In-person worship services and the evening communion service will be held outdoors at the Worship Center on Sunday, Sept. 26. All services will also be streamed live on our platforms.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

In preparation for our return, we want to take this opportunity to address some questions and concerns you may have regarding procedures for returning to in-person worship and ministry activities. 

We are praying for those who may be affected by the virus and for God’s protection over us all. Please partner with us in this prayer as well as in taking practical measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

For updates on our operating status, please visit this page regularly or call our Coronavirus hotline at 301-386-0301.

Updated: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at 1:47 p.m.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 infections across the country and our commitment to keeping you safe, our return to indoor worship services has been postponed and there will be no onsite ministry activities until further notice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  When will in-person worship services resume?
A. We are overjoyed to welcome you back to the Worship Center campus for in-person worship services. Starting Sunday, Sept. 12, we’re hosting outdoor worship services at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Worship services will be held outdoors until further notice.

Q. What are the new times for worship services?
A. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, our new Sunday service times are 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. eastern time. Praise and worship will begin at the start of each service. For our online viewers, an online pre-show will begin 15 minutes before each service and a post-show will begin immediately after each service. 6:30 p.m. services will only be held on the 4th Sunday for Communion or for other special events. All services will continue to be streamed online.

If you miss the morning services, you can watch the rebroadcast on Facebook, YouTube and our church’s website at 6:30 p.m. EDT. 

Q. When will Bible study resume?
A. Bible study will continue to be held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and will resume virtually on Oct. 5, 2021.  

Q. What safety protocols have been established to keep us safe?
A. Our mask mandates will align with county regulations — currently, masks are required for all indoor activities for those over the age of five, regardless of vaccination status. We will have masks available at each entrance and hand sanitizing stations will be located outside of the tent. Socially distant seating will not be implemented. We will not hug when we greet our neighbors or hold hands; instead, we will encourage other safe methods to use such as elbow bumps and waves.

Masks are strongly encouraged for outdoor events.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, please consider worshipping with us online until you are well.

Q. What are the vaccination requirements for volunteers?
A. All volunteers who have direct interaction with our members and visitors and/or who serve on Sundays must be fully vaccinated. All volunteers must show evidence of their vaccination by completing the Verified to Serve process. Full instructions have been sent to ministry leaders by the Department Heads. Badges will only be issued or reactivated for volunteers whose vaccination status has been verified.

Q. What procedures have been put into place for children and youth?
A. All ministry activities will remain virtual until further notice. 

Q. How will Communion be conducted?
A. In-person Communion will resume on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Worship Center under the tent. Members will still have the option to participate virtually. Those who attend in person will pick up their elements upon entry into the tent and dispose of them upon exit. Communion trays will not be passed.

Q. How will tithes & offerings be collected?
A. The collection of tithes and offerings will be touchless. Drop boxes will be placed near the entrances for you to drop off your offerings as you enter or exit the tent services. We also encourage you to utilize online giving options by visiting www.fbcglenarden.org/giving. There will be no passing of the plates and checks can still be dropped off or mailed to the Ministry Center.

Q.  Will Sunday school and classes offered by The Institutes be held in person?
A. All classes will remain virtual until further notice. Classes will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

Q. How can I purchase items from the Media Center?
A. Curbside service is now available and will remain an option. Orders can be completed online or by phone and picked up at the Ministry Center. Also, don’t forget that our online Media Center is open 24/7 at www.fbcgbookstore.org.

Q. How do I join or contact a specific ministry?
A. If you need information about your ministry’s meetings, please email your ministry leader. If you are looking to join a ministry, please search our Ministry Finder to locate one of interest, and then join the ministry’s email list.

Q. How do I report the death of a family member?
A. Please email funerals@fbcglenarden.org or call 301-773-3600 and follow the prompts to report the death of an immediate family member.

Q. How can seniors without internet access connect to Sunday worship services?
A. Seniors who do not have internet access may dial into Sunday’s worship services by calling 301-386-0303.

If you have any additional questions, there are two ways to contact us:

Please email fbcginfo@fbcglenarden.org for general inquiries or call us at 301-773-3600 on Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., if you would like to speak to a receptionist.