We value the importance of meeting together each week to worship our God and encourage one another. As many of you are probably aware, concerns of the Coronavirus and its spread in public places are on the rise. This has led some people to refrain from public gatherings, like church services.
As a church family, we highly value the health of every person who walks into our location. Jesus prioritized care for the last, the lost, and the least, and we want to do the same.
Some members of our community are particularly vulnerable, and so we are all taking specific precautions to help protect their health.
This post is to inform you of the steps we’re taking for the time being to prioritize a healthy environment, and we ask you to join us in this effort.
What we’re doing:
- We’re asking our staff and greeters to refrain from physical contact with our attenders (such as handshaking). Instead, you’ll get a warm smile and a friendly wave.
- We will regularly disinfect campus touchpoints (such as door handles and computer touch screens).
- Our Kids Team is fully stocked with hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray and will continue to enforce our sick policy.
What you can do:
- Wash your hands (the full 20-30 seconds) before you come to church and after you use the restroom. Sing this song while you wash to both ensure the proper time and worship posture needed.
- Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: fever within the last 24 hours, excessive runny nose, diarrhea or flu symptoms, cold or cough. While you most likely do not have a coronavirus infection, other illnesses weaken the immune system and make people more vulnerable for serious implications in the event of infection from coronavirus in the future.
- If you have to stay home, you can always keep up with our sermons via audio podcast. We do our best to upload them on Sunday afternoons or Monday mornings.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” We should not be fearful or panicky. At the same time, the love and sound mind we have in Christ should mean we take precautions seriously.
Once again, we believe it is important for God’s people to gather together each week, as their health allows. The church should never be a source of fear but instead a place of solace and wisdom. We want to encourage you during this time, that your primary concern should be for the care of others, especially the most vulnerable among us. Your concentrated efforts to combat the spread of this virus not only protect you and your family but protect those in our community who are most at risk for serious consequences in the event of a viral infection.
We hope you’ll keep joining us each week if you are able, and that you’ll help us continue to make Redemption Peoria a place that is both welcoming and hospitable.
Grace and peace to you,
Redemption Peoria Pastors