We are excited to announce that we will be offering in-person worship services beginning THIS SUNDAY, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. On Monday, the staff and I watched (even while maintaining 6 feet of separation) our Governor announce Phase Two of opening our State. Within this announcement, Governor Abbott provided some guidelines for churches to consider. If you are interested in seeing what he had to say specifically toward churches, I have attached his Checklist for Churches/Places of Worship to this page (see below). We are working diligently to ensure that we offer a worship gathering that is respectful to one another and to the suggested guidelines.
At this time, we are committed to offering a corporate Sunday morning worship service and a Wednesday evening Prayer/Bible study opportunity. For the immediate future (we are thinking at least through the month of May) we will not be conducting Sunday Morning Bible Study Groups or any other activities.
Here is a quick breakdown of what we are currently planning for the month of May.
Sunday, May 3 Worship Service – 1 John 2:3-6 10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 6 Prayer/Praise/Testimony Night 6:30 PM
Sunday, May, 10 Worship Service – 1 John 2:7-11 10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 13 Prayer/Praise/Family Meeting 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 17 Worship Service – 1 John 2:12-17 10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 20 Prayer/Praise/Bible Study 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 24 Worship Service – 1 John 2:18-27 10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 27 Prayer/Praise/Bible Study 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 31 Worship Service – 1 John 2:28-3:10 10:30 AM
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW PRIOR TO ATTENDING CHURCH
All staff and volunteers will be screened as they arrive to ensure that no one has or has had (within the last 14 days) any of the signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19.
We will be respectful in following social distancing protocols. In order to do so, we ask that you self-screen before attending church for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
Loss of taste or smell
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to
Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have
If you have underlying health concerns or are not comfortable with the thought of gathering in a large group meeting, we encourage you to still participate in our online live-streaming. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/firstkingsland
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT CHURCH
We will not have any childcare or nursery at this time. We hope to offer these in the near future and will keep you informed as to when that will be.
Enter the Main Building from either the church office side or fellowship hall side. All other entrances (including our Education Building) will be locked.
Upon entry, we ask that you do your best to maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals not within the same household. Much like the experience of waiting in line to enter HEB, we will have similar protocols in place at the church.
Door Host will greet you upon arrival and EVERY person entering our building will be given hand sanitizer.
There are masks inside the church for you to use should you desire to wear one.
Lines will form (6-foot separation protocol will be used) in each hallway leading to the Worship Center
Ushers will seat you and your guest. We will NOT have open seating. Please be patient with us as we direct you to your seat(s). We ask for family units to sit together so that we can maximize seating opportunities.
We will not be providing bulletins or passing collection plates. There are collection pots available inside the Worship Center for you to give your offerings.
We will dismiss the congregation one section at a time.
We ask that you use the restroom before you arrive. Should you need to use the facilities at the church, there will be a restroom monitor posted outside each restroom in the main building. They are there to (1) ensure only one person is in the restroom at a time and (2) give you hand sanitizer as you return to your seat.
Thank you so much for your prayers and faithfulness during this time of separation. This is a great time to remember and practice the words from the Apostle Paul as recorded in Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We look forward to seeing you SOON!