Dear Trinity Church family,
As more news comes out concerning Coronavirus, and as cases start to show up closer to home, we are praying for all of those around the world who are struggling through this sickness and dealing with loss in their families. We invite you to join us in those prayers.
At a time when fear can become dominant in the public mindset, our hope is that in addition to the practical measure below, we as a church family can grow in our trust of God who holds us through every circumstance and lean on the truth that...
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. - Psalm 91:1-4
In regard to the virus starting to impact our immediate area, we want to let you know that we have started to think about some wise steps for our church family, and what to do if this more greatly impacts our community.
Here are a few of our initial strategies, comments and asks:
1. We are purchasing additional hand sanitizer and will have it available at all our services on the name tag table, as you come forward for communion, in our Trinity Kids and Trinity Youth groups, and at the prayer stations. Please take advantage of these during services. The CDC continues to encourage hand washing with soap and water for 20-seconds as the best way to clean off any germs.
2. We discourage you from handshaking and hugs for the next few weeks at church. Please remember that we are just trying to be respectful of everyone's health as we navigate this uncharted territory.
3. If you are sat risk of being infectious (e.g., fever) or have recently been around someone who is at risk of being infectious, please stay home on Sundays and throughout the week. Sunday sermons are posted on our website weekly if you would like to hear what you may have missed.
4. With regard to receiving communion on Sunday mornings, we will use pre-sealed, individual servings of grape juice as we receive the cup until further notice.
5. In the event of a large outbreak in our region that would prevent us from gathering:
- For Trinity Kids, Trinity Youth, Groups and midweek programming, if schools begin canceling classes, our programming will follow suit and also cancel.
- For Sunday services, we have already begun to put plans in place to host online services, should the need arise to cancel our in-person gatherings.
Our staff is actively monitoring the situation, are doing all that we can to respond to this issue wisely, and want to exercise prudence in heeding to the recommendations made by official entities such as the CDC and the WHO.
Please continue to pray for wisdom for our church as we move forward together.
Grace & peace,