The Coronavirus and Tapestry Community Church
In light of recent events and concerns about the coronavirus, we would like to provide some guidance about how we can minimize risk at church, and how believers should respond to this pandemic. First, we need to always keep at the forefront of our minds that the Lord is in control and that he is always looking out for the best interest of his people. Psalm 112:6-8 says, "For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,..." Regardless of what we see on the news, our faith and comfort ultimately find rest not in our government and not in the World Health Organization, but in God. Scripture also reminds us that we should "not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7). This is not to say we should not exercise reasonable precautions. We certainly should. It is to say that in times of crisis our first response should be to flee to God in prayer "casting all our anxieties on Him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
That being said, we would like to remind everyone to please take reasonable precautions when gathering for corporate worship and other church functions. We strongly encourage everyone to please adhere to the following infection control guidelines which, in actuality, are good guidelines to follow at all times.
- If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (fever, aches, chills, vomiting, diarrhea), please refrain from all church functions (corporate worship, Life Group, prayer meetings, etc.).
- If you have recently experienced flu-like symptoms, please refrain from all church functions until you have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
- Should you choose to miss church, please let one of the elders know so we know how best to pray for you.
- Wash your hands frequently (before eating and after using the restroom), and use hand sanitizing lotion often in between hand washings. Extra sanitizing dispensers have been installed in the church building, please take advantage of them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Completely cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and then immediately wash your hands afterwards.
- Please avoid shaking hands or hugging as the virus is primarily spread through contact. Consider a friendly nod and smile.
- When taking communion, please follow directions from the elders. We will be dispensing the elements at the front of the sanctuary.
- When eating donuts, please take the one you touch. Parents, please monitor your children regarding this area.
- We encourage everyone to stay informed by reading through the CDC guidelines and cautions https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
Lastly, we are still encouraging everyone to attend church. At this point we do not believe there is sufficient cause to cancel services; however, it is always wise to implement reasonable precautionary measures. We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.