church reopening procedures
On July 2, 2020, Texas Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing a statewide mandate that every person must wear a face covering under specific conditions with few exceptions. For more details a copy of the recent Order can be obtained below.
Until the Order is lifted or replaced, Midway Baptist Church encourages those attending our services to follow the prescribed actions and to wear a face covering. As outlined in the Order, the face-covering requirement does not apply “to any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged.” Out of the abundance of caution, we would encourage you to wear the covering whenever practical.
Following please find guidelines for joining us this coming Sunday
returning to gathering together
Introduction — We know that the COVID-19 will be at least some threat until there is a vaccine for it, or the restrictions for social distancing are completely lifted, therefore, it is incumbent on us to make some changes in an effort to limit exposure to those attending services at MBC.
Reopening MBC Is not a decision that has been made lightly. In preparations of our reopening our church for “in-person” services, we have developed several cautionary procedures that we plan to undertake and would encourage you to follow in order to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone who attends our services:
Cautionary Procedures Planned:
(1) To further support social distancing, we are asking for family members who live together to sit together. The service in the sanctuary will be video streamed to the Fellowship Hall and the Dunn Building. Depending on the number gathered, we may encourage you to utilize these facilities as needed in order to maintain a “safe distance” apart.
(2) To minimize the “bottleneck” at the main entrance of the church, Pastor Neal and others will not be in the foyer to greet you on your way in or out of the building. Pastor Neal will however be available near the pulpit area if you wish to speak to him for any reason.
(3) Please practice “social distancing” and avoid areas with heavy traffic, to the extent practical. We will be exiting in an orderly way to avoid close contact with others. Please feel free to enter or exit via the Front Doors or the Fellowship Hall doors, which ever provides the best social distancing for you and your family.
(4) Please consider alternative methods for greeting your fellow Brothers or Sisters other than the typical handshake or hug.
(5) Please wash your hands often and frequently. Midway will place hand sanitizers throughout its facilities for your use. Remember cleanliness is next to Godliness.
(6) Surgical masks will be provided for anyone who wishes to use them. Disposable gloves will also be made available.
(7) Please be extremely careful concerning interaction with the children or babies. The nursery room will remain open for individual use but will not be staffed.
(8) Please remain at home if you are manifesting any of the following signs of sickness: Fever — Cough —– Shortness of breath — Chills — Repeated shaking — Muscle pain; — Headache — Sore throat — New loss of taste or smell or other neurological issue.
We are not trying to limit your personal freedoms with these requests, we are simply trying to do the best job we can to protect our members and our visitors.
The facilities will be properly cleaned and sanitized after each service.
Thank you for your considerations — MBC, Pastor Ed Neal
modified worship services
After much thought and prayer, we have decided to continue our Sunday Worship schedule as is for now with Morning Service at 10:30 am and Evening Service at 5:00 pm. Wednesday night Bible Study will be via Facebook Live starting at 7:00 pm.
We ask that you continue your prayers that the Lord’s will be done and that we be able to resume our normal worship times and services as soon as possible.
Medical experts find those at highest risk for life-threatening illness from COVID-19 are:
- People 65 years and older • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- People of all ages with underlying medical conditions — Underlying medical conditions include, but are not limited to: People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; and people who have serious heart conditions;
- People who have a compromised immune system — Many conditions can cause a person to have a compromised immune system, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or an organ transplant, various other immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications;
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher); or
- People with diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, and/or liver disease.