Last update: 3/21/2020 4:21am
In light of the current Corona Virus crisis, Life Church has suspended all physical meetings for the time being. We will be using videoconferencing where possible for our Sunday service and all other meetings. We are abiding by the current Massachusetts State of Emergency prohibition on gatherings of 10 or more (originally 3/24/2020 – 4/7/2020, but subsequently extended to 5/4/2020)
We asked two of the medical professionals in our congregation to advise us about the Corona Virus. Here are their recommendations:
Life Church Corona Virus Policy
Due to COVID-19, we must immediately embrace best health practices to prevent further transmission of this virus. While we may not have control over COVID-19, we must follow guidelines that will protect ourselves and our loved ones. We have reliable information about how not to spread this virus.
At Life Church we are going to follow the guidelines that the Centers for Disease Control has already established.
Here are the practices we are implementing now:
- Social distancing – Maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and others. This involves major changes to the traditional way we have gathered as a church. In order to err on the side of safety, we are switching to meeting remotely (i.e. via phone and/or video conferencing) for all of our regularly scheduled gatherings.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean frequently used surfaces with effective antimicrobial cleaner sprays/wipes.
- Greet one another with elbow taps or other non-physical contact greetings.
- Please be mindful of traveling and potential exposure while in/on confined transportation systems (i.e. trains, planes, buses). This puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are ill and get tested for the flu if you have an elevated temperature with a cough.
- Take special care around those who are ill:
- Avoid close contact with those who may be ill.
- If a family member is ill and needs direct care, please use a mask and gloves for protection.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when caring for your loved one. Do this frequently.
The following individuals are at greater risk:
- Pregnant women,
- People with kidney disease, liver disease, COPD and any respiratory illness, diabetes
- People taking any medication that compromises the immune system
- People over 65 years in age.
Let’s also remember to use God’s wisdom during this time. Following these guidelines is a way to demonstrate that we care about one another and our health.
For more information please use the following resources:
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) COVID-19 website
- Dial 211 a free and confidential hotline developed for questions and concerns about COVID-19.
In addition to hand washing we should engage in activities that build and reinforce our immune system. Eating a healthy diet and getting at least 8 hours of sleep helps our immune system fight and conquer viruses and bacteria. In addition, trying to manage stress in this time of ongoing uncertainty is very important to immune health. Consider Psalm 91:5-6. We serve a God who has seen His people through many turbulent and uncertain times as well as many plagues.
Here are some other links that you may find helpful:
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Boston | Boston.gov
- Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19 | USAGov
- COVID-19: Recommended Resources for Churches — Emmanuel Gospel Center