Steps We Are Taking for COVID-19
In light of the recent issues surrounding the COVID-19 virus we at Port Gardner Community Church encourage you to continue on in your faith with the sureness of your salvation as we deal with this sickness that is among us. We understand that not all of us will be able to gather together in the usual manner for a little while. The issue of contagion is not to be taken lightly and we will do what we can to protect those that gather on Sunday and for other weekly events.
For now we will continue to meet normally but with extra precaution being diligent in cleaning and sanitizing to the best that we are able. Please know that we care very deeply about the health and welfare of the family of Port Gardner Church and understand when those that are more at risk of illness choose to refrain from gathering until this sickness is more controlled.
Aryn Shillair, our Children’s Ministry Director has shared the following:
MOST IMPORTANT: If you, or ANYONE in your home has a fever and/or a cough, please do not come for Sunday School. We request that everyone in the home be fever-free for at least 48 hours prior to Sunday morning.
In the last few days, schools around our area have shut down as a preventative measure to protect against the spread of COVID-19. While there is much information we do not know, we have seen that this virus is extremely contagious and I take the safety and health of the families in our church community very seriously.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states: "Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission. How easily the virus is transmitted between persons is currently unclear. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Based on the incubation period of MERS and SARS coronaviruses, as well as observational data from reports of travel-related COVID-19, CDC estimates that symptoms of COVID-19 occur within 2–14 days after exposure." Please see this link for more information.
The best things you can do to help with this issue is mostly the practical measures you would take to prevent your student from getting a flu or cold:
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using hot water and soap.
- Teach kids to cough and sneeze into their elbows.
- Give each other space-typically respiratory droplets only travel about an arm’s length.
- Consistently wipe down surface that are frequently touched.
- Encourage kids to not rub their eyes or mouths with their hands.
- Don’t share water bottles or cups with each other.
- Stay home if you have a fever, severe cough or shortness of breath and seek medical attention if the symptoms get worse.
- Don’t high five or shake hands-but give people fist bumps or elbow bumps that minimizes contact
Sunday mornings we ask that everyone frequently wash their hands. All kids will be instructed to wash their hands prior to Sunday school. Sanitizers and Kleenex will be readily available. All contact surfaces will be wiped down prior to our Sunday school and services.
Above all, know that God is in control even in a world that seems out of control. God is indeed sovereign and holy. His purposes are true and just. He operates in love and justice and brings us to repentance by the revelation of His holy word. Seek after Him and know He is God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? — Luke 12:22-26
In His Grace,
The Elders and Staff of PGCC