Yes, we know more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) may be a bit stressful, but we want you to be well-informed.
We have followed this evolving story with concern, but also with trust in God. While we cannot control the virus, the spread, or the impact it has on our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our church property as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment in the process. Remember, God has not called us to live in fear, but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” May God grant us all these three gifts, no matter what comes our way. God is for us. We have nothing to fear!
In addition to our normal wellness policy in our kid’s area, we are implementing the following for our church body as a whole:
- If you or anyone in your home has been in contact COVID-19, please remain home for 14 days. This is the incubation period according to the CDC.
- The CDC states that anyone who appears to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) stay home. If, upon arrival at NKC an attender (child or adult) becomes sick please return home.
- If a child in our care should present symptoms and/or fever the parent will be contacted immediately and the child will be sent home.
- Adults with these symptoms are to remain at home.
- Sick people should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available) and then wash hands.
- If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved, and take any necessary precautions here at NKC.
- Feel free to greet one another with a fist or elbow bump or a simple wave.
- Everyone is encouraged to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, provided in all restrooms. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Hand sanitizer is provided throughout the NKC facility.
- Tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles are provided for use by all attenders, these are located in the restrooms.
- Routine cleaning of all surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs will take place each week. We use recommended cleaning agents and follow the directions on the label, as suggested by CDC.
- In our Kids areas: every classroom has hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, Lysol, and Kleenex. Hand sanitizer is at each check-in station, as well in the preschool classrooms, Basic G spray is used to disinfect all toys, doorknobs, gates, etc.
- Out of an abundance of caution, we request that any individual traveling from a high-alert area (currently China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan) wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before attending a church related service/activity/meeting. As always, our messages are offered each week live on facebook, and posted to our podcast and YouTube afterward.
- As of July 2020, we have continued our In-Person Worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 each Sunday morning, requiring masks and following safe social distancing guidelines.
- Although we have resumed our in-person services each Sunday, we understand that many might not be comfortable gathering together yet. We are continuing to offer live viewing of our services at 9:30 am on either Facebook Live or on our website by clicking HERE.
- Pray for those that are suffering across the globe and pray for God’s wisdom among those leading efforts to contain the virus. Pray for one another that we will embrace the repeated exhortations of Scripture to “be not afraid” and love our neighbor. Let’s take this opportunity to show the watching world a strong faith in the sure promises of God.