Important COVID-19 Action Plan for Trinity
As COVID-19 comes closer and closer to home, we have the opportunity to be good neighbors and a light to our community. An important aspect of being good neighbors is our preparation to help our broader community with containment and reversal of the spreading of this virus. The decisions universities, schools, cities, and states have made the last few days are important in the fight against the spreading of COVID-19. I know that many of us may have personal feelings on the matter but there are some important steps we, as a church, need to make as we seek to be good neighbors and lights in our community.
When state or local officials declare an outbreak in our community, we will use the following plan:
- Trinity Baptist Church (TBC) will suspend all worships services, church-related ministry functions and meetings, life groups, and all facility use by outside groups according to the guidelines and instructions provided by local and state health and government agencies.
- TBC offices will close and all staff will be on a mandatory paid leave per labor laws.
- TBC will institute a remote-worship streaming service if suspended worship services go beyond a week.
We will continue to follow the information and instructions provided by the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Governor's Office and the CDC. The aim of these actions is to join our broader community with the quick containment and reversal of this virus and the return to normal life practices. We want to be good neighbors and do our part in the crucial work of slowing down the spread of this aggressive virus.
In the meantime, please stay informed with local, state and regional news. Also take note of these important, additional steps we are taking right now:
- TBC will continue to recommend the common sense precautions and practices, as noted here.
- TBC will suspend the corporate greeting time during the worship service and continue to advise minimal physical contact with others when gathered at Trinity.
- TBC will use single-serve communion, rather than common cup and bread trays. This will occur for the Communion Sundays in April and May, and longer if necessary. Note: the single-serve communion elements will not be gluten-free. Sorry for this inconvenience as we have recently switched to gluten-free bread for communion.
- TBC will suspend food preparation and service of “open food” during ABFs, Sunday School, and other weekly ministry meetings. “Open food” refers to anything homemade or served from common serving dishes. Pre-packaged food and sealed beverages are allowed. Furthermore, TBC will NOT hold an Easter Brunch this year. Additionally, all outside groups who use our facility will be required to abide to this restriction.
- TBC will encourage any member or regular attender who has underlying health concerns to use considerable caution with any and all public activities, including worship services and ministry events at Trinity. In light of this caution, anyone associated with TBC who has an underlying health concern and needs assistance with shopping, errands, etc, please contact Pastor Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, preparation does not equal panic. These steps are not made out of fear but rather out of love. Many in our Trinity family have underlying health concerns, as well as scheduled health surgeries and procedures. The spreading of COVID-19 will be a major burden on our health care system. This is a troubling season for many of our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. Let us be selfless, sacrificial, and generous in our support and prayer.
We don’t go into these action plans as ones despairing but as ones with hope in God and who are seeking to be wise. God is in control, none of this is happening outside of his sovereignty, and he can use COVID-19 for good, as mysterious as that is from our human, earthly perspective. We can hope in him and also be wise in how we care for our people and represent Christ in our community.
Thank you for your cooperation and prayerful support.
On behalf of the Elder Team at Trinity Baptist Church,