Update: Friday, March 13 at 12:00 pm
By now you’re well aware that there’s a global pandemic called COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. Learn more about it here from a Christ-centered medical doctor who is board-certified in infectious diseases.
What does Coronavirus mean for the church?
We’re going to live by this simple principle:
“First wash hands, then wash feet.”
But we understand the implications are a little more complex. Here is what we can tell you about our approach right now:
We are still planning to have our scheduled King’s Community Brunch this Sunday at Landa Haus at 10 AM.
However, to love our neighbors and protect those who may be susceptible to illness, we plan to take some extra precautions and would ask you to do the same.
These are some of the steps we are planning to take:
- When you arrive, don’t worry about opening the door. We will do our best to either have them propped open where possible or have them opened for you.
- We encourage you to greet one another with joy but as much as possible do so without handshakes or hugs for the time being.
- Don’t worry, we will still have coffee but we ask that you let our host work the spout so there is only one person touching it.
- We will have brunch, but instead of a buffet line, we’ll have volunteers with gloves serving food to you at your table.
- The Center for Disease Control reminds us of the best habits to preventing the spread of any virus.
- If you or your loved ones are ill with flu-like symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, and coughing), please stay home and contact a physician.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
How are we making decisions about whether to gather and how to do so?
- We’re submitting to the federal, state, and city governing authorities’ guidance.
- We’re also listening closely to the plans of Comal Independent School District as we primarily meet in a CISD school, and we will follow their lead on whether to hold gatherings or not.
- We’re praying that God would lead us to faithful, but not foolish, decisions.
If we need to cancel or postpone events or services in the future due to the spread of illness in our area, we are prepared to do so. If we find it prudent to take those steps, we will make necessary accommodations to stay connected remotely. For further updates or changes in plan, and future correspondence, please sign up to receive emails at kingscommunity.ch/email
For now, first wash hands, then wash feet. Throughout history, the church is notorious for growing, not shrinking in times of crisis. Be diligent about how you navigate this unique time.
- Be consistent. Regularly turn off the constant news stream to pray and read your Bible.
- Pray for those who are at greater risk to the virus.
- Pray for global missionaries who are struggling through more challenging circumstances than many of us can comprehend.
- Reach out to people via text, call, or FaceTime to stay connected.
- Be kind to one another and serve those in need.
Ask God to awaken your redemptive imagination about how times like these can help you love and serve your neighbors, so much so that even in times of crisis the gospel would advance.First wash hands, then wash feet.
If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe attending gatherings during this time, we will continue posting messages online at our website as well as where you listen to podcasts.
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