While we have no desire to join the broader panic or add to your anxiety over the coronavirus outbreak, we do want to take some prudent and measured precautions as the virus continues to spread in our surrounding communities.
Until further notice, we have canceled our nursing home ministry as the nursing home residents are especially vulnerable to infection.
While we will continue to hold our regularly scheduled services, we are asking that you not attend church services or neighborhood fellowships if you are sick. This includes anyone with a fever over 100.4, coughing or shortness of breath. We believe you should also consider staying home if you are at risk of infection. This includes anyone with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems. Authorities also say that those over 60 years old are potentially at greater risk, especially if they have other health conditions.
As a temporary precaution until the extent of the danger becomes fully clear, we’re also asking that you not shake hands at church to avoid passing germs. While we have hand sanitation stations in the foyer and outside the nursery, the best course of action is for everyone (including children) to wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water.
The church has been hit especially hard this year with colds and flu, and we want to be proactive in protecting ourselves before this virus becomes more widespread. If you do need to stay home, don’t forget that you can go to the church website (bibledirectionforlife.com) or the church Facebook page to watch our services over livestream. We also have audio recordings of all of our messages on our website.
As circumstances progress, we will continue to consult with our in-house medical professionals and follow state and local recommendations. For reference, here is a link to the COVID-19 fact sheet put out by Kitsap Public Health. We will keep you posted if we need to add any additional precautions or if we need to make changes to our services.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Let’s continue to pray for one another to stay physically and spiritually heathy during this season.