PBC has began to cautiously reopen in phases beginning with worship services on Sunday mornings at 11:00am with services in English and Spanish with childcare for ages 4 and under (Phase 2). ONLY those who are healthy, not at-risk, and feel comfortable gathering together should plan to attend in person at the chapel. Following the Governor’s recommendation, we strongly encourage at-risk individuals to engage with worship services online. If you have been around someone undergoing testing for COVID-19 or has tested positive, please stay home. We will continue to broadcast services on Facebook Live on Sunday mornings as we have throughout the Coronavirus crisis.
Following the most recent update (July 2) by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, all Texans are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases (which includes Collin County). Face masks are not required for those attending worship services, but wearing one is strongly encouraged by the Governor and by PBC. Click on the following link for more information from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
Here are some specific details related to childcare on Sunday Morning:
- Only children with no symptoms of illness will be allowed in the nursery or classroom.
- Children AND Volunteers will be scanned for temperatures with no touch thermometers. Only those with temperatures 99.5 and below will be allowed into the nursery or classroom.
- No food will be served by volunteers.
- Please provide a diaper and change of clothes in a gallon-sized bag. Diaper bags will stay with parents.
- Craft supplies will be bagged for individual kids and will stay in the PBC Children’s Ministry Building.
In addition to resuming worship services, PBC small groups have begun meeting in person. Student Ministry small groups have also begun meeting for Jr. High and Sr High students on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. These meetings are for those who are healthy and both parents and students feel comfortable gathering with others.
When we meet together for worship or small groups, everyone should continue following health guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Everyone should maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals – even though this will be difficult and some may feel it is unnecessary. We also encourage wearing of cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). In order to ensure proper physical distancing and spacing between chapel attendees for worship in the auditorium, PBC will follow the Governor’s protocols by keeping at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between parties in any row, unless they are members of the same household. In addition, protocols require that we alternate rows between attendees (every other row left empty).
Of course, PBC will maintain rigorous sanitation practices like disinfecting, cleaning, and handwashing. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant will be readily available throughout the campus. Communion will be served in prepackaged wafer and juice containers. Financial offerings or donations can be made online and offering boxes will available at the back of the auditorium. Because of the hidden nature of the Coronavirus threat, everyone should rigorously follow the minimum practices specified by the CDC and Texas DSHS. The COVID-19 virus is still circulating around us. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable of our church family and local community.
We look forward to seeing you online (Vimeo or Facebook Live) or in person. Like Paul said to the Romans and David said to God’s people, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.