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Church Specific Updates:

  • TAC will resume ONE in-person worship service for all ages on Sundays at 11:00 AM – effective 06.21.20
  • As of 06.01.20, we have resumed in-person Focused Prayer on Mondays at 7:00 PM and Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.
  • All other scheduled events have been suspended until further notice.
  • We will continue to Live Stream all of our services for those who are not able to attend in person.

COVID-19 UPDATE  – Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines 

Watch this important video about important guidelines for returning to in-person worship, beginning on May 10, 2020.

COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines

Issued May 6, 2020
 
We are excited to be able to worship The Lord inside our church building with the body of saints. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created many unusual and challenging times, The Apostolic Church (TAC) has remained vibrant and faithful to the work of God. Much of our country and communities are still being asked to follow guidance from federal government agencies, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, and health officials. TAC plans to adhere to those guidelines, in a phased approach, as best we can in an effort to keep our congregation, families, and community safe. We appreciate your understanding and support during these unprecedented circumstances.
 

Phase 1: Beginning May 10, 2020

Beginning Sunday, May 10, 2020, TAC will be holding regular live services in our church under a limited, phased-in approach. We are asking that the following be followed:

  • We will hold two services each Sunday at the recommended 50% capacity. By holding two services we are giving more saints the opportunity to worship live each Sunday. Our first service will begin at 10:00am and our second service will begin at 12:30pm. The 10:00am service will be for ages 50 and above – this will help protect those who are more vulnerable, and the 12:30pm service will be for ages 49 and under.
  • We will continue to broadcast our services live on our TAC website, Facebook Live, YouTube, and Roku for those who can’t make it due to health or other concerns.
  • No separate classes will be held on Sundays including: Sunday School, Youth, New Discipleship, etc. All families will be in the sanctuary. We will adhere to all social distancing guidelines (see section below).
  • We will use Zoom for New Discipleship/First Steps
  • There will be no Coffee Connect in the Fellowship Hall.
  • No small group activities will be held onsite or offsite.
  • Our Monday night Family Prayer meeting will continue to be streamed online live.
  • Wednesday night Bible Study will continue to be live streamed until further notice.
  • Offering collection: We will not pass the offering satchels or march around to give. Instead, we encourage online giving and will have collection boxes in each foyer that you can drop your envelope in.
  • Our daily devotions will continue throughout the week.
  • We will adhere to all recommended social distancing guidelines (see section below).

 

Social Distancing Guidelines

 
  • Families must sit together with at least 6 feet of space between each family. We will have pews marked off to help guide families where to sit.
  • All social distancing guidelines must be followed including refraining from handshakes, hugs, or other close contact with others. Must maintain a 6 feet distance between families at all times (entering the building, fellowship, exiting the building).
  • All attendees should remain at your seats during the service and alter call.
  • Only Pastor Sheppard and the TAC ministerial team are permitted to lay hands on people.
  • When church is over, families should exit the building in a manner to maintain 6 feet apart from others. You may fellowship in the parking lot as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Do not attend church if you are sick or have other health related concerns.
 

TAC’s Commitment to a Safe Environment

The safety of our congregation is of the upmost importance. Please know that TAC is doing everything we can to ensure our building and the areas inside are cleaned and safe for your family and our guests.

  • We encourage everyone to where a mask will provide facial masks to anyone attending our services
  • We will have cleaning stations set up around the entrances and restrooms which will include: hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.
  • We will be asking each person to submit to a temperature check upon entering the building. If you or a family member has a temperature equaled to or greater than 100.4 that family will not be allowed to stay.
  • We will screen all persons with the following questions:
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
    • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
    • Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
    • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
  • Our TAC Greeters, Ushers and Sanitation Team will help ensure that these practices are taking place throughout the service schedule.
  • The Sanitation Team will completely sanitize the building, including frequently touched areas, after each service.

COVID-19 UPDATE & WORSHIP TIPS 03/20/20

Watch this important video about how you can connect, engage and have an
awesome worship experience with online church over the next couple of weeks!

COVID-19 UPDATE 03/18/20 – IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SHEPPARD

COVID-19 Health and Safety Response and Guidance 03/14/20

The Apostolic Church of Millington, Inc.

COVID-19 Health and Safety response and Guidance

Issued March 14, 2020

 

Hello Everyone, and greetings in the wonderful Name of Jesus!
 
With all of the coverage surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I felt it necessary to update you on what we are doing in response as we monitor the situation closely.
 
At The Apostolic Church, we take the spiritual and physical health and safety of our church family very seriously. In light of the growing concern about the Coronavirus, precautionary measures have been taken in our facilities.  
 
What We Have Done
  • Under the direction of our first lady, Friday, March 13, 2020, a team met at the church to deep clean and disinfect in all areas, including the classrooms, the kitchen, the lobby, bathrooms, and sanctuary. Every inch of all bathrooms and classrooms were scrubbed and wiped down with Clorox bleach, in addition to every doorknob, pull handle, light switch and handrails throughout the campus.
  • Our Children’s Ministry team has been instructed to clean and disinfect all toys and equipment after each service.
  • We’ve added additional cleaning and sanitizing materials and will continue to do so as deemed necessary.

 

Our Health Values

  • We will support and comply with public health initiatives as they are made known.
  • We will strive to protect the aged who we know to be most vulnerable.
  • We will work to slow the progression of illness through prevention and mitigation.
 
We will not be canceling church.
We are a faith-based people. Fear is NOT of the Lord. We will not fear, but will trust in the Lord. However, we must be cautious and take necessary precautions. Per the CDC and federal officials’ recommendations, I am advising those 60 and older with severe underlining conditions to consider staying home. There are some parishioners who have already chosen to stay home for personal health reasons.  
 
Stay Home
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially if you have a fever, are coughing or sneezing or are experiencing shortness of breath.  
 
Be Ready At Church
  • Avoid handshakes, high-fives, fist bumps and hugs.
  • Make sure to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Greet people with a smile and warm greeting.
  • Laying on of hands at the altar will be done by the ministry team only.

  Be Ready At Home

  • To support the church through prayer during this health crisis. If you have to stay home, remember you’re still the church. We’re going to pray against COVID-19 and take authority over it IN JESUS NAME.
  • To pray for healing for those that are infected with COVID-19.
  • To remain faithful in tithe and offering at www.TheApostolic.Church or through the Realm app.
  • Stay connected to the church by using the Realm app and by following our social media pages for any updates.

Streaming Resources:

  • TheApostolic.Church (click on “Live Webcast”)
  • Our communications office stands ready to help. Please email us at media@tacmillington.org with your questions.
 
In all situations, the best practice to prevent any illness is to wash your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds using proper technique: wet-lather-scrub-rinse-dry   
 
We are committed to making The Apostolic Church a safe place for everyone and are staying up to date with current news and federal, state and local government recommendations.  
 
Don’t Panic! For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)  
 
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
 
God bless you, your family, and God Bless the United States of America.  
 
Pastor T.H. Sheppard