How Foothills Church is Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Foothills Church is responding.
HOW CAN I JOIN FOOTHILLS CHURCH WORSHIP EXPERIENCES?
As we continue to monitor the ongoing international response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to alert you to a change in our regular Sunday worship experiences as we move both our regular Sunday services exclusively online. Services can be streamed on Sundays at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 9pm (all times EST) by visiting our watch now page.
IS THE BUILDING OPENED DURING THE WEEK?
Currently, the Foothills Church offices are closed, as our staff works remotely in an effort to help contain the potential spread of the Coronavirus. We will update this page with new information as it is made available. To contact Foothills Church with inquiries or to request a member of our pastoral staff please email .
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO FC?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze.
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS FC TAKING TO MAKE OUR CAMPUS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
FC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. These deep cleans will likely involve closing our facility on certain weekdays, and we will include all information about scheduled closures on this webpage.
- In all of our Kids Environments, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children.
- We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to our Kids Environments. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
- During our worship gatherings, we will continue using a safer way to serve communion with pre-packaged elements.
- We will also continue to baptize people in pools filled with sanitized water.
- In addition, we encourage everyone to take common-sense precautions and consider creative interactions (like fist-bumping instead of handshaking).
WHAT ABOUT FC SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS?
Update - March 10, 2020
The International Mission Board (IMB) officially released an advisory to all partners recommending mission volunteers from all U.S. churches suspend international travel through April 30, as a precautionary measure in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19). This date could be extended and will be reevaluated by the IMB by April 15.
The safety of our students and volunteers is paramount in all mission trips, and therefore our staff is following the direction of the IMB by suspending previously-scheduled mission trips to both Zambia and London.
In the meantime, we continue to meet as a staff while also seeking counsel from partners including the IMB, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization, to determine the best course of action for both mission trips.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to a relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community.
Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.