An Important Update on Coronavirus
Dear Church Family,
We are praying for the many communities and nations that have already been affected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus; we also are praying for those working to stop its spread and those providing care to those who are ill.
We know our God is the Great Physician and Healer and we are praying to Him to protect and heal all of those who have been exposed to the virus.
We know that you might have some concerns, so we wanted to make you aware of the precautions we are implementing in order to maintain the health and safety of our congregation and staff. Much of this is what we already practice on a regular basis, but with some additional precautions during this heightened time. As you attend service this weekend, you will notice the following measures that have been put into place.
- We have communicated to our Serve Team Members that we will be waving at our entrance doors rather than shaking hands.
- On a similar note, we will not be shaking hands or hugging one another during the welcome portion of the service.
- We will be conducting extra cleanings throughout the facility, and our team will be using disinfectant to wipe down surfaces before and after the service.
- We will have additional hand sanitizers throughout the facility.
- We will be implementing these additional sanitization measures in RivKids, including wiping down all surfaces such as play areas and toys. We will also not be serving any snacks to help in preventing potential spread of germs. However, parents with nursing age infants please continue to bring bottles prepared individually and specifically for your child.
You can implement the following basic tips in order to help keep you and your family healthy:
- Please stay home if you are not feeling well. If your child has a fever or other flu/cold symptoms, we are asking that you please keep them home as well.
- According to the CDC, the elderly and those with certain pre-existing health conditions are especially vulnerable. We encourage you to consult the CDC guidelines for the specifics appropriate to your situation. Please see the CDC link below if applicable
- If you choose to stay home, we’d welcome you to join service through the live stream, in one of the following ways:
- The Riverside App (search Riverside Church South Florida at your app store),
- The church website (954church.com), and
- On our Facebook page (954church Community). We will be increasing our communication and working to provide spiritual encouragement and biblical content through social media during this time.
- Avoid close contact with people whom you suspect might be sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Maintain proper hygiene by thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s guidelines for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that healthy people need to wear masks to prevent contracting Coronavirus, but rather should only be worn by those showing symptoms in order to prevent the spread of their germs. A shortage of facemasks could be critical for public health professionals, so it is advised to avoid purchasing facemasks if you do not meet the CDC’s criteria for needing one.
- If you have traveled to any of the countries where there are outbreaks of the virus, please follow immediate guidance from the CDC.
The Riverside Leadership Team has already begun implementing the above measures and will continue to monitor what additional steps need to be implemented in the future. We will also continue to search out guidance from the local and national authorities on taking appropriate next steps and necessary precautions. We are already in communication with other local churches in South Florida, praying together and sharing best practices that we might navigate through these times together in wisdom and faith.
There is much in the media globally on the subject, however we recommend you refer to the links below from trusted sources that provide plenty of informative guidance:
- ISOS, our travel advisor, FAQs: https://pandemic.
- WHO advice: https://www.who.int/
emergencies/diseases/novel- coronavirus-2019/advice-for- public
- CDC summary: https://www.cdc.gov/
If I could share one final word, our encouragement to you is to use wisdom, be considerate of others and walk in faith. We love you and are praying with you and for you.
Pastor Brian and the Riverside Elders