Co-vid 19 and The Congregational Church of Plainville

We are living in a time when so many people are panicked due to a virus that we don’t even have reliable testing for.  I want to encourage everyone that the most important thing you can do other than good hygiene is to not let this raise your stress levels so high that you do end up sick. Leadership is meeting to discuss the impact of this virus on the church and plan accordingly.

In the meantime, here are a few things that can help us all through this period of time. 

  • It will end. This level of intensity will not go on forever.  Viruses tend to die off as the weather gets warmer.
  • Listen to reliable sources for information.  NOT the news that is inaccurate and political.  Get your information from CDC, your doctor and health officials in the state.
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well. This is the same thing you would do for any flu or cold.
  • Stay away from Emergency rooms and clinics. They are bombarded right now with too many people they and can’t get to very sick patients. Instead call your doctor if you don’t feel well and follow that person’s direction.
  • Build a healthy gut microbiome (where immunity comes from) with fresh healthy vegetables and nutritious foods that keep your immunity strong. Take a good multivitamin that includes free radical fighting antioxidants and other immune defense.
  • Exercise and especially walk outside for fresh air to clear out your lungs with O2.
  • Pray and meditate daily on God’s word for encouragement and peace of mind during this time of uncertainty.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and get enough sleep each night.  If meetings are canceled look at this as an opportunity to increase your health and well-being.
  • Talk to your children about how to care for their bodies right now and help them trust that their bodies can stay strong and well with good nutrition and care.

Though some of this is subject to change, here are some things you can expect during worship:

  • OFFERING: We will not be passing the offering plate back and forth, but rather plates will be at the door on a table when you come in. You may put your offering in the plate then when you enter the sanctuary. Think of it as giving of yourself whole heartedly to God before you sit down to worship.  If you can, consider donating via EFT or mailing in your offering check to the Church Office.
  • CONTACT: We will continue to not shake hands but use this opportunity to look into each other’s eyes and offer a warm greeting of peace.
  • COMMUNION: We will be offering communion but will be seeking to purchase plastic throw away cups. We may also consider taking just the bread cut up knowing that Christ’s body as symbolized in the bread represents both his body and blood.
  • CLOSURES: In the event we must close per state orders, we will inform everyone in a timely fashion.
  • CLEANING: The church custodian, Dorota, is doing a deeper clean of the surfaces in the building. Hand sanitizers are in various places in the sanctuary and hallways.
  • COFFEE HOUR: we will have hand sanitizers by the coffee pots for you to use after you have helped yourself to coffee and milk on the table.

As we continue to calmly observe and listen to the real science about this and get guidance from the right resources and authorities, we will continue to grow in our faith knowing that God is near us and watching over us. 

Be smart, be safe and be secure in Christ,

Pastor Donna

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