News about the COVID-19, the coronavirus, is coming at us all fast and furious. It is an every changing and evolving story effecting people far and near. As Christians, we are called to pray for those who have already been effected by the virus, especially those who have lost family and friends. We are also called, as Christians, to be people of hope, to not give into fear, and to protect the most vulnerable in our midst.
One of the ways we can do that most appropriately is to keep ourselves informed, take the coronavirus seriously as we apply practical behaviors and actions to our lives as individuals and as a community. This is how we can be a source of calm in the storm. We would like to provide to you with some valid and vital information from sources we trust (UPDATED with New Links as of 3/12/2020):
- This is a comprehensive piece that provides updated and accurate information about COVID-19 worldwide.
- For local information about the virus in Southern California and San Diego County, please refer to the county health office.
- NPR has written a very informative piece with practical tips for individuals and families to use at home.
- The National Office of the United Church of Christ has provided a great resource that promotes education, urges caution, and gives some common sense tips for people and churches to take to prevent the spread of the virus.
- The California Department of Public Health has provided a guideline for best-practice for childcare and preschools that we are following at KCC/KPS.
- This is an excellent article for parents, guardians, grandparents, and people who work with children about to talk about COVID-19, as well as an article asking essential questions about COVID-19 and children’s best health practices.
We will be constantly evaluating the status of the virus locally and are making preparations to change , if necessary, any of our Sunday rituals or communal habits or church/school best-practices as the situation changes. Please continue to pray for those who have been most effected by the coronavirus. And let us actively do our part to be Christ’s agents of healing and wholeness in our homes, church, school, community, and world.
Peace. Love. Understanding.