UPDATED: May 3, 2021
Recently, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 80 revoking or retiring his previous COVID-19 precaution directives and recommendations for businesses and other organizations (such as places of worship), including wearing face masks. Direction from Gov. Lee’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives has generally guided our COVID precautions this past year... But now that Gov. Lee has retired those precautions and anyone can get a vaccine without having to wait and make an appointment, we feel it is the appropriate time to relax our request that everyone wear a face mask when they are on campus for Sunday morning worship services, Sunday School and other weekday activities.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How is FHBC handling mask-wearing?
A: Face masks are not required, but you are welcome to do so if you choose. We will continue to provide disposable masks for those who want one.
Q: How is FHBC handling social distancing?
A: In addition to broadcasting our services online, we will continue to stream our Sunday worship services to the Chapel (Sanctuary worship) and Fellowship Hall (ELEVATE worship) for those that may want to utilize the extra distancing space that's available in those venues.
Q: How is FHBC keeping the church campus clean?
A: Our Facilities Team continues to thoroughly and regularly sanitize all surfaces and high-touch areas during the week. We also have hospital-grade filters in our air conditioning systems.
Q: How are we hosting worship and other events differently?
A: The seating capacity in the Sanctuary and ELEVATE Worship Center is back at 100% capacity, meaning all pews and rows are now available for seating. However…
- Please leave space between family groups in an effort to maintain physical distancing.
- In order to accommodate as many people as possible, when you are seated, please move to the center of the pew or row so that those who arrive after you can easily find a place to sit and not have to cross over you to do so. You can expect our ushers to be kindly asking people to “scooch” to the middle. Please help them in this effort!
- As always, if you or anyone in your household is sick, please stay at home and participate with us online. And if you have yet to be vaccinated and are at a higher risk for COVID-19, we encourage you to participate with us online as well.
We are hosting on-campus Sunday School for all ages — preschoolers, children, students, and adults! — at 9:30am. We're also offering some adult classes at the 8:15 and 11am times, along with Extended Teaching Care for our preschoolers.
- PARENTS: Our staff have been working very hard to do whatever they can to ensure your children’s safety. Chairs will be spaced out at least 3 feet apart to aid with social distancing as much as possible.
- ADULTS: Some Sunday School classes have been combined or have moved rooms, so be sure to check out our recently updated Sunday School Guide before attending.
- NEW: Most adult Sunday School classes will offer the opportunity to "Zoom in" people from home (or wherever) using their classroom TV. Your Sunday School teacher will send you and your classmates and email with more information if your class is taking advantage of this hybrid model. Email Jeff Bowden, our Associate Pastor of Education, at with questions.
If you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 within two days (48 hours) of attending an in-person gathering, please let us know by calling the church office or sending an email to . We will continue to ask everyone worshipping with us in-person to fill out a Connection Card so that we can notify them if they may have been exposed to COVID. Please also make an effort to notify all individuals you had close contact with while you were on campus.
We're thankful that every day our community continues taking steps toward getting to a place of health and we appreciate your continued prayers, support and encouragement as we continue to navigate this season together! As always, please email us at if you have any questions.