To the members of Believers Chapel: In response the COVID-19 crisis, the elders want to encourage all members of Believers Chapel to remain calm, avoid worry, trust in Christ and be ready to serve those in need.
Given its confirmed presence in Dallas-Fort Worth and that infected individuals are contagious before symptoms exhibit, Dallas County Health and Human Services has issued an order including the following statement:
“Gatherings of 500 or more people will be prohibited in Dallas County as part of the order which begins at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 through March 22, 2020.
For all other gatherings, the Dallas County Health and Human Services “strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order, including cancelling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons.” And high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are being urged to cancel, reschedule, or not attend events that will have or will likely have 10 or more people.”
The restrictions on large gatherings of people is an attempt to halt the spread of this contagious disease before it gains a foothold. We should all cooperate with this effort. Therefore, we are cancelling all services until further notice. The elders are carefully monitoring the situation and will share updates weekly about upcoming services. We pray that this crisis will pass quickly, but each of us needs to be proactive in avoiding the disease and certainly not spreading it.
When we do resume services, the elders respect personal convictions that some may have related to attending. We especially advise those who are more susceptible to illness (i.e., the elderly and those with compromised immune systems) to show even more prudence. As Christ followers, we should be aware of and have compassion for those who choose to respond differently or react more strongly to this concern. We encourage you to be gracious towards them while continuing to lead and minister in ways that express your God-given gifts. We recognize that there is some subjectivity in response, even among those who are listening to and seeking God’s wisdom.
We are expanding the scope of the professional cleaning company that cleans our restrooms each week. However, this expanded work will not begin until next week.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, and avoid touching your face.
- If you are over 60 years old and have underlying health issues we advise you to stay away from any services conducted at the Chapel. Use live streaming if possible and even consider self-quarantining for your own protection until the peak passes.
- Anyone not feeling well, please stay home.
- If you have any symptoms please telephone your healthcare provider at once.
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have attended services at the Chapel lately, please call Stephanie or Shari.
Let us commit to pray for our President and government leaders, our nation, our city and our church and especially those affected by this virus.
The Elders of Believers Chapel