Shiloh Membership and Community
WHAT WE’RE DOING TO PRIORITIZE YOUR HEALTH.UPDATED: MARCH 12, 2020 | 6:16 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. We have had our eye on this issue since it began and are looking out for any helpful information that we can share or needful decisions to maintain our church’s health and safety. While we refuse to live in fear, we are taking steps to curb the spread of germs and diseases during our worship gatherings and onsite meetings.
Fundamentally, we’re asking that you consider your personal and family health a priority. As the scope and course of this virus continue to unfold, we request that, if you are experiencing an uncontrollable cough, fever or fatigue, you seek medical attention instead of coming on-site. If your children are exhibiting flu or virus-like symptoms, we will ask that you keep them home instead of checking them in for the children’s ministry. If you are unable to attend due to illness, tapes and online streaming will soon be available. We encourage you to worship as a family at home if these symptoms are present.
We have consulted medical professionals along with our staff, and have identified the following internal steps to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus:Sanitizing stations at each entryway. We will have hand sanitizer available at strategic locations in our lobby. There will also be ample hand sanitizer throughout the lobby and antibacterial hand soap available in our restrooms.
Sanitizing public spaces.
Our facilities team is working to wipe down railings, door knobs, handles and entryways several times during our worship gatherings.Sanitizing children’s ministry rooms. Children's Church is double sanitizing rooms and toys. Toys are wiped down weekly after services, but we are adding additional cleanings throughout the week to eliminate germs that may be on surfaces and toys.Limit Hugs, handshakes and touching. While we all love a good touch your neighbor, we won’t be doing much neighbor touching during this time. Please respect someone’s right to decline a hug or handshake. We are grateful for the love and fellowship in our lobby, but we are requesting that you limit hugs, handshakes and touching until we are out of this high transmission period. Don’t worry…hugs will be back! Limiting mid-week, on-site activities. In the best interest of our community and members’ health, we have decided to postpone a few events. The list of postponed events will be updated on this page and our website, as new information becomes available.
We will continue to gather for Sunday worship, unless public health officials advise or instruct us to do otherwise. We will inform you of any changes in our worship scheduling or format. We are watchful and are praying that God will turn the tide in the spread and transmission of Coronavirus. We strongly believe that He will continue to heal those who are already suffering from this disease. We are especially praying for the elderly and other susceptible groups who need God’s sovereign hand of protection.
The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Flint
3/12/2020 CDC Prevention Guidelines
CDC Guidelines for Prevention
3/12/2020 CDC:High Risk Individuals
People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Stock up on supplies.Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.Avoid crowds as much as possible.Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Who is at Higher Risk?Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
Older adults People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.