In 1994, a film with a meager $23 million budget hit theaters and became a blockbuster, grossing over $351 million. It established Jim Carrey as a dominant, comedic actor and Cameron Diaz as a legit leading lady. The movie was the story of a bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss who found a magical mask that transformed him into a mischieveous troublemaker with superpowers.
Sometimes life imitates art and that’s where we find ourselves in the summer of 2020. As the ongoing battle against Covid-19 continues, we are all being encouraged to don masks. Not the magical kind with neon colors and superpowers. But the rather mundane kind; the kind you would never put on unless someone told you to, that could help limit the spread of a super virus and keep us safe.
Here are the specific details of how it affects us, especially for worship at Crossroads:
The Executive Order of County Judge B. Glen Whitley, was issued June 25, 2020, effective at 6:00 p.m. on June 26, 2020 and continuing through August 3, 2020. It states:
“The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the entity’s business premises wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public. The Health and Safety Policy may allow individuals with an operational need to remove a face covering so long as such operational needs are specifically addressed in the Health and Safety Policy.”
Since our main facility is located in Tarrant County, I contacted Mayor (and attorney) David Cook in Mansfield and asked him about the specific application to us and our services each Sunday. He said the Order is for areas where people are in close contact with others, where staying six feet apart is difficult to practice. He also said we should be sure to post the Policy at each entrance, which we have done.
We have carefully followed the law and even gone beyond in making sure our campus and everything that happens on our campus is safe, sanitized and the best it can be for our members and guests. In early April, we roped off rows and set up seating to make it easy for people to practice “social distancing” and stay six feet apart from others at all times whenever we received the “green light” to begin on campus services. For nine weeks now beginning May 3, when we had our first services, all of our platform personnel have consistently maintained “social distancing,” including leading worship. All of our volunteers and staff do the same thing and will continue to do so.
So the bottom line is: nothing will change at Crossroads for our services EXCEPT … if you want to wear a mask when you enter our facilities and when you leave, please do. I won’t be preaching with a mask, but if you feel more comfortable wearing one, go for it. (No ear plugs though. 😂) When you are in a service, you will not need to wear a mask during worship. None of our services encourage “close contact or proximity to co-workers (or co-worshippers) or the public.” If you are going to be within six feet of another person, a face covering is required “unless the covering would cause significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.”
We will continue to do what we have been doing since our church began November 7, 1970. Our number one priority has always been and always will be to HONOR GOD. Number two is to make sure everyone who comes on our campus is as safe as possible.
Join me in praying for our Crossroads’ family that God would keep us safe, comfort and encourage those who have experienced this virus firsthand in their family or among their friends, and that a cure can be found quickly.
We have carefully followed the law and even gone beyond in making sure our campus and everything that happens on our campus is safe, sanitized and the best it can be for our members and guests.
As we have shared from the very beginning of all this, if you or someone in your family has a pre-existing health condition, are in the at-risk group, or are sick or don’t feel good, we encourage you to remain at home. We have ONLINE SERVICES available at 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 p.m, and we encourage you to check out our ONLINE TOOKIT so you can access all the helpful tools and everything you’ll need to enjoy the service.
As followers of Christ we should be fearless but never reckless or careless. That’s why we have been taking every step possible to make sure your worship experience is the safest and best it can possibly be.
The fictional movie, The MASK has a happy ending. Let’s hope and pray, once again …
Life imitates art!
© Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.