817 SW Harrison, Topeka, KS 66612  785-233-9601

COVID-19 Response & Resources

Checklist for Attending Worship at FPC during this stage of Covid-19 

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Topeka! In person worship is held each Sunday at 10:30 AM in the church sanctuary. Facemasks and appropriate physical distancing are required. Please see the helpful checklist below regarding worship attendance during this stage of the current Covid-19 public health situation. It is also a faithful choice to participate via livestream, watching recorded video at your convenience, and watching the previous week’s service at 11:00 AM on WIBW Channel 13.2 MeTV. God’s grace and peace and health be with you!

ASSESS YOUR HEALTH

  1. Please stay home if you or any family members are showing symptoms such as fever or cough.
  2. Please stay home if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  1. From the moment you exit your car until you return, please keep the safety of others and yourself in mind. Masks covering the nose and mouth for each person age 3 and above must be worn.
  2. Remain six to ten feet from other households while waiting to enter at the North Harrison or South accessible parking door.
  3. Remain distanced while waiting at the greeting station to receive your temperature check, a disposable mask if needed, a bulletin, and a hand sanitizer squirt and disposable gloves if desired.

IN THE SANCTUARY

  1. Please sit only in the pews color-coded GREEN. If you share a pew with other households, remain six to ten feet apart.
  2. Do NOT use pews or exit doors marked with RED.
  3. Use the SOUTH corridor and restrooms – not Disciples Hall or the main hallway and restrooms.
  4. Please fill out a white attendance index card with the names of everyone in your worship group.

FOLLOWING WORSHIP

  1. Please DO NOT remain in the Sanctuary following the Postlude. Ushers must be able to get to the pews safely. 
  2. Exit through North or South Harrison doors or the South accessible parking door.
  3. You may leave your index card, offering and prayer request card on your pew seat or in an offering plate at any exit. 
  4. If you wish to visit with others, please do so OUTDOORS at a safe distance wearing masks.

Most of all, please be in prayer for First Presbyterian Church, as we are in prayer for you. Thank you. God bless and please be safe.

Sandra Brown, Pastor
Patrick Yancey, Commissioned Associate Pastor 

Follow us on social media to stay connected and up-to-date! In addition to posting the worship services on Sundays, we are also posting video messages regularly during the week.

Helping the Community

We know that during this time of suffering and uncertainty, it is natural to want to help others. Below are a few resources to stay connected and love your neighbor. Remember, one way to love your neighbor right now is to stay inside, practice social distancing, and do your part to keep others safe and healthy! 
 
  • Continue to donate items to Doorstep – Doorstep is continuing to serve those in need. They are currently in need of the following items: jelly (any flavor), canned fruit (any kind), spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper, pinto beans, egg noodles, pork & beans. 
     
  • Donate to local food banks, such as Harvesters – The food bank based in Topeka and Kansas City serves 26 counties in Kansas and Missouri. Communications Manager Gene Hallinan said Harvesters needs donations, “Because of the pandemic, Harvesters is not receiving as much donated food and we’re seeing a shortage of volunteers who sort and pack the donated food,” he said. Go to www.harvesters.org to learn about donating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Donate blood – The nation’s blood supply is at a critical level, and the American Red Cross is calling for people who can donate blood to do so. The Red Cross is working to quickly identify and replace blood drives canceled due to workplace and school closures. To see if there is a blood drive near you, visit www.redcrossblood.org.
     
  • Call or write to those who are unable to leave their homes – There are many vulnerable individuals who are unable to leave their homes during this time. To keep people from feeling socially isolated, call or write to keep connected. If you have children at home, have them make cards or color pages to mail to a local nursing home. Get creative and spread messages of cheer.