COVID-19 Updates

St. Andrew Family,

We have been monitoring developments and preparing for the possibility that we would not be able to gather on our campus for worship and other church activities. While circumstances continue to develop, these are the latest updates on our church’s decisions in regards to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area.



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Do you need help for yourself or others? Are you able to help?

Sign up to support our local restaurants while sending love and support to our health care workers, first responders, and workers at public places of business. Put a smile on the face of a fellow community member!

Be Involved


 

Worship | Online Services

Worship together online as a community! Join us at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Traditional), 9:30 a.m. Sunday (Traditional), or 11:00 a.m. Sunday (Contemporary) for spiritually nourishing music and messages. All our past sermons are available on our website as well.

Worship Online Past Sermons


Connect | Ministry Pages

Stay connected with your faith family. Visit our various ministry pages to see helpful tips to keep your community—Adults, Children, Students, and more—together in the midst of distancing. Read letters from ministry directors as well.

Adults Ministry Children's Ministry Student Ministry


Serve/Receive: Helping Hands

Support our local restaurants while sending love and support to our health care workers, first responders, and workers at public places of business. Put a smile on the face of a fellow community member. Deliver groceries, and lift up prayer requests. Serve in Helping Hands, or let us know if you or someone you know can be supported by this ministry.

I/WE CAN HELP I/WE/SOMEONE I KNOW NEEDS HELP


Give | Online Gifts

We are grateful for the generosity of our faith family, especially in difficult times. Your giving of God's resources allow us to provide spiritual and physical food to our church and community.

Give


 


Prayer

Prayer is an important part of our spiritual journey and a way to stay connected with God and each other. We would love to be in prayer for you and with you. Visit the Prayer page to fill out our Prayer Request Form. Our team lifts up each prayer, every week, in confidentiality as a faith family.
Prayer Page

Resources


 


Devotionals and Readings

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL | Discover Jesus in a deeper way with our daily Lenten Devotional, written by St. Andrew ministry leaders.
Lenten Devotional

ROBERT HASLEY'S EVOTIONAL | Receive daily spiritual nourishment as Senior Pastor Robert Hasley shares reflections and scripture.
E-votional Sign Up (Select "Robert Hasley E-votional" from the list)

MARK READING | Join our pastors and faith family as we read through the life and ministry of Jesus in the book of Mark, one chapter each day. Meditate on the extra information and questions provided for each chapter.
Mark Reading

SCOTT ENGLE'S EMAILS | During this time, Teaching Pastor Scott Engle will send daily emails in a series titled "Hope In Christ"
Scott's Emails


 


Podcasts

Listen to messages and conversations that we can apply to our daily lives. Check out our Lift podcast, which includes special editions addressing the COVID-19 with healthcare and counseling professionals.

Podcast Page


 


Social Media

We offer daily churchwide and ministry-specific feeds to keep our community informed and nourished.

St. Andrew Facebook | St. Andrew Instagram

Children's Ministry Facebook | Children's Ministry Instagram

Student Ministry Facebook | Student Ministry Instagram



Health Officials

Read news and recommendations from state, national, and world health authorities.

Texas Department of State Health Services
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO) 


Church Updates

(March 27) Services online-only through april

While we live in uncertain times, we remain confident in our God and in our love for one another. The way we show that love and community will continue to evolve as we navigate the current health crisis and governmental regulations and guidelines. In the midst of this uncertainty, we have been working as a staff and lay leadership to provide you the best information about our worship and facilities. 

We are fortunate to have a multi-generational, regional congregation who live in more than five counties and numerous cities. Many of these are currently under different orders from their mayors, county judges, as well as the state and national levels. Please note that as this is a fluid situation, we may need to make additional decisions moving forward. Be on the watch for additional communication from us and as always check this page for the latest information.

Here is the latest you need to know:

1. All worship services through the end of April, including Holy Week and Easter, will be held online. All United Methodist churches in North Texas have been directed to follow this closing time frame by the Bishop of the North Texas Conference of the UMC, keeping with the current guidelines of the CDC.

Please join us at one of these destinations:

Live

Facebook (no Facebook account needed; just follow the link)

Livestream

Please note that with churches all over the country worshiping online, demand for video streaming is unprecedented and is causing Sunday morning delays and even outages everywhere. If you experience a delay using one of our destinations, please try another.

2. The church facility will remain closed until Monday, April 27.

3. The Storehouse will remain open on campus through this time on Thursday and Saturday distribution days with an outside, walkup distribution model. Only Storehouse staff will serve on distribution and preparation days. Please visit The Storehouse COVID-19 page for further information.

4. We've asked each of our ministry areas to consider how the current COVID19 situation impacts their own ministry activities and dates. Be on the lookout for additional communication from them as they navigate programs, dates, and alternate scenarios.

5. Please stay up to date on all church information regarding the coronavirus on this page. 

God is with us and working through us in this crisis. While we all wish we could meet in person, one of the ways in which God is redeeming this situation is that meeting digitally enables new opportunities to invite people into the life and ministry of St. Andrew. 

We chose the name Andrew for the church 35 years ago because Andrew was the inviting disciple. Please share the event link for worship in your social feeds. Every time you hit “share” and invite someone to a service you may be changing a life through this innovative new way to invite people to be part of our St. Andrew community. This is our role at this time, to point people in an anxiety-ridden time to the confidence and hope of the risen Christ!

We look forward to worshiping with you online this weekend

Pastors Robert Hasley and Arthur Jones

(March 13) Services Moving to Online-Only

WORSHIP ONLINE

Given recent developments, and in close conversation with city officials, health professionals and our church leaders, we are moving our worship services online.

We will have three online worship experiences this weekend, at all regular Sanctuary times, at standrewumc.org/live:

Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.

In addition, all three services will be streamed to Facebook. If you will be watching the livestream on Facebook, we encourage you to share it on your feed. 

If you miss the online service, you can find the sermon video on our website each Sunday evening. 

CHURCH MINISTRIES
We are closing our church facilities through Friday, March 27. In order to minimize the potential impact of the virus, the church facilities are closed and all church events are canceled.

The new children’s play area opening is postponed. Originally scheduled for March 22, we are postponing the grand opening of the new children’s play area until a later date. Please stay tuned for new information about this as it becomes available.

The Storehouse. For updates, please go to thestorehousecc.org.

GIVING
The church is at its best in times of need, and our tithes and offerings to the ministries of St. Andrew are as important as ever. You continue to have the opportunity to make gifts through the mail or online. This is also a great time to set automated online giving through Realm. Click here to make a one-time or recurring gift.

PRAYER
In times of crisis, the best thing we may do as people of faith is pray. In worship, we will offer a specific time for pastoral prayer and you will have an opportunity to submit prayers online. In addition, after worship please call 972-380-8001 with your immediate prayer needs. Our phone lines will be open and pastors will be on stand-by for one hour for you to speak to someone. We expect a high call volume, so if you are having to wait, feel free to submit your prayer online or call 214-291-8044 and we will reach back out to you.

STAY UP TO DATE
To stay up to date with the latest information on how Covid-19 effects St. Andrew, visit standrewumc.org/covid19 or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Also, in order to get all available information, subscribe to our all-church emails. To subscribe to all-church emails, click here.

We are focused on creating opportunities for connection and community during this time. We know that the way to slow down a virus like this is through isolation and distance, yet we also know that isolation can be detrimental to the spiritual and emotional well-being of our faith family. We are called to step in and be creative to continue to provide opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ. The church is at its best in times like these. 

Pastors Robert Hasley and Arthur Jones

Our Response and Recommendations

To the St. Andrew family,
 
We are blessed and honored at St. Andrew to have such a thriving and growing family of all ages and generations here. We believe that God expects us to prioritize both the physical and spiritual health of this family. For that reason, we have been monitoring the Covid-19 coronavirus via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services and the World Health Organization (WHO). Just today, news agencies are reporting the first local presumptive positive case of the coronavirus in DFW.  While the virus and protocols around it are changing quickly, we are working to mitigate any impact on our congregation and community.
 
For now, we recommend the following:
 
If you are sick, please stay home and worship online here. If you exhibit a fever, symptoms of a respiratory infection, or have been exposed to a person with a coronavirus, the flu or any other communicable disease, get treatment and then stay home and remain connected with St. Andrew through our online worship service. We will see the rest of you at our standard weekend services.  
 
Wash your hands. We know the best way to prevent the spread of any communicable disease is cleanliness and hand washing. Our cleaning crews are working extra hours to ensure that our facility is as clean as possible – please help out by paying attention to your own hands. There is still quite a bit of “normal” flu activity in the US. If you have not yet received a flu shot, it is not too late and is still being recommended by the CDC.
 
Don’t get caught up in fear. While the concern is real, certain sources may seek to exacerbate the situation. We recommend you seek reliable news sources and maintain a spirit of peace.  We are people of faith whose hope is in Jesus.  We are in the season of lent as we wait and prepare our hearts for the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let us use the habits of the church like prayer and songs to remind ourselves that we worship a God that is in and above all things. 
 
Watch for updates. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to monitor developments and communicate updates to you through regular e-mail communication or updates on this page.
 
Thank you for your faithfulness and participation in our church family as we navigate this unique challenge.

Pastors Robert Hasley and Arthur Jones