March 20, 2020 Update

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), our state and local governments’ recommendations, Desert Gateway Baptist Church will move forward with a full livestream schedule for our church services. In doing so, our continued efforts will focus on keeping our church family safe and our community secure. As a ministry, we want to be part of the solution by following standard operating procedures practiced by the general public as recommended by our local authorities. Another reason we have made this change is because we want to maintain a testimony and a spirit of cooperation before our community. As a leadership staff, we are closely monitoring the situation and making decisions based on the accurate information we have and the advice from both spiritual and legal counselors.

Service Times

For the next week, and until further notice, our live stream schedule will be as follows:

  • Sunday, 10 am & 5 pm
  • Wednesday, 7 pm

If you need livestream or online giving instructions, please refer to previous emails, go to our church website or Facebook page. If you are in need of supplies, please contact your deacon or a pastoral staff member. In the meantime, continue to pray for God’s hand of mercy upon our world and for Christians everywhere to practice biblical principles by learning to bear one another’s burdens.


March 17, 2020 Update

DGBC’s COVID-19 Statement

Desert Gateway Baptist Church COVID-19 StatementWe want to assure you that we have taken every known measure to provide a safe and secure church environment.As part of our proactive planning, we have followed the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local health department. Currently, the CDC and our local health department have advised that the immediate health risk to the general public in Arizona is considered low at this time. Though travel to and from certain locations are restricted and large gatherings are discouraged, Desert Gateway Baptist Church believes that being available to encourage people is a necessity during this time of crisis. The CDC has recommended that all “community and faith-based gatherings of any size” be cancelled and that organizations that serve high-risk populations cancel gatherings of more than 10 people. As of Monday, March 16th, a medical professional with extensive experience working for local and federal emergency agencies said, “I do not feel our community falls into the substantial risk category yet with only 8 confirmed cases in Maricopa county, so in my opinion we should continue doing what we are doing currently unless the community numbers rise significantly.” As a church, we will follow this recommendation at the current crisis point.We will continue to monitor and react to the situation and will also be carefully considering real-time information and guidance from our local health department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and CDC. Changes to schedules will be made as the crisis continues to develop. In compliance with the CDC, we strongly advise that all attendees follow standard hygiene practices to stay healthy. These practices include washing hands frequently and carrying hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose completely when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding contact with sick individuals. These tips will also help attendees protect themselves against the common cold and flu. If you or any member of your home are experiencing these symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, serious congestion and/or cough/runny nose), please stay home. Those who are at higher risk from COVID-19 (pregnant, over 60 years old, underlying health conditions), at you own discretion, should stay home. We are also ensuring that our campus is being cleaned and sanitized on a consistent basis. We have installed hand sanitation stations throughout all of our facilities for easy use. We would ask that all attendees sanitize their hands twice per day while on campus. We are also sanitizing all hard surfaces as well as applying disinfectant spray on all soft surfaces. Our nurseries are cleaned and disinfected after every service.Finally, our church service schedule is as follows. Again we ask that you use your own personal discretion in regards to attending our church services. We are doing everything possible to make our campus safe for all who come but if you are considered a high-risk, we strongly suggest that you stay at home. Your well-being is our priority!Sunday Morning, 10 amAdults and Teens- auditoriumChildren’s Church (4-5 year olds)- Room 301Junior Church (1st-3rd grade)- Room 323Nursery (0-3 year olds)- Nursery WingSunday Evening, 5 pmAdult, Teens, and Children (4 year old and up)- auditoriumNursery (0-3 year olds)- Nursery WingWednesday Evening, 7 pmAdult, Teens, and Children (4 year old and up)- auditoriumNursery (0-3 year olds)- Nursery WingPlease know we are watching the situation carefully and will share additional information proactively as needed. DGBC members will receive more information on upcoming events. Please check your email regularly or call the church office for more updates.

Posted by Desert Gateway Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Desert Gateway Baptist Church COVID-19 Statement

We want to assure you that we have taken every known measure to provide a safe and secure church environment.

As part of our proactive planning, we have followed the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local health department. Currently, the CDC and our local health department have advised that the immediate health risk to the general public in Arizona is considered low at this time. Though travel to and from certain locations are restricted and large gatherings are discouraged, Desert Gateway Baptist Church believes that being available to encourage people is a necessity during this time of crisis. The CDC has recommended that all “community and faith-based gatherings of any size” be cancelled and that organizations that serve high-risk populations cancel gatherings of more than 10 people. As of Monday, March 16th, a medical professional with extensive experience working for local and federal emergency agencies said, “I do not feel our community falls into the substantial risk category yet with only 8 confirmed cases in Maricopa county, so in my opinion we should continue doing what we are doing currently unless the community numbers rise significantly.” As a church, we will follow this recommendation at the current crisis point.

We will continue to monitor and react to the situation and will also be carefully considering real-time information and guidance from our local health department, the World Health Organization (WHO), and CDC. Changes to schedules will be made as the crisis continues to develop.

In compliance with the CDC, we strongly advise that all attendees follow standard hygiene practices to stay healthy. These practices include washing hands frequently and carrying hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose completely when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding contact with sick individuals. These tips will also help attendees protect themselves against the common cold and flu.

If you or any member of your home are experiencing these symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, serious congestion and/or cough/runny nose), please stay home. Those who are at higher risk from COVID-19 (pregnant, over 60 years old, underlying health conditions), at you own discretion, should stay home.

We are also ensuring that our campus is being cleaned and sanitized on a consistent basis. We have installed hand sanitation stations throughout all of our facilities for easy use. We would ask that all attendees sanitize their hands twice per day while on campus. We are also sanitizing all hard surfaces as well as applying disinfectant spray on all soft surfaces. Our nurseries are cleaned and disinfected after every service.

Finally, our church service schedule is as follows. Again we ask that you use your own personal discretion in regards to attending our church services. We are doing everything possible to make our campus safe for all who come but if you are considered a high-risk, we strongly suggest that you stay at home. Your well-being is our priority!

Sunday Morning, 10 am
Adults and Teens- auditorium
Children’s Church (4-5 year olds)- Room 301
Junior Church (1st-3rd grade)- Room 323
Nursery (0-3 year olds)- Nursery Wing

Sunday Evening, 5 pm
Adult, Teens, and Children (4 year old and up)- auditorium
Nursery (0-3 year olds)- Nursery Wing

Wednesday Evening, 7 pm
Adult, Teens, and Children (4 year old and up)- auditorium
Nursery (0-3 year olds)- Nursery Wing

Please know we are watching the situation carefully and will share additional information proactively as needed. DGBC members will receive more information on upcoming events. Please check your email regularly or call the church office for more updates.


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