Communal Responsibility Guidelines

May 28, 2021 Update

The CDC has updated its guidelines for fully vaccinated people; those who are fully vaccinated may now safely resume pre-pandemic activities without masking or distancing.  The CDC guidance for unvaccinated people has not changed; unvaccinated people should still wear masks and practice social distancing, particularly in indoor environments.

In light of this updated guidance,LIDE has decided to make masks optional throughout our building going forward for those who are fully vaccinated. We encourage those in our community who are not yet vaccinated (including children ages 6+) to continue wearing masks while in our building. We feel that this update is in line with our desire to be the Umbrella Man for our community–even if we get wet in the process. Wearing a mask if you are not vaccinated is holding the umbrella over our neighbors in Dallas County and doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. During our Gathering service, we will be providing a “fully masked” room in the Prayer & Practice Center with a livestream of the service for those who would like to worship in person in a fully-masked environment.

Notify staff at if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and symptoms started within 48 hours after attending the Gathering.

May 6, 2021 Update

Since March 2020, we’ve tried our best to contribute to our community’s recovery from the pandemic by moving all services online. Although the pandemic is not over, we believe that we can return to indoor services in a way that will serve our faith community without contributing to community spread. Here’s how we plan to reopen safely:

  • Limit Venue capacity to 10%
  • Group attendees by households or “pods”
  • Require masks, social distancing, and provide sanitization supplies
  • Keep the Venue well ventilated
  • Staff and volunteers will disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Modify liturgical elements of service to reduce high-touch surfaces

Most importantly, we could not open up responsibly without the cooperation of our faith community members. Our values of respect and service have always been at the heart of our community, and for this reason, we trust that we can ask attendees and volunteers to commit to Communal Responsibility Guidelines. You can read more about these guidelines at service registration.

Registration will be required for each service. Registration opens on the Saturday prior to service and closes on Friday. You can register for an upcoming service here.

We will livestream each service here. If you are considered high-risk or if you’re not ready to meet indoors, we invite you to join us online. We also encourage small groups to view the livestream service together when possible.


Our services are going to be multi-generational for a while. LIDE Kids will not meet as a group. We provide in-service opportunities for them to engage with their lessons.

Toddlers/PreK: Check out a Grab-And-Go tote bag full of simple activities! Cleaned and disinfected weekly.

Elementary: Your services will be digital! Because of this, here’s what you may want to bring for your elementary-aged children:

  • What to Bring: a device and headphones
  • Why: Kids can listen to their own experiences during the sermon.
  • How: They will receive a sheet with a QR code and a wrap-up activity! 

We look forward to continuing to not just be a church in a community, but a church for a community. We hope that you’ll join us in enacting that vision!

August 5, 2020

We’re grateful for your support as we’ve taken the time to discern how to move forward. We’ve decided to structure our reopening plans for our Faith Community around the Dallas County Guidance System. Our current intention is to reopen 2 weeks after the county moves to the yellow phase. As Dallas County moves into each new phase, we plan to host Community-Wide Zoom Gatherings to review our reopening plans in greater detail. The Gathering Weekly Update is the best way to stay up to date with all of our upcoming events. Subscribe below if you’re not receiving this weekly newsletter!

April 30, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Since Governor Abbott announced plans to begin reopening the state, you may have wondered how it will affect LIDE. Our Board and Staff feel it is best to use caution and follow the state’s suggestion to “conduct as many activities as possible remotely.” Therefore, we will not resume our in-person services just yet. We plan to take the next 2-3 weeks to discern what will best serve this faith community. Though we are very much looking forward to being together again, our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our people. There are a lot of questions and logistics to work through. We will take this slowly, listening to the guidance of state and county officials, and welcoming input from all of you. We will be together again when we can do so safely. For now, we’ll continue to provide digital experiences with the hope of keeping you connected and encouraged.

Please be praying for our leadership as we discern how to best move forward. We will let you know our collective assessment in a couple weeks once we’ve had the opportunity to observe how everything is developing.

Many Blessings! We miss you so much!

Joel and Rachel Triska

April 22, 2020 Update

At Life in Deep Ellum, one of the main thrusts of our faith is the call on each one of us to be the “Umbrella Man” to our neighbors. That means taking care of those around us, even if we might get a little wet and dirty in the process.

Because of COVID-19, many of our Community Partners are feeling some pressure in trying to accomplish their mission. If you are looking for ways to give and support our Community Partners, click here. You can find ways to support our community partners in a variety of ways. The page will be updated as we become aware of new needs.

March 21, 2020 Update

Starting Monday, March 23rd, Mokah Coffee & Tea will be closing at 5pm Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours will remain the same (9a-2p).

Mokah is still serving to-go orders only.

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