Here are the latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and steps being taken by Christ Church.
Last updated Saturday, May 8, 2021, 12:30 PM
Current COVID Protocols
Worship and Sunday Services
Worship continues at 8:30 and 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM. Face-coverings are now optional at all services (including the 8:30 AM service). Distanced seating is also now optional - there is no requirement to sit every other row with two seats between family units. You are still welcome to wear a face-covering or sit socially distant.
Pastor Greco's latest video update is available HERE
Sunday school (9:50 AM)
All classes are face-covering optional. Pastor Greco's class on the Person and Work of Christ will be available by live stream HERE. Social distancing is recommended in all classes.
We provide a nursery for children under four years of age during our 11:00 AM worship service.
Ladies’ and Men’s Bible Studies
Bible studies continue to meet. Face-coverings will be optional, and social distancing is recommended.
Our community groups have resumed meeting in-person. Face coverings will be optional at those meetings. You can find details about when and where our community groups meet HERE.
Youth Group meets on Wednesdays and face-coverings will be optional at all meetings.
The men of Christ Church meet for breakfast on the first Saturday of each month, with social distanced eating and the discussion time to be held in the sanctuary with socially distanced seating. Face coverings are optional.
Watch Pastor Greco's previous video updates of March 30, February 26, February 18, 2021, November 24, October 1, September 11, August 6, June 26, June 19, May 21, May 5, April 24, April 18, April 9, April 3, March 31, March 26, March 20, and March 14, 2020
Read Pastor Greco's Letter of March 19, 2020, and Letter of March 14, 2020 (PDFs)
Read Pastor Greco’s article “Some Thoughts About Coronavirus”
Read Nick Batzig's article “The Church after the Coronavirus”
Tabletalk Articles on COVID-19 are available here. There is also Tabletalk's Magazine on Fear. It is timely reading that I recommend.
Continuing Live Stream
Our 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM worship services are available via live stream 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.
Use of our Facilities by Outside Groups
Our facilities are now available again for non-Christ Church activities. Building use requests may be submitted.
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 and 6:00 PM 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 Opening Up America Again (PDF) and website
The President’s 30 Days to Slow the Spread (PDF) (March 16)
People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19
EPA's website for coronavirus including a list of disinfectants to use
Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-34 (March 2)
Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-29 and Amendment to GA-29 (July 2)
Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-28 (June 26) and Amendment (July 2)
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:
Fort Bend County Community Guidelines for COVID-19
Fort Bend COVID-19 Response Hub
Harris Country Resources:
Harris County 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19
Houston Responds COVID-19 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."