Updated June 27
Our community and our state have seen record increases in Covid-19 cases in the last week. After discussion with our leadership team, we have decided to move to online services only for the following two weeks (June 28 and July 5). This decision is motivated out of love for the people that God has entrusted to Mid-Cities and an understanding that the bond that holds us together supersedes a temporary physical absence. We will re-evaluate and communicate with you as the situation develops.
I would like to invite you and your family to join us Sunday for worship online at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am at midcities.online.church. In addition, Engage the Spirit, which was scheduled for Sunday, June 28 will be rescheduled for a future date.
Updated May 18
We will be moving into our ONLINE TOGETHER phase for services. Beginning this Sunday, May 24, we will be opening the church to have services together. During this time, we will be watching the pre-recorded service together. Each venue will have a limited number of capacity and people will have to reserve their seat(s) prior to attending service.
WHAT MID-CITIES IS DOING
- At all our facilities, we are very intentional about providing clean, sanitary, and safe environments for people to meet and worship God. We have enhanced our already-thorough cleaning procedures. While we realize no public environment is 100% safe, we take every precaution and safety measure possible and are diligent in our procedures with our custodial staff in regard to proper cleaning standards and sanitation.
- Comprehensive daily cleaning of all restrooms and various touchpoints (doorknobs, handles, water faucets, handrails, light switches, etc.). In addition, our facilities staff and volunteers will continually clean throughout and between each service.
- We have placed additional hand sanitizing stations in all foyers.
- The children’s classrooms and toys are disinfected after each service by the kid's staff and volunteers at each campus. We will also be disinfecting playgrounds during service.
- We will gather at all of our campuses this Sunday. Nothing has been modified or canceled. If at any point these changes, we will update this page immediately and share any plans we have for gathering online.
- During our worship gatherings, we will adapt our service to reduce physical interactions (like foregoing our normal greeting time during service). In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of handshaking!).
- All of our national and international mission journeys are being constantly evaluated using the guidelines of the State Department, The World Health Organization, and medical personnel.
WHAT YOU CAN BE DOING
- Practice safe hygiene by:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Avoiding contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Covering your cough/sneeze.
- Regard safety and travel advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found here.
- Use wisdom and stay home if you are sick and not attend worship or other church activities until symptom-free and fever-free for at least 24 hours. You can still attend our Online Campus from home.
- If you have high-risk health conditions, compromised immune systems, or are advanced in age, please use discretion in attending worship services/gatherings. Again, please consider joining our Online Campus.
HOW YOU CAN PRAY
2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." As believers, we have the authority which Christ has given us to pray against the spread of any disease and to pray for healing. We choose to walk in faith, not fear, as we pray for those affected by the COVID-19 virus.
- Begin your prayer time by praising God for His sovereignty. He still is and always will be in control of all things. Pray that we will trust Him to help us navigate this season of uncertainty.
- Pray for wisdom for governmental leaders, the CDC, researchers, other medical personnel, leaders in churches, and other strategic places to respond wisely and appropriately.
- Pray for cooperation and collaboration among medical agencies and personnel around the world to work together for the well-being and health of all people.
- Pray for peace, calmness, freedom from fear, anxiety, and panic among individuals and communities.
- Pray for the protection of doctors, nurses, crisis response teams, emergency first responders, researchers and other medical professionals who risk their lives to protect ours.
- Pray for comfort and healing for those stricken with this virus. Pray they will receive the quality health care they need to regain health and strength. Pray their healing and for the vaccine to cure and eradicate this virus.
- Pray for the protection and safety of those considered “at-heightened-risk.”
- Pray we would be proactive in proclaiming the gospel and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray this event would be a catalyst for revival.
HOW YOU CAN LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
Take a moment and look around you. Who are those people in your life that may be thankful for a helping hand during this time? Offer to run errands for those who have high-risk health concerns or send a note of encouragement. The tendency is to go into a self-protective mode and isolate; however, we can show others that they are not alone. How the church loves well is important. Challenge yourself to encourage someone today. Sometimes, the most powerful thing we can do is reach out and let someone know we care.
Be on the lookout for a special video from Pastor Daniel and Kayla Stephens regarding how we should walk through these moments as believers. Also, check out this message from last September in which Pastor Daniel reminds us that we are “Hope Carriers." Through it all, pray and ask the Lord to point us back to His truth in all we say and do.