CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE – Updated March 18, 2020 4:30 pm
At Summit Church we take the health and well-being of our congregation, staff and community very seriously. Please continue to pray for those who are affected by this virus – those who are ill, the medical professionals treating them, the scientists working on vaccines and cures, those with mental health concerns, and the leaders making tough decisions to try and curb the spread of the virus and keep us safe, as well as those who are feeling lonely and isolated at this time. We have a staff team monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical professionals, and local health departments. In addition to ongoing efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment, we have temporarily implemented the following precautionary measures. We have plans in place for additional actions if necessitated by the severity of the outbreak.
• Please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending gatherings, programs and events during this social isolation period and instead worship with us online.
• Follow the guidelines from the CDC and the La Plata County Health Department to help prevent the spread of the virus. (General guidelines listed at the end of this document.)
• Only online worship services will be available for the foreseeable future. In-person worship services will not be held at our campus, and all worshippers are encouraged to worship online at the following worship times: Sat 5:30pm, and Sun 9:30am.
• Please use our online registration, online giving and online prayer request options during the online worship service. You may also mail donations to the church at Summit Church, 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango, CO 81301.
• Our congregational care team will continue to care for our congregation, while taking precautions to protect everyone’s health and prevent the spread of the virus.
• Hospitals and care facilities are beginning to limit visitors. When possible, Pastors and Care Ministers will make hospital visits unless they have been exposed to the virus or are in a risk category. They will diligently wash hands before and after every visit, and temporarily refrain from touching patients’ hands.
• In healthcare facilities that are closed to visitors, we will remain connected with patients and residents by phone calls and notes.
SMALL GROUPS, CLASSES AND SUPPORT GROUPS
• Volunteers, leaders and participants should take precautions appropriate for their own personal health situation.
• All activities at the church are cancelled through the end of March, when we will reevaluate.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
• Help us ensure the health of our community. For an appointment with church staff members, please contact them by email. (Some staff are working from home or only working intermittently. Phone is not the best way to reach staff as of right now.)
• Our staff and volunteers are committed to maintaining a healthy environment by reducing interpersonal contact and washing hands frequently.
• Staff members and volunteers who are sick, or have been around someone with active symptoms, will stay home for the recommended quarantine period.
• As the situation evolves, our staff will continue to connect with volunteers and congregants through email to keep you updated.
FACILITIES AND BUILDINGS
• Church offices will remain open between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Thursday.
• In addition to regular cleaning, highly touched surfaces will be sanitized frequently.
YOU CAN BE JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD
• Pray for those who are affected by this virus – those who are ill, the medical professionals treating them, the scientists working on vaccines and cures, those with mental health concerns, and the leaders making tough decisions to try and curb the spread of the virus and keep us safe, as well as those who are feeling lonely at this time – please reach out to anyone you think might be feeling isolated over the next few
• Educate yourself about the Coronavirus from credible and reliable sources, such as from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the La Plata County Health Department.
• Know the symptoms and have a plan for what you would do if you or a family member were to become sick.
• Check on your friends and neighbors. If you know someone who may not have internet access, give them a call and share the information in this post. If the virus spreads through our community as predicted, we can continue to reach out and care for one another through phone calls, emails and social media.
• As the virus spreads, many doctors and nurses will be working long hours. Consider ways you can bless these medical professionals with acts of kindness and notes of appreciation.
• Remember this is temporary. Our church continues to serve our congregation and community. Continue to be a part of the ministry – the need for the support you give in the Durango area and around the world continues despite the pandemic. Watch your email for opportunities to serve individually or in smaller groups. Please continue your financial support of the work of the church. You can give your tithes and offering online, or you can mail a check to the church.
YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
• Avoid large gatherings of people and close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Stay home when you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and, if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.