Update on COVID-19 (Corona) Virus

by APC on March 12, 2020

Dear APC Family,

It is a high priority to make our church a safe, secure place for you and your family to worship. Due to the ongoing concern about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we believe it is prudent to exercise caution in a number of ways.

The spread of illnesses like the flu and the coronavirus is something we take seriously on a regular basis.

The strong safety measures we normally follow as well and additional measures we are taking will help keep you and your family safe and healthy. These measures include the following procedures:

  • Sanitizing our classrooms and toys after every service.
  • Wiping down high-traffic areas like door handles and other surfaces.
  • Providing hand-sanitizing stations. (These items are in short supply. Please bring your own hand sanitizer in the event we run out and are unable to purchase more.)
  • We are closely following news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about best practices to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We’ll continue to update our policies and procedures with the latest information and communicate with you as necessary.

Of course, we need your help too. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy:

  • Avoid skin contact. While we love giving hugs, handshakes, and high-fives, try giving an elbow-bump, a big smile, or a friendly wave instead.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often in warm water for a minimum of twenty seconds and encourage your entire family to do the same.
  • Our volunteers will ask children to wash their hands if they visit the restroom while they’re in our care.
  • Use hand sanitizer often.
  • If you’ve been exposed to a person with the coronavirus or have recently traveled out of the country where you might have been exposed, please follow the CDC guidelines and take a couple of weeks off from attending church.
  • If you or your family members are experiencing, or have recently experienced, symptoms associated with the flu or the common cold (fever, persistent cough, headache, chills, or unexplained rash), we ask that you stay home from church for a couple of weeks.
  • If you need to stay home from church, please watch online. We want everyone to stay connected to what the Lord is doing in our church.

Together, we can do our best to make our church a safe place for everyone.  To borrow a phrase I’ve heard recently, “We are not worried…but we are not indifferent”.

Let’s continue to tell the Truth, love like disciples, and serve like He’s watching.

Pastor