Bring a lawn chair or hammock for outdoor worship in the tree grove at Birnham Woods Elementary on Sundays at 10:00 am. Wondering what to expect?
BYO lawn chair, coffee, donut
Six-foot physical distance between households
Face coverings highly encouraged
Sanitizer will be available
When offered, individually packaged communion will be available
Restroom & baby changing station will be available inside the building (masks required)
P.S. We expect to get rained out every once in a while. If it's bad weather, join us online at 10:00am.
What to Expect
The easiest way to get an idea of the space is to watch this "What to Expect" video. Due to the obvious effects of COVID on the safety of large indoor gatherings, we are taking advantage of the downright pleasant winters Texas has to offer by meeting in the tree grove in front of Birnham Woods Elementary School in the Falls at Imperial Oaks neighborhood. If you enter the main parking lot (by the school sign), you'll easily see the space where we set up for worship. Look for the Lazarus Church banners and you can’t miss it! Park anywhere in the main lot and don't forget to grab your chair, coffee, and face covering as you make your way towards the trees. We may not greet you with a handshake but you can expect a hearty hello from folks as you find a spot to set up your chair!
Worship begins at 10:00am but our team begins setup closer to 9:00am so feel free to come early and get settled in (if you brought your coffee with you, this would be a great time to enjoy a quiet moment before worship begins). The service lasts approximately 50 minutes. Running late? That’s okay. We promise it's not a disruption to join late so come on!
You’ll see people wearing everything from jeans to athletic wear. If you live in the neighborhood and want to incorporate a stop at Lazarus as a part of your morning walk, we say, "Great idea!" (Well-mannered pups are welcome, too!) Come as you are, and we look forward to seeing you.
We’ll be explaining each part of the service as we experience it. God's people have been gathering for worship for thousands of years, so we like to include the best of many centuries in our worship services. Don't be surprised when we speak the Apostles' Creed (which finds its roots as early as the first century) followed by a song that was written a few years ago! You’ll hear a mix of acoustic-guitar driven renditions of modern songs and traditional hymns led by our worship team (which is a little smaller than usual as a precaution). You’ll also be invited to participate in spoken responses including confession & forgiveness, prayers, the Apostles’ Creed, and Bible verses. The words will be available in our weekly digital bulletin which you can pull up on your phone (or grab a paper copy if that's your preference). Each Sunday, we celebrate either a baptism or communion.
Do you play an instrument? Know how to sing harmonies? Connect with our worship leader!
Immediately after worship, you'll notice folks lingering around for physically-distant socializing. This pandemic has really put a damper on our social calendar! As one person put it, "My company has me working from home for the foreseeable future. I MISS PEOPLE!"
If you didn't do so during the service, please take a minute to fill out a digital connect card. When you fill out a connect card with your name, email, and phone number, we’ll send a $5 donation in your name to your choice of one of three local charities. We’d love to get to know you better and invite you back to worship as well as to community events including Locals. You can expect a phone call or email the week following the service, but if you think of something you'd like to talk about before then, you can always contact Pastor Mark directly.
Parents, you've got a tough job. Most of us are parents or grandparents so we get it. If there is anything we can do to make your life easier, let us know. Children are just as welcome in worship as adults and because of the interactive nature of worship (from catchy songs to prayers & creeds that are easily memorized even from a young age), we welcome kids to participate in worship with their families! To help facilitate this, we have a couple recommendations that might help you out:
Babies & Toddlers: Need a diaper change? A fully-stocked changing station is located near the bathrooms (indoors). Worried your baby or toddler will make noise? We aren't! The Bible tells us "make a joyful noise to the Lord" (Psalm 100:1) and there is no more joyful sound than children playing. The best thing we can teach children at this developmental stage is that church is a fun, safe place to be. Some parents bring a picnic blanket and (non-noise-making) toys for their littles.
Young Children: Each Sunday, our Lazarus Kids team puts together a one-time-use paper bag of crayons, coloring sheets, and other items based on the service theme. We have children's Bibles available that can be borrowed during the service (don't have one at home? take one of ours!). As our church grows, our ministry to kids will grow as well. If you would be interested in getting involved in hosting a class for elementary age children during the sermon, contact DCE Laura. Want more information about helping your elementary age child participate more fully in their faith right now? Contact Pastor Mark.
Older Children: Youth in 6th-12th grade are invited to worship with their parents. As our church grows, our ministry to kids will grow as well. If you would be interested in getting involved in a ministry for 6th-12th graders, contact DCE Laura. Want more information about helping your 6th-12th grader participate more fully in their faith right now? Contact Pastor Mark.