Updates from Pastor Barry
on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
REOPENING CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday,May 24th We are so excited to be reopening both the Classic Service at 9 a.m. and the Contemporary Gathering at 10:30 a.m. for you starting on Sunday May 24. We have gotten a good handle on following Gov. Abbott’s Reopening Protocols, and will be having a final “Practice Sunday” this coming Sunday May 17 with some of our leadership (Staff, Leadership Council, Deacons, Greeters & our Sheepdog ministries) attending and assisting us in continuing to implement these safety protocols for your protection. The Bible tells us, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). We are striving to help us all do just that!
This is also an invitation to those 65 yrs. old and above with health issues to not attend yet, as highly recommended by Gov. Abbott’s Reopening Protocols. I have already had several discussions with young and old alike that have already decided they will just join in on our "Live" Stream or Recorded service for a while longer. We do not want anyone violating their conscience or their doctor's instruction, or simply what they believe our Lord may be leading them to do during the pandemic. Please do not take any unnecessary risk. play it, SAFE!
There will be no Sunday School, Small groups, children or youth ministry on campus for the near future. Small Groups present more questions than we have answers under Gov. Abbott's present guidelines, so we will wait a while longer. Those of you that do choose to come back on Sunday May 24, then we will be asking you to follow several of Gov. Abbott’s Reopening protocols for churches:
Each person to bring a mask and wear it while in the building (if you have one, if not we have about 80-90 available to give out).
No handshaking, hugging or physical contact with others outside or inside the building (I know, STRANGE, but necessary). Always maintain six-foot spacing from one another.
Sitting in Luper Hall will be in every other row, people together can sit beside each other, all others must practice two empty seats beside you to the next person.
Wash hands often, and we do have hand sanitizer in the hallways.
We will offer only limited Preschool Ministry, contact Cyndi@discovertheoaks.com, with your questions.
Looking so forward to being together again ~
Barry Lead Pastor, The Oaks
Oaks Family & Friends,
Sunday evening (3/29), President Trump held a press conference where he and the COVID-19 Task Force Team informed us that we were going to need to continue to “Shelter in Place” until April 30. Considering this announcement, we want to communicate our love and prayers for each of you. Please follow all the social distancing guidelines and recommendations of the CDC for your safety. On Sunday (3/29), I shared my prayer for our entire church is that not one person would be lost to the Coronavirus. Like, Paul’s shipwreck experience in Acts 27, where God preserved all 276 of them that were aboard.
Here Is What We Will Continue Doing For All Of You To Join In:
(1) We will continue to live stream our Worship service at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, and it will be recorded afterward for your viewing convenience for as long as these restrictions continue. You will need to go to our Facebook page: The Oaks Baptist Church, to join in, and it will be recorded for viewing later.
(2) We have added another streaming of a Live Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The study is called: Big Problems, BIGGER GOD! A Tour Through The Psalms For Guidance & Comfort! We are also taking prayer requests and praying together. A handout is attached at the bottom of this letter for our study tonight. Again, you will need to go to our church Facebook page. “Like” or “Follow” our church Facebook page to receive notifications of new items.
We also want to encourage you to participate in giving online through our website. Visit www.theoakschurch.org and click on “Give” and “Give Online” and follow instructions, or click here now. You can also download our Oaks Church app at the Google or App Store. You can also mail your gifts to the church: The Oaks Church 801 E. I-20 Grand Prairie, TX 75052 or walk it in on Wednesdays!
The church office is closed. However, our staff is working from home, and are available to you by text, phone, email, social media and preparing for self-studies and/or hosting online Bible Studies. I know that several of the staff have already reached out to you. A few of us are coming in the office on Wednesdays for emergency financial function and benevolence needs. We will be adding a church newsletter next week that will be emailed to you!
As the Bible tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). In our troubling time, God is our very present help always!
Jehovah Rapha heal our nation & world ~ Barry
Dr. Barry M. Jude, Lead Pastor
The Oaks Baptist Church