A guide to being the Church in a difficult time
Most of us have never seen anything like this in our lifetimes, but we all have to remember that that doesn't give us the excuse to not be the church. Unite has collected several resources and ______ to help organizations, churches and individuals through this difficult period. We have categorized them into four categories:
Don't Worry-Be Vigilant-Digital Church-Love Your Neighbor
Keep imaginations from running wild by providing simple information about symptoms & procedures e.g. simply call your doctor if you have symptoms.
We're hopeful that the spread will taper off like the flu. Here's a great article the comparisons.
The World Health Organization and BBB warn that scammers will try to take advantage of the panic. Here are some tips to protect your constituents.
Don't Worry. Above all else it is important to remember not to panic. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us: 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. We have to put our faith that we will be alright no matter what and rest in the peace of Jesus. This doesn't mean that we can ignore the reality of the situation. Below are some links to some resources that will help you stay current on the global situation.
Be Vigilant. The CDC has published some great tips for community gatherings, many of which apply to our church services including:
Leave doors propped open to limit the use of door handles.
Post signs (like this one) as a reminder to follow good hygiene practices.
Staff and greeters, share an elbow or fist bump in place of handshakes and hugs. Encourage members to do the same.
Clean and disinfect all surfaces after each service.
Encourage people to stay home (and keep children home) if they're sick.
If possible, provide online viewing of services for those who are sick or cannot make it to in-person service. Facebook Live is a tool that can be used for live-streaming.
Provide supplies for staff, volunteers and those you serve including soap and hand sanitizer (+60% alcohol).
Digital Church. The CDC has published some great tips for community gatherings, many of which apply to our church services including:
Love Your Neighbor. The CDC has published some great tips for community gatherings, many of which apply to our church services including: