Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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Updates

April 6 Update

04/06/20

How are you staying connected?

Though we hear “social distancing” a lot in the news, we are “physical distancing” while becoming more socially connected online. We are grateful for the technology to stream our services on Sunday and during Holy Week. We also are excited to hear how our community of believers is taking advantage of Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Facetime, text messages, phone calls, and good old fashioned handwritten letters to check up on neighbors and friends, to pray, to meet, and to stay connected.

  • Worship and Holy Week services are live-streamed – pcpc.org/live/.
  • Kids staff and volunteers have made resources available - pcpc.org/kids/.
  • Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies are available online - pcpc.org/men/ and pcpc.org/women/.
  • Youth, Young Adults, Small Groups, and Sunday Morning Communities are connecting online in small groups.
  • As a reminder, though, all non-online events are canceled until further notice.
  • Church offices remain open but with reduced staff to align with city and county regulations.

City of Dallas Press Release - March 23

Dallas COVID-19 testing sites changes criteria

Dallas, Texas – Starting at noon on Monday, March 23, the two COVID-19 testing sites in Dallas are updating criteria and lifting the age restriction to test more North Texans.

Criteria for testing sites is as follows:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Must show a temperature of 99.6 or higher

The sites operate daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are located at:

  • American Airlines Center, Parking Lot E, 2500 Victory Plaza
  • Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S Polk St.

For more information contact Rocky Vaz at rocky.vaz@dallascityhall.com.


Test Positive

A PCPC staff member has tested positive for coronavirus. This staff member is in good spirits and isn’t experiencing serious symptoms. All of those who were knowingly exposed are self-monitoring and following proper protocols at this time.

If you are experiencing any symptoms related to the virus, please call your primary care physician to determine if you should be tested. Below is a link from the CDC with helpful information.

Sick with COVID-19 Fact Sheet

PCPC Staff are now required to work from home until further notice.

Please pray for the well-being of all involved.


COVID-19 Letter from Mark

Dear PCPC Family,

As most of you by now know Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson declared a state of emergency after Dallas County officials banned large public gatherings of more than 500 people in efforts to slow the spread of the virus. At this time all PCPC events have been canceled until further notice.

The first words spoken by our County and City officials urge us not to panic. As those who trust in Christ, we have the privilege of casting all of our anxiety on Him who cares for us. We have the freedom of acknowledging every fear and bringing them into the Light, to the One who loves us and cares for us perfectly. This is a very significant and unique moment in our lives together to reflect the power and presence of our living God to a world that is deeply broken and understandably afraid. We will do this by faith, seeking the Lord in prayer, showing love and compassion to those who are sick and in need, and being ready to give an answer for the Hope we have in the midst of such incredible challenges.

This Sunday at 9:30 a.m. we will live stream our worship service. We invite you to join us by going to pcpc.org/live. Our service will include prayer, special music, the reading of God’s Word, and the sermon. We will continue to worship this way until further notice.

To stay informed with how PCPC is responding to this health emergency, you can go to https://pcpc.org/coronavirus/ or the PCPC mobile app.

If you are in need of pastoral care during this season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our pastors through Wilma Morgan at 214-224-2742 or email at 24-7prayer@pcpc.org. We are eager to walk with you and encourage all of our flock during this time.

The Lord is with us, He is leading us, and He will never forsake us. This is His promise! Now is an opportunity for us to lean into Him and pray and meditate upon His Word and His attributes. As we walk through this together, know that I, along with all of our pastors, elders, and deacons love you deeply.

Trusting in the Solid Rock,

Mark Davis Senior Pastor


Coronavirus - March 12 Evening Update

In light of Dallas County declaring a state of emergency, we will not meet together for Worship Services, Children’s classes, nor Sunday Morning Communities on Sunday, March 15. More details to come on Friday, March 13.


Coronavirus - March 12 update

As you know, concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are increasing daily. As a church, we are seeking to respond in three ways: (1) to pray for God’s protection of our congregation and community, (2) to make prudent decisions about our church activities, and (3) to not fear but to walk by faith.

Regarding Midweek, we will continue with all activities as planned (03/11/20). As it relates to Women’s Thursday Morning Bible Study (03/12/20), we will continue with our adult study, children’s programs, and childcare as planned.

If you have personal concerns about your health, please feel free to stay home.

Next week is Spring Break for many, so we have already planned to not have any Midweek, Women’s, or Men’s activities. We will continue to prayerfully assess the situation (with the help of a team of PCPC members in the medical community) during the break and will seek to make a prudent decision regarding activities for the remainder of the semester.


Child Health & Safety Policy

(as approved by the Session – page 29-30 of the Children’s Ministry Handbook)

Disease Prevention and Sick Child Policies

All of our workers are trained in proper health and hygiene guidelines when caring for the children in the PCPC Children’s Ministry. We use disposable gloves when changing diapers and alcohol hand sanitizer in all rooms. We sterilize the toys after each room is used. This is our responsibility to keep our children healthy. We will work in tandem with the parents to help prevent the spread of disease in the classrooms.

To further protect the health of your child, all the children we serve, and our workers, please be considerate of the other families and use the following guidelines:

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME
  • Fever greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Any contagious viruses or sicknesses (i.e., flu, RSV, measles, rubeola, mumps)
  • Colored nasal discharge
  • Ear or eye discharge
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Uncovered open skin wounds or skin lesions that are oozing.
  • Chronic cough or sore throat
  • Cold sores around mouth
  • Impetigo
  • Active chickenpox or recent chicken pox vaccine (within 3 days)
  • Any acute infectious disease
  • Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) accompanied by opaque mucoid tears
  • If a child has a diagnosis of roseola and has a rash which comes after fever breaks, he/she is no longer contagious (the standard rule that a child may go to the classroom when free of fever for 24 hours applies here).

If your child is being treated with antibiotics, they should be on the medication at least 48 hours prior to coming to your child’s classroom. Please also note our workers cannot administer any type of medication.

If your child has a clear runny nose or other symptoms due to allergies, please let us know. We realize some symptoms hang on when a child is not contagious.

Thank you for doing your part to adhere to this sickness policy.


What We Are Doing

  • Asking anyone with symptoms of illness to stay home. Please take advantage of our worship services being live streamed at pcpc.org/live
  • Be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications prior to returning to church/class
  • Adding sanitizers around the building (near coffee stations, restrooms, and common areas)
  • Texas Dept. of State Health Services posters placed in all restrooms with info on how to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases
  • Stocking up on soap and towel dispensers
  • Kids areas
    • Tables and chairs wiped down
    • Sanitizing stations
    • Toy cleaning policy
    • Clorox wipes and cleaning solution in every room
    • Hands washed prior to snacks for 20+ seconds (Preschool & Nursery)
    • No snacks in Elementary
    • No manipulatives distributed in toddler rooms (items that cannot be sanitized)
    • Staff/Teachers/Volunteers alert to our “Stay at Home” policy and given freedom to enforce it if a child shows any signs of illness
  • Sanctuary
    • Will not pass the offering plates, but will have them near the doors. Please take advantage of our online giving at pcpc.org/give or through the PCPC app.
    • Will not pass the friendship pad.
    • Will adjust the greeting of peace.