- Suspended Meet and Greet Contact During Worship
- Church Facilities Disinfected and Thoroughly Cleaned Throughout
- Hugs, Handshakes, and Physical Contact Replaced by Fist/Elbow Bumps and Waves
- Chairs Rearranged to Provide 3-foot radius
- Sanitary Hand Wash Ointment, Hand wipes, and tissues available throughout
- Nursery and Children’s areas totally sanitized
We thank our volunteer leaders for the extra-mile efforts they have made this week to keep everyone safe while worshiping and studying God’s word together. There are some things that we depend upon you to do:
- When you cough, cough into your elbow and not into your hands.
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.
- If you present any symptoms (fever, coughing, runny nose, sore throat) STAY HOME!!
- Pray for yourself, your family, and your fellow church members, the nation and for all those who care for the sick and manage the COVID-19 crisis.
- Be attentive to family members, neighbors and fellow church members who are over 65 years of age.
It would be a great ministry between all of us during this health emergency for all of us to step up our concern and contacts to one another. Why not pick up your phone and call one of your Sunday School class members, or an elderly church member, or someone you sit near in worship and ask about their health and well-being. Call each other, or email and see if they need anything that you may supply for them. Pray with each other over the phone. The Bible says, “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up…” (James 5:14-15a).
I call on the members of Grace to pray for one another. I commit myself to step up contacts and outreach to the elderly, sick and most vulnerable within our congregation. Already, I have begun to call every member who is over 65 to check on their needs and well-being. On Thursday night this week, all three of my children called Robbie and me to check on us. When they call to check on us, they always offer their own instructions about what we should do. “Make sure you go to the store and stock up on your supplies,” they say. “Dad, be careful about your ministry and contact with people,” they advise. “Mom, you don’t need to be getting outside right now and being around people who may be sick,” they warn. That was kind-of cool. Your kids calling to show their concern and solidarity together for your well-being. We expect that from our kids, but the Bible tells us to do the same thing within our church family.