Due to the continued reports of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re choosing to exercise caution to support the safety and health of our community. We know that the Coronavirus has become a worldwide concern and is on the top of everyone’s minds. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada for how best to respond to the developing situation. Please see our communication regarding District Conference here.
We’ve compiled resources for you to use when communicating about the Coronavirus within your church. The goal of this messaging is to provide important information without instilling fear. Here are some important things to consider as part of your communication strategy with your church.
Let people know of the actions your church is taking.
- We are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment.
- Our facilities are cleaned regularly.
- In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, we have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use at every service time and location.
- We plan to continue our weekly services but are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from provincial and local government agencies.
Provide examples of best practices for not spreading germs.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.
- If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
Share encouragement through scripture.
- In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
- 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Check out these examples of how churches have started communicating about the Coronavirus.
- Ministry Grid - Free Training
- Online Giving Option for Churches
- CCCC - Inform and Response to your congregation
- Coronavirus and the Church
- Canada Public Health Agency Be Prepared
- BC Center for Disease Control
- US-Info: Centers For Disease Control & Prevention
The news around the Coronavirus is changing rapidly. Always refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada for local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.