July 16, 2020
Last week, we shared a video update and email about our reopening and let you know that we would be sharing a more detailed update this week. Last month, we put a plan in place to resume in-person worship services at a limited capacity on Sunday, July 26, but we also recognized plans can and do shift. Because of the upward trajectory of positive COVID cases Texas is seeing, we have decided to postpone our reopening date of July 26 indefinitely.
We recognize this news is disappointing, and we share your sadness and disappointment at not being able to gather. The entire Metroplex is feeling the effects, including recent decisions by many local churches to cancel in-person services as well as other entities like the State Fair and Western Days to forgo the season. We are following the advice and guidelines of medical experts to keep our staff, volunteers, members, attendees, and community safe. For us, this is not a political decision; it’s a pastoral one.
In keeping with this, we will not have any in-person events or ministries for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean that ministry will stop. As we shared in our update last week, our church has been active in care and evangelism, and our mission and vision continues to go forward. The gospel message can’t be impeded. We will instead utilize technology to livestream our services (TVC at Home) and host virtual events, knowing it is not always ideal, but recognizing the privilege we have to leverage technology for the sake of the gospel. You can always find out the latest about what’s happening on our website through the Events page and ministry pages, but here is an overview of what we have planned going into fall:
- Connections will offer First Steps virtually for those who want to learn more about TVC and are looking for ways to connect, whether through baptism, membership, group life, and more, starting in September.
- Next Gen – Our Preschool (birth–K) and Elementary (1st–5th) ministries will be releasing weekly videos to keep your kids connected to their LV and KV music and teaching. In September, our Student Ministry (6th–12th) will also begin virtual programming.
- Home Groups will continue to meet at the discretion of their leaders and members, as well as virtual GroupConnects in August, September, and October.
- Recovery Groups will continue to meet virtually.
- Sending will host an 11-week virtual class on “The Mission of God” for fall, as well as virtual Alpha Groups for those interested in learning more about the Christian faith. There will be no Go Groups for fall.
- Steps will move to a virtual format for fall.
- The Art of Care will move to a virtual format for fall.
- The Village Church Institute – Our Bible studies, Core Classes, and Training Program will all be virtual. For the first time ever, we will also offer some of our Bible studies and Core Classes to non-local participants. Registration for Bible studies and Core Classes will open August 3.
- Young Adults will continue to meet virtually for Summer Nights through July 28.
Some of these details could change, but if you signed up for an event or are involved in a ministry, you will receive further communication about how to participate virtually as the weeks go on (if you haven’t already). We value the corporate gathering and we are eager to meet again when it is safe and responsible to do so. We want to be a part of slowing the spread of coronavirus in our community. We desire to see schools reopen successfully, and we want local businesses to continue operations.
Again, the work of the gospel is alive and well in our church and in our community. We will provide more regular video updates going forward on what’s going on in the life of our church, and we will let you know once we plan to gather again when we can do so in a safe and welcoming way.
For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the CDC's website.