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COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

additional information from the WHO - see below

Australian Govt Dept of Health - health alerts - updated daily -   Read more . . .

The following are guidelines for all to follow - at church, at home, and at work - as concern grows about the possibility of further outbreaks:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

2. Alcohol-based liquid hand sanitizer should be used by anyone distributing communion bread and wine. Ministers should ensure they wash their hands with with soap and water or hand sanitiser before presiding at Holy Eucharist.

3. Intinction preferred to drinking from the common cup. This is a good moment to remember a core principle of Eucharistic theology: That the sacrament is complete when administered in just one kind (in this case, the consecrated bread).

4. At the peace, people bowed to one another or waved and said, "Peace be with you." to their neighbours. No handshakes or hugging.

5. At all times, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth - the places germs enter the body.

6. When you cough, cough into your bent elbow, not into your hand. If you have to blow your nose, dispose of the tissue as soon as possible in a waste container with a lid that closes and either wash your hands immediately or use an alcohol-based liquid to sanitize your hands.

7. Keep your distance. We don't have to be in each other's faces to talk. This is particularly important if someone is coughing or sneezing.

8. Try to avoid large crowds, especially where you will be cramped or pushed together. This may be hard for people who commute on buses or trains.

9. Whenever possible, use Zoom, GoToMeeting, or Skype for meetings.

10. If you're sick, stay home! Encourage others to stay home if they're sick. Don't hesitate to go to the doctor and to urge others to do so.

11. Create systems for wellness checks in the congregation, especially older people whom you haven't seen for a while.

12. If your congregation has a food ministry, follow the World Health Organization's recommendations regarding food safety.

Up-to-date information is a good antidote for anxiety. Visit the website of the World Health Organization for frequent updates. Go to the page below and click "Protect Yourself" to find downloadable materials in Chinese, English, Spanish, and other languages as well as information about how to deal with anxiety over the disease: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

The biggest lesson: don't be anxious, get plenty of rest, and eat as healthily as you can.

Holy and gracious God , give us the strength to meet the health crisis looming around us. Enlighten researchers that they may discover the right vaccine against this disease. Guide the doctors, nurses and all medical technicians working with those who are infected to take correct actions for their care. Protect all medical staff and family or friends caring for those who are ill. Bring together the governments and governmental agencies around the world to work together to eradicate this health threat. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(originally published by The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Los Angeles, and adapted)

Rev Sandy Boyce

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E: boyce@pilgrim.org.au

Australian Govt Dept of Health - health alerts - updated daily -   Read more . . .

Additional information from the World Health Organisation

The WHO Technique for washing hands

A letter and prayer from the President, Dr Deidre Palmer

Some prayer resources on Sandy's worship resources page

Very useful information from the SA Synod regarding Corona virus (COVID-19)

Balhannah Uniting Church on Sunday 15 March 2020 See video . . .