"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
As church leadership we have received the recommendations of the Superintendent of our District, and we are closely monitoring updates from the CDC.
We firmly believe that it is a time to be cautious but not a time to be afraid. This is what we have decided this morning March 14th of 2020.
1- The doors of our church will be open on Sunday, joining in prayer for our nation and the world. Service will begin at 10:30 am. But if please there is no guilt or shame of you decided to stay at home. Messages will be readily available online at www.emporiumalliancechurch.com
2- There will be no Sunday School, Nursery, nor Great Adventure until April when the situation will be reassessed. Our children are welcome to be in the sanctuary during the service.
3- Small groups will continue to function. Check with your small group leaders for further details.
4- There will not be any greeters at the door, but it does not mean that we will not greet each other. Please avoid handshaking or hugging. Rather, greet one another with a wave.
5- We will not pass the plates; instead, a basket will be available where you can give on your way in or on your way out of the sanctuary.
6- We will pause the refreshments such as coffee, tea and juice, but you can feel free to bring your own.
7- The church has provided hand sanitizer in different parts of the building to be available at all times and can be used as often as needed. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and use common sense.
8- If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so in the inside of your elbow.
9- If you are a person with “heightened health risk,” we lovingly encourage you to stay home and avoid public gatherings during this difficult season.
10- If you or anyone living in your home is sick, whether it be a simple cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sneezing, or coughing, we respectfully ask you to stay at home. It is a great way to express your love to all of us and others.
Thank you so much for your understanding, and we will continue to have the lines of communication open. As the situation progresses, we may need to do adjustments.