COVID-19 UPDATE – March 13, 2020

Dear Gilmour family
AS A CHURCH: As a leadership team, we are following updates from the health authorities regarding the spread of COVID-19. At present, we plan to continue our weekly services but are monitoring the situation closely and will follow the recommendations from government agencies. At this time, the risk remains low in Peterborough and there are currently no cases. This risk level could change rapidly, however.
Faith, not fear:  As a church community, we seek to be a people marked by faith, rather than fear    2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.Let’s us use this as an opportunity not to show fear, but to show the peace and hope we have in Christ as we work with those in our community who may be struggling with what is happening.
OUR WORSHIP PLANS: We will be having 2 services this Sunday as always, with precautions and guidelines for us to follow.  Mid week groups will likely all be cancelled for this coming week but it is up to each group to make that decision.  We will continue to asses the guidelines for future weeks. A number of future planned events are being postponed (Gilmour Girls; The Fashion Show; etc…) 
-For those who come to church we ask for “no physical handshakes” so this means greeting each other with a wave and smile before, during and after the service. 
-We will not be passing the offering plate around this Sunday. Instead there will be baskets at the back of the Sanctuary that you may put your offerings in at the end of the first service and the beginning of the second service. If you have not signed up for Pre Authorized Remittance Forms are available for your use if you wish to use.  -Please make use of the hand sanitizers and kleenex. 
You can listen to the Pastor’s message (David Mann from Life Radio speaking this Sunday) uploaded to our website Sunday afternoon at  gilmourchurch.ca.  If you use facebook, one of our morning services in full is available to watch in real time (you can even sing along with the worships songs) or watch anytime in the future. On Facebook, put “Gilmour Memorial Baptist Church” in the search area and it will pop up.     
This is also a great time to make use of your RightNow Media (www.rightnowmedia.org) for sermons, videos, book recommendations etc..
AS INDIVIDUALS:-Keep praying for wisdom for our leaders in government, our churches and community leaders.
-Care for those in your community who may need food or help at this time. Be aware of any neighbours who may need a daily, friendly phone call or supplies brought to them. 
-If you are sick or in isolation, please let your shepherding deacon know so that we can pray for you and ensure that you are cared for.Our Directory is divided into 5 groups, one for each deacon. Paul Faught cares for “Anderson to Duffy”; Bob Taylor cares for “Duncan – Kelly); Brent Robinson cares for “Kidd-McNabb”;  Joan Peacock cares for “Moffat – Stanbury); Wendy Tudge cares for Telford – Young).  You are welcome to call them, and if there are issues beyond their immediate response, they will forward the concern to Pastor Brenda as Pastor Ben is still on holidays until March 24.   

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health: 

● wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer  ( Singing “Happy Birthday through twice while you wash for sufficient time for you to do a good job!  (Pastor Ben’s is March 24 and to one other person)

● sneeze and cough into your sleeve 

● avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 

● avoid contact with people who are sick 

● stay home if you are sick 

Up to date information can be found at:Information Sheet: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-coronavirus-info-sheet-english-2020-02-18.pdf

Please visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus for more information about COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolation advice.

For medical advice, you may also contact Telehealth Ontario (a free, confidential service that provides health advice) at 1-866-797-0000. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Peterborough Public Health 705-743-1000  https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/

Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020   https://www.hkpr.on.ca/

There will be many opportunities for you to be helpful to others around you. As we reach out to God for His peace and mercy we can then share His love with others. I will be attending a meeting this Thursday at the Ptbo Public Health Unit  as we discuss Community Planning for COVID -19  focusing specifically on vulnerable populations. (seniors, people who are precariously housed, and people experiencing a range of underlying health conditions).  I will share my learning from that with you on Sunday March 22nd..

Please do let me know if there are ways we can be more supportive to our church family and community.

In His Love, 

Brenda