With the emergence of COVID-19 earlier this year, the world was thrown into chaos, with us being no exception. As our communities started to develop plans to adapt to this new normal we found ourselves in, Restoration Church made the difficult choice to suspend our in-person gatherings until the virus was better controlled. And now, months later, Restoration Church is finally once again meeting together physically. Now that we're hosting in-person gatherings again, we feel that it is our duty to do all we can to help combat the spread of COVID-19. So, this page is dedicated to informing you of everything we are doing to help ease your mind should you decide to attend in-person.
After each and every service, we are sanitizing our entire building. This includes all surfaces, appliances, door knobs, light switches, you name it. Also included in this is the sanitation of all seats and chairs in the sanctuary. And don't worry, they'll be dry by the next service.
We're also taking personal hygiene very seriously. Throughout the building we've placed hand sanitizer stations, along with ensuring that soap and water are available in all bathrooms.
Personal Protection Equipment, a fancy medical phrase for masks and gloves. We've got masks and gloves available for anyone who needs them, free of charge.
There's a saying that says a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, and in a way, this is true for the circumstances we've found ourselves in today. In order for Restoration Church to remain safe, everyone who attends must work together to ensure all of our safety measures are followed. That being said, we're asking that anyone who decided to attend be aware and follow the following:
-Practice social distancing. The best way to combat transmission of COVID-19 is to simply keep your distance from others. We've spaced out the chairs in our sanctuary to help, but it really boils down to ensuring you keep at least six feet from others while you're here. This includes shaking hands, giving hugs, and touching each other at all.
-Stay home if you're sick. Regardless of what your symptoms are, if you're not feeling well, play it safe and stay home. COVID-19 can present itself in a bunch of unusual ways, so please, if you don't feel good, for the sake of everyone else who attends, enjoy our online services from the comfort of your home.
-Wear a mask. We get it, this one is a controversial subject. And in an attempt to remain apolitical in the matter, let us just say this: to us, this has nothing to do with fear, politics, or your personal liberties, but it has EVERYTHING to do with showing love for the people around you. We have people from all walks of life who belong to our community, including people who are especially susceptible to the effects of COVID-19. Romans 15:1 says "We who are strong must bear the burdens of the weak, and should not live to please ourselves", so please keep this in mind as we look out for those who are the most vulnerable.
Thank you for being so understanding as we work tirelessly in ensuring everyone who attends our in-person gatherings remain safe and healthy. We hope to see you this Sunday!
The Coronavirus is an ever changing situation. For up to date information, we recommend visiting the website for the Center for Disease Control, linked below.
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