In light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Texas, and based on advice from local and state officials, the Citymark leadership team has made the decision to stop physical gatherings at the Citymark building, effective today, June 26th through August 9th. Our services will continue to be streamed online every week and additional content will be rolled out at Citymarkchurch.tv.
Due to the increase of positively diagnosed cases of COVID-19, specifically within Citymark Church, we believe this is a wise decision to ensure that we are doing our part to protect everyone that calls Citymark home. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate our plans with you as they are updated.
We know that in the midst of dark days and hard times, the Church has a chance to shine the love and hope of Jesus brightly. Our prayer is that you will continue to stay connected and growing in your relationship with Christ, as our team looks to launch new ways of doing ministry over the coming weeks.
Based on the responses we’ve received through the surveys we’ve sent out to Citymark Church and our Dream Teams, and in getting feedback from other churches that have already opened, we have made the decision to reopen Citymark Church with 3 live service times (8:00, 9:45 and 11:30) in order to provide a 5 star Kingdom experience. We will live broadcast the 9:45 and 11:30 service on Citymarkchurch.tv and Citymarkchurch.org for anyone wanting to participate virtually. As we ease back in to meeting physically we will continue to review our capacity in order to make the best decision possible as to what is needed and how to do that safely for the Church.
As you have hopefully heard by now, Citymark Church is reopening on June 7th! This is exciting and we are looking forward to seeing our church family, but we know things can’t just go back to the way they were. While many people will choose to return to church immediately, some won’t be able to join us for a while, and that’s ok. We want you to know that in this new reality, we are still dedicated to bringing the goodness of Jesus to you and your family, whether that’s in a physical service or an online experience.
As we have consulted with medical professionals and government officials, we have worked diligently to create a plan that we feel is safe, balanced and wise. This is designed to give you clear information about what we are doing to help protect against the spread of COVID-19, so that you can make the most informed decision on when is the right time for you to reengage physically at Citymark Church.
We will have signs placed outside the building with COVID-19 symptoms listed, and we ask that anyone who has shown any of these symptoms in the last two weeks, would worship with us from home in our online experience. By entering the building, each individual is confirming, to the best of their knowledge, that they are symptom-free and assuming the risks associated with a public gathering.
We will be providing increased cleaning, both before and after each service, throughout our entire building in order to offer a higher level of sanitization. We will be using an AntiMicrobial protectant called BioPledge that not only kills germs and viruses but continues to protect surfaces for up to 30 days.
Although not mandatory, we are encouraging people to wear masks whilst in the building. If we have stock available, we will provide masks to those that do not have one.
Internal Traffic Flow
Once in the building we will have volunteers-only opening doors and touching handles, so as to minimize contact with surfaces. We will also use a one-way system to enter and exit the auditorium. Our seating hosts will guide people to specific seats so we can control the capacity of our room. At the end of service we will release everyone row by row to help avoid congestion and maintain a good flow of traffic.
We will be limiting our touch interactions by not passing out anything (bulletins or offering baskets). Also, our cafe will remain closed and we will not be serving coffee or any food products. All handouts and crafts for our kids will be produced at least 7 days prior to service and stored in sealed plastic bags to ensure they are not contaminated.
We will be offering our full CityKids program when we reopen. Each room has been deep-cleaned and sanitized and will be cleaned in between each service. For the small kids’ rooms, the toys will be changed out after each service so the kids will have new, sanitized toys to play with. Any craft or take-home materials that the kids receive, will come in a prepackaged ziploc bag, that will have been prepared at least 72 hours in advance, and only that child will interact with the craft. Because of the space limitations of our rooms, we know that the kids will have a lot of interaction. If you have concerns about this, we would encourage you to continue to worship with us from home. CityKids check-in will not have self check-in stations for the foreseeable future, but we are increasing our number of volunteers helping you get checked in. We will still be providing our CityKids content virtually so your kids can stay connected if you choose not to attend physically.
We want everyone that decides to attend a physical service to feel safe and able to worship freely. If you have concerns about contracting COVID-19 or you are in an “at-risk” demographic, we would strongly encourage you to continue to participate in church online. If you have had any of the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, muscle pains, loss of taste or smell) or have been in contact with anyone exhibiting these symptoms in the 14 days prior to attending service – we would strongly encourage you to continue to participate in church online.
We are so glad that the Church is not a building; it is made up of a body of people, and whether we are together in person or online, God can and will continue to work in our lives.
Hey Citymark Family,
As many of you have heard by now there is a shelter in place order going into effect at midnight tonight (March 24th) and will be in effect until April 3rd. This order clearly lists out who is allowed to continue to work and who is restricted to only going out for essential items (food, medical care, etc)
As it pertains to Citymark Church, we are allowed to have some of our staff still meet to prepare video services for the coming week. There are certain restrictions that we must abide by but we are doing everything we can to create a powerful service for you this week.
Please continue to pray for us as we navigate the current situation and we are praying for you and your family during this season.
Please stay safe and follow the order, if you have needs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how me might serve you.
Dear Citymark Family,
As you likely know by now, Mayor Turner called for a state of emergency after a local Houston man was found to have the Coronavirus, not linked to outside travel. This in turn has led to a fair amount of uncertainty and even panic in our area, not to mention what is happening around the world. Many of you may be wondering how Citymark, and how the church in general, should respond to this global event. We will be keeping you updated by posting regularly to this page.
Here is what we firmly believe. This is not a time for fear and worry, but it is a time for wisdom and discernment. We are told in 2 Timothy 1:7 that as God’s children we have not been given a spirit of fear. We are choosing to draw near to God and asking Him for His grace, wisdom, protection and leadership for our church, city, nation and world. Scripture also calls us as believers to honor and submit to those who are in positions of authority in government. By doing so, we model a spirit of Godly humility and respect, which ultimately preserves our witness.
Today, the mayor and government health officials hosted a conference call with pastors and other organizational leaders and have urged that we currently not host gatherings larger than 200-250 people.
Based on their request and recommendations we have made the following decisions, not out of fear or anxiety, but purely out of respect and to model cooperation with our city and government health officials:
1. We will not host our regular worship experiences and activities at Citymark Church through the rest of March. We believe this is wise and honors the requests of our city and state leadership. We will be airing our services and other special content on citymarkchurch.org that we would love for you and your family to tune in for.
2. We are thankful that God’s church is so much more than a building or large public gathering and that we can “have church” from each of our homes because we ARE the church. We are encouraging all of our groups to continue to “meet” but we are providing virtual options to do that.
3. We encourage you to give online, at the church office, or by text giving since we will not be holding public worship experiences this week.
Citymark, we are called to leave our mark on our city, so let’s lead with love and care in our connect groups, neighborhoods, work places, and schools. We have an opportunity through this widespread fear to show people the goodness of Jesus, so let’s do that!
Last, but absolutely not least, pray!
– Pray for calm, reason and wisdom. Pray for God’s spirit of peace to rule and reign in hearts and minds.
– Pray for healing and for God to take what the enemy means for evil and to ultimately reveal His glory by pointing people to Jesus: the hope, healing and salvation of the world.
– Pray for God’s wisdom for our local, state and national government leaders, the CDC and those on the frontlines making daily decisions that effect our world during this challenge.
Citymark, above all, remember that Jesus is still in control, and rest assured that He holds our world securely in His hands! We will continue to monitor this situation daily, so please check our church website and Facebook page for future updates.