Here are the latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and steps being taken by Christ Church.
Last updated Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8:30 PM
Important Update for November 22, 2020
Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the Houston area and throughout the country, and due to guidelines requiring self-quarantining for those who have been in "close contact" with another who has tested positive, the Session has made a change in our protocols for Sundays at Christ Church. In order to break the chain of possible close contacts, and to reduce the possibility of congregants having to quarantine and miss work, school, or family holiday gatherings, we will begin requiring face coverings at all worship services (8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM) and Sunday school for adults, senior, high and junior high (9:50 AM).
We believe that wearing face coverings breaks the chain of “close contact” and reduces people's need to self-quarantine. This will help everyone whose life would be disrupted by having to self-quarantine. We intend to continue with all three Sunday worship services and Sunday school for the coming weeks. We believe that the best way to ensure the safety and regularity of continued gatherings at this time is to require face coverings in worship and Sunday school for adults, senior high, and junior high. We are confident that the saints of Christ Church will show great love to each other and great zeal for worship and God’s Word.
Because of the reality of life with COVID-19 over the past few months, there are very few of us who do not have face-coverings already in our cars, pockets, or purses. But Christ Church also has face-coverings available if you are without one. We will be glad to provide one for you. We will also return to seating every other row at our 11:00 AM service to increase social distancing. You can see specifics on our In-Person Worship page.
Read Pastor Greco’s article “Some Thoughts About Coronavirus”
Read Nick Batzig's article “The Church after the Coronavirus”
Worship and Sunday Services
We are meeting in-person for worship at 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 AM. This is a change in the second worship service time (previously 10:30 AM). You can find information on the logistics for the services, RSVP for a service, and download an electronic bulletin on our In-Person Worship page.
Continuing Live Stream
Our live stream worship services are available on either our Facebook page, YouTube channel, Vimeo, or our website. The live stream will only be visible during the service. You will not be able to see anything until Sunday morning or evening. If you are having difficulties (audio or video) on one platform, the best thing to do is to switch to another platform. The feedback we are receiving is that the YouTube Channel is the most stable. The worship service will be available afterward on our Facebook and YouTube pages and our Livestream Archive.
Please consider making your gifts to the ministry safely and securely online through our website or via text at www.cckpca.org/give. You may also mail checks to the church. We have established a mercy fund to help those in need at this time and you may make a designated gift to that fund online.
Christ Church Programs - UPDATED OCTOBER 1, 2020
All Sunday school classes (children, youth, and adults) are now being held in-person. We have two adult classes in which face coverings are optional (Acts, Islam) and one class in which face coverings are required (Sacraments). Please choose the class that best fits your needs. Youth and children's classes are also available for ages four and up. You can find more information on our Sunday school page. We will still attempt to social distance as much as possible in all classrooms, so please sit in a way that is conducive to that.
Use of our Facilities by Outside Groups
Our facilities are now available again for non-Christ Church activities. Building use requests may be submitted. Please note that if building use is approved, you will need to follow additional health and cleaning protocols.
Precautions and Changes in the Life and Ministry of Christ Church
We are experiencing the challenges and difficulties surrounding the appearance and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the world, including Fort Bend County, Texas. Our Session and staff are seeking to apply Biblical principles to the life of the church. These principles include: the importance and primacy of gathered worship (Heb. 13:5), love for our neighbor (Mark 12:31; Gal. 5:14), obedience to the Law of God (particularly the Sixth Commandment), and submission to the governing authorities the Lord has instituted (Romans 13:1-7). Our Session and Deacons continue to update guidelines for worship and church activities. We want to strike the right balance between serving the Lord and showing love to the congregation and community through safety measures. Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-28 (dated June 26, 2020) makes clear that there is no occupancy limitation for "religious services, including those conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship." Guidance was with respect to Minimum Standard Health Protocols on May 26, 2020. The Attorney General has issued his Third Revised Guidance for Houses of Worship and Minimum Standard Health Protocols for Churches have been published.
With respect to face coverings, there is a specific exemption for “churches or other places of worship,” so attendees at Christ Church are not required to wear face coverings. We are requiring face coverings in some contexts (8:30 AM worship) and making them optional in others (11:00 AM worship). We are asking you to balance your own opinions and concerns with love and care for others in the church. The church should not be a place to pass judgment on each other or criticize each other (Romans 14:10), but rather a place where love and grace abound. For this reason, we are not requiring face coverings of everyone at all services, but instead are allowing for a service where those who are more comfortable with face coverings being worn know that everyone will have a covering. We are also asking everyone, especially as they enter and exit the building, to wear a face-covering for the protection and assurance of others. Finally, we realize that the COVID-19 situation is still very fluid and we expect further modifications in weeks to come. Please be patient and pray for your pastors and elders as we navigate these unusual times.
How You Can Stop the Spread Of Germs
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Video
- Anyone with symptoms of illness should stay home.
Symptoms of COV-19
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, and shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Health and Community Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources:
The President’s 30 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF) (March 16)
Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-26 (June 3)
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18 (April 27)
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-16 (April 17)
Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-14 (March 31)
Texas Attorney General’s Third Revised Guidance for Houses of Worship (April 27)
Texas Attorney General’s Revised Guidance for Houses of Worship (April 21)
Texas Attorney General’s Guidance for Houses of Worship (March 31)
Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Resources:
Harris Country Resources:
Governor Abbott has issued an April 17 executive order, which includes a declaration that "schools shall remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance by students and shall not recommence before the end of the 2019-2020 school year."