A PEOPLE, NOT A PLACE

COVID-19 Updates and Response

April 5, 2021

Dear Clear Creek Community Church,

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for COVID-19 restrictions! I’m happy to outline our phased approach to remove all safety protocol restrictions for worship gatherings.

  • On April 7, 2021, we will cease requiring registration for worship gatherings, and we will end mandatory social distancing when seating people. Yes, you can sit on any row. However, Children’s Ministry registration will continue at this time.
  • Beginning Sunday, May 2, take off your mask for the preaching portion of the service. During the other portions of the service, which are more participatory, we will continue using masks. If you just rolled your eyes, remember, singing is considered a higher risk behavior, especially since we will not be social distancing.
  • On or before May 30, we are planning all COVID-19 restrictions to be removed. That means masks will be optional, and we will enjoy hot coffee at church again!

The team that makes recommendations about COVID-19 protocols will continue monitoring our progress in the fight against COVID-19, and they will recommend adjustments to this plan as needed. That means, if there’s a spike, the plans could change. If progress accelerates, we might cease restrictions even sooner.

As I write this, more than 50% of Galveston county has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Harris county is making progress too. Hopefully, herd immunity is not far away.

COVID-19 safety protocols may be the most difficult and divisive issue I have ever seen in the 40 years I’ve been a pastor. I realize that some of you might think our plan is too slow. In that case, I’m asking you to be patient a little while longer. Others of you might think we’ve become cavalier. In that case, I’m asking you to trust that we have prayerfully considered the best course of action for everyone involved.

Regardless of one’s point of view, there is coming a day where we will not have to think about COVID-19 as we seek to fulfill our mission to lead unchurched people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. And that’s some really good news.

Grace and Peace,

Bruce

PLANS TO REOPEN

Clear Creek Community Church will follow a phased plan of reopening the church for in-person gatherings. A general description of how we will work to keep each other safe and the details of each phase are below. In each phase we will Love Our Neighbors, comply with governing authorities, and seek to fulfill our mission of leading unchurched people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Please check back regularly for updates, and follow us on social media platforms.

How We’re Keeping Each Other Safe

  1. We are wearing masks and social distancing. We have extra masks in case you forget one.
  2. We are limiting capacities for adult and children’s spaces through registration and modified seating.
  3. We have upgraded our facilities to no-touch restrooms and have added additional hand sanitizer stations.
  4. We are continuously sanitizing all commonly touched surfaces during CCCC events.
  5. We have trained staff and volunteers to ensure protocols are in place and to contact trace any cases that arise.

CURRENT PLAN STATUS

PHASE 4

PHASE 1

Online Services
Effective: March 12, 2020

  • Online worship services
  • Online small groups
  • Campus Facebook groups
  • Weekly updates through Wednesdays @ Home

PHASE 2

Small Groups
Effective: May 21, 2020

  • Everything from Phase 1
  • Small groups of 10 or less may meet in person, indoors or outdoors, using recommended guidelines.
  • Groups of more than 10 may meet in person outdoors only using recommended guidelines.

PHASE 3

Medium Groups
Effective: August 24, 2020

  • Everything from Phase 2
  • Mid-size groups may meet in person, indoors or outdoors, for watch parties, campus activities, classes, etc., using recommended guidelines.

PHASE 4

In-Person Worship
Effective: April 7, 2021

  • Everything from Phase 3
  • Begin lessening restrictions:

      • April 7: Cease registration for adult worship gatherings (children will still register) and end mandatory social distancing seating.
      • May 2: Mask removal allowed during the preaching portion of the service.
      • On or before May 30: All COVID-19 restrictions removed.
  • Everything from Phase 3
  • In-person Family worship services will begin with restrictions

    • Online registration and at the door check-in
    • Self-assessment of your health
    • Wear a mask
    • Practice social distancing
    • No Children ministries at this time (targeting Nov 1 to reopen Children ministries)

PHASE 5

New Normal
Effective: TBD

  • Everything from Phase 4
  • Online worship services and small groups will continue as part of our new normal.
  • Worship services and ministry activities will resume without restrictions as we are able to provide safe environments that are conducive to a worshipful response to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

We’re so excited to resume meeting together for worship! For the comfort and safety of everyone, we’re asking all who plan to attend to assess their own health and the health of their family before coming, and to follow all CDC-recommended guidelines while we’re together.

Self-Screening Assessment

Prior to attending any in-person events at CCCC, please confirm the following:

Have not tested positive

Within the past 10 days, you or anyone in your party have not tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect you have COVID-19.

No Known Exposure

Within the last 14 days you or anyone in your party have not had close contact with someone who tested positive for/or is suspected to have COVID-19.

No symptoms

You or anyone in your home have not recently experienced any of the following new or worsening symptoms, not associated with pre-existing or chronic medical condition: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, sore throat, diarrhea, chills, headaches, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose.  

Safety Guidelines

Please be prepared to adhere to the following:

Social Distance

Wear Masks

Wash Hands Often

No Contact

Report a COVID-19 Case

Please use the form below if you or someone in your party tests positive for Covid-19 in the week following a Clear Creek service or event. Your name and contact information will be kept confidential and will never used in any public communication.

How Clear Creek is worshiping during this time

We are meeting online. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on Facebook as we premier our weekly service. The service includes a time of worship through music, as well as gospel-centered teaching, and prayer. You can also view the service on our YouTube channel or at clearcreekresources.org. Age-specific content and activities are also being offered for Students  and Children. 

What Clear Creek is doing in response to COVID-19

We are adapting our ministries to make them available during COVID-19. We offer worship services online. Small groups  and classes continue to gather digitally through tools like Zoom, Facetime, and Skype. We are regularly posting articles, podcasts, videos, and stories at clearcreekresources.org  for encouragement and spiritual growth. Additionally, we’re continuing to support our Go Local partners  and Care & Support ministry to meet the physical and emotional needs of both our congregation and people in our community. 

What you can do to help

Encouragement is contagious. Although we can’t meet in physical places, share meals, or give hugs, that doesn’t mean we can’t still care for each other and our community. No matter the circumstances, our mission to lead unchurched people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ never stops. So you can join us in this endeavor by continuing to love your neighbors, lead your families, and encourage one another. You can stay engaged in the ways mentioned on this page. You can support our Go Local partners  and  also support the work we’re doing by continuing to give at clearcreek.org/giveonline.