2020 Health Updates
In light of CDC and Local Health Department guidelines to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, we will continue to have Worship Services and Bible Studies.
However, for the foreseeable future, we will "meet" by Facebook Live.
March 25, 2020- Shelter in Place Response
March 20, 2020- Online Services Only
March 17, 2020- PAW and MRA Closed/ Online Schooling Update
March 16, 2020- Noon Day Chats
March 13, 2020- Paint and Board Rescheduled TBA
March 13, 2020- Live Services Update
March 12, 2020- Letter to Church
March 12, 2020- Letter to families with Children
In response to Dallas County's mandatory “shelter in place” order, churches are required to operate remotely. While the church office remains closed for the time being, our staff is still here to serve you:
- Our mail has been forwarded to a staff member.
- If you need any assistance, the church phone has also been forwarded to a staff member.
- Additionally, all staff members have access to email and will respond as quickly as possible.
While we will continue to work from home, we will attempt to keep it "business as usual" as much as is possible in this unusual environment.
PAW will be closed until further notice.
MRA will finish out the 2019-2020 School Year with Online and @ Home Instruction.
Please see emails, Facebook updates, or reach out to the director/ administrator respectfully for each of these individual Ministries.
In light of CDC and Local Health Department guidelines to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, we will continue to have Worship Services and Bible Studies. However, for the foreseeable future, we will "meet" by Facebook Live.
Our schedule is as follows:
Sunday Morning 1st Service Worship, 8:30am
Sunday Morning Bible study, 10:00am
Sunday Morning 2nd Service Worship, 11:00am
Sunday Evening Bible study, 5:15pm
Sunday Evening Worship, 6:15pm
We will also be hosting Wednesday Night Bible Study; the link will be posted soon.
Daniel has also added Noon Day Chats, covering the Book of Micah, on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.
(All of these remain available for you to view even after the live sessions have closed.)
If you, or your family, have a need that the church can help with, please call the church office, or contact your deacon. The deacons will be checking in with our families over the next few days. We are here for you.
We will continue to keep you posted as our current environment changes through email and Facebook. If you know of a church member that is not already receiving our weekly emails and would like to, please ask them to contact with their request.
Announcing Noon Day Chats
12:00-12:45, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays here on the Matthew Road Baptist Church Facebook page.
Based on the information currently available, it appears our ability to meet as a congregation will be halted for several weeks. In addition to hosting Sunday services and Bible studies as we did yesterday, we are seeking ways to connect our congregation during the week as well. In order to create as much community as we are able under the circumstances, we are going to host bible studies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the next several weeks. The first study will be "A Journey through the Life and Writings of the Old Testament Prophet, Micah." Today's study will focus on the history of the Jewish people and Micah's place in that history.
Set aside 45 minutes today during lunch to join us. Ask questions and share your own observations in the comment section.
Please join us.
Paint and Board Rescheduled TBA
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Live Services Update
For the services this weekend, only essential personnel should attend live events. We will Facebook live the worship services and bible studies at all the regular scheduled times. Anyone over the age of 60 and anyone with underlying health issues should avoid public spaces for as long as recommended by the CDC. If you fall in those categories or you have direct contact with someone who falls in those categories, please watch from home via Facebook live.
Schedule of Facebook live, 8:30 worship. 10am bible study. 11:00 worship. Sunday evening bible study 5:15pm Sunday evening worship 6:15. All of these will be on Facebook live.
Letter to Church
Dear Matthew Road Church Family
As all of us are tracking the story concerning the Coronavirus, we as a staff have discussed the best approach for the church. As of now, church services will continue to be hosted. However, for many within our congregation, the best way to participate in those services may be through our Facebook live broadcasts. This is especially true for those in the age groups that have been most negatively impacted by this virus, individuals who are 60 and older. Also, any individual, regardless of age, with underlying health issues should consider staying away from all public spaces, including church.
If you decide to attend the services in person, please take all the precautions to wash your hands carefully and avoid direct physical contact with others. We are suspending our normal greetings for the next few weeks. Smile and wave. Avoid handshakes and hugs. We will also suspend the passing of offering plates. There are drop boxes on each side of the sound booth for receiving offerings. There is also online giving that can be easily found on our website.
We also had the Lord’s Supper scheduled for a few of our services in the coming weeks but we will suspend participation in the Lord’s Supper until this virus is contained and out of public life.
In summary, our services will continue as usual. However, no greetings and avoid physical contact while at church, and no passing of plates during the services. If you are particularly at risk for coronavirus or just desire to be cautious with this potential threat, then stay away from public gatherings including worship services and watch the services via Facebook live. This is a rapidly changing situation that may require quick adjustments to these plans. Check our website and our Facebook page for updates.
Letter to Families with Children
For our families with children, we encourage you to educate your children on the Coronavirus, and general wellness practices. We certainly do not want to cause children to be anxious; however, helping them understand the real severity it is for many around the world will help them refrain from joking about the virus. These "jokes" are obviously not funny, and as more people in our communities are exposed, we certainly do not want to stigmatize, hurt, or cause undue stress for anyone. For classes where snacks are eaten, we are requesting that only prepackaged and individually sealed snacks be provided. Children will be required to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water before eating.
As of now, we will be following the city of Grand Prairie, including GPISD's, approach and the decisions that they make along with keeping a close eye on any recommendations from the CDC. The city is working with Dallas County Health and Human Services and other local, state, and federal officials, to make recommendations specific for our community. We will follow their guidelines; however the Matthew Road staff reserves the right to make adjustments even to the city's protocol, if we feel it is in the best interest of our families. Currently, GPISD does not, nor do we, feel the need to shut down church programming and as of now, we will be open next week for church and school. Again, this is a very fluid situation and if this changes, we will communicate those changes as soon as possible.
We will be diligent to sanitize throughout and after each day since we do have a preschool and K-12 school on our campus 5 days a week. We will also be strictly enforcing our illness policies. We are asking for your help in the following ways:
* Continue to teach children the importance of proper handwashing with soap and water and washing hands frequently.
*Continue to appropriately educate your children on the coronavirus and illnesses in general so they grow in empathy for those in our world affected and refrain from joking about the very seriousness of this matter. Pray together as a family for those affected by the virus.
*Follow our current, more cautious illness policy - If your child or anyone in your family is ill, even without fever, please keep your family at home until everyone is 24 hours free of any symptoms. This may be overreaching, but for now, we see it as essential.
*Self Quarantine if needed - If any of your family has traveled over Spring Break to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, please stay home for 14 days after returning from that travel. The list of level 3 countries can be found on the CDC website.
The CDC website can be found as very helpful. We recommend you visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html
This video from Colorado Children's Hospital can be very helpful for educating kids on the current coronavirus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSsKQPqpS7A
And finally, this is the song I personally have used with my kids after learning it from their preschool teachers. Your 6th grade boy will likely roll his eyes, so maybe just tell him what to do and keep this song tucked away just for the younger ones. https://youtu.be/kJhWl1LLz5Q
We pray your family stays well and that the Church will remain a beacon of hope in times of uncertainty. Please do not forget to check on those in your neighborhoods and families most susceptible to the virus. May the Church be found wise in precaution and yet abundantly giving in mercy and love.
In Christ alone,
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