UPDATE MARCH 26: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Redemption is responding. Our elder team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. We are committed to keeping you updated, and we’re doing everything we can to provide safety and protection for our church family and surrounding community.
IS REDEMPTION GATHERING AT BOTH OF OUR CAMPUSES FOR SUNDAY SERVICES?
No. Based on the current executive order from the governor of Michigan, we have suspended all our in person gatherings. At this time, we are suspending services indefinitely, but online services will continue to be available.
WILL REDEMPTION GROUPS CONTINUE TO MEET?
No, not in person. However, group leaders will update you with any changes for your group, which may include options to meet as a group remotely.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO REDEMPTION IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at Redemption, when we are again able to have regular services and gatherings, and if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home!
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE?
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.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS REDEMPTION TAKING TO MAKE FUTURE GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
Redemption (& TCS) cleaning precautions are as follows:
Wiping down all common area touch-points (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.).
Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
In all of our Redemption Kids areas, our Redemption Kids Director and Staff will be sterilizing various surfaces used by our children. We will follow 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 Redemption Kids. 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.
In addition, we encourage everyone to take common sense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping or a smile and wave!).
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. Since December 2019, the virus has spread globally.
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) is constantly monitoring and updating the situation in the US. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information for the state of Michigan at https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
While most of what we’re recommending here concerns the practical, we want you to be equipped to handle this situation spiritually, too. 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 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.
Please join us in praying for the church, both here in the United States and around the world, that we would be a city on a hill and a powerful testimony to the gospel in the midst of this present challenge.