Dear Central Family,
As a church we continue to pay close attention to both the flu season and COVID-19. We are following updates and information about the most recent developments from the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and Fraser Health.
The risk to anyone in our community is currently low. Even so, and in consultation with medical professionals, we desire to be responsible and put into place a few protocols to facilitate our gatherings. Our goal as a church community is to continue to be a welcoming place for all people to experience the light and life of Jesus. As such, we are taking steps to ensure the continued well-being of our church family and community. As Life Groups gather we encourage you to take the following precautionary measures:
- Please inform yourself, review Healthlink BC's page on COVID-19, particularly the sections on self-monitoring and self-isolation.
- The most important thing we can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash our hands regularly and avoid touching our face. The use of hand sanitizer is suggested as an effective way to mitigate the spread of the disease.
- Also, we encourage you to cover your mouths when you cough so we are not exposing other people to our germs. Either cough into a tissue and dispose of the tissue into the garbage, or sneeze into your elbow. We ask that you stay home If you are feeling sick or if you have visited a high-risk area recently. In order to facilitate continued discipleship and teaching should you not be able to attend, the messages from our 'The Language of Lament' series will be posted online Monday morning so you can still receive great teaching at home.
- The Provincial Health Officer also asks us to refrain from customary greetings such as handshaking and hugging during the remainder of the flu season. Welcome people with a wave and a smile.
- We encourage you to refrain from communal food. A significant part of fellowship is food! That said transmission of the virus is easily spread through communal contact. Consider refraining from communal snacks at this time.
- If you are away from the church because of any kind of illness, please call or email the church so we can be aware and pray with and for you. Our desire is to be a compassionate and helping church family.
- Join us in exercising your faith by praying for those serving in health care as they wrestle through the challenges of the flu and COVID-19, and for families affected by this illness. God is in control, we encourage you to remain calm, be courageous, wise, and always ready to do good in our city and world.