Church Advisory (30 Jan)

Dear Hebronites,

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR CONGREGATIONS AND SMALL CHURCH GATHERINGS

In view of the developing Wuhan Coronavirus situation, we wish to advise everyone to exercise caution and adopt the following measures. Please take time to read this before we gather as a 900-strong church this weekend. The measures also apply to gatherings on other days of the week. There are vulnerable individuals among us, such as children, seniors, and those with underlying health conditions. As such, please:

  1. Do not attend church if you have returned to Singapore from China on 19 Jan or later. Instead, wait 14 complete days to be sure you are clear of any symptoms. Please apply this 14-day rule as long as you are travelling back from China.
  2. Do not attend church if you feel unwell (whether or not you have recently returned from China). If you do, please be willing to wear a mask or to see a doctor if we request it.

We will monitor the situation closely and adjust our response as required. On Sunday

  • Pastoral staff will look out for congregants who are unwell.
  • Children’s ministry: We will take temperatures of all children and practise hand washing/sanitisation.
  • Hand sanitisers will be made available at key locations in our premises, but please bring your own surgical mask and sanitiser if required.
  • We will provide access to sermon materials on our website for those who have opted to stay home.

Advisory for Frontline Personnel (Ushers, New Friend Greeters, Teachers)

  • If you are unwell and rostered to serve on Sunday, inform your leader and excuse yourself promptly.
  • For this period of heightened caution, greet others with a hand wave instead of a handshake.
  • If you spot someone with flu-like symptoms (e.g. cough, sneezing, shortness of breath), be calm and composed. Notify a pastor or pastoral staff member of that person at once.

As the world reacts in fear and panic, let us entrust this situation to our Almighty God. We hold Psalm 91 close to our hearts:

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Rev Wong Shin Hoe
Senior Pastor
Hebron Bible-Presbyterian Church