[COVID-19 RESPONSE]

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF OCEAN SPRINGS

MINISTRY UPDATES AT FIRST PRES

(updated 11/24/20)

This Sunday, November 29, we will be moving back to CONTEMPORARY (9 AM) and TRADITIONAL (11 AM) services! We will also have NURSERY and CHILDCARE available at both services, and we will LIVESTREAM both services each week on our website, Vimeo and Facebook. Each service will have a capacity of 120 people to allow for social distancing. Masks are required in worship, except for children under the age of 6. Nursery and childcare are limited to 10 children for each service. Please help us better prepare for Sunday by continuing to pre-register for the worship service you will be attending, as well as for nursery or childcare.

MASKS IN WORSHIP

With numbers on the rise in Jackson County and after careful consideration following the governor’s most recent executive order affecting our county, we have decided to implement our mask mandate once again at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs. Masks will be required in worship until further notice, except for children under the age of 6.

 

 

WORSHIP

We will have two worship services each Sunday at 9 AM (contemporary) and 11 AM (traditional). We will be able to accommodate 120 people at each service. Masks will be required in worship until further notice, except for children under the age of 6. In order for us to have safe gatherings for worship on Sunday mornings and allow for proper social distancing, we are asking everyone to PRE-REGISTER for 9 AM or 11 AM service each week. Seating capacity is 120 per service, and we are limiting our nursery and childcare areas to 10 each. If you must cancel your registration, please call the church office at 228-875-5326 by Friday at noon. If a service is full, please register for the other service. 

 

If you or a family member are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, have underlying conditions or fall in a high-risk category, we ask that you worship with us online from the safety of your home. Serving our church family who continue to worship from home is a priority for us, and we are committed to providing a fruitful online worship experience for those remaining at home. For those continuing to worship from home, we will livestream both services at 9 AM and 11 AM on Sunday. You can find our livestream on our website, Vimeo and on Facebook. We will post a recording of worship later that morning.

 

We are now providing NURSERY (ages 0-2) and CHILDCARE (ages 3-Kindergarten), in a limited capacity, at both services. We will be able to accommodate 10 children in the nursery and 10 children in childcare at each service. You must register your child for nursery or childcare no later than NOON on Friday.

 

NURSERY: Children ages 0-2 can be dropped off starting at 8:45 AM (for 9 AM service) or 10:45 AM (for 11 AM service) on the first floor of the Education Building. Please practice social distancing as you drop off your child. Please pick up your child on the first floor immediately following the worship service.

 

CHILDCARE: Children ages 3-K can be dropped off starting at 8:45 AM (for 9 AM service) or 10:45 AM (for 11 AM service) on the first floor of the Education Building. Please practice social distancing as you drop off your child. Please send a water bottle with your child’s name on it as they may be going outside. Please pick up your child on the first floor immediately following the worship service.

DISCIPLESHIP

Due to coronavirus restrictions, we are not holding in-person Sunday School, Bible Studies or Sunday Night Programs at the church at this time.

We are seeking to begin new Vital Groups with 10 to 12 individuals or couples.  These groups will meet on Sunday nights from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Education Building. This way, we can socially distance ourselves and only have rooms at the church that need to be sanitized instead of your homes.  Childcare can be provided.  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Steve Wood, Director of Christian Education, at steve@fpcosms.com or 228-234-9429.

MISSION

NO CURRENT UPDATES.

PRE-REGISTER FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP

The Lord’s Day worship is a day that unites us by grace as a covenant community whose high calling is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. As we gather for worship in person, we are asking for your patience and cooperation as we abide by the CDC recommendations for safe gathering. Here’s how you can help!

Help us prepare for Sunday worship by pre-registering for 9 AM (contemporary) or 11 AM (traditional) service, as well as nursery and childcare, below. Seating capacity is 120 per service, and we are limiting our nursery and childcare areas to 10 each per service. If you must cancel your registration, please call the church office at 228-875-5326 by Friday at noon. If a service is full, please register for the other service. Masks are required in worship until further notice.

Please check your family for COVID-19 related symptoms prior to worship. If you or a family member are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, have underlying conditions or fall in a high-risk category, we ask that you worship with us online from the safety of your home. Serving our church family who continue to worship from home is a priority for us, and we are committed to providing a fruitful online worship experience for those remaining at home.

WORSHIP RESOURCES

Be prepared for worship! Download all the resources you need for our weekly online worship services here.

ONLINE WORSHIP ARCHIVE

MINISTRY RESOURCES

Even though we have canceled in-person worship services until further notice, that doesn’t mean we have stopped being the church! We have come up with some creative ways to stay connected digitally during the coronavirus pandemic. Below you will find ministry resources for children, youth and adults.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

With the kids home from school, now is a great time to really dive deep into the Gospel! One great resource is joining our Families of First Pres Facebook group – lots of great activities, resources and conversation with parents with kids ages 3 through 5th grade, as well as access to our special Sunday School page! Our children’s ministry director Aimie Barton has also curated a bunch of online resources that would be great for your kids. Check them out!

YOUTH MINISTRY

Youth ministry director Luke Mittwede has set up a Facebook group and a YouTube channel to keep our youth engaged and connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Be sure to join in the fun!

ADULT MINISTRY

For adults, Pastor Kory is going to continue his Acts chapel class online! Check out his virtual Sunday School on our Vimeo channel. Steve Wood comes to us from the front porch with a new Monday-Friday daily devotional called “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs” – be sure to tune in!

WAYS TO GIVE

MAIL OR DROP-OFF

You can drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office or mail them in at 921 Ocean Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

ONLINE

Giving online is easy, safe and secure! Just click on the link below!

 

GIVE ONLINE

TEXT

Text GIVE to 228-206-5391 and follow the link! It’s that easy!

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Contact Us

The church office will be closed until further notice. Should you need assistance, you may call the church office (228-875-5326) and that call will be forwarded to a staff member who can help you. Or you may email us through the contact form. Some staff will continue to work from the office, but some will work remotely. The ministry of your church staff will continue, albeit in new ways.