This is the question that is on every church member’s mind. All of us would like to pick up exactly where we left off, but we know that this is just not possible. This process is going to be a gradual progression that we will work through together.
Here is our plan. We are keeping an eye on the state and local officials, and observing the effects of the coronavirus in our area. Obviously, strategies can change at any time.
The safety of our church family and obedience to God are of the greatest considerations in our choices. No matter what we do, opinions of what we are doing will vary. Some folks will think we are moving too fast, and others will think we are way too slow. The best our church can do is follow the Lord’s leading and not worry about outside noise.
If you are high risk please continue to make wise decisions regarding your health. All online worship will remain active.
Wednesday service is going to be the first to change back. We are going back into the auditorium on May 6TH at 7 PM. We have 150-200 chairs, so it will be no problem to social distance on Wednesday nights. There will be no handshaking or hugging, and everyone will observe the 6 feet distancing rules in place. We ask that you do not spend any time in the foyer. Our foyer is small, and it would be hard to social distance there. We will have sanitation stations in place for you to sanitize at any time. If you’d like to wear a mask while you attend, you’re welcome and even encouraged to do that.
Sunday morning and evening services will remain drive-in and livestream through May 31st. We would love to be back inside by the first Sunday in June, but that will remain to be determined.
One exciting change to our Sunday services starting May 3rd will be that we will be setting up chairs on the porch that you can use. All social distancing rules must be followed, but if you feel comfortable worshipping with your family from chairs instead of your car, you will be welcome to do so. You can even bring your own lawn chairs if you like. If you still feel safer in your car, that is what we want you to do.
We are keeping watch on the weather. We may be moving the morning service earlier and the evening service to 7 PM because of the heat. Check our Facebook page and website for updates on service changes.
We will refrain from any handshaking. If someone forgets and extends their hand, kindly remind them that we are not shaking hands. This is very important to your pastor, so please do not shake hands or make contact if at all possible.
Thursday Bible Study will remain livestream only. Monday night game night will remain livesteam only.
If you feel uncomfortable attending under any circumstances, please stay home.
After reassessing the national and local pandemic situation, we will make changes as the Lord leads.
VBS has been moved from June to August and may have to be canceled completely.
Important Note: At any point, if you are feeling sick, we want you to stay home, rest and recover. If you have pre-existing conditions or are considered unusually vulnerable because of a weakened immune system, please continue to benefit from our live stream ministry.
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the Coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
Staying home if you are sick;
Covering your cough or sneeze; wear a mask;
Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
We love you and want to see you again soon! But we want you to stay safe and healthy. If you have any needs, please let us know.
Link to CDC Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html
The Rural Texas Pastor sharing some encouraging thoughts from a small East Texas town.