When we look at current headlines, the common theme we often see is fear. It’s important to address safety and preparedness with the public health concerns involved with COVID-19 and we need to do so in an informed manner that leads us to peace. Finding peace in everyday life can be hard and many people seek peace through the church. The Bible calls us to “cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7) and “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15). We want Alamo Heights United Methodist Church to be a place of safety, comfort, and peace when you may have trouble finding it elsewhere.
While we choose to embody peace, we can still prepare and make our church a safe and healthy environment for all. To ensure this, we are following recommendations from the CDC and the Rio Texas Annual Conference and are focusing on building cleanliness and encouraging proper personal hygiene through:
- Daily thorough cleanings with particular care for surfaces like doorknobs, handles, and handrails.
- Hand sanitizer placed in public areas throughout the building, including entrances to our worship spaces.
- Hand soap and facial tissue regularly being stocked in bathrooms and other communal spaces.
Staying informed is essential to becoming more at peace with what is happening around us. We recommend the following as scientifically reliable sources: