As of March 14th, there have been 2 identified cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County, with now 44 active cases in the state of Illinois, and no reported coronavirus cases in our immediate area. At Springbrook, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
We will remain diligent and take precautions while we monitor activity. At this time we are not cancelling events or services, and we encourage you to be mindful of the following:
- Stay at home if you have any symptoms (mild or severe), such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Stay at home if you are at higher risk (e.g., chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease).
- Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
- If you are not feeling well, been around someone not feeling well, or concerned about your health and wish to stay home on Sunday, email the church office at email@example.com. We will forward you links to messages and important information and check in on you. Download our Springbrook Church app to stay connected while you are away!
- If you, anyone you know or have been in contact with, tests positive for the Coronavirus please notify the Springbrook office immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. so that we can take appropriate action.
Here are some of the steps we have taken at this time:
- We have been and will continue to regularly monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) websites.
- We have been following CDC and MCDH guidelines specific to COVID-19 for community and faith-based organizations for planning and preparedness tips.
- Our cleaning team is disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces (ie: doors, handles, water fountains, tables, counters).
- We have hand sanitizers throughout the lobby, café, sanctuary, and check-in stations.
- Our greeting team is sensitive to the situation, and will not be shaking hands before and after the service.
- The turn and greet portion of our service will be a turn and say good-morning segment while our kids head to their classrooms.
- Offering and collection baskets will be at the back of the sanctuary, and not passed through the aisles.
- We are asking everyone to take advantage of washing your hands in the restrooms before and after services.
- We will live stream our Sunday morning service utilizing Facebook Live for those unable to attend services on Sunday [03.12]
- Our seniors 55+ Dinner and Movie night on March 17th has been canceled [03.13]
- Our Connections Cafe will be closed Sunday morning [03.13]
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities, yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
On the journey together,