The Coronavirus and its impact on RCCPC
March 12th, 2020
Dear Red Clay Faithful,
We are all keenly aware of the serious nature of the Coronavirus and the threat it poses. Therefore, it is important to be informed about the disease and how it spreads, so that each of us can take reasonable precautionary steps to keep ourselves and others safe.
As people of faith, it is important to nurture our spiritual well-being and to gather as the Body of Christ for worship. We also have a mandate to care for the vulnerable among us. We will only gather as a community of faith as long as we believe we are also protecting the health and well-being of everyone. We value your presence and participation in worship, but – above all – we want to encourage you to take the steps you feel are necessary to protect yourself and others. If you are ill or think you might be coming down with something, please stay at home. If you are unable to be present in worship, remember that our 10:30 service is available via livestream and a bulletin that includes the hymns is available on our website. A link to our livestream feed and bulletin can be found at http://rccpc.org/this-sunday.
Our church staff has spent a good deal of time thinking about and discussing the ramifications of people gathering for worship and how to keep our church family safe. We have consulted colleagues, looked at suggestions from state and federal agencies, and reviewed literature available. We have determined that for now a variety of modifications will be made in the way we worship Sunday morning including but not limited to the following:
- Passing of the Peace will be suspended for the time being.
- Use of Friendship Pads will be suspended for the time being.
- Offering plates will not be passed during worship but Ushers will have a plate at each sanctuary exit as worship ends.
- Hymns, including music, will be printed in the bulletin and we will continue our current practice of including the full scripture reading in the bulletins. That same bulletin will be available on our website for those who are unable to be present in worship.
- Pastors will not be greeting at the doors following worship.
- At Fellowship Time, one designated person will pour coffee or tea and food will be pre-plated.
- Although the next time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper is still several weeks away, we will be making significant modifications to the way we currently distribute the bread and cup.
I am also encouraging all who are able to be present in worship to spread out in the sanctuary (even if it means sitting in a new place) and to try to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation closely and will adjust accordingly.
Randall T. Clayton