The care and health of our community is incredibly important to us. We are closely monitoring the situation in regard to the current viral outbreak and want to be making wise decisions for our church. This Sunday, we will be making a few adjustments to our services in order to reduce the chance of viral transmission.
- First, you will be receiving an individualized communion serving that we would ask you to hold until the relevant portion of our service. This will allow us to reduce the community interaction with the communion elements while still allowing this important part of our service to be celebrated.
- Secondly, we will be temporarily eliminating the “greet your neighbor” portion of our service. We believe that the community interaction and good will that this engenders in our services has value but in light of the current situation, reducing hand shaking and physical interaction seems prudent.
- Thirdly, we will be requesting that our Guest Services team not engage in hand shaking as a welcome to people as they approach our worship services. This traditionally warm greeting obviously encourages the spread of illness and we would like for you to view their refraining from doing so in the current environment as an act of care and love for you and our whole community.
- Lastly, our R/KIDS classrooms will have hand sanitizer at the door of each classroom. We ask that you and your children make use of it as you drop off and as you pick up from your class. Classes that are equipped with sinks will also be washing hands of children during classes.
We also would like to make a request of you. If you, or anyone in your household is currently sick, we would kindly ask you to refrain from attending services on Sunday. Although, you most likely do not have a coronavirus infection, other illnesses weaken the immune system and make people more vulnerable for serious implications in the event of an infection from coronavirus in the future
The church should never be a source of fear but instead a place of solace and wisdom. We want to encourage you during this time, that your primary concern should be for the care of others, especially the most vulnerable among us. Your concentrated efforts to combat the spread of this virus not only protect you and your family but protect those in our community who are most at risk for serious consequences in the event of a viral infection.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to respond to this email and we will be in touch.
Redemption Gilbert Leadership Team
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”Matthew 10:29-31