At Journey, we take seriously the health of our church body, and all those we come into contact with. We are aware of the regional and international impact of Coronavirus, and are taking practical preventative steps to inform and protect our community.
We Will Make Wise Decisions; We Won’t Be Fearful
In our response to Coronavirus, we want to make wise and informed decisions to serve the health of our congregation, and especially to protect those in our community whose immune systems are most vulnerable to illness.
That said, we are committed to continuing our ministry, and as we take proactive steps to safeguard our health, we also want to take proactive steps to safeguard our hearts. In all circumstances we want to remain a place of peace, loving outreach, and confident trust in God’s provision. We will resist fear and phobia.
For comprehensive information on the nature and form of Coronavirus, please refer to the following CDC resources:
What it Is—Coronavirus is a respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
How it Spreads—The virus is considered to primarily spread person-to-person through personal contact, coughs, and sneezes. It may also be transferred through infected surfaces, though the CDC notes this is not considered the primary means of transmission.
Preventative Actions—the following is a list of preventative actions the CDC recommends to limit the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Journey staff and elders are monitoring the Coronavirus situation and will be responding accordingly. Here are a few steps we are taking in the immediate future:
Hand Hygiene—Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available throughout the church. We encourage everyone to wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
Stay Home if Sick—We love the commitment of our volunteers, members, and visitors. We also know many of you fill important roles of service and leadership. However, if you are not feeling well, for your safety and the safety of vulnerable members of our community, please don’t push yourself.
If you feel sick or have a compromised immune system, communicate that to a team or staff member and stay home and rest. As a body, we can cover all necessary roles while also prioritizing individual and communal health.
Congregational Cleaning—As a group, we will regularly clean and disinfect high traffic areas and surfaces. The Children’s Ministry area is a high priority for us.
Temporary Communion Pause—We’ll be taking a brief pause in our practice of weekly communion to limit potential transmission of illness. During this time we will share in other forms of liturgy and meditation together.
Shared Food—You may notice some changes in the manner and frequency with which we share food as a congregation. This is a simple step we can take to limit the spread of illness.
Thank you for your partnership and understanding as we seek to respond to Coronavirus is a measured and effective manner.