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All churches are requested to be mindful of the recent Executive Order from Governor Abbott. This means your churches will need to make adjustments.
Some things for your churches to consider:
Prayer Times: One local church just organized a prayer time via Zoom and had 20 people join in. This is a perfect method for keeping in touch with your community/congregants during this time. Prayer is the #1 tool in our arsenal against the schemes of the enemy.
Regular Online Services: You can livestream your service or prerecord and post it online – while you will need to adjust the format it will provide a way for your church to worship together.
Online Updates: Post video updates to assist your members in knowing how others are doing in your church and prayers requests. It will also help your church families stay up to date on the church schedule and upcoming plans.
Neighbors: The Church a tremendous opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ. We have the opportunity to get to know our neighbors. Everyone is having the same conversation right now globally, so God has already given each of us common ground for conversations with our neighbors. Seize this moment.
Online Giving: If your church does not already have an online platform for giving there are many resources to choose from.
Regular Communication: What methods are you using for mass communication with your church? Social media tools abound for you to use, but every congregation requires a different approach. Your congregations need to hear from you regularly during this challenging time.
Youth/Children’s Ministers: Since most children’s activities will have now be rescheduled at your church, you must become more creative on how to utilize this down time they now have away from school. Consider crafting weekly readings or short Bible lessons that families can work through together with their children.
Easter Events: While congregations may not be able to meet together, some have suggested parking lot services in lieu of being physically inside the church sanctuary as a way of keeping community. Should this happen, we would suggest purchasing an FM radio transmitter which your members can listen to via their car radios.
What You Need to Know
Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Exectutive Order
Begins at Midnight March 20, 2020
Ends at Midnight April 3, 2020
Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.
These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.