Dear Church Family,

Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! It is a high priority to make our church a safe, secure place for you and your family to worship. The spread of illnesses like the flu and the Coronavirus is something we take seriously. In addition to the strong safety measures we normally follow, we’re taking extra precautions during this time to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. These measures include the following procedures:

•We will be wiping down high-traffic areas like door handles, pews, etc after each worship gathering.

•We’re providing hand-sanitizing stations. (These items are in short supply. Please bring your own hand sanitizer in the event we run out and are unable to purchase more.)

•Our team is closely following news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about best practices to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

•We’ll continue to update our policies and procedures with the latest information and communicate with you as necessary.

Of course, we need your help too. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy:

•Avoid skin contact. While we love giving hugs, handshakes, and high-fives, try giving an elbow-bump, a big smile, or a friendly wave instead.

•If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue.

•WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN in warm water for a minimum of twenty seconds and encourage your entire family to do the same. Our volunteers will ask children to wash their hands if they visit the restroom while they’re in our care.

•Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

•If you’ve been exposed to a person with the Coronavirus or have recently traveled out of the country where you might have been exposed, please take a couple of weeks off from attending church.

•If you or your family members are experiencing, or have recently experienced, symptoms associated with the flu or the common cold (fever, persistent cough, headache, chills, or unexplained rash), we ask that you stay home from church for a couple of weeks.

•If you need to stay home from church, we are looking into options for individuals to remain connected. We want everyone to stay connected to what the Lord is doing in our church.

Finally, as Christian believers, let us not allow this pandemic or any other crisis to invoke fear, panic, worry, and/or anxiety within. Remember that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Together, we can do our best to make our church a safe place for everyone.

In His Service,

J. E. Scott, Sr., Pastor