LifeHouse Family, the leadership team is watching the ongoing COVID-19 virus situation and has been making plans of action accordingly. Our present plan of action is listed below, but this will be updated as there are new developments. Please share this information with your LifeHouse friends and family.
13 March 2020
In light of the developing COVID-19 virus, we wanted to take a few minutes to bring you an update on our response thus far regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to provide some important prevention information as well as some spiritual encouragement during this uncharted time.
In regard to our weekly Sunday services and programming, our services will continue as normal at this time with increased precautionary measures to ensure a safe place of gathering and worship. As a leadership, we will be closely monitoring the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally, and will be paying attention to guidance published by the Ontario and Federal Government, as well as Health and Disease Prevention Agencies, in the event that conditions change and we must alter our plan of action.
In times like these, where we are venturing as individuals, a province/country, and churches into uncharted waters, what better place to turn to for help than to the Word of God. The apostle Paul shared some timely words that we can hold to in times like these when he encouraged a Timothy by saying, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (wisdom)” (2 Tim. 1:7). As the body of Christ, and specifically the LifeHouse family, it is important that we respond to this situation that has brought fear to so many in our communities, with love, power, self-control and wisdom. Our God is still, and will always be, in control. In moving forward with our services, we do not take this situation lightly and understand the importance of operating with wisdom, love and grace.
Your well-being and safety and that of those in our community matters to us. With that in mind, we will be taking, and encourage you to take, precautions to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. We are not exercising this caution out of fear, and we’re confident that the risk to our community still remains low at this time, but we want to protect and honour those who are considered more vulnerable in our community, and therefore we plan to be diligent in stopping the spread of germs where possible. These are the precautions that we are planning to take as well as some we ask you to as well:
Precautions that WE will be taking at LifeHouse will include:
– We will sanitize highly touched surfaces such as doors, handles, tables, sign-in stations, and sinks on a regular basis. If you’d like to be part of the cleaning team, please speak to Cheryl DeBoer. We will have hand sanitizer stations available and encourage people to use them.
- Please be diligent in washing your hands well, with soap and water.
– We will be changing up our entrance greeting routine. To minimize contact spread points with others, our volunteer teams will hold exterior doors open to greet you warmly and kindly.
– Please refrain from all hand-shaking or hugging—offer some kind words and prayers.
– Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
– Our Common Ground Cafe volunteers will be using gloves during their serving.
– The offering plates will not be passed. There will be opportunity for you to give in the foyer.
Thank you for your prayers, cooperation, and understanding in this season!
- If you yourself are not feeling well, stay home, rest, and recover. This includes your kiddos. If they have a fever, a cough, a runny nose, a sore throat etc. please keep them home to rest.
- If you notice someone is sick or may not be feeling well, avoid close contact with them.
- Be sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and/or sneezing. Cough into your elbow.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time using soap and warm water.
- If there is no soap/water available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Disinfect any belongings that you may bring from home with you to church (diaper bags, blankets, etc.)
The Deacon Board of LifeHouse