional, but not required.
  • Honor other people’s decisions to practice social distancing or wear masks.
  • Encourage friends and new visitors to take their children to childcare environments.
  • If you or anyone in your family is sick, has a fever over 100F, or has symptoms of being sick, stay home, and watch the worship experience online.

We understand if you want to practice social distancing, wear masks, or avoid physical contact, and we ask that people who have different opinions on these topics honor one another's opinions or decisions.

What else should I know about in-person gatherings resuming?

Please remember, if you are feeling sick, or if you have a fever, please keep yourself and your family at home. We know how badly many people want to return to in-person gatherings here at FC, but we must remember that if we’re sick, the best way for us to honor each other is to stay home. We want you here just as bad as you want to be here, but for the safety of others, please watch online at home if you are sick.

We also want to remind you that our vision here at Foothills Church is to develop mature disciples of Christ in relational environments. With that being said, if you aren’t a part of a small group, you are truly missing out on the life-giving power of Christ-centered relationships. Head to our groups page for more info on how to get connected with one of our small groups here at FC.

Finally, we want to remind everyone that this is just a season, but we also must be open to change. Some things will be different because of COVID-19, and change may occur in areas that we can’t foresee. However, Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Whether we see it or not, God is using all of this chaos to build his Kingdom, and Foothills Church is ready to be a part of the work that He is doing in Blount County and beyond.