We know you want to be together, we know God wants His people together (Hebrews 10:25) and we know you want worship to be safe. The Lord grants us wisdom (James 1:5) and that is what we are seeking as we re-unite the local church over the next few months. The following is our initial plan to begin a re-gathering of God's people at High Pointe Baptist Church. This plan is fluid as we keep our eyes open to God's plan and the health of our community in this time.
HP Re-Gathering Phase ONE
March 15, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Phase One is our present situation – providing only online video home worship guidance each Sunday. There are two updates to Phase one – beginning immediately, those comfortable may meet in small groups to worship together on the Lord’s Day. Secondly, this Sunday, May 24, will be the last day we provide a pre-recorded video for your home worship. Beginning Sunday, May 31, we will resume the livestream of our services at 10:00 am.
HP Re-Gathering Phase TWO
June 7, 2020 – July 26, 2020
Phase Two begins our safe, in-person gatherings in our building beginning June 7, 2020. We will follow the guidance of our governing authorities, including the Texas Attorney General’s Guidelines for Houses of Worship During the Covid-19 Crisis and the Center for Disease Control.
Clearly, to provide a safe environment in which we can worship together, we will need to make certain adaptations. For example, using proper social distancing recommendations, the capacity of our auditorium is 150 persons. With a membership of 500, you can see the difficulties we face. Therefore, to accommodate as many as possible, we will hold two identical services each Sunday during Phase TWO. The first service will take place during our normal 10:00 am worship hour. Our second service will be at 5:00 pm when we would have normally gathered for our evening prayer service.
Presently, our priority will be on gathering together as a church. Consequently, Life Groups will need to meet on a night other than Sundays until we are able to resume our normal schedule. Additionally, we will not offer nursery, children’s ministry, or Life Classes during Phase TWO.
HP Re-Gathering Phase THREE
August 2, 2020
Our prayer and hope are that by the first Sunday in August, we will be able to return to our normal schedules for our services, nursery, children’s ministries, Life Classes, and Life Groups. Of course, all our plans are tentative. We will trust in the Lord, love our neighbors, and honor our governing authorities as the Lord directs.
The rationale for this phased plan can be found here in the latest Straight to the Heart article from Pastor Juan.
Email the elders at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the church office at (512) 837-7725