COVID-19 Related Updates

This page will be updated periodically with news related to COVID-19 or changes to our service plans. For specific updates see below.  
 
June 1, 2021 Update – Resume all regular activities and services.
All services are back to normal. Not all ministries are offering the same services as before though, so please check with specific ministries to verify days/times. There are no restrictions in place at this time.
 
 
March 22, 2021 Update – Small groups start back this week.
In-person small groups begin Wednesday, March 24th. Biblical community is important to our growth as disciples. Come be a part Wednesdays at 7pm. No sign-up needed, just show up.
We will have:
Mixed Group, let’s talk about quarantine baby, we’ll watch a short study to prompt discussion about all we have come through and how it’s still effecting us.  (Dream Team Room)
Women (Conference Room – Office Building)
Men (Main Building)
Summit Youth (7th – 12th grade, Summit Sanctuary)
High-Octane Kidz (4 – 12 years old, Kidz Sanctuary)
Nursery (Birth – 3 years old, Main Building Nursery)
 
 
January 28, 2021 Update 3:45pm – In-Person Worship Services Resume Sunday.
This Sunday, January 31, we will resume in-person worship services at our normal time, 10:30am. Of course, we’ll also continue our online services as usual. If you would rather join us there, go to https://mygracepointe.online.church.  All activities until then are still cancelled in order to meet 14 day guidelines. Here’s a quick update from Pastor Wooten.
 

 
January 22, 2021 Update 4:15pm – In-Person Worship Services Cancelled Sunday.
We’ve been made aware of a person in leadership at church last Sunday, January 17th has been confirmed positive with COVID-19. We believe that everyone in direct contact with them has been made aware of their positive test results. Some staff were possibly exposed as well, so out of an abundance of caution we are going to cancel services this Sunday, January 24th. Please join us online at 10:30am.
 
Please watch this quick video from Pastor Wooten for a a full update.
 

 
If you attended worship service in-person this last Sunday, please be more aware of symptoms that may present and take appropriate precautions. We believe risk of exposure is very low but cannot guarantee that anyone attending was not exposed.
 
As a reminder, we do sanitize all seats in both sanctuaries before service. We also have other enhanced cleaning procedures in place for regular cleanings by our janitorial team that happen Sunday afternoon, and again on the weekend before Sunday services.
 
Reminder for Health Protocols:
For the latest CDC guidelines on COVID-19, visit their website.
 
Before attending in-person gatherings:
  • Self-screen to confirm no signs of illness, paying particular attention to symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Do not attend in-person if you or a child in your family are experiencing any of the following symptoms: persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, shaking, body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.
  • If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, do not attend in-person until at least 10 days have passed since the start of symptoms, you have been fever free (unmedicated) for 24 hours, and other symptoms are improving.
  • If you have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, self-quarantine and do not attend in-person for at least 14 days from the date of exposure.
 
While attending in-person:
  • Maintain a safe social distance and wear a face covering at all times while indoors on our campus. You may remove your mask while you are at your seat in the sanctuary. If you leave your seat for any reason, please replace your mask.
  • In the Auditorium, please allow at least two chairs between each family group or party.
  • All other meeting spaces will be arranged to allow for social distancing. Each ministry space is unique, and seating will allow for social distancing between each family, group or individual party.
  • Be advised: Cleaning procedures have been enhanced, but we cannot guarantee that all surfaces are sanitized all the time.
 
After attending in-person:
  • If you or a child in your family tests positive for COVID-19 within ten days of attending an in-person gathering, please notify the leader of the ministry which you or your child attended. If you’re not sure who to notify, you can email robert@mygracepointe.com. Please also make an effort to notify all individuals you had close contact with while on campus.
  • Be advised: There is no campus-wide contact tracing program for in-person gatherings.
 
December 12th, 2020 Update 10:15pm – One New Confirmed Case
We’ve been made aware of a new case of COVID-19 being reported by someone attending High-Octane Kids children’s services on Sunday, December 6th. This person had limited, if any, contact with others and wore a mask the whole time they were in service. Their parent, who has not tested positive, was in attendance in the main sanctuary as well.   
 
We believe risk of exposure in both of these cases is extremely low but cannot guarantee that anyone attending was not exposed. In both of these cases, if you were in attendance at either the HOK children’s service, or the main service that day, please be more aware of symptoms that may present and take appropriate precautions. 
 
December 4th, 2020 Update 8:15pm – One New Case
We’ve been made aware of one new case of COVID-19 being reported by someone who last attended church on Sunday, November 22nd. This person had limited contact with anyone and wore a mask anytime away from their seat in the sanctuary. We believe that all people in contact with them was made aware of their positive test results.  
 
December 4th, 2020 Update 4:15pm – North Texas COVID Restrictions Changing Today
Here’s a quick update from Pastor Wooten about changes in North Texas going into effect today and how Grace Pointe Church is responding.

 
 
 
November 17th, 2020 Update – Possible COVID-19 Exposure
We have recently been made aware that on Sunday, November 8th there was at least one person in the main building that was having symptoms of COVID-19. They did not attend service and left before most people arrived, however if you were at church prior to service starting you could have been exposed briefly. This person has since tested positive for COVID-19. 
 
We have also been made aware that there was a family in attendance in High-Octane Kidz, Sunday, November 8th where one person has tested positive and another is starting to experience symptoms but has not been confirmed at this time.  
 
We believe risk of exposure in both of these cases is very low but cannot guarantee that anyone attending was not exposed. In both of these cases, if you were in attendance at either the HOK children’s service, or the main service that day, please be more aware of  symptoms that may present and take appropriate precautions. 
 
As a reminder, we do sanitize all seats in both sanctuaries within the hour of services starting. We have other enhanced cleaning procedures in place for regular cleanings by our janitorial team that happen Sunday afternoon, and again on the weekend before Sunday services. 
 
Health Protocols:
For the latest CDC guidelines on COVID-19, visit their website.
 
Before attending in-person gatherings:
  • Self-screen to confirm no signs of illness, paying particular attention to symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Do not attend in-person if you or a child in your family are experiencing any of the following symptoms: persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, shaking, body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.
  • If you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, do not attend in-person until at least 10 days have passed since the start of symptoms, you have been fever free (unmedicated) for 24 hours, and other symptoms are improving.
  • If you have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, self-quarantine and do not attend in-person for at least 14 days from the date of exposure.
 
While attending in-person:
  • Maintain a safe social distance and wear a face covering at all times while indoors on our campus. You may remove your mask while you are at your seat in the sanctuary. If you leave your seat for any reason, please replace your mask.
  • In the Auditorium, please allow at least two chairs between each family group or party.
  • All other meeting spaces will be arranged to allow for social distancing. Each ministry space is unique, and seating will allow for social distancing between each family, group or individual party.
  • Be advised: Cleaning procedures have been enhanced, but we cannot guarantee that all surfaces are sanitized all the time.
 
After attending in-person:
  • If you or a child in your family tests positive for COVID-19 within ten days of attending an in-person gathering, please notify the leader of the ministry which you or your child attended. If you’re not sure who to notify, you can email robert@mygracepointe.com. Please also make an effort to notify all individuals you had close contact with while on campus.
  • Be advised: There is no campus-wide contact tracing program for in-person gatherings.
 
 
 
October 18th, 2020 Update – Changes to Service Times and High-Octane Kidz
Beginning Sunday, October 25th we will combine services into one, which will be held at 10:30am. We will still broadcast live, also at 10:30am. In addition, we will also be reopening High-Octane Kidz. You can check your children, ages 4 through 6th grade, into HOK while you attend main service, or you may attend High-Octane Kidz as a family, even if you have additional children outside of the normal age range for HOK. 
 
 
August 31, 2020 Update – Reopening Plans for In-Person Services
Here’s an update from Pastor Wooten about our reopening plans.  Be sure and take a look at the 4-phase reopening plan document and the frequently-asked questions below the video as well. 
 

 
Frequently-Asked Questions
#1 – What are your plans for maintaining a safe environment?
  • We are still finalizing plans, however several of the things that you can count on are:
      • Disinfecting with hospital-grade disinfectant between services. This includes all seating in the sanctuary and frequently touched handles and surfaces.
      • A one-way traffic pattern so that you enter the church building in the front and exit after service in the rear. (Special arrangements will be made for those needing to enter/exit in the same area due to physical limitations.)
      • No food and drinks served. 
      • Hand-sanitizing stations placed in the front entrance and rear exit of the building for those wishing to use it.
      • Masks – As of 06/19/20, Dallas County mandates that masks be worn by anyone visiting businesses and other organizations (including churches). At this time masks must be worn for the whole service.
      • This is still an evolving situation. We will continue to look to our leaders, both in the church and in our government (local, state and national) for guidance on how to best to keep our Grace Pointe Church family, as well as the broader community safe. As new updates come out we will also update our policies and the way we handle everyone’s safety. 
#2 – What’s going on with children’s services and nursery, I haven’t heard anything?
  • At this time, children will be sitting with their parents or caregivers.
    • Pastor Jack and the HOK crew will be giving a Family 5 teaching during each service though, as well as continue the teaching every week on Facebook.
 
#3 – What will you be doing for those of us not returning back to in-person services at this time?
  • Online services will continue. Services will be held at 9:30am and 11:00am to coincide with in-person services. Those participating online will continue to experience the same service they’ve been experiencing except that it will be live instead of pre-recorded.
 
#4 – Has the reopening plan changed? 
  • No, the reopening plan document  is still guiding our process. This reopening plan is current except that we will allow overflow in the High-Octane Kidz sanctuary for those arriving after the main sanctuary has reached capacity. We are beginning Phase 2 on Sunday, September 13th.
 
#5 – Have more questions?  Email robert@mygracepointe.com
 
 
 
 
July 03, 2020 Update – In Person Services Postponed
As most of you probably know, the church zip code and ones adjacent to us continue to experience some of the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Dallas County. We’ve also started seeing confirmed cases within our own congregation and have several suspected cases as well. For those reasons along with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have decided to delay reopening in-person services.
 
We know this will come as a disappointment to many, as it is for us. Rest assured, it’s only after much thought, prayer and discussion that the Church and Pastor’s Council, along with the staff have come to this difficult decision. We want to do all we can to keep our Grace Pointe family and community safe. We will continue to monitor reports and statistics, listen to health officials and leaders, and seek the Lord for wisdom on how to navigate this time. We will keep updated on the health of our own congregation as well as the community directly around us. As soon as we feel it is safe to open for in-person services we are ready and willing to do so.
 
We will continue to meet online. Please click here to join us for Grace Pointe Church Online every Sunday at 10:30am. In fact, sign on a few minutes early to join in the discussion or request prayer with one of our prayer partners.
 
Please join us in praying for God’s divine healing, protection, and peace over our families, communities, and nation. God is bigger than our circumstances, and we know He is working all things together for our good!
 
We love you and miss you and look forward to the day we can once again meet each other in person.
 
Thanks,
Patrick Wooten
Lead Pastor
 

 
June 19, 2020 Update – Reopening Plans for In-Person Services
Here’s an update from Pastor Wooten about our reopening plans.  Be sure and take a look at the 4-phase reopening plan document and the frequently-asked questions below the video as well.  
 

 
June 3, 2020 – Update from Pastor Wooten
Check out this short video about our plan for reopening the church, then be sure and take a look at the Reopening Plan document below the video in order to more fully understand what Pastor Wooten is referencing.  
 

To reiterate Pastor Wooten, we do not have dates set for when we will move from one phase to the next. We hope to be able to set a date to move into Phase 2 soon, but as of now we must continue to watch numbers immediately around the church and throughout our more localized area.