Sunday Morning Worship 11 AM
Covid-19 Mass Message
Church Family -- Please take the time to read and share this with your family and friends.
We are closely monitoring the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally, and we’re paying attention to guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ontario Government and our GTA Council. Our weekly services will continue. At this time, we are following recommendations from those in authority over us through these government agencies. There are less than 50 of confirmed cases in Ontario, to-date, and it is not being spread person to person in our community—everyone who has contracted the virus so far, has been connected to travel abroad. While we know the coronavirus is primarily spread through close contact, we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure a safe place of gathering and worship at Hillside Community Church. We have implemented a plan for extra safety and sanitation. We believe God is still and will always be in control. The spread of this virus has caused a level of fear and anxiety for many people. While we know and believe that God will cover his people in the midst of the storm, we do not take this situation lightly and understand the importance of operating with wisdom. Scripture is clear, “God has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind, and not a spirit of fear.” (2 Timothy 1:7).
As you attend our services, here are some additional steps and measures we are implementing to ensure a safe and healthy environment in our gathering places.
ILLNESS: If you are currently experiencing symptoms or illness, please enjoy the sermon online, posted on our website, rather than physically attending a service. This will ensure you recover more quickly, and that you do not pass on an illness to others. If you desire prayer for healing, please post on our Facebook page.
DOORS & ENTRANCES: To minimize contact points with other congregants, our volunteer teams will hold exterior doors open to greet you. The customary handshake will be replaced with a friendly verbal greeting and as always, an encouraging word. We have also hand sanitizer stations throughout our building and near our entrances for all services.
GREETING: During the greeting time in our services, we recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.
CHILDREN’S AREAS: Our ministry leaders here at HCC are committed to wiping down check-in surfaces with disinfectant wipes, just as we normally do. If your child displays any symptoms, please do not bring them into our children areas during this time, please take them home and avoid exposing others to illness.
PREVENTION: We strongly encourage you to become educated in how the coronavirus behaves. Take some time to understand proper preventative measures to support being part of the solution. Here are some of the basic measures listed on the Centers for Disease Control website:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Please continue to pray for those affected around the world and in our community. We know that God answers us when we pray.