UPDATE: July 3, 2020.  Beginning July 5th, 2020, live services at Broadway will be cancelled for at least two weeks. Services will be online only as staff have been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19. This also means that staff will be quarantining for the next 2 weeks. The office will be closed.
 
 
 
Here’s an update for our service time for June 14, 2020 and information about plans going forward.

Update – Friday June 5, 2020

Update on Plans for Returning 5-29-20

Dear Broadway Family,
 
We are still working toward our tentative start date for a worship service at the building on Sunday, June 7th. We ask you to continue praying with us as we make our final preparations. Remember, if you consider yourself high risk or have any symptoms of illness, please stay home and worship with us online for a few more weeks. We will send out more information next week as to our final decision about gathering at the building, and note that those who do choose to attend will be required to social distance and wear masks as an act of love and protection for others. Thank you Broadway, we love you, and we look forward to being together again.

 

Our Plans for Returning – A Statement from the Leadership Team

Dear Broadway Family,

The Leadership Team has continued prayerfully considering a plan for how best to return to our corporate worship gatherings at the building in the coming weeks. Drawing upon our collective discernment, feedback from our member survey, conversations with other area churches, and guidance from state and local authorities and medical experts, we will proceed as follows:

We will continue to meet online for at least the next 3 Sundays (May 17th, May 24th, and May 31st).  During this time we will continue to monitor how our community is impacted by the current Open Texas initiatives established by Governor Abbot, and in particular to the daily COVID-19 cases reported by Lubbock County and City health officials.  We will also begin recruiting and training a team of adult volunteers from Broadway to help us organize and coordinate a worship gathering in the auditorium. 

The elders have tentatively targeted Sunday, June 7th, as the day we will begin meeting again at the building.  However, this date is fluid and might possibly be extended based on a number of variables such as:
 

• An increase in community COVID-19 cases

• Ability to recruit & train a substantial volunteer team

• Medical Advice from our County and City Officials

• Ability to provide a reasonably safe environment to hold a worship service

• How well people adapt to the changes and safety restrictions
 

We will continue to keep you updated as to whether or not meeting on Sunday June 7th will be possible, we are praying that it will.

We want you to know that our commitment to safety of self and others is our highest priority.  Thus, we are asking that if you do not feel well, if you have ANY symptom of COVID-19 or any other illness, please do not come to the building but stay home and seek appropriate medical care.  Also, if you are in one of the high risk categories or if you are immune compromised, we ask you to stay home and stay safe.  The service that we hold at the building will be the exact same service that we broadcast online.  If you feel unsure or uncertain about your safety, we encourage you to stay home and continue participating with us online.

For those who do choose to come to the building for services, we want to prepare you for what you will encounter because the service will look very different from what you may be used to experiencing in the past.
 
  1. Initially we will watch the same video that we broadcast online. The only live part of the service will be communion, which will occur at the end, just like online, and it will be served as you exit the auditorium. We will provide further details on this as we get closer to our first Sunday together. 
  2. We ask all those who come to the building to wear a mask while in the building and throughout the entire worship service in the auditorium. 
  3. We have been preparing the building to meet the updated safety protocols given by medical officials and local authorities which require guests to sit in every other row, sit only with those they currently shelter with, and to keep 2 seats between each group sitting together. 
  4. Volunteers and Safety Team members will help direct guests to seating and ensure compliance with all safety protocols. 
  5. We will provide one section for our most vulnerable (65+ and those who are immunocompromised) that will skip 2 rows and maintain 3 seats in between.
 
We want to thank you again for joining us in prayer as we navigate this unprecedented time in our history.  Decisions like this are never easy to make, and God may lead other churches to different decisions than we sense He’s leading us, and we will continue to learn from each other.  We understand that the changes we are making to our corporate worship gatherings at the building may feel awkward and challenging initially, but we believe they will only last for a season and will help us do our part to love our church and community well and strengthen our witness to the Kingdom of God. We look forward to the day when we can worship together unhindered, and between that day and this, we commit to prayerfully leading our church to pursue God, build community, and unleash compassion in every season. We love and miss you Broadway and we can’t wait to be together again soon.
 
Broadway Leadership Team
May 15, 2020
 
 

Statement on Re-Opening the Broadway Church of Christ Building

 
Hello Broadway Family,
 
We want to give you an update about our plans for future worship gatherings at Broadway in light of the most recent Executive Order from Governor Abbott, Disaster Declaration by Mayor Pope, and City Council Resolutions proposed earlier this week.
We have been worshipping online in our homes since March 23rd. It’s been over 45 days since we last met together and could shake hands, give a hug, and connect with each other face to face. And yet we are continually amazed at the grace of God that has been flowing in and through our church these last 7 weeks! We have heard of incredible acts of kindness shown by you to fellow Broadway members as well as to your neighbors — making phone calls, delivering groceries, and helping out in various other ways. We have also been encouraged & challenged by your continued giving to support the on-going ministry of Broadway to our community. Thanks for partnering with us in unleashing compassion in such a powerful way!
We all long for the day when life will return to normal and with Governor Abbott announcing his new plan that goes into effect this Friday, May 1st, it’s easy to think that we can return to what we had back on March 15th, the last time we were able to gather for Bible classes, worship, and fellowship in our “normal way”. Though we wish it were that simple, we recognize that we need to prayerfully consider how to navigate through the turbulent but temporary waters we are currently in.
We wanted to let you know that the Broadway Leadership Team, your elders and ministers, are meeting online regularly to consider the safest and wisest course of action moving forward, seeking to answer the question: how can we be the church that we want to be in the midst of a pandemic? We are relying on the collective wisdom, not only within the LT, but from the medical officials in our city, state, and nation. We understand that we must take into account the children and young families in our church, the elderly, and especially the immune-compromised as we make plans for our return to our regular corporate gatherings. So for at least the next 2 Sundays (May 3rd & May 10th) we’re going to continue with our online worship services from home. We want to prayerfully consider all of our options and how we can best utilize our resources while not endangering any of the vulnerable among us. We will also use this time to track how the next stages of implementation by our city and state impact the health and safety of our community.
We will immediately begin to open the building back up for use by some of our ministries and small groups such as Celebrate Recovery, Financial Peace University, as well as funerals and weddings. Each of these groups will be required to continue following all safety protocols and social distancing measures required by our governmental authorities and recommended by medical professionals. We also will have our cleaning team disinfect and sanitize each space after every use. We are committed to keeping safety our highest priority as we move forward.
We recognize this announcement will encourage some and discourage others. We have heard from a number of you who are ready to return to the building for Sunday gatherings. We want you to know that we hear you, we share your desire to be together, and we are committed to bringing us back together as soon as we can do so in a safe and wise manner. We appreciate your patience and grace as we seek the wisdom of medical professionals and the guidance of the Spirit in the coming days. Thank you for joining us in prayer during this time.

Please stay tuned for another announcement that shares more specifically our plan to come back together. We love you and can’t wait to be together again.

 
 

Dear Broadway Family,
 
As the situation with the coronavirus continues to unfold and impact the world around us, the Broadway Leadership Team continues to meet, pray, and plan our next steps. In light of the most recent direction from our city health and medical officials, the Broadway Leadership Team has decided to suspend all activities at our church building, effective immediately. We will continue to reassess the situation each week to determine when our regular gatherings can resume in a safe and responsible way.
 
We want you to know that this decision does not mean that we are “shutting down” our church. In fact, we believe just the opposite. We see this as an opportunity to unleash compassion in our city in unprecedented ways. We believe that God will open up doors for conversations, connections, and ministry with those who live around us simply because we’re being forced to stay closer to home. The church is not, nor has it ever been, defined by a building. The Broadway Church has always been defined by its people and our shared commitment to partner with God in His reconciliation of all creation. We intend to live into this great vision, even as we adjust to our current reality. So what does this change mean for us in the coming days?
 
  • Worship — Starting this Sunday, March 22nd, we will be providing a worship experience each week for you and your family to share in your home at our usual time, 10:30am. It will last roughly 40 minutes, and will include all of our normal elements of worship. We invite you to participate with us as you normally would if we were all here at the building together.
  • Community — Stay connected with us and with each other. One of the blessings of technology is that we can stay connected even when we’re apart, so be sure to take advantage of these platforms. Check in regularly with one another, and especially with our older members as they are more isolated for their protection.
  • Service — Keep looking for ways to serve and love people well. Be intentional about being a good neighbor. It’s amazing the doors that will be open because of presence, be sure to check in on your neighbors. We will be sure to publish ways to serve our church and neighbors as we become aware of them.
  • Giving — Even though we can’t meet together right now, ministry will not stop. Please continue to support the ongoing work, mission, and ministry at Broadway by continuing your regular contributions. You can mail in your check, drop it in the lock box outside the church office, or give through one of our online platforms (website or the app).
  • Finally, we are adding resources continually to help us all stay connected to God and to one another. Keep an eye out for daily devotionals that will start soon and check out the website for updated ideas and opportunities to grow as disciples, not only in this current season, but in every season of life.
 
We will continue to send out regular updates and information each week, and we have updated our website to help us stay connected, informed, and equipped for ministry in the coming days. In the midst of so much change in our world, one thing will never change — our commitment to prayer. You may recall a couple of weeks ago, our elders shared how they were entering a season of prayer and fasting for our church. They want you to know that they are continuing that commitment, and have invited you to join them as you are able. Not only are they praying for Broadway and her future, they are praying for those impacted by the coronavirus — the sick, the vulnerable, our medical community, and for a cure. They’re also praying for opportunities for our church to be witnesses to the life, hope, and love of Christ, that we might shine as a light in the midst of dark days.
 
Paul shared these words with the church in Philippi: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This is what we’re going to do, this is who we’re going to be.
May God continue to strengthen and encourage us in the days ahead, let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess.
 
In Christ,
The Broadway Leadership Team