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 are committed to making 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 (press CTRL while right-clicking mouse):
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 — We encourage everyone to wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
Some alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available in the church. However, there are severe shortages of sanitizer, and we are looking to either purchase more or find alternatives.
Stay Home if Sick or a Member of a High-Risk Group—We love the commitment of our volunteers, partners, 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.
The CDC defines a “high-risk” as “older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.” Some guidance we have seen defines “older adults” as anyone over the age of 60 or 65, depending on the source. We will clarify that guidance as we learn more. If you consider yourself an older adult, or feel sick or have a compromised immune system, communicate that to a team or staff member and stay home. 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.
Communion: Journey will now serve communion once per month (as opposed to every week). We will take communion using pre-filled, sealed Fellowship Cups on the last Sunday of the month. NOTE: Gluten-free options will be made available.
Meet-and-Greet: Journey will suspend the meet-and-greet element of our worship service. Merry Christmas, introverts!
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 in a measured and effective manner. Please continue to look to the Journey Community Church website and Journey’s Facebook page for updates and further information.
Grace and peace to you all in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Pastor Myron Crockett
Elder Gordy Anderson
Elder Brian Olsen
Elder Cameron Cox
Elder Mark Scott