In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), the leadership of King’s Park thought it best to keep you informed and full of faith.
As believers, we are not to be influenced by fear. Instead, we should always remember that the perfect love God has for us is designed to “cast out fear” (1 John 4:18). With that in mind, read on for details on how we’re approaching this concern.
FAST FACTS ON COVID-19:
- COVID-19 was first detected in China and has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.
- Some see this virus becoming a pandemic, but much remains unknown. Fatalities for COVID-19 are currently lower than those for the seasonal flu, which has resulted in 18,000 deaths in the United States so far this season (Source: Hopkins Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu).
- According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is deadlier than the flu based on current numbers but does not transmit as easily.
- For most of the American public, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. However, for the already sick, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, the risk is higher.
We will respond in faith, not fear, fully aware that disease is a fact of life. We are not to panic, but to trust God. The Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
We are called to be people of prayer, caring for the infirmed (Matt. 10:8), at times at the risk of our own lives (John 15:13). Let’s continue to love our neighbor within the bounds of wisdom, pray for them, drop off meals, etc. Pray for our leaders, doctors, and caregivers to be protected from harm as they bring healing (Psalm 91).
We are called to use wisdom at all times, and here’s what that looks like at King’s Park:
- Gatherings – Our Sunday gatherings are all still happening. Nothing has been canceled. However, if you are sick, or you think you might be, please stay home, get a mask, if possible, get medical help, and get better. If you let us know of your illness, we are committed to praying for you. You can check out our podcast on our website for our Sunday gatherings until you recover. We’ll continue to monitor the best recommendations from public health officials.
- Managing the “Meet-and-Greet” Moment – During our regular “meet-and-greet moment,” after we finish singing, try waves and smiles instead of hugs and handshakes.
- Increased Cleanliness – We always clean all our spaces well, but we’ll be taking an extra measure of care, especially in the Children’s Ministry spaces.
- Personal Hygiene – Wash your hands regularly! We recommend you check out the CDC Flu Prevention Guidelines. These include everyday preventative actions that can help stop the spread of germs like washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough, etc.
- Staying Informed – Here are links to North Carolina COVID-19 Information and CDC COVID-19 Information.
Remember, we’re called to make disciples. Nothing—no disease, no war, no fear can stop the advancement of the gospel and the building of God’s church. Stay in faith, stay in the Scriptures, and let’s stay together trusting God for a speedy and safe resolution to this disease and its effects. If anything changes, we’ll let you know.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reggie Roberson, Lead Pastor
King’s Park International Church-RTP Durham