- COVID-19 Notice | Genesis Christian Church | Margate, Florida

Genesis Christian Church: COVID-19 Response

We are living in uncertain times and I know that many of us are, frankly, fearful about what the future holds regarding the coronavirus situation. Let me remind you that God has not changed, and this situation is not new to him. With him all is present, because he is eternal. We are just seeing this today, but he saw it from the beginning. Having said that, he is not just trying to figure out a solution. The solution is already decided. Let me also remind you that God has given us a spirit of love and a sound mind and not a spirit of fear (2Tim. 1:7). Three important truths from this passage. First, God does not want us to live with fear. Although this situation is serious and must be contended with, we don’t have to fear, because God is in control. When we become fearful, we can often make many mistakes. We become overwhelmed and cease to think and act with purpose. So, we must be calm in this situation and refuse to panic. Second, we are given a spirit of love. This means we must endeavor to love each other, comfort and strengthen each other. I know that touching is not recommended, and social distancing is the path but let us not become discriminating of each other and blame different ethnic groups because we think they are the ones responsible for the spread of this disease.  Let us continue to practice love and pray for each other. We can do this through emails, phone calls, text etc. Finally, the scripture reminds us that God gives us a sound mind. This means we must be wise. Take all the necessary precautions. Last week I gave us some of those guidelines. Some will be repeated below. These come from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Education. Practice all the safety measures and limit exposure.  With that, let me give you the response guidelines from Genesis Christian Church.           

Stage 1

Confirmed Cases in Broward County  

  • All worship, ministries, and meetings in the church facility remain active.
  • Extra sanitation and cleaning will be performed throughout the building.
  • Communication between members with words rather than physical contact.
  • Encourage those who aren’t feeling well to stay home.
  • Encourage handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • For those uncomfortable with attending in person, please note that our second service worship is available online. (URL – Youtube, search For Genesis Christian Church and click the link provided)

Stage 2

Increased confirmed Cases within Broward County and Governmental Advisory

  • Our worship services continue online while we also offer onsite worship for those who choose to come. Vulnerable people groups are encouraged to stay home and utilize online worship.
  • Limited services by phone by our Deacons and leaders.
  • No food served on church premises.
  • Extra cleaning and sanitation before and after worship services
  • Tithes and Offerings will be collected at the back door of the sanctuary, offering plates will not be passed.
  • Bulletins will be available but will not be distributed at the doors.
  • Recommend limiting travel for church staff and church-sponsored ministries.

Stage 3

Confirmed Case in Our Church, or upon the Advisement of Local, State, or Federal Health Officials

  • All congregants will be directed toward online services; no worship services or activities will be available on site
  • All giving will move online. If you have not done so as yet download the giving app or use the church website www.mygenesiscc.org. Click on the donate button.
  • All facility use, including worship services, rehearsals, meetings, will be suspended until further notice.
  • All church-sponsored events (on and off-site) will be suspended until further notice.
  • The church office will be closed, and all contact will be directed through info@mygenesiscc.org  and phone (954-726-5558)
  • Small groups are encouraged to meet via zoom, google hang out or phone conference.
  • We will also be having a virtual congregational prayer time each Tuesday evening at 8 pm. Please call in to the prayer room using the numbers below.
  • Each member is assigned a deacon and your deacon will be checking on you over this period of time, so please pick up the phone and support each other.  
  • The church leadership will coordinate with the Department of Health or appropriate agencies regarding the steps required to move forward.

Current Status: Stage 3

Personal Preparedness

There are many common-sense steps that you can take to limit the spread of COVID-19. For 80% of cases, it is a relatively mild illness that does not require hospitalization. While there is currently no way to eliminate COVID-19, we can slow down its spread and protect our vulnerable population by:

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water 
  • Not touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes) with your hands.
  • Staying home if you feel sick until the illness is resolved.
  • Covering all coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
  • Staying away from others who are ill when possible.

Meeting Remotely

Our prayer ministry group has been praying about the coronavirus epidemic for several weeks. They’ve been petitioning God on behalf of those afflicted with the coronavirus, those treating the sick, as well as those working toward a cure or a breakthrough in treatment. If you’d like to submit a prayer request, whether it’s related to coronavirus or not, call into our prayer room Telephone Number: 1-712-770-4932, Access Code: 695097  Genesis Christian Church will be meeting remotely every Tuesday at 8 P.M. for congregational prayer.

We encourage small groups to meet via remote systems such as google hangouts, skype or zoom for meeting. These are all free and can be downloaded from your phone.  

 

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