Covid-19 Reopening plans

September 30, 2020

Dear Mayfair family,

We hope everyone continues to be safe and well after what has been a very difficult and unbelievable six and a half months.
The elders and Jared met twice this month to re-look at the possibility of worshipping together indoors. The services we have held in the park have been a blessing to those who were able to participate, and in many respects, this worship setting will be missed. But as the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, this option is becoming less viable.

We have continued to monitor Covid-19 statistics, CDC guidelines, and local and state pandemic- related regulations. After much discussion and prayer, we have reached the conclusion it is in the best interest of our church family to begin worshipping indoors once again, but with a number of safety measures to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

As previously announced, we plan to meet indoors for worship services on Sunday, October 4. We are excited and encouraged by the thought of being together again! There will be a combined Bible class in the auditorium, beginning at 9am followed by worship service at 10am. Barrett Huddleston will be directing our study for the next few weeks. If you are not comfortable with attending an in-person class, Michael Mitchel will continue to offer a Bible discussion on Zoom for the next several weeks.

To find an appropriate balance between minimizing the potential for viral infection and freely enjoying our worship time together, we are requesting the guidelines on the attachment to this letter be followed this Sunday and until further notice.

These procedures may seem extreme to some of our members; for others, they will not be nearly enough. It is important to be flexible, forgiving and patient (a sense of humor may also be beneficial!) as we take this step. Please remember that the goal is to collectively worship our Creator and Savior as his body while being mindful of the health and well-being of others.

Please continue to pray for this day; please pray for the safety of our church family. Please offer a prayer of gratitude for how richly God has blessed Mayfair.

Blessings, The Elders

COVID 19 GUIDELINES:
(The theme for these guidelines is to “love your neighbor as yourself”)
  1. Enter the building through either the northeast door or the north doors, all of which enter the north foyer.
  2. Social distance guidelines will be adhered to, with six feet minimum distance between those attending except for those within the same family. Pews will be roped off to facilitate spacing.
  3. Wear a mask at all times while inside the Mayfair facility. We will have masks available if you need one.
  4. Use hand sanitizer in the foyer before you enter the auditorium.
  5. No fellowship activities (socializing) in the auditorium or foyer before or after the service. Everyone will be asked to conduct those conversations outside the building.
  6. Please refrain from shaking hands, giving hugs or using other physical forms of greeting.

CHANGES TO LOOK FOR IN OUR TIME TOGETHER:
 1. Pick up individual communion packets from the table set up as you enter the auditorium. We will take communion collectively, but without the normal process of passing communion trays. Ziplock bags will be included for disposing of the packets after use.
  1. There will be two boxes in the foyer for making contributions. The offering trays will not be passed during the service
  2. Mostofthechurchbuildingbeyondthehallwayimmediatelytothewestoftheauditoriumwillbe blocked off. Bathrooms in the west hallway and the family bathroom in the children’s wing will be available for use. Bathrooms should not have more than one person in them at a time, unless a parent is accompanying a small child.
  3. All children must stay with their parents.
  4. No food or drink will be available.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
1. If you are not feeling well for any reason, you should not attend this service. If you have been in the presence of someone who has been sick within the past two weeks, you should not attend this service unless you have received a negative Covid-19 test since experiencing that contact.
  1. If you are an “at risk” individual, please consider carefully whether you should attend. “At risk” conditions include, but are not limited to, chronic health conditions, age above 65 years, high blood pressure, overweight, diabetes, pulmonary or cardiovascular issues, or taking heart medications. If you are not comfortable with the safety aspects of meeting together, you should not attend this service. Pray about this, make wise decisions for you and your family. The worship service will be streamed online for those who feel uncomfortable with attending in person or who are otherwise unable to attend.
  2. If you attend a worship service and you subsequently become ill, incur a fever or are positively diagnosed with Covid-19, please notify the church office at once. We intend to comply with the state’s virus contact tracing and containment mandates.





July 17, 2020

Dear Mayfair family,

Please know that we continue in prayer for you, your family and for all of Mayfair.  We hope you are safe and well.  In that regard, over the days and weeks to come, the elders and staff will attempt to reach out to each of you to see how you are faring in these very trying times.  It is easy in this age of social distancing to not be as connected as we should be, and we hope to mitigate that pandemic-related consequence in one small way by reaching out.  You are very important to the Mayfair family and we look forward to connecting soon!



Dear Mayfair family,

Please know that we continue in prayer for you, your family and for all of Mayfair.  We hope you are safe and well.  In that regard, over the days and weeks to come, the elders and staff will attempt to reach out to each of you to see how you are faring in these very trying times.  It is easy in this age of social distancing to not be as connected as we should be, and we hope to mitigate that pandemic-related consequence in one small way by reaching out.  You are very important to the Mayfair family and we look forward to connecting soon!

As you know, in early June we returned to having worship services in person in the park across the street from the church building.  The Lord has favored us with good weather each Sunday evening as we sit in our lawn chairs in the shade to worship and commune together and listen to a message from Jared.  While this has been a marked departure from Mayfair’s historical worship setting, it has been an enjoyable experience to worship our God in a much more casual setting; it has been a blessing to all of us.  We believe it also speaks volumes about our faith to our neighborhood as they witness us gathering to worship.

As you know, the spread of the COVID-19 virus is unfortunately rapidly spreading across our country and Oklahoma is no exception.  While there are a number of churches in the Oklahoma City area that have gone back to indoor worship sittings while implementing social distancing and encouraging the wearing of masks to the extent they can, there are also a number of churches that only offer online services or are doing something similar to the approach we are taking.  Until the number of active COVID-19 cases experiences a significant decrease or a vaccine becomes readily available, we struggle to justify having our church family to return to a worship setting that is inherently riskier for our members (due to being in a confined space, with recirculated air and lack of outside ventilation).  So, for the time being we plan to continue with our outdoor-worship setting.  This is not most desired of alternatives, but we believe this to be the best option currently.
You may remember that Mayfair was in the middle of developing a new mission statement when the pandemic disrupted so much of our lives and our plans.  Our small groups fellowship had been actively meeting, discussing and praying about this process for several weeks just prior to our ability to meet together was interrupted.  We believe it is important to renew that mission statement effort and ask that our small groups reconvene virtually (or meet in some other appropriately socially-distanced setting) to renew that discussion and to prepare for making a formal recommendation to a meeting of the other group leaders, the staff and the elders.  We would like to suggest these small group meetings occur over the next couple of weeks; we will set a date in early August for the broader meeting for sharing the small group results.

Mayfair is a very special family, and when we lose part of our family for any reason, it is painful.  This week we say goodbye to Brennon and Tam Barnes and to Lauren Ballou who are all moving away from the Oklahoma City area.   All three are wonderful people, have been integral members of our church family for many years, and have been a great encouragement to our spiritual lives.  They are great friends and they will be greatly missed (irreplaceable)!  We wish them God-speed in their new lives and new adventures, and we look forward to each future reunion!

To all the Mayfair family, please be safe and well in the days to come.  We continue to place our trust in God who has promised to never leave us or forsake us.  Each day, we greatly anticipate the blessings he continues to shower upon us.

Blessings,

The Elders


June 18, 2020

We are continuing to meet in the park on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. We have plenty of shade and have enjoyed great temperatures for our meetings so far. Bring a lawn chair and some water and come worship with us!

For more in-depth details, please refer to the previous update.

If you are unable to come, or feel more comfortable at home, you can catch up by visiting our Mayfair Church of Christ page on Youtube by clicking here.


June 3, 2020

Dear Mayfair family,

We hope everyone continues to be safe and well after what has been a very difficult three months.  

Earlier this month, we deferred the date for our first worship service together to June 7.   The elders and Jared have continued to discuss those plans and to pray about that day, and to watch the health data.  Over the past few weeks, the number of active cases in Oklahoma County has continued to remain flat or decrease modestly.  Since the date of our last letter, substantially all the quarantine restrictions have been lifted, but social distancing is still strongly encouraged.  
We continue to plan on meeting for worship services on Sunday, June 7, but it will not be a return to the customary way of doing things.  In an attempt to find an appropriate balance between minimizing the potential for viral infection and freely enjoying our worship time together, we are suggesting the following for this Sunday.  

  1. Our worship will be outdoors in the park directly across the street to the west of our building.  Everyone will be encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  The forecast is for very warm weather on Sunday, so we will defer the start time to 7pm.
  2. Because we will be outside, we’re not certain that streaming of the worship service will be possible.  If not, we will record the service for posting on the website that evening.
  3. Recommended minimum distance guidelines will be implemented.  There will be at least six feet of distance between those attending, except for those within the same family.   
  4. Please wash your hands thoroughly before leaving your home for the worship service and avail yourself of the hand sanitizer that will be made available on tables in the park.
  5. The building will not be accessible before, during or after the worship service.
  6. Please refrain from shaking hands, giving hugs or using other physical forms of greeting.
  7. There obviously will not be an overhead screen to facilitate the song service and we will not be using songbooks, so Josh will lead one or two verses of songs that are very well known to everyone.
  8. The wearing of protective masks, which are recommended by the CDC for all individuals down to the age of two years, are optional.  Based on what we have read, the potential for viral infection will be somewhat mitigated by being outdoors and the associated flow of air.  However, our members should take the precautions they feel are appropriate.  We will have a limited supply of masks available for those interested parties who inadvertently left home without one.
  9. Individual communion packets will be available on tables set up in the park.  These will be taken collectively, but without the normal means of passing communion trays.  Ziplock bags will be available for disposing of the packets after use.
  10. There will also be two boxes on the tables for making contributions. Contributions can be made before or after the worship service.  Again, offering trays will not be passed.
  11. If you are not feeling well for any reason, you should not attend this service.  If you have been in the presence of someone who has been sick within the past two weeks, you should not attend this service unless you have received a negative Covid-19 test since experiencing that contact.
  12. If you are an “at risk” individual, please consider carefully whether you should attend.  “At risk” conditions include, but are not limited to, chronic health conditions, age above 65 years, high blood pressure, overweight, diabetes, pulmonary or cardiovascular issues, or taking heart medications.  If you are not comfortable with the safety aspects of meeting together, you should not attend this service.  Pray about this, make wise decisions for you and your family.  The worship service will be available online for those who feel uncomfortable with attending in person or who are otherwise unable to attend.
  13. All children must stay with their parents.
  14. No food or drink will be available.
  15. If you attend a worship service and you subsequently become ill, incur a fever or are positively diagnosed with Covid-19, please notify the church office at once.  We intend to comply with the state’s virus tracing and containment mandates.

These procedures may seem extreme to some of our members; for others, they will not be nearly enough.  It is important to be flexible, forgiving and patient (a sense of humor may also be beneficial!) as we take this step.  Please remember that the goal is to collectively worship our Creator and Savior as his body.  For an indefinite period, this will look much different than how we have traditionally approached our worship together.  On a very positive note, our meeting together outdoors will be visible to the surrounding neighborhood and should communicate something very powerful about our faith.

Please continue to pray for this day; please pray for the safety of our church family.  Let’s offer a prayer of gratitude for being able to be together again.

Blessings,
The Elders

May 14, 2020

Dear Mayfair family,

We hope everyone is safe and well in these very unsettling and stressful days.  

In our last letter, we tentatively targeted May 17 as the date of our first worship back together.   After sending that letter, we have continued to discuss those plans and to pray about that day, and to watch the health data.  On the positive side of things, we have not seen a significant increase in the number of active Covid-19 cases in Oklahoma since the beginning of Governor Stitt’s Phase I opening on May 1.  The caution there is that it takes up to two weeks for symptoms to be detected, so we most likely are not yet seeing the full implications of easing the restrictions.

Very recently, there has been significantly relevant data published regarding how the virus is spread which has implications for our meeting together to worship.  This data will require us to revisit our plans to make certain we are taking the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our church family.  As a result, the leadership has determined it is in the best interest of our church family to postpone Mayfair’s reopening until the first Sunday in June.  It was a painful decision to make, but it was made unanimously with our church family’s safety at the heart of the decision.  We ask for all of Mayfair to include the blessing of being able to worship together on this day in your daily prayer life.  

We look forward with great anticipation to being with you soon and pray in the meantime that the Lord will bless you and keep you.  Again, please let us know if your church family can be of help during these difficult days.

Blessings,
The Elders

May 2, 2020

Dear Mayfair family,

For the past several weeks, the Elders and Staff have been praying and meeting online about when we might be able to meet face to face to worship and to encourage each other.  As you know, the state and the city have both relaxed their quarantine regulations effective May 1, which on the surface seems like very positive news.  Unfortunately, the Covid-19 virus has not gone away, and there remains no protective vaccine to prevent its spread.  

We have wrestled with trying to find the right balance between the spiritual health of our church family and the physical need to remain healthy and strong.  The collective opinion of the leadership group was to err on the side of caution with respect to reopening for now.  We believe it is important to see what transpires with businesses reopening in the near-term, and whether applied social distancing measures will in fact prevent the number of Covid-19 cases from escalating.  If the medical data during the next two weeks is supportive, we are targeting May 17 as the date of our first worship service together at Mayfair.
To make our gathering together as safe as possible, we will be implementing social distancing procedures and other safety precautions.  We are blessed to have a large enough auditorium to safely space our members.  Classes are more problematic due to space constraints; we most likely will continue the online format but schedule it at a different time during the week.  Another problematic issue concerns our most precious asset – our children; social distancing is not a trait that will come naturally to most children.

Other safety precautions that will be employed include disinfection of common areas, door handles, etc., making hand sanitizer available at all entrances, limiting headcount in restrooms, placing reminders up on the common areas to maintain social distance, encouraging vulnerable at-risk members to stay home, encouraging anyone who has been ill or who has had family members who have been ill in the previous two-week period to stay at home, encouraging the use of masks for members affected by allergies, utilizing an alternative methodology for distributing the communion emblems and for collecting the offering, and other safety measures.  These will be communicated again as we get closer to May 17.

On a positive note, the pandemic has caused us to make significant strides in our ability to record and stream our worship services.  We plan to make this feature available soon, and plan to continue this practice for the foreseeable future.  

One of the simple ways to love each other is to practice these and other safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus.   It will be important for each of us to be patient, flexible and vigilant as we implement these necessary changes, which we hope to be temporary.  A phrase we often hear in the media these days is that we are all in this together.  This is certainly true for the Mayfair family.  

We greatly look forward to being together with everyone soon.  In the meantime, be safe and well!  Please let us know if your church family can help you!  

The Elders


April 3, 2020

Good Morning, everyone!

Our services will remain online this week. The message will be posted by Saturday evening and I'll let you know as soon as it is available.

The office will be closed again this week. If you need to contact us, call the office (842-2993) and leave a message. If you have anything more urgent, send me an email (jared@mayfairokc.com).

We need more notes! St. Anthony was overwhelmed and encouraged by our donation last week. We have plenty of snacks and money to buy more. We could definitely use more notes, though! Take a moment, write a few letters of encouragement and love. If you'll let me know when you have some, you can put them on your porch and contact me and I'll run by and pick them up!

As always, if there is anything we can do to help you or someone you know, please let us know. We love you and are with you in sprit as we wait in this season together.

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy"
-From the Prayer of St. Francis

March 27, 2020

Good morning, Mayfair family!

We hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy. We have a few updates for this coming week (March 29-April 4):

  • We will again dismiss all activities, services, and classes at the building for the week of Sunday, March 29th.

  • We will also be closing down the office next week. If you need to contact us you can leave a voicemail at the church office: 405-842-2993 (we will check          regularly).

  • Michael Mitchell will be hosting a live, online Bible class this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom. You can click here to access that class (Meeting ID: 953 329 090). 

  • Barrett Huddleston will also post a recorded Bible class on Sunday afternoon to the Mayfair Church of Christ Facebook page. 

  • In lieu of Wednesday night classes, Jake Doberenz will be writing blog posts with discussion questions that can be used at home. They will show up this Wednesday, April 1st on our website under the "blog" tab.

Stay tuned for the next online sermon update and for a recap of our St. Anthony Hospital service project! (Spoiler alert: you all are amazing). Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We're praying fervently for all of you and for an end to this pandemic.

In Christ,
Mayfair Elders and Staff

March 19, 2020

Dear Mayfair Family,
 
Much has changed in the past week regarding the spread of CoVID-19 and the recommendations for groups such as ours. In light of these events and suggestions, we will not be gathering together at our building this Sunday, March 22nd. We also ask that, for the week following, all other small group meetings and classes be postponed.
 
This situation is evolving at a rapid pace and we will continue to reevaluate our plans on a weekly basis. Updates will be sent via email, posted on our website, and posted to our Mayfair Church of Christ Facebook page. 
 
In the meantime, we will be creating devotionals and/or sermon videos on our website at www.mayfairokc.com/media. Although we will be physically separated, we can join together in a spirit of worship. If there is a way that your church family can assist you during this period of uncertainty, please contact the church office.  It is an honor for us to pray for the specific needs of the Mayfair family.
 
During this interim period, if you are able to continue your weekly contributions, they can be made in one of two ways: 

  • Go to www.mayfairokc.com/give and follow the instructions on the screen and give a one time contribution or set up a recurring gift to be automatically drafted at the frequency of your choice.

  • If you would prefer to not to use the online giving portal, you can also mail your contribution to the church office at 2340 NW 50th St., Oklahoma City, Ok, 73112.
 
Thank you for your love for this church family and your flexibility during this time period. In good times and in bad, our hope is in the Lord.
 
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family a in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  -Ephesians 3:14-21
 
In Christ,

Mayfair Elders and Staff