Dear Circle family,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
– John 14:27
We’ve been closely tracking the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. As you’re likely aware, there is only one case so far in Saskatoon. While we know this virus is primarily spread through close contact, we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship this Sunday.
Before we get into the details of the plans, I want to speak first to our posture as Christ followers.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture is clear that God has given us a spirit of love, not fear. My prayer is that we would sense peace in the midst of these circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary; rather, may we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is in control.
Our staff is monitoring updates from the Canadian and Saskatchewan governments and have formulated a preparedness plan. This plan will change and adjust based on the updates we receive, but as of March 13, 2020, here are the precautions we are taking to increase health measures and mitigate the spread of germs, and the preventative actions we already have in place.
- Our caretaking staff has increased sanitization throughout our building. Their focus is on sanitizing push-pull points and frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, water fountain buttons, desks, countertops, sinks, and taps.
- We recommend that you give your tithes and offerings online. We will not pass offering baskets during the service but will have them available on the way out of the auditorium.
- We will not pass Communion trays, and will instead provide pre-packed, individually wrapped Communion elements.
- To minimize your need to touch door handles as you enter the building, we ask that you keep your gloves on as you open the outer doors. Our volunteer teams will have the interior doors open to greet you.
- When we have a time of greeting during services, we recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.
- Volunteers are committed to wiping down check-in surface with disinfectant wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more readily available throughout our building.
- Easily cleaned toys are cleaned and sanitized after use, while harder to clean toys (lego and puzzles) have been put away at this time. Surfaces and large climbers are disinfected after use
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the Canadian Government recommendations.
Here are some of the basic measures:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
We will provide necessary updates to you via email and post them here on the website and on the Church App.
I ask that you be prayerful for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.