As Providence Church continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, this page will be updated with the latest news and information pertaining to Providence's gatherings.
Updated: May 22, 2020
Providence Church is planning to reopen for Sunday morning worship on Sunday, June 21. We will have two services at 9:00 and 11:00 am. In accordance with the state’s guidelines, we’ll cap our attendance at 200 (about 50% of our sanctuary’s capacity). We will require reservations on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations will be available starting June 14.
Before we reopen on June 21, we will have a “soft launch” service on both June 7 and June 14. Though they aren’t merely rehearsals (they’re actual worship services), these two services will help our teams to test processes and protocols, ensuring that things run smoothly on June 21. During these soft launches, the majority of the church will continue to worship at home.
- 11:00 am service only - limited to staff and select volunteers
- Worship at Home available at 9:30 am
- 11:00 am service only - open to anyone on a first-come/first-serve basis, but attendance capped at 150
- Reservations required - reservations for this service will be available starting June 7
- Service will be livestreamed at 11:00 am
The following protocols will be observed at all services:
- Providence Kids will not be offered. We will have sanitized activities and resources for your kids to use during the service.
- We are strongly encouraging each person to wear a mask.
- We will have an alternate location and entrance for those who are high-risk but wish to worship in person at their own risk.
- We will identify clear entry and exit points.
- Seating will be according to household or family unit, with each unit appropriately distanced.
- We will encourage limited use of the restrooms.
- We will clean and sanitize surfaces between each service.
- We will not hand out Loops but will offer a digital version in the app.
- We will not serve coffee or allow use of water fountains.
Even with these precautions, we know there will be many who are unable or unready to return to worship services immediately. We will be offering a livestream worship service at 11:00 am on Sundays, starting on June 14. We encourage you to join the livestream from home if you fit into any of these categories:
- You are over 65
- You are high-risk due to underlying health concerns or a compromised immune system
- You are sick or have been around anyone who is sick
Please continue to follow this page and our social media channels for more information as we prepare to begin gathering again on June 21.
Updated: April 29, 2020
Our elders have met to consider the minimum requirements and health protocols laid out in the guidelines for reopening the state of Texas, released earlier this week by Governor Abbott's office. While we long for the gathering of the Providence family again, we feel that the wisest course of action is not to rush back, but instead to take time to prepare well. Over the next month, our staff, elders, and a task force will be preparing guidelines and protocols for Providence's gatherings, in compliance with the state's directions on social distancing, sanitization, and other measures.
What does this mean in terms of a timeline? For the month of May, we will continue to worship at home on Sunday mornings and we will ask our community groups to continue meeting online. We will continue to evaluate the situation and our own preparedness and will keep you updated on plans beyond the month of May.
Our hope is to resume gathering quickly in an environment that is as safe as possible for our church body and our guests. When we begin gathering again, it will be in full compliance with the state's guidelines. We are also working on plans to continue to provide an online service on Sundays for those who are at risk for COVID-19, as well as those who are not yet comfortable returning to the worship services.
Click here to read the full update from the elders
Updated: April 1, 2020
In keeping with the White House's and CDC's guidelines, Providence has canceled all events and will not gather on Sunday mornings until further notice.
- We have made this decision in order to minimize the risk of illness and protect those who are entrusted to us.
- Please follow our social media accounts and this page for the latest information.
What can you expect on Sunday mornings?
On Sunday mornings at 9:30, we'll be posting resources for your worship at home. These resources will be on our blog, our social media, and providencefrisco.com/worship-at-home. You'll find a sermon from Afshin, songs for worship, and discussion questions to use in your homes and online community group gatherings.
Why have services and events been canceled?
We have not made this decision lightly, but we believe it is the wisest course of action at this time. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and adhere to the recommendations of the CDC and local health officials. When we decide it is safe to resume our services and other events, we will communicate that to you. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website. We will be updating this page with the latest updates regarding Providence Church.
How should I respond to COVID-19?
Though situations like these can stir up fear and anxiety, we know that God is sovereign over all things, and our ultimate hope is found in Jesus. As we saw in Hebrews 12, we are citizens of a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Although we won’t be gathering for services and events, we encourage you to stay connected to the church body through calls, texts, and online engagement. Pray for those affected by this virus as we wait in hope of that unshakeable kingdom.
To minimize the risk of illness, here are a few practical things you can do to love your neighbor:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.