First Shiloh Baptist Church
Church Conduct and Procedures
As we gather together this morning, we “enter into His gates” with the news of the coronavirus bombarding the airways. If you are alive and breathing, you have heard more about COVID-19 than you care to know. I rise to remind us first of all, that we are people of faith! We trust God. As the psalmist reminds us in Psalm 46, God is our refuge and strength. However, we are also people of action. "Faith without works is dead." We have developed and are developing protocols and precautions as we continue to do ministry in this context. The health, well-being and safety of our parishioners, guests, staff and clients is of paramount importance.
So, things will be different as we meet over the next several weeks. First and foremost, I encourage those who are ill to stay home! Here are just a few of the changes implemented.
The Apostle Paul offered this word of encouragement in the early days of the Church and I commend it to you:
"Be anxious for nothing but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7, 19)
Worship on Sunday
At a press briefing yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced precautions to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
The same rules for basic public health concerns apply:
· If you are sick or feeling poorly, stay home!
· Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds at a minimum.
· Reduce or eliminate personal contact with one another by not shaking hands, hugs, etc.
· Call a medical provider if you feel ill or you think you have symptoms!
Please check on elderly or health-vulnerable congregants. (They will welcome your call!) Note that visits to nursing home residents are prohibited except in end-of-life situations.
Lastly, keep up to date by checking the government links:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
NYS Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
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