Pandemic Information - First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church has a re-opening committee that is reviewing information and making preparations for reopening the church. This committee makes recommendations to Session on reopening the church and other activities. The primary directive of the committee is the safety of everyone involved.

18-Feb-2021 Update

Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian,

We will re-open for worship on Sunday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. Your committee has studied and implemented CDC and other recommendations for reducing the risk of COVD spread. But in the end, each of us must make our own decision about the risk of attending worship in person and respect each other’s choices. Yes, the service will continue to be broadcast on Facebook.

We have firm re-opening guidelines. Thank you for honoring them.

  • If you have additional COVID risk factors, continue to participate from home using the worship stream.

  • Everyone will wear a mask.

  • We will stay six feet apart or in a family "bubble."

  • Ushers will indicate seating in the sanctuary or overflow seating in Fellowship Hall. (Large screen live video will be provided in Fellowship Hall.)

  • Please refrain from singing – mouth the words or talk in a quiet voice.

  • Plates will not be passed during the service. There will be offering plates in the narthex.

  • The nursery remains closed. Children are welcome in the service and we will not be embarrassed by a little motion (or commotion!)

  • We will exit the building immediately after the service.

Someday we will be able to remove these restrictions. Until then, let us worship carefully but joyfully!

Don Feld, Committee Chairman

For more information on what it will look like when you come to church, watch this short [3:21] video:

Current Status: Worshiping in person and via Live Steam. On-line Sunday school and Bible study opportunities continue. The church is available for small groups.

Singing during Worship
Out of an abundance of care for each other, Singing, humming, and talking with a loud voice is discouraged when attending worship in the church building. The act of singing generates aerosols that can escape masks, float in the air, and be circulated by our heating system. These aerosols can carry the COVID virus. Therefore, during hymns and other vocal activities, mouth the words or speak in a whisper.

Reopen Committee Members

The following individuals have been volunteering their time and effort to work on reopening. They may be reached for questions or comments through their contact information in the church directory or through the church office, who will pass information to the committee.

Don Feld (Chair)
Steve Anderson
Wynona Anderson
Amy Drummer
Jan Faber
Case Hegeman
Tom Bower
Michelle Wilkinson

First Presbyterian Chuch


101 S. Center St. 

Marshalltown, IA 50158

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