The demise of a loved one, along with its complex emotions, can be quite overwhelming. As a church, FCBC understands these difficult times of grief.
From 4 August 2020, in line with governmental guidelines, conducting of memorials and funerals by FCBC’s Pastors and ministry staff will continue with the following guidelines:
- Up to 30 persons are allowed to be present at any one time. This excludes Pastor/staff/lay leader, which must be kept to a minimum, and is subject to the venue’s capacity limit based on safe management measures.
- Persons attending funeral-related activities must maintain a 1-metre safe distance between groups, with each group made up of not more than 5 persons.
- Before and during the memorial/funeral service and throughout the wake, the Pastor/staff/lay leader and appointed funeral director must work together to ensure that safe management measures are in place.
2. Conducting of Memorial/Funeral Service
- Attendees must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.
- Attendees must minimise social interaction with each other.
- The memorial/funeral service must be kept as short as possible.
- A safe distance of 1-metre must be kept between all individuals, except family members from the same household (e.g. husband-wife, parent-child) but a distance of 1-metre must be kept between groups.
- Singing is not allowed as it is considered a high-risk activity, which could potentially release larger amounts of droplets. Songs can be played from a device in lieu of singing.
- There should be no sharing of religious items, food, and drinks. Proper hygiene must be observed by all attendees, and physical contact should be minimised or totally avoided where possible.
- Attendees must leave the premises immediately after the memorial/funeral service, and not gather for a post-service reception/meal.
3. Safe Management Measures and Checks
- Anyone who exhibits flu symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, fever of 37.5°C and above, breathlessness) will not be allowed entry.
- Anyone who has travelled overseas in the past 14 days or who’s on Quarantine Order (QO), Stay-Home Notice (SHN), or Leave of Absence (LOA) will not be allowed entry.
- FCBC members who’ve had close contact with someone on QO, SHN, or LOA in the past 14 days will not be allowed entry, unless they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 by government health agencies. This is to mitigate the risk of any cluster forming within the church.
- All attendees must fill in a health declaration and have their temperature checked upon arrival.
- Where SafeEntry is not used, a record of names, contact numbers, and arrival and departure times of all attendees must be kept.
- For venues with reduced air circulation (e.g. enclosed prayer spaces, air-conditioned halls), doors and windows should be opened, where possible, to naturally ventilate the space after use.
The Homegoing Funeral Procedures Guide, designed for our cell leaders, seeks to provide assistance to the family of a cell member when a death occurs. In this guide, we highlight some scenarios you may encounter and provide the practical help you may need.
For more information, please contact your Team Pastor or the Church Office at 6424 9400.