Important Information Regarding the Reopening of MBC

MBC Church Family,
I am excitedly looking forward to fellowshipping and worshiping with you all in person again soon. Therefore, it was encouraging to hear Governor Abbott’s phased plan to open Texas. As you may know, this plan allows churches to open worship services on a limited basis. (See attached document.) Yesterday, I had meetings with staff and elder leadership to discern how to do this wisely and with measured steps for the overall welfare of the church family. The consensus from these meetings was to continue live-streaming worship services for the next two Sundays with the hope of resuming in-person services by the weekend of May 17th. These steps will allow church leadership to observe what happens as businesses in Texas begin to reopen. It will also let church staff and ministry teams creatively plan and set up meeting areas for corporate worship that follow the governor’s guidelines. Currently, we are assessing the use of multiple services, prescribed groups, various meeting venues, reservations, and cleaning procedures between services. We are also considering the possibility of a special outdoor lawn-chair worship service on the church’s front green space. The youth ministry team is planning to resume their Wednesday night and weekend gatherings sooner. Youth attending these gatherings will be sectioned off into smaller groups, and all who participate will be asked to utilize appropriate social distancing during meetings. If you would like to volunteer to help set up our future services and assist us in meeting the prescribed guidelines, please email info@midlothianbible.org and put “Set-up Help” in the subject line. Please also continue to pray for church leaders to have wisdom and discernment in these matters as we go forward. As we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, I would encourage you all to walk by faith in God, and seek first His Kingdom. Look for ways you can love your neighbor and put the gospel of Jesus Christ on display.
By His grace, Matt Reynolds for the Elder Team

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