Sundays | 10am | the Y - Modified due to COVID-19
We are currently gathering together for worship at 10am on Sundays in the gym at the Cooper St. YMCA (7120 S. Cooper St. Arlington, TX 76001). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have CANCELED childcare available for Birth-K(5) in the Kidzone during the service and invite ALL kids and parents to worship together in the gym. Click here to read more about Family Worship.
We will also be streaming our worship gathering on Zoom (password: thefields) for those who would prefer or need to take advantage of that option.
Health and Safety
There will be some minor and major changes to our normal gathering that are suggested by the CDC and required by the state, county, YMCA leadership, and church leadership. Please take some time to read through the list below to be aware before Sunday morning. While this may sound like a lot, we are excited and looking forward to our time together and believe this path ahead will enable us to continue to meet long into the future when there are even less precautions.
- Cleaning: The YMCA has gone above and beyond local, state, and national guidelines to disinfect all their facilities. In addition, all YMCA's have been closed since March 17 and have had no community members present. Only essential staff have been present at each branch and they have still kept up their cleaning schedule. In addition, we will also be disinfecting the areas of the Y that we use on Sunday morning.
- At-risk population: We encourage all saints over 65 and those with underlying health conditions (lung disease, severe asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, or weakened immune system, etc.) to remain at home until the risk has abated. We will still be streaming our service on Zoom for you to continue to participate from home. If you decide to attend, we will have a designated area reserved for the at-risk population.
- Symptoms: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, please stay at home for your own well being and safety of others. If you are not feeling well, running a fever or have chills, have a cough or shortness of breath, or show any other COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home and seek medical attention.
- Volunteers: We will have a smaller-than-normal setup and tear down crew, but each of them will undergo a screening on Sunday morning to ensure they have no symptoms before serving. They will also be required to wear a mask and gloves while setting up and tearing down to keep things clean and to protect themselves and others.
- Masks and Gloves: UPDATED In response to the Tarrant County Mask Ordinance we are currently asking everyone 2 years old and older to wear a mask upon entering and exiting the Y. However, once you seated in the gym, you are welcome to take off your mask during the service.
- Bathrooms: The Y bathrooms will be available for use throughout the morning. We simply ask you to use them on a limited basis. Please assist your children, and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
- NO Field Training Classes or Childcare: To obey state protocols concerning social distancing, there will be NO Field Training classes for kids or adults at 8:45am. There will also be NO childcare provided during the worship gathering. Instead, we will have one Family Worship gathering for everyone at 10am in the gym at the Y. We will have all our kids' resources available for your kiddos to help engage them throughout the service, but please bring anything else that might be helpful!
- RSVP: We will post the event, worship guide, and Zoom details on Realm in the next couple days. We ask that you RSVP on Realm so that we can do our best to have a place for you and your family to sit together for our 10am worship gathering. We will have seating for guests and unplanned attendees, as well.
- Parents: Please explain all of these precautions to your kids as best as possible so that they know what to expect. Please keep all your kids with you at all times while you are at the Y to protect them and others and to ensure that we are able to keep meeting in the future.
- Parking: Please park in front of the Y and leave an open space between you and the next car.
- Entrance: Please enter through the front doors at the Y. We will have a greeter to welcome you and give you instructions on how to proceed to the gym. We will have hand sanitizer for you to use when entering and exiting the facility. As much as we would like to, please do not shake hands, hug, or greet one another with a holy kiss at this time. (Smiles, air hugs, air high-fives, shouts, and tears are all welcome!) Just make sure you maintain six feet of social distance between others who do not live in your household. Also, NO coffee or snacks will be served, but feel free to bring your own dark roast from home.
- Seating: When entering the gym, please maintain social distancing and find a group of seats that will fit your family/household. Please stay close to your seats, but feel free to converse with those nearby!
- Dismissal: When we send you out to be the church in the world, we will dismiss you by sections to prevent a bottleneck at the door. Please wait till your section is dismissed to get up and leave. Be sure to leave the building when you are dismissed and take advantage of the opportunity to talk with other families at a safe distance outside.
- Fellowship: If you would like to fellowship with others after the service, we ask that you exit out the back entrance of the Y to the grassy hill where you are welcome to talk and catch up with one another. However, the same social distancing precautions still apply, including kids staying with parents at all times.
- AMA YMCA Health and Safety Policy
Why the Y?
Since we gather for worship in a YMCA gym we encourage you to come as you are. It's not the building or our clothes that are important, but that we are together and our hearts are ready to worship Christ. Click here to read "Why the Y?"
What to Expect
We hope you feel welcomed and loved like family when you come to The Fields. When you come inside the Y, you can check-in or register your kids at the welcome desk. There are signs directing you from there. Just past the welcome desk there is a resource table, as well as some coffee, tea, and water for you to enjoy. If you have a Bible, bring it. If not, we have some for you under each seat and some nicer ones on a table at the back of the gym if you'd like to take one home. There are sermon notes pages and kids service guides for you to take advantage of every week. We hope you will take some time to fill out the Info Card and place it in the Offering Box so we can reach out and say thanks for joining us and answer any questions you may have.
Our services are centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ since we believe everything in God’s word points to Jesus. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” It is our hope that our entire worship service will bring glory and honor to God and deepen our understanding of Him and His sacrifice. We truly believe this will lead to changed lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ and work of the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the service we spend time worshiping God through music by singing songs together. We believe this unifies us with a common lyric and melody to help us remember who God is and what he has done for us. We sing a mixture of hymns, praise songs, and even original songs. All of our songs are rooted in Gospel-centered truth and you will often see Scripture references on the screen for song lyrics.
Each service includes several prayer times. We pray for specific nations and peoples around the world. Before the sermon, we stop and pray for the reading and preaching of God’s Word, that our hearts and minds might be transformed by the truth of the Gospel. To close our service, we often end in prayer for specific concerns in our church, city, culture, and world.
There is always a time of reading and preaching from the scriptures and our normal practice is to preach straight through entire books of the Bible. We believe this helps us to better understand what God was saying to His people then and what He is saying to us now.
Baptism & Lord's Supper
When someone has put their faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, we come together to celebrate through their baptism. We use the YMCA indoor pool for baptisms at the end of our service. It is important for us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together as a church to remember Christ’s crucifixion. We do this frequently, especially when the scripture we’ve preached addresses Jesus’ death.
At the end of each service, one of our pastors commissions us with the benediction “You are sent out to be the church in the world.” It is a reminder of our vision and mission as a church and a call to action to show and share the gospel as we go out into the world.