Update on 5/13/2020
The Trails Church plans to resume gathering on May 24, 2020 at Boyer Elementary School with guidelines and protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our staff, members, and guests, and to adhere to local and state guidance for houses of worship during the COVID-19 Crisis. The plan outlined below has been developed for the good of our local church, the community it serves, and for the glory of God for whom it exists.
This plan is meant to abide by guidelines and protocols established by local and national government agencies including, but not limited to, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House, State of Texas, Collin County, and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
- We will implement an online registration process to limit the attendance capacity of each service, allowing for ample space for social distancing protocols.
- We will organize the seating in the cafeteria to ensure greater than 6 feet of separation between family units, as well as leaving a row of space in front of and behind each occupied row.
- We will keep services to approximately 1 hour in order to allow minimal interaction of people between services.
- We will discourage personal contact with other people outside of immediate family members, in accordance with social distancing protocols.
- We will strategically implement a traffic flow for entering and exiting the building.
- We will have hand-sanitizing stations readily available at the two entrances to the building as well as the two entrances to the cafeteria where our services take place.
- We will wipe down and disinfect seats between services.
- We will suspend coffee services.
- We will suspend the distribution of physical bulletins, but provide them digitally.
- We will suspend all Trails Kids activities until school is reopened, but will continue to allow children to sit with their families during services.
- We will continue to provide a livestream of our worship service online in order to serve those who remain at home, including the at-risk population, those who are exhibiting symptoms of illness or have been recently ill, and anyone who chooses to participate remotely.
- We can currently only seat approximately 100 people per service. To accommodate a church of around 400 with the protective measures in place, we will hold multiple services in order to both promote safety and comply with state regulations.
Update on 5/6/2020
The elders and staff are prayerfully considering our church's regathering plan. Lord willing, we will communicate our plans to you very soon. In the meantime, we ask that you pray for us as we seek to develop a plan for the glory of God and the good of our church and community. We would also ask that you respond to the regathering survey that you should have received in your email.
Update on 4/2/2020
Each week we are unable to meet in person, we will be posting worship services Sundays at 10am, Lord willing. You will see this new slogan, “At Home with The Trails,” to tie in our online broadcasting. This phrase communicates two things: first, you will be watching “at home” yet “with” The Trails, our church family. Second, we want to try to make things feel as "at home" with our church during this time as possible.
Trails Kids will also be posting a Facebook video Sundays at 4pm on our church Facebook Page. We encourage you to watch with your little ones as Amy Newton teaches through The Gospel Project. Trails Kids will also be posting a book read-aloud video Tuesdays at 10am. We pray that we will continue to grow in Christ in a profound way during this time.
Update on 3/18/2020
Our leadership team is prayerfully thinking about and implementing multiple ways to continue to care for our church family in the coming days, but for now, here are some next steps we are taking until we are able to meet again:
- We will begin live streaming Sunday morning services beginning this Sunday, March 22 at 10am. We encourage you to gather with your family and participate together. We will post the bulletin on the web site so you can print them off and have lyrics to the songs. Video links will be on our website, Vimeo, and Facebook.
- Men’s and women’s bible studies will be moved to Zoom meetings. Even if you have not been a part of these until now, we want to invite you to join in remotely so that you can continue to have conversations with brothers and sisters around God’s Word. Please go to thetrails.org/events for links to the Zoom calls for this Thursday and Friday under the appropriate event listing.
- Trails Kids is working on bringing The Gospel Project home for each of our families providing resources to help parents in discipling children so that our kids can continue to learn about Christ in all of Scripture.
- We also want to encourage you to continue in prayer for one another. Use text messages, FaceTime, Zoom, GroupMe, or whatever you can to continue to build up the body of Christ while we are unable to meet altogether. You can also submit any prayer requests or needs to us through our online Connection Card.
- The elders are beginning a devotional blog series through the Sermon on the Mount, since we did not spend lengthy time on it in sermon form. Check out the first blog post in this series titled Theirs Is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Update on 3/13/2020
WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW THE TRAILS CHURCH IS RESPONDING TO CONCERNS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19).
Our leadership team is prayerfully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL STEPS I CAN TAKE TO SPIRITUALLY RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors and healthcare workers, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel, and share the hope we have in Jesus with others.
IS THE TRAILS CHURCH GATHERING THIS SUNDAY?
No. In accordance with Prosper ISD school closures this week, we will not gather Sunday, March 15. We will make decisions regarding future Sunday worship service gatherings on a week-to-week basis and will communicate those decisions here. We will evaluate our plans early next week for future Sunday morning services, which will be dependent upon the re-opening of Boyer Elementary.
ARE ALL WEEKDAY MINISTRIES AND ACTIVITIES CONTINUING AS USUAL?
Trails Students and Trails 56 will not meet on Wednesday, March 18. Further communication of meeting plans will follow. Men's and Women's Bible Studies will meet virtually on Zoom.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS THE TRAILS CHURCH TAKING TO MAKE OUR GATHERING AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
Prosper ISD is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time and Boyer Elementary will be thoroughly cleaned this week. In all of our Trails Kids areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours without any fever reducing medications before coming to Trails Kids. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO THE TRAILS CHURCH IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
If you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home. If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to watch our service online.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO THE TRAILS CHURCH?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneeze
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.