CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

(COVID-19)

In-person worship services and ministry activities resumed on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

We are so excited to welcome you back to our campuses for in-person worship services! Please know that your health and safety are our top priority and our staff is working diligently to provide an environment where you’ll feel safe while worshipping.

 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.

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  When will in-person worship services resume?
A.  In-person services resumed on April 3, 2022.  Our morning services take place at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

Q. What are the new times for worship services?
A. Our new Sunday service times are 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. eastern time with an online re-broadcast at 6:30 p.m. eastern time. In-person 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.

Q. What safety protocols have been established to keep us safe?
A. When we return, our mask mandates will align with county regulations — currently, masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged. We will have masks available at each entrance and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout all of the buildings.  

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.

We have treated our sanctuaries, bathrooms, classrooms and other key areas with a protective coating that shields surfaces against viruses and pathogens to help keep you safe. We have also increased the fresh air flow and upgraded our filters to hospital-grade air filters to improve the indoor air quality by blocking airborne pathogens. Our team treats spaces using electrostatic sprayers for sanitizing and disinfecting after each use.

Q. What are the vaccination requirements for volunteers?
A. Ministry leaders and volunteers who have direct contact with members and visitors, and those who serve on Sundays will need to complete one of two processes in order to serve in person:

  1. Cleared to Serve: Applies to volunteers who have been fully vaccinated. Upon showing proof of one’s vaccination status, you will receive a Cleared to Serve badge to be worn whenever serving in person. Please contact your ministry leader for complete instructions.
  2. COVID-19 Testing:  Applies to volunteers who are unvaccinated. You may submit a negative COVID-19 test on the week that you desire to serve. The submission process is detailed below:
    • Visit www.fbcglenarden.org/covidtesting.
    • Complete the information and upload a negative test by Monday at 4 p.m.*
    • FBCG staff will review submissions to confirm that a valid test has been submitted, and then will reply with a confirmation email.
    • The confirmation email will validate your eligibility to serve in person.
    • This eligibility will be valid for Monday – Sunday of that week only.
    • When checking in to serve with your ministry, you will present either a verified to serve badge or the confirmation email. A printed copy of the email will suffice or you may show a copy from your phone.

      * COVID-19 tests should be taken no earlier than Friday in order to be eligible for the Monday deadline. Please note that at-home COVID-19 tests will not be accepted.

For example, Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. is the deadline to submit a negative COVID-19 test in order to serve in person during the week of March 28 – April 3.  COVID-19 tests must be taken between Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28.

Q. How will Communion be conducted?
A. In-person Communion will resume Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the Worship Center. Members will still have the option to participate virtually. Those who attend in person will pick up their elements upon entry into the sanctuary and dispose of them upon exit. Communion trays will not be passed.

Q. Will Bible Study be held in person?
A. Bible study will remain virtual until September 2022.  Bible study will continue to be streamed online.

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

Q: How can I pay my tithes and offerings while the church is closed?
A: We appreciate your giving. There are several ways you can give to the church:

  • Online: visit www.fbcglenarden.org/give.
  • Mail: You can send a check to the following address: FBCG, ATTN: Finance, 3600 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. Please make checks payable to FBCG.


Q. How can I purchase items from the Media Center?

A. In-store operations began April 3, 2022. 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: What is the status of SHABACH! Christian Academy?
A: SHABACH! Christian Academy is open.

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.