First Baptist Church of Clayton, NC

COVID-19 - Information Information concerning COVID and church gatherings



March 23, 2021 Update:

The Church Council met on Monday, March 22, to continue making progress in our plans for regathering. The group voted to move forward with the following items:

  1. Fully Implement Phase 3 of our Regathering Plan: “Weekly Small Groups. Select classrooms will open for children, youth and adults to have in-person/online meetings.” – In addition to the Basic Sunday School classroom, which has previously been available for non-weekly meetings, other rooms will be properly set up this week with social distancing for use for weekly small groups. The same protocols utilized with the Basic Sunday School classroom will apply. Members will call the church office to reserve a room and will follow all provisions outlined in the guidelines.
  2. Gradually Implement Congregational Singing During Worship.- Beginning March 28, congregational singing for the Invitational Hymn will be added to the worship service. Other congregational singing will be phased in gradually.
  3. Increase Maximum Number for Worship Attendance in the Sanctuary to 120. – As worship attendance has increased in the last few weeks to close to 100, there is still unutilized socially distanced space. After careful evaluation, a decision was made to increase our maximum limit for worship in the sanctuary to 120, which is 30% of capacity.
  4. Adult Wednesday Night Bible Study Will Begin Meeting in Person on April 21. –Dr. Clipp will host the Wednesday Night Bible Study in-person in the Fellowship Hall. No advance reservations will be required, but guidelines similar to the Basic Sunday School Class guidelines will apply. A Zoom option will still be available for those who prefer to join from home.
  5. Add an 8:45 AM Service for Youth Sunday (April 18), Children’s Sunday (April 25), and Graduate Recognition Service (May 16). –Each of these services traditionally generate high attendance of children, youth, and families. The additional service will provide opportunities for more congregants to worship in person.

The Council will reconvene on April 18 for additional discussions as we move forward into the spring. We thank you for your patience as we carefully regather. We applaud you for the ways you have continued to worship, gather over Zoom, and share the love of Jesus during these challenging times.

March 16, 2021 Update:

The Church Council met on Monday, March 15, to continue progress in our plans for regathering. The group voted to add an 8:45 am service for Easter Sunday (April 4). The Church Council also approved separate services for the Acteens and GA Recognitions on Sunday evening, May 2, and a special worship service for the statewide WMU Extravaganza on April 24. The Council will reconvene on Monday, March 22, for additional discussions as we move forward into the spring.

February 23, 2021 Update:

The Church Council met Monday, February 22, and has approved moving into Phase 3—Weekly Small Groups for our children and youth beginning weekly on Wednesday, March 3 at the church. This will include GA’s, RA’s and Mission Friends on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 pm with an optional family tailgate time, weather-permitting. It will also include youth group meetings (grades 6-12) on Sundays from 5-6 pm and Wednesdays from 6-7 pm, preceded by a Wednesday youth meal outside at 5:30 pm.Our Children’s Council and Youth Council have developed protocols for our children and youth to begin regathering in our building safely. The details of these plans will be shared this week with children and youth families by Stephanie Parker and Jill Martin-Prouty.Bulletins for the weekly 11 am Sunday worship services will be printed and distributed weekly for worshipers begin-ning this Sunday, February 28. Also, an Outdoor Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the church lawn on Easter Sunday, April 4, at 6:45 am.Let’s pray for our church’s continued re-engagement together as we regather in community during this Lenten season.

February 10, 2021 Update:

We returned to the sanctuary for in-person Sunday worship on Feb. 7. We are so excited to be able to gather together again. Here are just a few reminders about regathering for worship each Sunday:

  1. All worshipers ages five and up are required to wear face masks and maintain six feet of social distancing between households.
  2. Call ahead with your name and phone number to sign up by Friday at 11 AM before the Sunday you plan to attend.
  3. The service will be live streamed for those worshiping virtually.

I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go to into the house of the Lord. (Psalm 122:1)

February 3, 2021 Update:

The FBCC Church Council met Tuesday, February 2, and decided that due to improving area trends with the coronavirus, in-person weekly worship in the Sanctuary will resume beginning this Sunday, February 7 at 11 AM. The same safety protocols for in-person worship will be in place as we had back in November and December. This includes the requirement of wearing masks and social distancing of at least six feet between households. This also includes calling the church office in advance to sign up for worship.

January 19, 2021 Update:

The Church Council met last night, January 18, to review the First Baptist Church Worship Feedback Forms and revisit the topic of in-person worship. After a lengthy conversation, the majority of the council voted to continue worshiping “virtual only” until meeting again in two weeks (February 2). At that time we will review the coronavirus rates in our area and address a potential date for reopening. We were pleased to see a decline in the local COVID-19 metrics over the weekend and are hopeful this is a continuing trend.

January 08, 2021 Update:

In light of the current coronavirus spike in our county, the Church Council met on Tuesday, January 5, to discuss and pray about the status of gathering in-person for worship. While we decided that Sunday worship services will remain virtual for now. A survey link to members was sent to obtain feedback.

December 15, 2020 Update:

Worship Services Update
After prayerful discussion and consideration, the Church Council voted last night to have virtual only worship services from December 20 through January 3. This decision comes on the heels of the current red “critical” status of Johnston County on the NC COVID-19 County Alert System. The Church Council will meet at the beginning of January to reassess and consider next steps. As we move into a virtual only period, we invite you to join us for worship via the church website, Facebook, or Vimeo Video for these Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s focused services.

Christmas Eve Service Information
While we regret not gathering in person, our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be shared virtually. The service still will provide a reverent opportunity for you to worship with your family and others as we reflect on the Christmas message through scripture, music, prayer, and meditation. To assist you in bringing this meaningful service into your homes, the church is providing Christmas Eve Worship Bags for participating families. Each bag contains elements for the Lord’s Supper, candles, and an order of service. The bags for children will contain the same items only substituting a glow stick for the candle.

Christmas Eve Worship bags for your family can be picked up from the Fellowship Hall parking lot during the Live Nativity from 5:30-7:30 pm this Sunday evening, December 20. Bags will also be available for pickup Monday through Wednesday next week (December 21-23) in the hallway outside the church office during office hours. (Mon. & Tues., 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Wed. 8:30 – Noon)

It is our prayer that this service will be a Christmas blessing to all who participate. It will be live streamed on Dec. 24 at 5:00 pm on the church website and Facebook. It will also be available to families on that morning after 9:00 am on Vimeo Video.

In keeping with tradition, the luminaries will be lit outside the church on Christmas Eve by 5:00 pm.

Thank you,

FBCC Church Council


December 14, 2020 Update:

On December 8 Johnston County was identified as a “red county” in the NC COVID-19 County Alert System. That means our county is now in the highest tier of counties with “critical community spread” based on local case rates and percent of tests that are positive. Due to our red status and the currently high spread of the virus, our 11 AM worship service this Sunday, Dec. 20, will be virtual only. We invite you to join us for worship via our church website, our Facebook page, or Vimeo Video.


December 9, 2020 Update:

Our worship service this Sunday, Dec. 13, will be a virtual service to guarantee the safety of all our members. We look forward to worshiping with you via the church website, Facebook, or Vimeo video.


November 6, 2020:

Dear First Baptist Clayton Family,

In-person worship inside our sanctuary will resume on Sunday, November 15, at 11 AM. Click the three links below for detailed information that will help prepare you for our regathered worship services. The documents are:

A seven-minute instructional video made by Dr. Clipp is also available at the following link:

Regathering – What to expect video

We are grateful to the Regathering Task Force, who have worked hard to prepare us to take this next step in regathering. We pray for God’s continued guidance as we seek to glorify our Lord and also ensure the safety of our entire church family.

Yours in Christ,

The Church Council