Reopening Plan For Children And Students

Preschool, Children, and Student Ministry will begin meeting in person on Sunday, October 11! Sunday School will be offered at both the 9:00 am and 10:45 am service for Birth-5th Grade. Middle School Bible study will be offered during the 10:45 service.

Wednesday nights will also begin to meet in person!

  • Students will meet in the Student Building from 6:30-8:00, following their typical schedule of large group and small group times.
  • Preschoolers will meet in the preschool hallway.
  • Children will meet in the big room of the Children’s Building, following a similar pattern to the student ministry, with a large group teaching time followed by small groups.

Our plan is to begin Awana again in January.

We will be following the same safety protocols that we have been using on Sunday mornings for worship. Kids ages kindergarten and up will be asked to wear masks. We will practice social distancing as much as possible. Kids will be provided with their own supplies, and cleaning will be conducted of all tables, chairs, and doors between services.

We know that not everyone will be comfortable returning in person, so we will continue the virtual class on Wednesdays for anyone who wishes to participate. 1st-5th grade’s Zoom call is from 6:00-7:00pm, and the student zoom call is from 7:00-8:00pm.

We are looking forward to gathering together again soon!

Deacon Qualifications and Nominations

The Scriptures teach that there are two servant leader offices in the church: Elder/Pastor and Deacon. These two offices are meant to be a partnership in ministry for the health of the church and the progress of the Gospel in the world.

Deacons meet needs in the church family and support the ministry of the Word. Needs must be met, and the Gospel must be preached. The church must be led. People must be helped. Several of our deacons will be rolling off of the Deacon Team at the end of the year.

Here you will find a list of the biblical qualifications for Deacons. Please read these carefully, then use the nomination form provided to submit your nominations for people to serve as Deacon at Foothills.

If you prefer a physical copy, you can download and print the Deacon Nomination form here.

Nominations are open now and close on August 9. Following that date, the Elders will consider all the nominees, pray, and determine which ones will become candidates to be presented to the church for consideration during the Family Meeting following.

COVID-19 Update For July 20

Beloved,

COVID-19 is putting increased pressure on our city and state. Yesterday we had our highest number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for one day. Our Governor also issued a new executive order this week closing some businesses and limiting gatherings to 50 or fewer.

Constitutionally, we understand that as a church we are exempt from this order, however, beginning this Sunday, July 5, we are suspending our public worship gatherings until further notice.

We will continue to livestream worship on Sunday mornings, so please join us for worship each week!

It grieves us to make this decision, but our Elder Team believes this to be the wise choice for now.

We want to thank the team of men and women who worked hard each week disinfecting the facility between services!

While we continue to navigate these difficult days, let the uncertainties, adjustments, and decisions continually drive us to Jesus. Keep relying on the presence and power of the Spirit to love your family and others around you well.

And let’s pray together, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19

COVID-19 Update For July 16

Lots of you have questions about what’s next for Foothills. We will update the congregation every two weeks. Here’s where we stand today.

  • Sunday Worship Services will continue to be livestreamed through July.
  • We will provide our next update for Sunday Worship services on July 30.
  • We are developing plans for the Fall reopening of our ministries with Preschoolers, Children, Students, and Groups.
  • We plan to reopen in-person gatherings for Preschoolers through Adult Groups 2-3 weeks after our local school districts resume in-person classes.
  • Choir and Orchestra will resume once it is safe to do so.
  • We are developing new ministry strategies to serve our congregation and the community impacted by covid-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 Update For June 4

We are excited about beginning to gather again for worship on Sunday, June 7. As we plan to reopen, we are committed to opening safely, strategically and spiritually. You may find some of our adjustments to be too little or too much. At the same time, as a family of believers let’s make sure that our lives and our words demonstrate our love for and desire to honor Christ and each other. So, here is what you can expect related to each of these:

Reopen Safely

  • We are observing the guidelines of our AZ DHS and the CDC to provide as clean and safe an environment as possible for ourselves and our guests.
  • The foyer and entry doors will be propped open as you enter and exit to minimize touching surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available.
  • We encourage you to wear a mask. The Elder Team will wear masks when not on the platform.
  • Please maintain physical distancing upon arrival, as you sit through worship, and upon your exit.
  • For the sake of physical distancing we have limited the capacity of our Worship Center. If we reach capacity in that room, we will then open the Student Building as overflow.
  • The water fountains will be off.
  • If you or your children are not feeling well, or running a fever, please stay home and worship with us through livestream.
  • If you are particularly vulnerable because of age or physical condition, or simply do not feel ready to join us for public worship we encourage you to stay home and worship with us through livestream.
  • If you give by cash or check, you may drop your offering in one of the two offering boxes mounted to the wall in the foyer. You may continue to give online and through the App.
  • We will not be offering hospitality items before or after worship.
  • To minimize items to be cleaned all hymnals, bibles, envelopes, and pens will be removed from the pews.
  • You may enter and exit the Worship Center through the main doors adjacent to the parking lot. You may enter and exit the Student Building through its main doors. All other entry doors to the facilities will be locked.
  • We will disinfect all touched surfaces between services. If you attend 9am worship, please exit promptly to enable our team to clean before the second service.

Reopen Strategically

  • We will hold two Services, one at 9:00 am and a second at 10:45 am. Both services will be limited in capacity, for the sake of physical distancing, and in time for the sake of families in worship. We will count people as they enter to ensure we do not go over our capacity. Both the Worship Center and the Student building will be available for the first service. However, only the Worship Center will be available during the second service.
  • Childcare and Sunday School continues to be suspended. Parents will receive a digital activity page by email the week prior to worship. You can download, print, and bring that with you to help your children engage in worship.
  • Choir and Orchestra continues to be suspended.
  • Livestream for worship will be available. If you are particularly vulnerable or are not quite ready to return to public worship, simply click the “Livestream” button on the homepage of the website. (It will replace the “Church@Home” button) In the future, our livestream will also become another “front door” for people seeking to know more about Christ and our church.

Reopen Spiritually

  • On June 7 bring a bag of groceries to serve families in crisis through our mission partner, Rio Vista Center. Imagine the impact of 400 bags of groceries!
  • We will be providing Equip Courses via ZOOM this summer on Marriage and Parenting, Financial Peace University, and Hermeneutics.
  • Alongside our Deacon Ministry, the Elder Team and our Foothills Groups will continue to care for our shut-ins and those experiencing crisis within this crisis.
  • We will continue to hold the prayer meeting prior to 9:00 am worship with adjustments for physical distancing.
  • We will continue to equip ourselves to have gospel conversations, share stories of conversations we’ve had, and pray for the spread of the gospel in Ahwatukee.

COVID-19 Update for May 8

Dear Foothills Church Family,

“Beloved “we” pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 1 John 2 This is a prayer written by the apostle John while he was in isolation and exile. It captures our prayers for all of you during these days of uncertainty and distancing.

We are overdue for an update to you regarding how and when we might reopen for public worship. Two weeks ago, the Whitehouse issued “Opening Up America Again,” guidelines based on satisfying a set of “gating criteria” through three phases. In the meantime, the Governor of Arizona has also announced reopening the state on a more “occasional” basis.

The Elder Team is working on a phased-in plan to reopen for Sunday worship. We will communicate that to you prior to Sunday, June 7. Until then, we will continue Church@Home through May 31.

In the meantime, thank you for your faithful engagement with Church@Home, as well as with our local mission partner, Rio Vista Center. Your gifts of groceries have served hundreds upon hundreds of families in need because of this crisis. The red barrels are still out at the facilities and we are delivering your gifts weekly.

Finally, beloved, Ephesians 4:8-11 teaches us that walking faithfully with Jesus, growing in maturity like Him and fighting sin is not something meant to be done in isolation from one another and the church. We need to gather again, not just because we miss seeing each other, which we do, but because God has designed that His sanctifying grace work through us to one another when we gather. Apart from gathering together for worship, prayer, observing the ordinances, and hearing the preaching of the scriptures, we are particularly vulnerable to the temptations that arise not only from within, but also from the Adversary. In the meantime, let’s be diligent to “…put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

With love,
The Elder Team

COVID-19 Update for March 31

Dear Foothills Church Family,

Grace and peace to all of you. It’s time to update our posture regarding the national and international crisis around the COVID-19 virus.

As of March 30, our church offices will be closed and staff who can will work from home. However, we are available, working and engaged in ministry. Today, we conducted our weekly staff meeting via Zoom. Our main phone number will continue to be answered during business hours by Penny Wilson, our Ministry Assistant. You can continue to reach any of the Ministry Staff via their email addresses and phones. You may also email elders@foothillsbaptist.org. The offices will remain closed through April.

In addition, we will extend the suspension of our public gatherings through April. However, we are excited about our plans for this Easter season. Our Palm Sunday message will be from Mark 4, and our Easter Sunday message will be from Mark 16. We have also planned a service for Good Friday. More details on that to come.

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to walk with Jesus daily and participate in your Foothills Group via Zoom, and in worship each Sunday morning on our website, www.foothillsbaptist.org, on the Church@Home page.

Finally, as we prepare for Easter we encourage you to participate in these three steps to help us engage people to put Jesus first for the sake of others…

  1. Use the Foothills App to prayer walk your neighborhood (watch for it this week).
  2. Post a yard sign in your yard publicizing our Church@Home service for Easter Sunday (available now at the Student building on the church property. Simply pick up one sign per household).
  3. Download and post our Church@Home video invitation to your social media accounts (available now via our Foothills Baptist Church Facebook page).

We love you church and pray we will continue to grow in grace while we look forward to gathering again soon!

The Elder Team

COVID-19 Update for March 17

Hello Foothills Family,

We are living in the midst of a global healthcare crisis that is impacting all of our lives. People feel anxious, confused and fearful, and some are facing a financial impact.

On Monday the Church Staff met to make plans for the ministry of the church in light of the most recent recommendations from Gov. Ducey regarding COVID-19. About one hour later, the White House and CDC announced, “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America.”

You can find those guidelines online at whitehouse.gov. One of those guidelines was of particular importance to us:

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

A key point in the President’s statement reads, “Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”

And so, not out of fear for ourselves, but out of love for our neighbors and one another we regret to announce that we are suspending the public gatherings of our congregation beginning today through Friday, April 3. Specifically, that means 3 things:

First, all Foothills Groups, Women’s Bible Study, Men’s Bible Study are suspended through April 3.

Second, Wednesday night activities are suspended on March 18, 25 and April 1.

Third, we will not gather as a congregation for worship in our facility on Sunday March 22, and 29.

However, we want you to gather as a family to worship at home on Sunday March 22 and March 29. On our website we will provide a video including a pastoral prayer, the sermon and prompts to pray together, as well as links to selected songs so that you can sing together! In addition, during this time, we will provide some simple, clear content for families to use to have faith conversations during your meal-times together.

We have also established a newsfeed page on our website, that will keep you up to date with any and all changes in this fluid situation.

We’re sure you’ll have questions, so please go online, read this statement and check out the FAQ’s. If you still have questions or any needs, please call us at the office or write to elders@foothillsbaptist.org. We are ready to serve you.

Seasons of uncertainty mark all our lives in this world. In Joshua 1, the children of Israel were ready to enter the Promised Land when Moses, their leader died. In the midst of all that uncertainty God called Joshua to step in and lead, and God promised, “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” When our lives fill up with uncertainties, our sovereign God hasn’t left us alone. He is with us, he is in control, and the uncertainties of life are tools of His loving purpose to demonstrate his faithfulness and shape us more and more into the image of our Savior, Jesus.

So face this season with faith, and hope by acting on the words of the Apostle Paul, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7

We love you church family and we are praying for you. Remember, to care for one another and be sensitive to opportunities to speak to others about the hope that we have in Jesus!

In Christ’s love,

Your Elder Team

COVID-19 Update for March 15

Dear Foothills Family!

There have been significant changes in the news this week surrounding the corona virus. The Governor has declared a state of emergency to mobilize funds should significant health care needs arise, but currently there are just 8 active cases in the State.

The State Health Department has posted 5 Public Health Recommendations on their dashboard;

  • No recommendations to cancel mass gatherings at this time
  • No recommendations to close schools at this time.
  • No current changes to normal business activities.
  • Increase hand hygiene
  • Stay home when you are sick

We are aware of the voluntarily enacted local and statewide precautions and closings affecting sports, entertainment, and school systems, including the Kyrene school district. So how are we responding at Foothills?

In light of the State Health Departments recommendations:

  • We will gather for worship on Sunday at 9:00 and 10:45 am. Our facilities are clean and ready. We will greet each other with smiles and waves rather than handshakes; between services we will provide individually wrapped snacks, and the hospitality team will serve the coffee and water. You will be able to give your offering at the doors at the close of worship.
  • If you are not well, please stay home for your own health and that of others. But join us for the sermon on our Facebook livestream around 9:20 am.
  • At this time, we will hold Wednesday activities, including student ministry, and Awana. However, we will suspend dinner this week.

Finally, as the world reacts to this crisis, how do we respond as the people of God?

  • People are thinking about their own mortality. Be ready to share the reason for the hope that you have in Christ. 1 Pet. 3:15
  • While we practice some “social distancing” let’s draw near to God. Spend time in the scriptures and prayer for our world, for healthcare providers, the sick, the church, and government leaders.
  • Let’s love one another, check on one another and care for one another. Use your health to serve, not to hide. Prov. 3:5-6

In Christ,

The Elder Team

Rio Vista Center Food Drive Report

Thank you for donating food to support our partner, Rio Vista Center. Outreach has been a big part of Foothills history and continues to be so.

If you are not familiar with Rio Vista, they are a Christian organization that responds to the needs of the Valley’s less fortunate through compassionate initiatives and efforts focused directly on the needs of the community. Our annual food drive for Rio Vista helps fill up their pantry, giving their workers the food supplies they need to take care of those in their care.

On top of this food drive that helps feed those less fortunate, Rio Vista Center also offers other programs that greatly benefit our city and community. The main population receiving assistance and aid is obviously the South Phoenix area, but with a benevolent reach to people all over the valley, the need for their work is real. Check out their website to hear more about the ministries at the Rio Vista Center.

This year, we donated 2,800 pounds of food and 185 pounds of clothes to Rio Vista! Thank you for partnering with Rio Vista Center to share the gospel with the people of Phoenix.