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Amarillo area church services for week of June 7

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Bell Avenue Church of Christ: 1600 Bell St., will conduct a virtual Vacation Bible School this summer titled “Righteous Roundup.” Participants must register online (bellavenue.org) by June 21 to receive a VBS packet by mail. Sunday morning worship services have resumed at 9:30 a.m. Amarillo residents also may continue to live stream services by visiting www.bellavenue.org and clicking the media tab. A midweek adult class also will be posted to its Facebook page by 7 p.m. each Wednesday. For additional inquiries, contact the church office at 355-2351.

Bible Believers Baptist Church: three miles west of I-27 on Rockwell Rd. between Amarillo and Canyon, is having normal service times — 10 a.m. Bible Study, 11 a.m. preaching and 7 p.m. for Sunday evening services. Live streaming and archived messages on website biblebelieversbaptist.com. TV Broadcast KZBZ, at 10 a.m. cable channel 6, or 10.2 over regular airwaves. Radio program "The Bible Says,” at 9 a.m. on 1440AM, KPUR (note the new station).

First Baptist Church: gathering again at 12th and Tyler for worship. Morning service times are 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Evening service will remain broadcast/stream only at 6 p.m. Due to limited ability to social distance in classrooms, Bible Study/ Sunday School, and other activities will continue with the online formats only. Childcare will not be provided. Worship attenders are welcome to bring their children into the sanctuary (babies included).

Those who are at risk (elderly or those having underlying health conditions) and those who pose a risk to others (showing symptoms or having been exposed to others showing symptoms within the last 14 days) are encouraged to participate in worship services via television or online.

No hymnals/pew Bibles will be used during this time. Overflow space will be available in the fellowship hall (safe zone, mask required) and chapel (mask recommended) should we exceed a safe capacity in the sanctuary. Safe distancing will be practiced: family units will maintain six feet of space; Every other pew, or row of balcony chairs, will remain vacant. In the hallways, elevators are to be used by only one household at a time. We will have a “no hugs, no handshakes” policy. The chapel will be available for overflow seating. All in attendance are encouraged to bring their own face masks. The Fellowship Hall will be considered a safe zone, with masks required. Children will stay seated with their families during Pastor’s Pals.

Enter for worship only through West (Harrison Street) and North (Preschool entrance) doors for all services. Exit only through East (Tyler Street) and Southeast (Rotunda/Fellowship Hall) doors. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the worship start time, as sanitizing teams will be working for your safety. No valet parking, as this requires someone else to enter your vehicle.

No offering plate will be passed; offering will be taken at the doors. Worshipers will be dismissed in an orderly fashion. The entire housekeeping staff of FBC will be onsite for all services, serving as our sanitizing team, disinfecting all “high touch” surfaces between services. FBC staff/ushers will assist with both seating and exiting the sanctuary.

Polk Street United Methodist: is having an in-person worship service today at 10:55 am as a part of its "Road to Reopening" process. The hope is to prepare to reopen at 100% on Sunday, June 28. Our online streaming and television ministry will continue to reach many wherever they are, at whatever comfort level each person decides.

Guidelines for Soft Opening of Worship Service June 7, 14, 21: One worship service will be offered at 10:55 a.m. So that all attending may have a safe and comfortable worship experience we ask the following: high risk individuals are encouraged to stay home and join by livestream or Facebook; practice social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals/families; no handshaking and hugging. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask while in the building.

Enter and exit for worship from the North Parking Lot doors or the West Polk Street doors. If using the elevator, please let an usher push both outside and inside buttons and practice physical distancing. Offering plates will be in the narthex or at the altar area; no registration pads; bulletins will be in the pews. All children are welcome, but no childcare is available, nor will there be a children’s time at the altar area.

First Presbyterian: Following 4Amarillo guidelines: Services online with no more than 10 people in our building maintaining social distancing of six feet at all times. We also learned that as a church that provides social services and does graveside services, we can maintain our office hours as long as we have no more than 10 people in our building at one time.

To adhere to this 10-person limit during the week, most of our program staff will be working from home, only coming in as needed. We will continue to reach out to our church members offering online discipleship experiences and devotionals that you can find on our webpage at http://firstpres.com/first-pres-live. Our Business Office and a few other key staff will be in the building to help with mailings, accounting, payroll and other key functions of our church.

Central Church of Christ: Central is open for public Sunday morning worship assemblies.

Guidelines as we come back together include: ushers will take worshipers from the doors to their seats in the worship center; congregants will keep at least six feet of distance between them at all times; worshipers will sit in designated pews with at least two empty rows between them; all encouraged to wear facemasks (bring your own; we’ll provide for those without); households may sit together with at least six feet between different households; no communion trays passed in the rows (we’ll provide individual communion kits at the doors); no offering trays passed; collection baskets at the main door; worshipers dismissed one row or household unit at a time by ushers.

Restrooms are taped off at six feet intervals. Ground level access only; all elevators and stairs are closed. Hand sanitation stations are near each door. All “high-touch” areas will be sanitized for each service: worship service pews; door handles and knobs, counter tops, tabletops, restrooms; everything from the west doors through the worship center and around the concourse; all water fountains taped off. No coffee / donuts / snacks served by the church.

• No Bible classes / Sunday school / Nursery / Childcare / Playscape.

This startup is for Sunday morning worship assemblies only.

Southwest Church of Christ: Now in Phase 1 of reopening of the church. We are committed to opening slowly, in phases, with wisdom and love for our church and community.

Phase 1 will equip those ready to move to small groups for the purpose of worship. Videos have been prepared discussing two ideas for Small Groups to consider for the new season. Videos can be found on the Small Group Resources page of the church’s website, www.southwest.org. Online services will still be available to both those who are meeting for small groups and for those who will continue to worship from home.

At risk members are encouraged to continue to worship from home as recommended by local authorities.

Children's and Student Ministry could have activities outside of the church campus in small groups. These ministries will consider how they can honor social distancing guidelines in these smaller groups and what is appropriate for their age groups.

Church offices will open with modified schedules for employees. The church office is limited to employees and will not be open to the public. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at all times and special attention will be paid to cleaning and disinfecting. Recovery Ministry meetings will continue to use the building as needed.

First Christian Church: A new sermon series begins today in the 10 a.m. worship service of First Christian Church. The Rev. Brett Coe, senior minister, said the new series, “UNRAVELED: Seeking God when our plans fall apart,” discusses what happens when our world falls apart. “How do we press onward when our tightly knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity — or the path we’re on — comes undone?” “In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us — with unexpected joy, love and hope—with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined,” he added. “This worship series explores eight stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling of our plans — and us — into something new.”

Today’s service will be available on YouTube. Non-members can go to YouTube.com and search “First Christian Church, Amarillo,” and it will pull up all of the sermons.

First Christian Church continues to hold its Sunday worship services in an online format, on YouTube and its Facebook page, at 10 a.m. Hymns and communion are included in the service. The Rev. Dr. Jacob Miller, associate minister, will lead a Facebook live-streamed “worship moment” of hymns, scripture and prayer at 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday from his piano. All are invited to tune in to either or both services.

Church of Christ at the Colonies: Drive-in worship service today live at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the church, 4500 Wesley Road. Effective June 14, we will resume two services of regular worship under the following guidelines (asking attendees to be assigned alphabetically by last name).

9 a.m. Service: At conclusion of service, promptly exit to allow cleaning of auditorium before 10:30 a.m. service. If you visit with others outside, observe social distancing.

10:30 a.m. Service: Do not enter building before 10:20 to allow completion of cleaning. Do not congregate in the foyer before or after service.

Both Services: Communion will be observed using individual portions you will receive as you enter the building. No trays will be passed. Baskets for contributions will be located near the entrances and exits. Sit by family group and allow two empty seats between family groups. Encourage all to wear face masks that cover nose and mouth. Avoid handshakes and hugs.

Drive-in services available for 9 a.m. service in dedicated area of parking lot.

Kitchen, offices, coffee bar and water fountains closed. (Bring water bottle if needed.) No Bible classes, attended nursery, Sunday evening services, small groups, Wednesday night services or fellowship dinners.

On advice of public health authorities, all attending each service are encouraged to sign a record of attendance. The record will only be provided to public health authorities if a person in attendance at a service is diagnosed with the virus.

Hillside Christian Churches: has announced plans and dates for its “regathering”:

June 7: Dalhart, Pampa; June 14 : Amarillo Northwest, Amarillo South, Amarillo West, Canyon; June 21: Amarillo North Grand.

Kids and student environments will not be open for the time being. Children of all ages are invited to attend the main worship service.

• Regathering details: Seats in the auditorium will be available in every other row, with three seats in between individuals/families. We will continue to monitor local and state health and safety guidelines. We ask everyone to practice physical distancing (6 feet apart). Masks are preferred, but not mandatory. Masks will be available for anyone who wants one. Protocols for sanitizing and disinfecting will be followed before, in-between, and after all services.

If you don’t feel well, or have health concerns, please stay home and join us at Hillside Online.

Paramount Baptist Church: Regathering process begins today with caution and care, putting many safety procedures in place and limiting capacity in worship spaces through a reservation system (paramount.org/rsvp). With caution and care, putting many safety procedures in place and limiting capacity in worship spaces through a reservation system (paramount.org/rsvp). Service times: Sunday, 10 a.m. (English); Wednesday: 12 p.m. (English); 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 6 p.m. (English).

Details: If you or any of your family members have shown symptoms or been exposed to anyone showing symptoms within the past 14 days, please remain at home and worship with us online. We encourage those who are considered "at risk" or those still feeling uncomfortable to remain at home and worship with us online.

Due to social distancing requirements, we will limit the number of people in each service. You need to make a reservation for a service time each week by going to paramount.org/rsvp. Open parking will be in the Red parking lot (south side of Building A) will be reserved for handicap parking only. All other parking lots will be closed. The Gold parking lot (east side of Building A) will be reserved for handicap parking only. All other parking lots will be closed. Please enter using the A6 (south side), A4 (west ground level entrance), and A7 (sliding glass) doors. Please remain in your cars until the doors are opened by our staff. All other doors will be closed.

Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the sanctuary. We will practice a one-way traffic pattern as we enter and exit the sanctuary. Staff members will help you quickly find a seat as you enter the sanctuary. Childcare will not be provided. Please bring your kids with you to the worship service.

Safe distancing will be practiced in the sanctuary. Please maintain 6 feet of distance between households. There will be 2 pews blocked off between open seating pews. No hymnals or pew Bibles will be used during this time. No offering plates will be passed. Please utilize our drop boxes and online options. (paramount.org/give). The balcony will be closed. Safe distancing will be practiced in the hallways.

The elevator will be used by only one household at a time. No handshakes, no hugging policy. We strongly encourage all those who attend services to wear masks. All Paramount staff will be wearing masks unless they are on stage. While on stage, staff and worship team will maintain safe distancing practices.

Sunday School classes will continue to meet online.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church of Amarillo: Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all events and worship services have been canceled until further notice. We continue to reevaluate from time to time, keeping a pulse on synod, local, state, and federal recommendations.

Arden Road Baptist Church: Implementing following procedures temporarily:

• Individuals with underlying at-risk health conditions asked to stay at home and watch online.

• Staff will sanitize seats, doors, other frequently touched surfaces between services. Use of hymnals temporarily suspended. Balcony will be open for extra seating and social distancing.

• Sunday schools for sixth grade and older will meet in regular classrooms at 9 a.m. a.m. Sunday. Nursery will be provided during Sunday school hour but not the 10:30 a.m. services.

• Children’s church will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Kids Venture Center; two-year-olds in regular classroom off the nursery. Two and older should be picked up after Sunday school since there will be no Children’s Church during the 10:30 a.m. services.

• All members encouraged to give online as offering plates will not be passed, but they can be dropped in drop box in guest entrance foyer before and after services.

• Special sections for attendees 65 and older provided at south side of auditorium and attendees of that age group encouraged to park and enter on south side of the building.

Comanche Trail Church of Christ: Regular gatherings temporarily suspended. Online service 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

St. Stephen United Methodist Church: Re-open today for worship only with following guidelines: Recommend per the Texas guidelines) that our older members and those who have a compromised immune system stay away for now.

Staff and volunteers will be screened by a designated person and per the guidelines each Sunday morning as they enter the building. Anyone who fails the screening test will be asked to go home and/or get tested.

Worshippers will be asked to remain in their vehicles until about 15 minutes before start of the service of their choice. Foyer and other common spaces not open for congregating — staff should not encourage this during the month of June. When worship services are over, worshippers will be dismissed in rows and asked to vacate the building.

Exploring how to designate specific numbered entry doors for entrance to specific services ... Masks will be made available for any worshipper that needs a mask and does not have their own. Signs posted that encourage people with symptoms to leave the building and to stay away until they are tested and/or symptoms clear up. Signs reminding everyone to disinfect their hands regularly and to try to maintain six feet space between them and others

We will use the chapel for overflow seating if we reach occupancy capacity in either worship space... Designated area for worshippers who are health-compromised or at-risk to be able to watch the service online in the building Worshipers will be seated by ushers beginning at the front of the service and working backward. Seating rows will have the equivalent of two chairs (50”) between each separate party. Sanctuary will have designated and non-designated seating pews. Fellowship Hall will have rows of chairs removed to comply with non-seating rows in between seating rows.

There will be no printed material (hymnals, prayer cards, bulletins, and registration cards) available in the worship spaces during the months of June and July. We will not pass the offering plate during worship services. Online and mailed contributions will continue to be our giving protocol for June and July.

Staff and Volunteers will be asked to wash/disinfect their hands regularly throughout the morning. Worship seating areas will be disinfected between services. Building Entry Doors, Worship Entry doors, Bathroom doors, etc will be disinfected on a schedule throughout the morning on Sundays.

We will wait a couple of weeks into June after re-opening for worship to offer holy communion. Communion will be offered in individual sealed packets over the next two or three months.

Olsen Park Church of Christ: Assemble at 10 a.m., maintaining social distancing guidelines with individual Lord’s Supper elements provided, extra hand sanitizers and televisions in other rooms. Live streaming also will continue Sunday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Anna Street Church: will dismiss ALL services until further notice.

Anna Street Church has restarted Sunday morning worship by providing 30-minute drive-in services at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday May 31, June 7 and June 14. Sealed communion kits will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Please follow the guidance of the parking lot ushers as you arrive so we may maintain the required social distancing and tune your car radio to 100.1 FM to hear the service. The building will be closed during the service so no restroom facilities will be available.

Your church missing? Send email to Faith@Amarillo.com no later than Wednesday before Sunday date of publication.