If you are looking for resources from medical and science professionals related to COVID-19, visit cdc.gov, the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The site includes:
- resources for church and community leaders, including cleaning and disinfecting recommendations;
- a list of symptoms associated with COVID-19;
- steps to follow if you are sick; and
- an extensive list of frequently asked questions.
Congregations that continue to hold public worship services may consider changing some of their practices during this pandemic. For example,
- worship folders (bulletins) can be picked up off a table in the entryway and disposed of after the service by each individual family;
- the order of worship and hymns may be included in the worship folder or on a display screen so that hymnals do not need to be used;
- serving food and drinks may be discontinued;
- shaking hands may be replaced with a friendly wave;
- offerings may be collected in a basket or offering plate placed in the entryway; and
- online giving may also be promoted.
Although these temporary changes may feel unusual at first, God’s powerful Word does not change and will be the one constant during this unsettling time.