Coronavirus (COVID-19) RESPONSE
We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will be posting frequent updates on this page. Click on one of the links below to jump to a specific section.
Any updates concerning COVID-19 and how it impacts the City Point community will be posted here.
Hey Church Family,
With everything that’s happening in our communities, we understand that there are some among us who have been hit harder by this pandemic. That’s why on Wednesday, we are launching a City Point initiative that we are calling Boxes of Hope, where we will be packaging together essential groceries for those in our church and community who need it the most.
This is where we need your help, if you or someone you know could benefit from one of our boxes, we ask that you fill out this simple request form. Our supplies are limited but we are going to do as much as we can to meet as many needs as possible. Boxes will be available to pick up on Wednesday from 11am-2pm.
Thank you church family for being so generous during this time, we are doing our very best to do the most good with what you’ve given us. Our desire is to be the hands of Christ and give people hope & encouragement in a seemingly hopeless situation. We love you, and are praying for each and every one of you.
Life to the Fullest,
Pastor Eddie and Julie
I wanted to give you an update about our Sunday morning services. The City of Allen has asked all churches of 250 and over to no longer hold in-person services. I know for many of us Church is not a luxury but an essential part of our life. We desire to do our part to keep you safe and healthy. The good news is we will hold two streaming services at our regular Sunday service times. I encourage you to engage fully in these services, worship, pray, take notes, and give. Please send a link to a friend and invite them to watch also. I plan to share a word to help anchor you during this unprecedented time in our nation and world. Jesus taught us that it is not the power of the storm that determines our future but the foundation we stand upon.
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
I wish I could tell you how long we will need to do this but; it is not clear at the moment. This situation is very dynamic, and the recommendations change almost daily. I am saddened that we cannot meet together; we are not an organization but a family. I will miss our time together on Sundays. However, please stay in touch, pray for one another, and support one another.
We also had to make some changes to our small groups and other planned events based on the latest federal guidelines. Check out the details in the post below.
Lastly, I want to remind you how important your giving is to us as a body. We give as Christians based on scripture, not because we attend a service. We do it from a heart of worship and generosity. This is not a time for us to step back from one of the ways God blesses our life. If you have never taken advantage of our text giving or online giving opportunities, please do. We have also made the decision to postpone our Heart for the House offering until we can gather in person as one body. I know the kids worked hard to save up and we want them to have that giving experience in service.
We are looking for opportunities for how we can serve our community during this crisis and will have more details soon.
We are praying for you church!
Life to the Fullest,
Pastor Eddie and Julie
Due to the latest recommendations by the Federal government, the CDC and several local municipalities, we have several updates concerning certain aspects of our church community.
- We’ve decided not to hold any in-person services this weekend. Instead, we will have service online at citypointchurch.com. This is a great opportunity to connect digitally with all who call City Point their home and worship together online. Our weekend service will air during our normal service times at 9:30AM & 11:00AM and can be replayed any time after that on our Youtube page. We are also looking into online options for our City Kids and Uprise Youth. Follow us on facebook and instagram to see updates and when we will go live with those experiences.
- While we are still hoping for the best, there is a high probability that this may have an effect on our in-person Easter experiences. Nothing can stop us celebrating the resurrection of our Lord & Savior but we will be wise and abide by recommendations from both federal & local government officials.
- As of right now, all events have been suspended until further notice. This also includes our Heart for the House offering, which was supposed to be taken up this Sunday, March 22nd. We are monitoring the situation closely and hope to reschedule soon.
- We are going to abide by the recent federal government suggestion and suspend all in-person Community Group meetings (10+ people) for the next 15 days. We understand that Collin County has not made this stance but we want to make sure we are doing our part to help flatten the curve in our community. During this time, we are equipping our Group Leaders to still facilitate communities digitally. Again, if you or anyone you know has been impacted by COVID-19, please email us at email@example.com and let us know so we can make sure they are getting the help & resources they need.
We love you and are praying for you and your families. Let’s take all our anxieties/worries and turn them into prayers! Prayers for our first responders, our medical community, for those who’ve been directly impacted by the virus and of course for a miraculous cure from heaven! COVID-19 may be changing the way we meet but it will never change our faith in God and our heart for people. See you guys this weekend online!
As of right now, our Spring Semester of Community Groups is still underway. The CDC mitigation strategies for the current state do not prohibit small group meetings. The only concern would be for individuals who are included in the vulnerable population:
- Older adults (60+)
- Individuals with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes & lung disease.
If you are included in that category, we highly suggest you stay at home as much as possible. We are working with our Community Group leaders to find creative ways to still include everyone in their meet-ups and ensure there is a support system in place for any who may be impacted by COVID-19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know has been impacted by the coronavirus.
Our Community Group network is going to be paramount moving forward, especially if Collin County implements a ban on all large gatherings. Through Community Groups, we have the opportunity to provide comfort, prayer and encouragement to all in our community. We must remember “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that all of us reflect Christ and demonstrate faith that provides true assurance in the midst of these difficult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our community in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.
Like so many of you, we have been learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact it is having on our world. As a church, we are following the news and information closely to stay up to date with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Allen. We deeply care about our communities and are taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who calls City Point Church their church home.
- We plan on having our normal Sunday service this week.
- Our team is working hard to provide a clean and sanitary space on Sundays with additional care to ensure a clean children’s ministry area.
- On Sundays, we ask that you substitute hugs and handshakes, for waves and smiles.
- Please practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly and covering your cough or sneeze.
- If you are sick or at risk, we invite you to please stay home and encourage you to watch our services on the app.
Here’s what we are doing as a church staff:
- Trusting God – Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
- Praying – We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
- Staying Informed – The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes. We will also be sitting on regularly scheduled phone calls with the Allen Fire Department to get trusted local updates to the virus.
Here’s what you can do to help:
- Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
- Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
- Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home from public functions if you’re sick.
We will continue to update you as this situation develops. We are so thankful for your flexibility and understanding during this time. When situations like these arise, City Point has always shown that you are a community ready to respond. Our hearts and prayers are with those affected and we will continue to pray for resolution. We love you and we’ll see you this Sunday for regular church services.
City Point Church
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
Even in the midst of a pandemic, we still have a heart to serve our community. Currently, we have two opportunities that you can get involved in. If you are unable to participate but would still like to give back to others during this time, consider donating by clicking here and designate your offering under the “OUTREACH” fund.
BOXES OF HOPE
We recognize as this pandemic continues, it’s putting more and more pressure on everyone in our city. But there are those around us that have been hit harder; they’ve lost a job, are a single parent or are elderly and can’t leave their homes to buy essential products like they need to.
That’s why, we’ve made a decision as a church to partner with Kroger and buy groceries for those who need it the most. We are calling it Boxes of Hope because even in the midst of uncertainty, we can still bring hope and encouragement to all in our community. Our boxes will include: fresh produce, milk, eggs, bread, toilet paper and canned goods.
Please fill out the link below to let us know if you, or someone you know in our church, neighborhood or community that are in need for one of our boxes. Quantities are limited but we will do the best that we can to respond to all the requests received.
*Pick up times will be Wednesdays from 11AM-2PM*
FRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS SUPPORT
We have been partnering with a local non-profit to help gather Gatorade, water & protein bar donations as well as PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment) for their front line health care workers that are administering COVID-19 tests. Let’s support those who are putting their health on the line by ensuring they stay safe and hydrated. Here are a list of PPE’s that are needed at their testing sites:
- Face Shields
- Gloves (non-latex)
- Impermeable coveralls without integrated hood
- N-95 Mask
- Standard Masks
We will be collecting donations throughout this entire pandemic so it’s not too late to help out. All donations can be dropped off at City Point Church in front of the City Kids entrance, Monday through Thursday, from 9AM – 5PM.
There’s a lot of information out on the internet about COVID-19 and it’s nearly impossible to digest it all. Here are several reliable resources that we trust that can help you and your family stay informed and safe during this time.
Allen TX CARES is a volunteer group whose mission is to support vulnerable individuals who need to self-isolate to avoid coronavirus infection. Individuals over 60 or individuals with underlying medical conditions can sign up by texting “ALLENCARES” to 797979. Learn more about AllenTX CARES here
If you have any questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Allen Fire Department has setup a Coronavirus Helpline at 214-509-4333. It is staffed with Allen Fire Department Paramedics from 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 days a week. The paramedics can answer questions related to household preparation, organizational preparation, recommendations for vulnerable individuals, and general questions related to coronavirus and the Fire Department’s response.
Mental Health Tips
While we must take physical precautions towards COVID-19, we cannot ignore the mental ramifications something like this can have on all of us. These resources from the American Psychological Association and Mental Health Psychosocial Support Network will help us manage anxiety around the coverage of COVID-19 and provide guidelines and messaging for addressing mental health issues that may arise.