Dear Strawbridge Family,

At our church, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe especially in light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Here is some information that you may find helpful.

Our trustees have been working diligently to be sure that our facility is being cleaned thoroughly each day.  They have been in regular conversation with our custodial staff to be sure we are taking every precaution through the use of a professional cleaning service, which are here each night, and follow very strict guidelines when cleaning the facility.

During this time, we are asking you to help stop the spread of the virus in the following ways:

1. Stay at home when you or a family member are sick.  We are currently working to implement live streaming on Facebook so that you and your family can still receive the sermon each week. As well as videos uploaded to the website for those who are not on social media.

2. 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.

3. Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.

4. Get in the habit of NOT touching your face so often.

5. Forgo shaking hands at church for a wave, elbow bump or a friendly smile.

6.  For the present time, we are going to discontinue the Passing of the Peace during services.  Christ be with you!

7. We also will not be passing the offering plates through the aisles…there will be baskets placed at the rear of the sanctuary for you to place your gifts and tithes.

8.  The attendance pads will also not be passed at the beginning of the service and the ushers and greeters will be available to help if you are a guest and have questions or need information.

9. If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions.

The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

In Christ,
Strawbridge Trustees and Pastoral Staff