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When the Coronavirus Comes to Church: Are You Prepared?

Cover Your Cough
Stop the Spread of Germs 

Kids especially might have a lot of questions about what they are hearing about the coronavirus. This cartoon developed by NPR gives a simple explanation about the virus and illustrates why it’s so important to practice good hygiene. 

Communicating to Your Congregation

The way you communicate to your congregation is really important. Now is the time to beef up any communication channels that may be weak. Do you have your congregants’ email addresses and phone numbers? A simple sign up sheet can remedy this problem if you don’t have them already. Additionally, encourage your members to follow the church page on whatever social media platforms you currently use. A quick announcement during the service to remind people to follow you is a good idea.

Church Guide to Coronavirus 1

Finally, the tone of your communication is important. You want your congregation to be aware you are taking these measures out of precaution and that there is no reason to be fearful. Communicate that you are doing these things out of common sense and a desire to mitigate any risk the virus may present.

The following is a Facebook announcement made by Kalos Church in Bellevue, Washington.

Hello Kalos Church Family! 

In light of the recent concerns in our community about the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know that our Lead Team Staff at Kalos Church are taking every precaution to keep our church family healthy.
Kalos Church WILL GATHER TOMORROW for both the 9:45AM and 11:30AM services.  Online viewing is the perfect way to be part of our church whenever you feel unwell. 

Visit the Kalos Church facebook page to watch our livestream. 

We are committed to keeping Kalos Church a clean space for you to worship.  We are in this together. Here are ways you can help:

– Wash your hands often with soap and water.
– If you are feeling unwell, please rest at home.
– When coughing or sneezing, consider others and keep covered.
– Disinfect belongings you bring to church from your home, like diaper bags, blankets, etc. 

At Kalos Kids we regularly ask moms and dads to keep their children at home if they have any of these symptoms:

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Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for churchleaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.