HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTIFICATIONS
We are closely monitoring all state, local government, and healthcare official’s recommendations and restrictions as it relates to Praise Church being able to safely gather for worship. We understand we have a responsibility to keep the trust of our church family by making wise and calculated decisions as it relates to our services.
See below for the most up to date information.
NEWS AND UPDATES
It’s times like this your mental health is just as important as your physical health. To balance those two things, Praise Professional Counseling is temporarily transitioning all counseling sessions to Tele Counseling. Clients will still be meeting with their counselor face to face via video conferencing through our SimplePractice program. If you are a current or established client you can make or reschedule your appointments as usual through the portal. New clients schedule through the Praise Church website or call the church office at 409-898-0020.
In light of the recommendations from our federal government officials, Praise Church is suspending all in person Small Group meetings until further notice. This includes Praise Youth, PYA, and adult Small Groups. Officials in DC have discouraged groups of 10 or more from meeting until the COVID-19 virus has been dealt with. We at Praise Church are honoring their request. This is an opportunity for us to Love People and Make A Difference by protecting the weakest among us. Our way to give is by shutting down vectors for the spread of the virus, and the better we are at containment, the sooner life gets back to normal.
Though we may not be meeting in person we strongly encourage you to stay connected to you Small Group and Church Family. There are many video chat options online that you can take advantage of to meet with your group virtually. We have spent some time testing various apps and websites and would recommend these if you don’t know where to start:
https://www.messenger.com/ (Facebook Messenger)
We also recommend these (see links below) services for personal and group study.
You may also consider starting a Facebook group or a group text to stay better connected with your Small Group. We hope these options can get you and your group started as we temporarily transition to digital Small Groups.
Know that we do not take these steps lightly. But they are made with the health and safety of you, your family, and our community in mind.
We are keenly aware of the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and want to encourage you that we are closely monitoring the situation. The health and safety of those who call Praise Church home is very important to us.
In addition to our current cleaning processes we are taking additional steps to disinfect shared and frequently touched surfaces before, after, and during services. The toys in Praise Kids will be cleaned with bleach and hot water after each service day, and wiped down with disinfecting wipes (or swapped out) between services. The Praise Kids play place professional cleaning service will be increased to a weekly cleaning rather than monthly. High touch areas throughout the building will be wiped down with disinfectant before, during, and after services. We will also be placing additional free standing hand sanitizer stations throughout.
To keep yourself and those around you safe as well, we encourage the following:
– Frequently wash your hands.
– Limit or refrain from physical contact.
– Stay home if you have a low lying fever or are showing signs of other symptoms.
We ask that you join us in praying for the communities and nations throughout the world that have been directly impacted by COVID-19. We are asking God to heal those who are sick, to protect those who are at risk of contracting the virus, and to pour out His wisdom on the doctors, nurses and medical professionals who are tirelessly caring for those afflicted.