We’re all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 around the world. And, we’re aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind.
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH
- TRUSTING GOD: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
- PRAYING: We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
- STAYING INFORMED: The media is aflame with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumour. We’re seeking to follow reliable sources of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
- PREPARING: Because COVID-19 likely spreads like the cold and flu personal hygiene is very important among staff, volunteers, and participants in our services and those attending events on site. (washing hands, avoiding contact with the sick, staying home if you’re sick, and so on).
- We are implementing recommendations on our routine cleaning practices to include all frequently touched surfaces in workplaces, restrooms, and kids areas, including workstations, countertops, doorknobs, and toys.
- We’re reviewing all of our communication practices with the congregation and implementing appropriate communication – like this webpage.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19.
- Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions.
- Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
- Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
- Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home if you’re sick and engage with streaming and giving through our website.