Coronavirus and the Church
Safe Worship Practices at The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor
Here at FCC we are taking all necessary precautions related to flu season infections and the COVID-19 outbreak. When you come to church for Sunday worship, or for a church-related class or event, you will notice the placing of hand-sanitizers in multiple locations throughout the church, tissues, disinfectant wipes in all restroom and kitchen areas, and special signage in restrooms and sink areas encouraging proper handwashing and coughing/sneezing recommendations. Elbow-bumping and waving is also being requested in lieu of hand-shaking and hugging. Every other pew will be blocked off to ensure that you enough personal space.
As new cases of the coronavirus (CoVid-19) are reported in Michigan and around the world, the church is called to education, caution and common sense. Here are a few basic guidelines for congregations.
Good hygiene helps prevent the coronavirus from spreading, but also of colds and flu!
- Members, ministers, ushers – wash your hands frequently – with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
- Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue, not your hand. Wash immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes, with unwashed hands.
- Regularly disinfect surfaces frequently touched including keyboards, desktops, elevator buttons and door knobs.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Feel free to “bump elbows” or wave to fellow congregants instead of hugging or shaking hands.
Coronavirus (CoVid-19) is a respiratory illness that causes flu-like symptoms including fever, vomiting and difficulty breathing.
- If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical advice.
- Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms.
- Stay home. Do not travel while sick. Avoid contact with others.
- Ask to join meetings via video or telephone conference call while you are recovering.
- Short educational video on the “5 Things to Know About COVID-19” https://youtu.be/2OKr53uXhS4
- Latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at: gov/coronavirus/2019–ncov/index.html•
As the faith community, we have a special responsibility to care for our fellow congregants and communities. When we are prepared, we are in a better position to help others. Get the facts and restate them accurately. Check in frequently with our fellow congregants. And counter scapegoating such as already has been shown to some Chinese and Chinese-Americans. They are not to blame for the coronavirus!