Updated as of 5.26.20
REOPENING for Sunday Worship Service:
Begins Sunday, May 31
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
After weeks of ceaseless prayer for healing, protection, wisdom, and guidance, the Elders and Ministers look ahead to returning to the Prestoncrest campus for worship services, and we pray that you can join us if you can and should. While we anticipate a joyful physical reunion together, we are taking great care to protect all who gather with us.
If you have experienced any COVID-19-related symptoms in the two weeks leading up to our campus reopening, if you are high risk, or if you’re just not certain you’re ready to join us in person, please continue joining us for worship and Bible classes from the comfort of your home. While we would love to see you in person, we care most about your safety and health.
If you are able to join us, here are the details...
Phase 1 of Prestoncrest’s Reopening
When will we be gathering?
Worship services return to Prestoncrest on Sunday, May 31, 2020, with services at 8:15 am and 10:45 am. Please enter the main building through the east and south doors. Services will be limited to 45 minutes in length, so that there will be sufficient time for all to leave the Auditorium and Foyer and allow for cleaning and disinfecting the Auditorium and Foyer for the next service. We encourage everyone to continue their fellowship following the services in the front lawn, sidewalks, and parking lot (while continuing to show our love for one another from a safe distance).
Where will we be sitting?
For your health and safety, ushers will be in place to facilitate seating and to ensure proper spacing is honored. Attendees will sit on every third row (two rows unoccupied between occupied rows). We will mark the rows to be unoccupied for your convenience. We also ask that attendees keep at least six feet of separation between parties on any row, except for family members or invited guests.
How do I RSVP?
Given that seating will be limited to approximately 225 persons per service, reservations are required.
Beginning at 10:00 am each Wednesday you can reserve space at one of the worship services with an RSVP.
Please RSVP each week if you plan to attend worship service.
For the 8:15 am Service:
- Text the word sunday815 to 469-476-5331
- Visit www.prestoncrest.org/i/sunday815
For the 10:45 am Service:
- Text the word sunday1045 to 469-476-5331
- Visit www.prestoncrest.org/i/sunday1045
If you RSVP via text, be sure click the link it sends you back. You wil be redirected to a form - fill it out to let us know how many will be coming with you.
The data gathered with each RSVP will allow us to consider the addition of another service. Each week, reservations for Sunday will begin at 10:00 am on the preceding Wednesday.
If you have any problem submitting yor RSVP, contact the Church Office @ 972.233.2392.
What if I am considered to be high risk?
The Elders strongly encourage high risk members to stay home and stay safe, watching the online service which will continue to be streamed and posted on Prestoncrest’s YouTube channel. According to the Center for Disease Control, the following categories of individuals are at high risk from COVID-19:
- Persons age 65 or older, especially with chronic lung disease
- Persons with moderate to severe asthma
- Persons with chronic heart disease
- Persons suffering from severe obesity
- Persons with diabetes
- Persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Persons with liver disease
- Persons with a weakened immune system
What precautions can I expect to see?
The safeguards set out below are Prestoncrest’s best efforts to establish expectations regarding how we show our love, care, and respect for one another, so that we can begin to gather together again in person while reducing the risk of community spread of COVID-19.
- The use of face coverings will be mandatory for all attendees ages 3 and above while on the Prestoncrest campus. The only exceptions are individuals speaking or singing into microphones. If you arrive with no face covering, a gloved individual will be there to provide you with one. While wearing face coverings may be uncomfortable, we do not wear them for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others, serving as a sign and symbol of our care and love for others (1 Corinthians 10:23-24).
- For your protection, please also honor others by maintaining a safe distance between everyone while on campus, whether inside or outdoors. By doing so now, we can make those handshakes and hugs much more meaningful in the future.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at all entrances and other key locations.
- Attendees will pick up pre-packaged communion elements as they enter the Auditorium and deposit the packaging in waste baskets while leaving the Auditorium.
- To create a “touchless” environment, the doors to the Auditorium will be open and/or opened by gloved ushers for you. Also, pencils, songbooks, Bibles, and cards will be removed from the pew racks, and the weekly bulletin will be digital (don’t forget to text “checkin” to 469.476.5331).
- At the close of the service, an Elder will dismiss the service by sections, encouraging all attendees to leave the Auditorium and Foyer and continue their fellowship on the front lawn, sidewalks, and parking lot.
- Once the Auditorium and Foyer are unoccupied following the 8:15 am service, the Auditorium and Foyer, including the seats and any items that come into contact with attendees, and regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms, will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines. The same cleaning protocol will be repeated following the 10:45 a.m. service.
- The Fellowship Room and Kitchen will be closed, as will the staircases. No food or drinks will be available anywhere on the Prestoncrest campus.
- Drinking fountains will be disabled and/or covered. Feel free to bring a water bottle with you.
While we will take these steps to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, Prestoncrest cannot guarantee that attendees will not be infected.
What about the kids?
Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our members, the campus remains closed for Youth and Children’s Bible classes, nor will Children’s Church be held during the worship services. Sadly, our newly renovated Nursery must also remain closed for now. Nevertheless, Bryan Borden and Shelby Thornton (for the Youth Group) and Rebecca Sutton and her Children’s Ministry team will continue to provide a multitude of creative ways for our kids to remain connected and learn the Word of God.
And how about our Bible Class Connections?
As with the Youth and Children’s Bible classes, the campus remains closed for Adult Bible Class Connections. However, Scott Wolfe will finish his series on the Ten Commandments online. After that, an online Bible class opportunity will continue, with Mike Pipkin teaching on the life and ministry of Paul beginning June 7. Additionally, classes will continue to meet online.
Can I bring my contribution with me?
Of course. A secured drop box will be placed in the foyer for contributions. On May 31, a second secured drop box will be placed in the foyer to collect World Care contributions. We also urge you to utilize our online contribution opportunities.
When will the campus reopen?
Note: NO classes will meet on Sundays or during the week. All classes remain ONLINE ONLY.
We look forward to when we can “return to normal.” The Elders and the Reopening Task Force will continue to monitor federal and state guidelines for the appropriate time to return to the schedule we are accustomed to. However, the foregoing plans are subject to change if circumstances dictate, including changes in the guidance provided by national, state, and local authorities (Romans 13:1).
The Elders pray that it be God’s will that many of us who are not at risk will be able to meet together in person on May 31 and beyond, while showing our care and love for one another by following the guidelines established by the Elders (Hebrews 13:17). Please be in prayer that God will bless us with His wisdom, guidance, and protection as we resume our in-person worship activities.