Corona Virus Updates

August 27, 2020

It is with great pleasure that we are re-opening SPKids at a PHASE 1 level on Sunday August 30.

DETAILS: Please find some details below; more details can be found in an email from Mrs. Katie to SPKid Parents, and in the weekly registration link on our Events Page.

PRAY: Please pray for us as we desire to re-open, but want to do it slowly, prayerfully, and with great care.  We not only want to protect and love our children, but we also want to care well for those who are volunteering to serve during this season. After a few weeks, we hope to re-evaluate and open more classes and age levels.  

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:  Due to limited capacity, all children need to be registered in order to attend.  At registration, you will be required to answer a few COVID safety screening questions. The registration link can be found on the Southpointe Events website, or by the Save My Seat links below. More details about classes can be found in the video below.

IF REGISTRATION IS FULL: We will continue to welcome your children in the sanctuary and will provide the activity bags. Additionally, you can always worship at home by watching the Sunday school videos, and downloading the lessons each week (link below).

SAFETY: Temperatures will be checked, and kids will sanitize their hands upon entering. We will be following the Southpointe masking guidelines: any child or adult 8 years and older will be required to wear a mask while standing and moving through the building. Masks may be lowered during teaching time while children are sitting.
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July 23, 2020

Starting Sunday July 26, masks are not required for children 7 and under. Masks are still required for ages 8+ and can be lowered when sitting at your seat; please refer to the Phase 3 Guidelines below.

June 30, 2020

Dear Southpointe Family,

Phase 3 will be implemented starting Sunday, July 5. We are excited to share that our mask restriction is being lightened.

Click here to Check out the video from Matt for more details.

1. You are welcome to lower your mask while sitting at your seat and talk with your neighbors.
2. Masks will still be required when entering, standing, singing, walking to the restroom, and leaving the building.
3. All other guidelines remain the same.

Southpointe COVID-19 Phase 3 Guidelines
1. Please use social distancing practices.
2. If you are sick, or feeling 
unwell, please stay at home.
3. All ages welcome; we highly recommend you stay at home 
if high risk/65+.
4. Masks required for ages 8+. You are welcome to lower your mask while sitting at your seat to talk with your neighbors. Masks will still be required when entering, standing, singing (standing or sitting), walking to the restroom, and leaving the building.
5. Please register to save seats for your household.
6. Childcare will not be provided. SP Kids will have activities bags for the kids during the service. The back lobby may be used temporarily to take a child out of the sanctuary.
7. Only the sanctuary, back lobby 
and main bathrooms will be open.


June 4, 2020

Dear Southpointe Family,
 
Our first Sunday together will be June 14th, and we have lots information to share regarding our Phase 2 Reopening Updates:
     - New Times: We will be having two services - 9:00 AM and the new 11:00 AM service. This is to allow a cleaning service to sanitize the sanctuary between services.
     - Live Stream at 11:00 AM: For those unable to register or unable to attend in person, we will still be hosting the Live Stream at the new 11:00 AM time.
     - Registration: Due to limited seating, we will be requiring registrations for both services. An email with a link will be sent out on Sunday June 7th. Registration will be a first-come first-serve basis.
     - New Guidelines: There will be an announcement on Sunday June 7th about the new guidelines for those attending the services; they will also be available on the registration page. These are to keep everyone safe and healthy while we worship together.
     - Video and Map: Next week, we will be sending content of the the new processes and procedures for the services.

While we are excited to welcome folks back, we understand that some of you will not be able to come back yet. We look forward to the day that we are all together again.

Corona Virus Updates

June 7, 2020

Dear Southpointe Family,

We are so excited to be having a partial reopening to worship together in person. Our desire at Southpointe is to love you and all of your families well. And while we are eager to get back to church, we want you to know that Sunday mornings will feel different than what we are used to. While our plan might not be perfect, our staff and leadership have thought through all the possible options to best keep everyone comfortable and safe during worship.

Southpointe has created a set of guidelines that we ask attenders to adhere to during our Phase 2 partial reopening. These guidelines will be implemented starting June 14th, and will continue for a few weeks until we are ready to start Phase 3. More details on what Sunday mornings will look like to follow.

In order to keep our services within capacity limit, we’re asking that you save your seats online for the service you plan to attend - 9:00 AM or the new 11:00 AM. Please do not attend unless you have registered. For those of you unable to join at this time we will continue Live Streaming, but at our new 11:00 AM service.

Click here to find our services times, review the guidelines for attending, and save your spot for this Sunday. We are so excited to see many of you in person again. And we really look forward to the day we can all be together again.

To find out current information on steps to prevent illness please follow this link:
CDC Guidelines

Southpointe COVID-19 Phase 2 Guidelines
1. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines, and make sure to social distance. This includes before and after the service, both inside and outside the building.
2. If you are sick, or feeling unwell, please stay at home and watch the live stream.
3. All ages welcome, but if you are high risk (including 65 and older) we highly recommend you stay at home and watch the live steam.
4. Masks are required for everyone 3 years and older, per CDC guidelines.
5. Seats will be saved as a minimum group of 4 chairs* (we will have a few groups of 5 and 6 chairs) Chair groups are spaced 6 feet apart, per CDC guidelines.
6. Once the service starts please remain at or near your seats.
7. Childcare will not be provided. SP Kids will have activities bags for the kids during the service. The back lobby may be used temporarily to take a child out of the sanctuary. If the back lobby has 5 sets of parents+children already, additional families will need to go to their car.
8. Only the sanctuary, back lobby and main bathrooms will be open.

*An individual would reserve one group of 4 chairs; a couple would reserve one group of 4 chairs; a family of five would reserve one group of 5 chairs, or have a child sit on lap and reserve a group of 4 chairs.


June 4, 2020

Dear Southpointe Family,
 
Our first Sunday together will be June 14th, and we have lots information to share regarding our Phase 2 Reopening Updates:
     - New Times: We will be having two services - 9:00 AM and the new 11:00 AM service. This is to allow a cleaning service to sanitize the sanctuary between services.
     - Live Stream at 11:00 AM: For those unable to register or unable to attend in person, we will still be hosting the Live Stream at the new 11:00 AM time.
     - Registration: Due to limited seating, we will be requiring registrations for both services. An email with a link will be sent out on Sunday June 7th. Registration will be a first-come first-serve basis.
     - New Guidelines: There will be an announcement on Sunday June 7th about the new guidelines for those attending the services; they will also be available on the registration page. These are to keep everyone safe and healthy while we worship together.
     - Video and Map: Next week, we will be sending content of the the new processes and procedures for the services.

While we are excited to welcome folks back, we understand that some of you will not be able to come back yet. We look forward to the day that we are all together again.

April 15, 2020

Southpointe is following the Governor's recommendations on physical distancing. We know in these hard times, connection is very important. We have multiple ways for you to get connected:

Join a Small GroupDaily Devotionals - FacebookInstagramSP Kids Story Time
We are Live Streaming our Sunday morning services on both Facebook and YouTube. Please join us at 10:00am on either platform.
Facebook
YouTube

Please check back at the end of April for updated information.


March 18, 2020

Dear Southpointe Family,

We hope that you are doing well during these changing times. As we are all trying to find our new normals, we wanted to share what Southpointe is planning to do for the next couple of weeks to engage and encourage you:· 

Next Two Weeks: We will not meet in person as a congregation for the next two weeks - March 22nd and
March 29th. This is a very difficult decision, but out of an abundance of caution and after consulting with medical professionals in our church community as well as other pastors, not gathering together in large groups is one of the most effective ways to "flatten the curve" and also protect those who are most at risk.

Even though we will be practicing social distancing, we can still engage in other ways:·

Live Stream: We are planning to live stream Sunday sermons for the next couple of weeks so we can still come together as a church. More details to follow.

Let's Engage: We want our Southpointe family to still be spiritually engaged with each other, and pull together as a community. Here are ways that you can stay engaged:
 1. Reach out to a friend, neighbor, and those at high-risk, to see how they are doing via text, phone, email,        social media, etc. Let them know someone at Southpointe is thinking of them, loves them, and wants to      encourage them.
 2. Southpointe will be posting daily devotionals on our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook) for      you to listen and join the conversation.
 3. For those with little ones, our SPKids ministry is hosting a Facebook live Bible story time on the SPKids        Facebook page at 11:00am Monday-Friday.
 4. If you need face time, but want to respect social distancing, teleconferencing with your Discipleship and          SP Group is a great way to engage in deeper conversations. Currently, our church staff is utilizing Zoom -      Zoom is a great, free way to video chat or teleconference with a group.
  5. Reach out to some friends and choose a bible chapter, a book study, or listen to an old sermon to discuss as      a group. 

We hope this encourages you and helps our community stay engaged.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
   
Praying with you and for you,
Southpointe Community Church 


March 13, 2020

Dear Southpointe Family,
 
You know how much I value gathering together every Sunday for corporate worship. Out of an abundance of caution and after consulting with medical professionals in our church community as well as other pastors, we are canceling all services this Sunday, March 15th.

I truly believe our commitment to love our neighbor includes every effort to "flatten the curve" of diagnosed cases likely to burden the healthcare system. Not gathering together in large groups is one of the most effective ways to do that and also protect those who are most at risk. 

We will continue to seek wisdom from doctors and public health experts. There will be no organized activities for youth, children or adults this coming week on our campus. We will send updates as they become available. 

I would encourage you to gather together with family members or neighbors in small groups to worship on Sunday morning and lift up our church, our city and the world as we tackle this public health crisis. We will put some suggestions up on our website. Please know that while we want to be wise, we do not live in fear. We continue to trust in a sovereign God and know that we have a true and certain hope. I would encourage you to take time this Sundayto listen to this Sermon on anxiety. I preached it last year, afew days before Chrissy was diagnosed with cancer.  This sermon meant so much to me because it was part of my own processing something that was the biggest challenge our family had ever faced.  I hope it encourages you to listen as much as it encouraged me to write it. 

-Pastor Matt 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxiousabout anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, withthanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, whichtranscends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in ChristJesus. —Philippians 4:4-7

To find out current information on steps to prevent illness please follow this link:
CDC COVID-19


March 8, 2020

As you’re probably aware by now, Governor Bill Lee has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Tennessee and specifically in Williamson County. We know that this news generates a variety of questions and speculation regarding next steps for our church. The following represents our current thinking on the matter as of today, March 6th, 2020. We are monitoring all developments in real time and any updates to these recommendations will be published through our website and social media channels.

How should we,as Christians, think about a crisis like this? The Scripture reminds us in 2Tim. 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.” The one thing our community needs right now is a church that is not ruled by fear, but by faith. We trust in a God who is in complete control.During this season, we have the opportunity to be a calming, stabilizing presence in a world of fear, worry and anxiety. The Scripture also reminds us to “Be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have, but do so with gentleness and respect” (1 Pet. 3:15). There is always an opportunity to bring glory to God and that is exactly what we hope, by His grace, to do.

As we think proactively about preparing to face this challenge, we have the opportunity to lead with thoughtfulness and preparation. Here are some proactive steps we are taking this coming weekend:

OFFERING
We will not pass collection baskets and ask that you primary give online here or you will be able to drop your giving into baskets on the way out of the sanctuary.
FRONT DOORS
Our greeters will hold open the doors for you to minimize your need for touching door handles.
GREETING TIME
During the greeting time we encourage you to wave and smile at one another rather than shake hands and give hugs.
SPKIDS
We will assist you with checking your child into SPKids by manning each station with a volunteer, ensuring you will not need to touch any screens or keyboards. Thank you for your patience and flexibility ahead of time.

Along with these steps to prevent the unnecessary spread of germs in a large gathering of people, we also recommend familiarizing yourself with these CDC and World Health Organization recommendations:
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Stay home when you are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should there be any change to this plan or any new information that comes to light, we will keep you informed via Facebook, Instagram, and our Website.Looking forward to Sunday,

Pastor Matt