Road to Regathering (Update #3)

Published May 22, 2020 at 11:25am

OVERVIEW:

  1. Reopening Date Moved to June 7
  2. Important Lessons Learned this Past Sunday
  3. Measures to Protect the Ongoing Ministry of the Church

Please watch this video from Pastor Stephen Trammell, and read the below information.


OVERVIEW:

  1. Reopening Date Moved to June 7
  2. Important Lessons Learned this Past Sunday
  3. Measures to Protect the Ongoing Ministry of the Church

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1. Reopening Date Moved to June 7

As you know, we originally planned to transition into “Phase Two” on May 31st enabling us to gather for the first time. We have decided to move opening day to Sunday, June 7. 

  • New Service Schedule Beginning June 7:
  • (On Campus and Live-Streamed Online)
  • Champions: 9:30am English / 11:45am Spanish
  • North Klein: 9:30am English / 1pm Spanish
  • Jersey Village: 9:30am English / 11:15am Spanish
  • Conroe: 10am English / 6:00pm Spanish


2. Lessons Learned So Far in Our COVID Journey

This past Sunday, CFBC staff at all four campuses had full service “rehearsals”. We practiced taking temperatures of all who entered, performed deep cleans of the facilities in between services, ensured the technology worked to stream all four campus’s services online, and practiced social distancing in the Worship Center. It was incredible to finally worship together again as a staff. 

The rehearsals acted precisely as they were intended – they helped us find potential areas that needed attention in preparation for our official regathering. 

On Tuesday, we got word that one of our praise team members at the Jersey Village campus tested positive for COVID-19. This person spent Sunday morning in the vicinity of most of our JV staff and other volunteers. I have personally talked and prayed with this individual and ask you to join me in prayer for a speedy recovery. 

We immediately began working with local officials, the CDC, epidemiologists and other medical professionals to respond appropriately. The Harris County Public Health Department assigned us a specific Team Leader from their Contact Tracing Team whom we have been working with very closely. 

Anyone who was within 7 feet of this praise team member for at least 5 minutes on Sunday morning has entered a 14-day quarantine period which involves four of our Jersey Village staff members and 14 volunteers. Because this 14-day quarantine extends through May 31, we will continue church online and move our timeline back one week to June 7 for all four campuses.


3. Measures to Protect the Ongoing Ministry of the Church

In addition to the measures we already had planned (temp check, masks, social distancing, cleaning, etc.), we are putting in place additional layers to avoid disrupting our ongoing ministry.

  • All staff is divided into two teams and will alternate when each team is on-campus.
  • Full-time ministry staff capable of FULLY working from home are encouraged to do so.
  • Staff from each campus will be “firewalled” from any other campus.
  • Preachers at each campus will keep 7 feet of social distance on Sunday mornings.

FAQs

Q: How are the JV Staff and volunteers doing?
A: Great, none have experienced symptoms so far. Please continue to pray for them as they quarantine.

Q: How do I RSVP for June 7?
A: One week before, a link to RSVP will be emailed out and also made available on our website.

Q: Is there anything for my kids on June 7?
A: During this season, our Sunday services are “Family Worship”, meaning that the whole family is invited to come and sit together. We have an exciting summer planned for our next generation!



PHASE ONE – Begins Monday, May 11th

  • Online Worship Continues 
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues 
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Staff Return to Offices at Each Campus 

PHASE TWO – Begins Sunday, June 7th

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus (by RSVP) 
    • 10am in English and 12:30pm in Spanish
    • Select campus and select venue
    • 25% Capacity, 6 feet social distancing, alternating rows
    • Families can sit together as a unit
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes

PHASE THREE – TBD

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus (by RSVP) 
    • 10am in English and 12:30pm in Spanish
    • Select campus and select venue
    • 50% Capacity, 6 feet social distancing, alternating rows
    • Families can sit together as a unit
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes
  • Wednesday Night Family Worship in Person (by RSVP) 
  • Limited On-Campus Adult Life Groups by (RSVP) 

PHASE FOUR – New Normal 

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes
  • Wednesday Night Family Worship in Person 
  • On Campus Adult Life Groups Fully Resume
  • On Campus Kids/Student Ministry Fully Resume 

Church family, these are unique days we are navigating. Please know that our number one priority is to ensure your health and safety. I know this… God is on His throne, and He is faithful. 

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:9

Thank you for staying connected. We will get through this together!

Following Jesus Every Day,

Pastor Stephen Trammell

Kid Life Groups: May 24

Preschool

Paul & Silas Sang to God
Today preschoolers learn that people can tell about Jesus at all times. Paul and Silas were chained in prison, but they sang praises to God. The jailer heard them and became a believer.

1st-5th Grade

Paul Preached to an Angry Crowd
Today 1st-5th graders learn that people can tell about Jesus, even in difficult times. Paul stood on the steps of the temple and spoke to an angry crowd. He knew why they were angry, but that did not deter him from sharing the good news about Jesus.

Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.


Step 1: Print Activity Pages

Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.


Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video

Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.

Preschool Bible Story
1st-5th Grade Bible Story


3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together

Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

One’s & Two’s
Step Up and Step Down
Gather: Step stool

  • Place the step stool near the wall in case your child want to hold on to something other than your hand.
  • Hold child’s hand and help him/her step up onto the stool.
  • Instruct the child to boldly say: “Jesus said to tell others about Him.”
  • Help your child step down. Repeat as many times as he/she is interested.
  • Thank him/her for telling everyone about Jesus.
  • Remind your child that Paul and Silas told many people about Jesus.
  • You may also have your child say the Weekly Verse with you from the step stool.

Three’s – PreK
Explore Nighttime Play
Gather: Bible, robes, sleeping bags, blankets, quilts, baby dolls, cribs, child-size rocking chair

  • Mark Acts in your Bible.
  • Spread sleeping bags on the floor. Invite your child to play out bedtime or other nighttime rituals.
  • Suggest your child look through the Bible for pictures of Jesus. Ask him/her to tell a friend (or you) about Jesus while lying on a sleeping bag.
  • Encourage your child to prepare dolls for bedtime. They can dress the dolls, wrap them in blankets, rock them, and lay them in the crib or sleeping bag.
  • Tell your child that Paul and Silas were praying and singing while in jail. In the nighttime, while the jailer was sleeping, an earthquake came. Continue talking about the Bible story.
  • Open the Bible to the Book of Acts. Say that in this Bible book, we read about Paul and others telling about Jesus.
  • Mention that missionaries today sometimes visit scary places. But God helps them tell about Jesus, even if they might be afraid.

Kindergarten
Explore Nighttime Play
Gather: Bible, robes, sleeping bags, blankets, quilts, baby dolls, cribs, child-size rocking chair

  • Mark Acts in your Bible.
  • Spread sleeping bags on the floor. Invite your child to play out bedtime or other nighttime rituals.
  • Suggest your child look through the Bible for pictures of Jesus. Ask him/her to tell a friend (or you) about Jesus while lying on a sleeping bag.
  • Encourage your child to prepare dolls for bedtime. They can dress the dolls, wrap them in blankets, rock them, and lay them in the crib or sleeping bag.
  • Tell your child that Paul and Silas were praying and singing while in jail. In the nighttime, while the jailer was sleeping, an earthquake came. Continue talking about the Bible story.
  • Open the Bible to the Book of Acts. Say that in this Bible book, we read about Paul and others telling about Jesus.
  • Mention that missionaries today sometimes visit scary places. But God helps them tell about Jesus, even if they might be afraid.

1st-5th Grade

Pray for Missionaries
Complete the Kids Activity Page.

  • Ask a child to read the definition of a missionary.
  • Remind the kids that missionaries are called by God to tell another group of people the good news about Jesus. Help the kids understand that Paul was a Jewish man. Ask: “What other group of people did he tell about Jesus?” (Gentiles) Explain that telling the Gentiles about Jesus made some of the Jewish people angry at Paul. Point out that sometimes missionaries today encounter difficult times when they tell people about Jesus. They need to be encouraged and know that people are praying for them. ʹ
  • Invite the children to fold the construction paper in half to make a card. They can decorate the card to pray for missionaries. Brainstorm Scripture verses or words of encouragement to write in the card. Let the children hold the cards and pray for the missionaries that are all over the world serving
  • Have the children keep the card posted on mirror in their bathroom or in their bible to remind them to pray for missionaries everyday

TAKING ON A TOUGH TASK

  • Invite kids to try difficult challenges. Several kids may try the same task, or only one person may try with others encouraging him.
  • Suggestions of difficult challenges:
    • Tie a shoelace with one hand.
    • Tie a shoelace without looking.
    • Stack blocks while blindfolded.
    • Say a tongue twister while holding your lips.
    • Close eyes and walk along yarn placed on the floor.
  • Ask the kids: “If you were going to receive $10 for each task you completed, how motivated would you be?”
  • Inform the group that someone in today’s Bible story thought that something was important enough to keep going even when it was hard.

CLOSE IT OUT

  • Guide the kids to stand in a circle and hold hands or link arms. Mention that kids can always tell others about Jesus. Ask the kids to call out characteristics that they know to be true about Jesus such as: He loves us, He cares about us, He provides for us, He protects us, and so forth.
  • Close in prayer. Thank God for missionaries who are called by God to tell another group of people the good news about Jesus.


4. Missions Emphasis

  • Download the Missions printable above.
  • Review the missions story and have fun with the “All Tied Up” activity. You will need string, scissors and a hole punch. Lead kids to review the prayer prompts on each strip. Invite kids to read the instructions and make prayer reminders.
  • Encourage kids to pray for Christians who work with unreached people groups in Africa. Suggest that kids use their reminders to pray at home this week.


5. Pray

Thank you, Jesus for our family, and thank you for our church and all that have been unable to be together. Please keep our family safe and keep us focused on you and the courage to share about you when we are given the opportunity. Jesus, we love you and we want to honor you in all our thoughts, actions, and words.


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Call Upon the Lord

See A Victory

CFBC North Klein Band

“He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Did you know that our Heavenly Father is always present and available to hear our every cry? Often times, we think we can handle our own struggles until we are so weighed down with shame and guilt. Take it the One who brings us freedom and salvation. 

“For freedom Christ has set us free.”
Galatians 5:1a


Lyrics

We need no other hiding place

Our hope is safe within Your name

This we know

This we know

You promised never to forsake

What You began You will sustain

This we know

This we know

I will call upon the Lord

For He alone

Is strong enough to save

Rise, your shackles are no more

For Jesus Christ

Has broken every chain

All of the heavens and the earth

Announce the fullness of Your worth

This we know

This we know

And every enemy will flee

As we declare Your victory

This we know

This we know

Jesus Name will break every stronghold

Freedom is ours when we call His name

Jesus name above every other

All hail the power of Jesus name



Bible Reading: Confessions of a Non-Peace Maker

When people are mean or bullies come our way, how do we respond? If we are not being peace makers, what do we do?


Daily Bible Reading Plan

With Daily Bible Reading (DBR), your child will discover new and amazing things about God, Jesus and the Bible! It will also prepare 1st-5th Graders for their lesson in Life Group on Sundays. Encourage your child to have a journal and write what they learn each day about God. Set a goal to spend time daily reading the Bible and praying with your child. Or encourage them to do so independently. DBRs are posted to the Kids Ministry Facebook page or click HERE .

Bible Reading: Peach Mango Maker or Peace?

Discover the difference in keeping peace and making it. Like Paul, help your child learn how to be a peace maker so that others can follow Jesus. What happened in Acts 17:22-34 ? You’ll love hearing the great news!


Daily Bible Reading Plan

With Daily Bible Reading (DBR), your child will discover new and amazing things about God, Jesus and the Bible! It will also prepare 1st-5th Graders for their lesson in Life Group on Sundays. Encourage your child to have a journal and write what they learn each day about God. Set a goal to spend time daily reading the Bible and praying with your child. Or encourage them to do so independently. DBRs are posted to the Kids Ministry Facebook page or click HERE .

You Can Do It!

Dear Parents,

So we’ve noticed that for the past few months you’ve all been doing something you never dreamed that you’d be doing – staying home 24/7 and teaching your kids, schooling them, in academics. You’ve proved that you can do it! You didn’t have a choice, so you did it, and we celebrate you in doing the hard and unexpected things.

What do you think your kids are going to remember about Spring 2020 when school is out and all is said and done? Wait until Christmas and ask them! While you might remember a pandemic, uncertainty, lock downs and toilet paper shortages, they just might say things like: eating meals as a family for a change, making cookies with Mom, more time together, doing scavenger hunts in our yard, playing board games as a family, laughing a lot, getting a good night’s rest because I wasn’t up late doing homework then getting up early for school the next day.

Maybe for the past few months you’ve been doing something else you never dreamed you’d be doing –being the primary faith trainer of your kids, embedding His words and your faith story in their little lives and hearts… “teaching them diligently to your children as you sit in the house, walk along the way, lie down at night and rise up every morning.” (Deut. 5: 6 – 9). Again, we celebrate you in doing the hard things, and now the expected things.

What do you think your kids are going to remember about you being their KidLife group teacher, or their “faith trainer” during a worldwide pandemic? Our hope is that your one year old remembers you pointing to the sky and saying, “See the bird? God made the birds! Thank you, God.” Our hope is that your three-year-old remembers being pulled up onto your lap for a hug, then opening the Bible together, looking at a picture of Jesus and the children, and hearing you say “Jesus loves children. Jesus loves you.” Our hope is that your Kindergartner remembers pulling a name from a prayer jar each day and praying for that person. Our hope is that your second grader remembers reading the scripture passage out loud during family devotional time. Our hope is that your fifth grader remembers having contests to see who can memorize the most Bible verses for a first prize extra scoop of ice cream.

I’m sure by now many of you have heard the beautiful new song from Elevation Worship featuring Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes – The Blessing.

My heart and my thoughts have become riveted to this one verse —
May His Favor be upon you and a thousand generations,
and your family and your children
and their children, and their children.

Exodus 20:6 speaks of this generational blessing, to a thousand generations. Maybe you’re already a part of a generational blessing because you had wonderful Christian parents or grandparents. If not, maybe you are the start of a generational blessing for your family and your children, and their children and their children. Whew! Big responsibility. You can do the hard and unexpected things, we’ve seen you. You can do the hard and expected things! We believe in you.

And if you’ve been overwhelmed by everything happening on the planet and in your home to date…good news! It’s not too late to start. If the world is still standing a thousand years from now, let your family be blessed and be a blessing in Jesus precious Name.

God is for you. God is with you. You can do it. And we’re still here to help.
The Kids Ministry Team

Champions
Stephanie Chase, Kids Minister
Becky Marshall, Preschool Minister
Annette Flores, Special Blessings
Brandy Christoph, Ministry Assistant

North Klein
Allie Kretsinger
Kids Minister

Jersey Village
Stephanie Rogers
Kids Minister

Conroe
Myrna Arana
Kids Ministry Coordinator


A Note from Your Kids Ministry Team

If you missed previous notes from Your Kids Ministry Team or just want to refer back, select a link below for past notes of encouragement.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Relax. We’re Here For You
I Go To Big Church Now
Warriors not Whiners
You can’t get to Easter without getting through Good Friday
Vision 2020
Testing, Testing, One, Two
Pandemic without Pandemonium
Happy Mother’s Day

Bible Reading: In the Word with Mr. T

What happened in Acts 17:22-34 ? You’ll love hearing the great news!


Daily Bible Reading Plan

With Daily Bible Reading (DBR), your child will discover new and amazing things about God, Jesus and the Bible! It will also prepare 1st-5th Graders for their lesson in Life Group on Sundays. Encourage your child to have a journal and write what they learn each day about God. Set a goal to spend time daily reading the Bible and praying with your child. Or encourage them to do so independently. DBRs are posted to the Kids Ministry Facebook page or click HERE .