The Re-Opening Plan
in-person worship this Sunday
For those who wish to return to in-person worship, we invite you to do so this Sunday. Masks and social distancing are strongly urged at all times. Scroll down to view MDPC's guidelines and safety measures. Online worship will continue to be offered each Sunday, so please join us in whichever format feels appropriate to you.
Updated Guidelines as of March 9, 2021
On March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the COVID-19 mask mandate would be lifted, effective March 10, 2021. Since that announcement, many people have asked what MDPC’s position is on the matter.
We have consulted with several medical experts within MDPC, and while we all would love to eliminate the need for masks and social distancing, the counsel we’ve received is that it is prudent for the time being to continue wearing masks while at MDPC for worship services and other ministries. We hope and pray that the need for these measures will soon cease, but until we reach a point of relative safety regarding COVID-19, we will continue to practice safety protocols like all the Houston hospitals, school districts, and most businesses and restaurants.
This means that MDPC’s staff will continue to wear masks when on campus. We will also strongly urge people attending worship services and/or other ministries to do likewise. We understand that there are different opinions on the issue of wearing masks, but we feel that it is our duty to go the extra mile to do what we can to protect those who may be vulnerable and susceptible to infection. These measures give us the best chance to have more people join us safely in person, given that Houston currently has all the variant strains of COVID-19.
We have been pleased to see the care and safety the MDPC community has demonstrated, and to realize the importance that Christian community plays as a vital part of our lives. We are encouraged by the downward trend of positive cases in Texas, but we must remain vigilant in our corporate effort to continue that downward trend.
We trust God completely and know that God's timing is perfect. Thanks for your patience, understanding, and partnership in this most unusual chapter of MDPC’s history.
In Christ's Service Together,
Pastors Alf Halvorson & Dave Steane
A Quick Start Guide to Daily Living is the Lenten study based on Pastor Alf's The Big Ten sermon series. They meet in-person in the MDPC Amphitheater and also on Zoom. Learn more at pastorsclass.mdpc.org.
The Galaxy Elementary-age Sunday School is open! No registration necessary, but please text Galaxy F2F to the number 94000 just so we know you are coming! Go to the MDPC Gym before the 9:45 or 11:15 AM service. Kids will be temp-checked and face masks are required.
Childcare for children 5 and younger is available without pre-registration.
Adult Sunday School & Small Groups
Sunday School and weekly programs may meet on campus, if leaders wish. Each room has a max capacity that must be observed. Class leaders should email their ministry contact for capacity information (Annette Erickson for Caring Ministries, Kami Vaughn for Equipping and Relationships Ministries). MDPC strongly urges use of face masks at all times.
Summary of Safety Measures
- Face masks and social distancing are strongly urged at all times.
- Signage and floor striping throughout building to control and direct traffic flow in hallways, maintain social distancing, and limit the use of restrooms to two persons at a time.
- Exterior and interior doors not equipped with automatic openers are propped open so guests don’t need to touch a door.
- Most toilets and lavatory faucets are touch free.
- In the Sanctuary and Chapel, alternating pews are blocked from use and canisters of disinfecting wipes are available for volunteers and staff to wipe down areas between services.
- All books, papers, friendship pads, and pencils have been removed from Sanctuary and Chapel pews.
- No printed bulletins (find Ministry Highlights here), and no passing of offering plates. Dropboxes for offerings will be in the lobby and at the dropbox at the front office.
- Beverage stations are closed at this time.
- Families (including young children) are welcome to worship together.
Who Should Stay Home?
If you have been in contact with infected persons, or have experienced symptoms that may be COVID-19 related, or are medically vulnerable due to underlying health issues, please stay safely at home and continue to worship online. These include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Intestinal issues
- Fever 100.0 degrees or higher
- Known close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19
Please park in Lot A, and enter through the Fellowship Hall/Parlor entrance, unless you need to use the handicap parking on the West Drive. Most doors will open automatically, or will be propped open to avoid unnecessary touch. The CLC will be closed to traffic.
A sanitation station equipped with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer is located in the Sanctuary Lobby, near the Connection Center.
On Sunday mornings, the Preschool Hallway on the west side of the Ministry Center is closed to pass-through traffic. Please use the exterior West Drive or East Hallway to access the Sanctuary. If you enter by the Grand Staircase, you will be redirected to one of these routes.
Your Cooperation Is Appreciated
MDPC is committed to the safety of our congregation and staff, and will strive to follow best practices while guests are on our campus. We are making strides in controlling and preventing COVID, but we must continue to respect safety protocols as outlined by the CDC.