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I. WHEN IS THE CHURCH SCHEDULED TO REOPEN?
- We are now officially open for on-site worship. To begin attending services again, please pre-register by texting your name and the names of those who will attend with you to (682)-408-7662. You only need to register one time and check in with our welcome committee each time you attend service.
II. WHY IS THE CHURCH CONSIDERING REOPENING AT THIS TIME?
- Your health and safety are very important to us at United Christian Fellowship of Arlington, which is why we have been very cautious about reopening for onsite worship.
- However, it is clear that the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” pandemic which led to the closure of onsite services will be with us for a long time. Health professionals seem to agree that it will be at least 12 to 18 months before a vaccine will be available for public use.
- It is unrealistic to close the church for the next 12 to 18 months, as doing so will cause irreparable harm to the spiritual lives of many in our congregation for whom in-person fellowship is essential to spiritual life and growth.
- Consequently, what we must do as a church is develop a plan to reopen onsite services in such a way as to protect the physical and spiritual health and safety of members to the highest possible degree.
- The good news is that we have a team of health professionals that has been working hard to observe trends, identify best practices, figure out ways to implement them, and make recommendations to the leadership of our church.
III. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE RATE OF INFECTION CONTINUES TO GO UP IN TEXAS?
- The situation with COVID-19 is changing every day. Even doctors and health professionals are learning day by day.
- However, the plan that has been developed by the Coronavirus Response Team accounted for the possibility of increasing infection rates. Therefore, it should stand.
- The Coronavirus Response Team is monitoring the situation in the United States, Texas, Dallas County, and Tarrant County daily, and will make new recommendations as they see fit, including delaying the reopening date.
IV. WILL THE CHURCH CONTINUE TO OFFER ONLINE LIVESTREAMING OF SERVICES?
- All services will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Instagram Live.
- In general, members will have the CHOICE to participate in either onsite or online worship.
- However, Senior citizens, people with health problems, and children under age 14 are encouraged to attend online services until further notice.
V. WHAT STEPS WILL THE CHURCH TAKE TO PROTECT MEMBERS FROM INFECTION?
- The reopening of the church will be done very gradually in the following order:
- Wednesday, July 22 to Sunday, August 2: Maximum attendance of 25 people or family units
- Sunday, August 9: Maximum attendance of 50 people or family units
- Sunday, August 16: Maximum attendance of 75 people or family units
- Maximum attendance will be increased by 25 people or family units each week until the maximum capacity of the Family-Life Center is reached.
- Those who plan on attending on-site services will be required to pre-register by texting their name and the names of other family-members that plan to attend to 682-408-7662 by 6:00pm on Friday This will help us plan for seating in advance. Attendance will be on a first-come, first serve basis.
- Medical and health professionals will be on hand to implement our infection control plan;
- Services will be held in the Family-Life Center (Gym) to ensure proper social distancing;
- Handshakes and hugs are strongly discouraged;
- All members will have their temperatures taken before entering the building;
- Anyone who has a fever or shows other symptoms of illness will be directed to go home;
- All members will be required to wear masks before entering the building;
- All members will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering the service;
- There will be no food or drinks served at church until further notice;
- Singing will be done by a small praise team instead of the entire choir; and
- All chairs, microphones, podiums, restrooms, and public areas will be properly sanitized before each service.
VI. WHAT DOES THE CHURCH EXPECT FROM YOU?
- Continue diligent implementation of infection control measures when you are not in church. The measures that we are implementing in church will work best if you do the same away from the church.
- If you are coughing, sneezing or generally do not feel well, do not come to church.
- If you are elderly or have chronic illnesses, stay at home as much as possible.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes as much as possible.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently.
- If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
- Wear a face mask whenever you are outside your home.
- Maintain proper social distancing at all times.
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging people who do not live with you.
- Avoid large crowds in public places.
- Avoid large family gatherings with people who do not live with you.
- Continue to pray for an end to this pandemic.
- Do not be selfish. Though you may be young, strong, healthy, and without symptoms of COVID-19, you CAN still pass the infection on to others who may be adversely affected.
VII. WHAT ARE THE SPIRITUAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR REOPENING?
- Your life is valuable to God, so you must do all you can to protect it. Genesis 1:26 – “26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;”
- Whatever you do in relation to God must be done by faith. Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
- Having faith does not mean that you do not engage your mind and think. You must evaluate every situation based on the facts, but do not base your final decision on the facts alone. There are facts concerning COVID-19 that you do not know, but God knows them all. Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
- Remember that God knows all things. Psalm 139:1-3 – “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.”
- Remember that God is with you. Hebrews 13:5 – “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- Remember that God has all power. Jeremiah 32:27 – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
- Some of you are eager to return to church, while others are not ready to do so yet. It is okay to have different views on this issue. However, one thing that we must agree on is the need for safety. Whatever you choose to do, do it by faith and God will honor it. Matthew 9:29 – “Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
Please call or email the church office if you need further assistance or clarification.