We resumed our in-person worship services Sunday, May 24th. We will continue to have services online as well for those that are not able to join us. These will continue to be prerecorded for the time being, but we will be transitioning to live online in the not-too-distant future.
There are, of course, some differences in the way we do some things. We appreciate and ask for your grace, flexibility, and willingness to “look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4).
Our reopening is, like most churches and organizations, in phases. This is largely due to two realities: we are committed to setting a good example in regard to following our local, state, and federal guidelines (Romans 13/1 Peter 2); and on a practical level, the sanitization requirements are more extensive that many realize and limit us in some ways (ask some of our small business owners what they are going through). Here is what we will do to maintain safety while renewing our time together:
1. For the time being, we will have only our main service on Sundays, and will continue to offer Wednesday night Bible study and other activities online.
2. Seating is to be in line with the State of Texas guidelines, updated 5/18:
“Keep at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between parties in any row, except as follows:
- Two or more members of the same household can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
- Two individuals who are not members of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.”
3. Communion will need to be distributed a bit differently. We have four stations (N,S,E,W) that will have the bread and cup. The bread will be individual pieces, served in the cups we use for the fruit of the vine. The cups will be as normal. We will have a time for an individual from each household to go to the tables and get the emblems. We ask that you patiently maintain distancing as you do; we hope having it spread out will make this a fairly simple occasion.
4. Contribution baskets will not be passed, but there will be drop boxes at the four Communion stations, or you can continue to use the Tithe.ly app or mail it in.
5. There will be sanitizer available at certain points, but we strongly encourage you to bring and use your own.
6. (Updated) Because of the current spike in our community and in the state of Texas, we are asking that you please wear a mask. Unfortunately, our community is one with enough community spread to cross the governor's executive order's threshold requiring masks in public. If you do not have one, we will have them available.
7. All of these are subject to adaptation as the situation changes and the guidelines are updated. We think you will agree that in the big picture the fellowship we will have together will far outweigh the inconveniences.
Above all, know that we are excited to see you again, we love you, and we are praying for you. Please feel free to invite friends and family.