COVID-19 Updates



Current Gathering Guidelines

If you join us for in-person worship, please remember the following as we try to make our gathering as touchless and safe as possible.

  • Sit together as families 6 ft apart from other families.
  • Do not remove tape from rows. These are not available for seating.
  • A diaper changing station is available in the nursing room.
  • Restrooms are available in the foyer.  Please limit to two at a time in the restroom.
  • No hugs or handshakes.  Just howdy!
  • Please wear a mask for your neighbor.

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A Prayer in the Time of a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Fr. Martin Poole


Communion Bread Recipe

1 cup All Purpose Flour
3 Tbsp. White Sugar
1/3 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup shortening
2 – 2 ½ Tbsp. Milk

Sift flour, sugar and salt together. Cut in shortening. Blend in 2 – 2 ½ tablespoons of milk until dough forms. Using a little flour (just enough to work the dough), roll into 1/4” thickness. Cut, score, place on baking sheet and bake for 13 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees.


Stage 1

Southwest will continue to strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for our church gatherings and increase measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. This stage includes but is not limited to:

  • Southwest’s excellent maintenance and custodial staff will continue routine cleaning while increasing attention to disinfecting tables, chairs, desks, toys, cabinets, door handles, restrooms, sinks, water fountains, and other frequently touched areas.
  • Southwest members are urged to wash their hands often and especially after physical interaction with other members.
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizer available at all entrances and other key areas for our members.
  • Individually packaged communion cups with wafers for the Lord’s supper will be available at the welcome desk.
  • We ask that anyone who is sick or has experienced symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, or body aches in the past 48 hours to stay home. Also, those that are at high risk (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, older adults, compromised immune
    system, etc) are encouraged to exercise caution and wisdom when considering if you should attend a gathering. Take care of your health and those around you.
  • We encourage each other to show love by giving “social space” during this time.
  • All church sponsored out of town travel will be suspended until the end of March and will be reevaluated then.
  • All recovery ministry gatherings will continue during this stage.

Stage 2

Stage 2 will only come into effect with instructions from local health authorities or confirmed cases in the Amarillo/Canyon area. Stage 2 will include:

  • In addition to our current online sermons, we will have a more robust online offering for worship and Bible study for children and adults.
  • Possible cancellations or alternate options of our worship gatherings and/or Bible classes and recovery meetings.
  • Offerings of services to our community for those possibly affected by school closures (meals, computer help, etc).

Stage 3

Stage 3 will only come into effect if there is a confirmed case in our church family or church office:

  • Stage 2 activities will continue as we adhere to the advice of local health authorities.
  • Closure of the church office with phones answered from home by church staff.
  • Cancellation of worship gatherings and Bible classes.

During all stages, Southwest leadership and membership should be vigilant in looking to our community to see ways we can serve sacrificially in the name of Christ. Please call the church office at any time with ideas or needs that you see.

We encourage all to visit and watch the video addressing conronavirus. For updates as this progresses, our website will be the most current updated source of information. Check there often for information and encouragement.

Thousands of years ago, followers of God would sing together, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.” Let us be people that not only sing this song, but live this song with confidence as we look for opportunities to be Christ to our community.

Southwest Leadership