If your House of Worship is having service, we suggest the following:
Religious leaders should be educated and trained in the area of virus prevention. Hygienic and proper dieting is highly recommended to keep immune systems acute. Continually keep watch of the situation within your state, city, and congregation and respond appropriately if any new information is made available.
SAFE OR BETTER PRACTICES
Utilize cleaning practices that exceed those recommended by the CDC in regards to Covid-19 since places of worship are a hub for congregants of all ages. Take new levels and clean all doors, Children’s play areas, equipment, and counter surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner. Clean before, between, and after each service or gathering.
Locate Hand Sanitizer devices throughout the building lobbies and hallways and in classrooms. In addition, we suggest you add temporary tables on Sundays with Hand Sanitizer at all main entrances to the building and the Worship Center.
NO HANDSHAKE POLICY
We recommend our congregant members and visitors to practice a "no handshake” policy. We are encouraging our prayer team members to not hold hands or lay hands on people's faces or foreheads. Instead of laying hands on shoulders or upper arms. This is not an issue of fear or a lack of faith, but as a precaution at possibly passing viral microbes. We also will have attendants at the main doors with any necessary sanitary device who will hold doors open as you enter and exit.
We recommend that places of worship do not pass the offering plates or bags, you may offer online giving as well as boxes on the walls of the worship center so that you may give without touching utensils others have touched. Those responsible for handling offerings should take any necessary precautions to manage all monetary or gifts generously provided.
Most congregations already provide individual and sealed communion sets so that you may partake of communion with a bit safer option.
THOSE AT HIGHER RISK
We also suggest that if you are elderly, elderly with other chronic health issues, or any age with underlying health concerns that you stay home for your own safety. If you feel ill, have a scratchy throat, fever (no matter how slight), aches and pains, or any other symptoms that you refrain from attending, and immediately visit your healthcare emergency professional.
Likewise, if your children are not feeling well it would be suggested that you refrain from attending any public or congregational gathering. If you or your children are feeling unwell please contact the prayer ministry at the Church, and immediately visit your emergency healthcare professional.
CATCH US AT HOME IF YOU CAN'T COME LIVE
Congregations have the option of live streaming their services on Facebook and other social media platforms. If you are unable to attend or do not feel comfortable about being with a larger crowd during this time make sure and tune in and join your Church online.
Please know that these precautions should not be viewed as overreacting but rather as precautionary measures to safeguard you and your families from any potential fear or threat. As stewards who care for the flock of God, we desire to gather, worship and pray. Especially at times like this.