Dear Faith Family,
As you are well aware by now, our nation and the world are wrestling with the coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to assure you that our leadership team is closely and carefully monitoring all recommendations from local and federal health officials. We remain fully committed to the health and safety of all of our church family as we gather to worship on Sunday mornings and in community groups throughout the week.
While the risk to contract this virus in our area currently remains low, in accordance with ME Division of Disease Surveillance recommendations, we are encouraging any of our church family members over the age of 65 and those with serious underlying health conditions to exercise caution in attending any large group gathering. our governor has restricted meetings to groups of 250 or less, but Becky Burke said that the Infectious Disease doctor said recommendations are that groups over 25 reconsider meeting.In light of that we will be live-streaming services for those who fall into the the previous categories. Also, we encourage those who may be sick with a fever and/or cough to stay home and rest until you are well. We love sharing at Windham Baptist, but we don’t mind you being stingy with your germs!
We also want to let you know about some new safety measures we will begin to implement this coming Sunday to keep you and your family safe, happy and healthy.
• We will ask that you greet others with a smile, wave, and perhaps an elbow bump rather than a hug or handshake.
• We will not have snacks until the situation improves. We love to share food but we do not want to share any illness so this seems like an easy change to make.
• We will be disinfecting commonly touched surfaces like door handles, table tops, railings, etc before and after services to make sure our environment remains a safe one.
• We’re asking staff and parents to help us sanitize after our gathering so that our children will have clean, safe places to have fun and learn about Jesus. If your children attend our nursery or younger children’s class would you help us?
• We will continue to have hand-sanitizer dispensers downstairs for your convenience and feel free to wash your hands in our wonderful restrooms.
• We will not be passing the baskets during our offering time, rather there will be giving stations located in the back of the gathering place by the entrance/exit doors. It’s been in the works, and we hope to make electronic giving available soon at WBCministries.com.
• If conditions worsen in the weeks ahead, and the need should arise for us to move to live-stream only services, we will keep you posted on that and other developments via our website, social media channels, and email.Church family, this is a unique time for all of us. It is critical that we remind each other and share with our friends and family that we have hope. We have hope because we trust in our great and glorious, good and gracious King. We know that he causes all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. We know that nothing can separate us from his love, not tribulation, not distress, not nakedness, not sword, not angels, not demonic powers, and certainly not Covid-19.
May God bless you and keep you all,