Covid-19, First Church & You

03.11.20 | News, Articles

    NO PUBLIC GATHERING IN THE SANCTUARY

    Given the prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more, and our desire to do our best to mitigate the exposure and spread of the Coronavirus, First Church will not gather in person for worship until the threat is removed. 

    worship with us via
    live-stream:

    • 9 AM - TRADITIONAL Mission Valley worship

    • 10 AM - CONTEMPORARY Water’s Edge worship

    The Science Behind the Corona Virus  Recommended by Dorothy Howard, former First Church Parish Nurse

    SIMPLE STEPS TO STAY PHYSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, & EMOTIONALLY WELL IN AN AGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

    In a time of uncertainty surrounding the newly discovered coronavirus, one thing remains constant: God is good! Although we boldly proclaim that “God is good,” we know that anxieties and fear can be heightened as information unfolds about the corona virus. That’s why we want to help with these simple steps to stay physically, spiritually, and emotionally well.

    1.   SAFE HYGIENE

    • Wash hands frequently, and before eating, with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to scrub between your fingers and under your nails.

    • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.

    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.

    2.    STAY HOME

    • If you feel sick, or are running a fever, please stay home!

    • If you are an immune-compromised person, consider the risks involved with being around people in public places.

    3.    STAY CONNECTED

    • Avoid shaking hands or hugging when you greet.  Instead offer a hand over your heart, a nod of the head with a big smile, or praying hands.

    • Worship with the Mission Valley campus via our live-streaming service every Sunday morning from the website, or on YouTube.

    • Keep up all of the ministries of the church through your giving by signing up for automatic withdrawal from your bank.

    • Give online, by phone—text MYCHURCHGIFT to 73256, or by mailing a check to the church (First United Methodist Church San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio S., San Diego, CA 92108)

    • Visit our Facebook page for up-to-date news.

    4.    CHURCH LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS

    • If you are unable to serve, please reach out to the church staff to find a substitute.

    • If concern requires canceling gatherings, meetings may be conducted via video conferencing. Information will be provided for details.

    • If you are healthy and would like to serve those in need, call the church office (619-297-4366) to volunteer to provide meals, run errands, offer prayer and encouragement though phone calls, or help in other ways.

    5.    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

    • Eat healthy. Stay hydrated and well rested.

    • If you feel ill, call your doctor, urgent care, or 911 for emergency care.

    • If you are sick, please let the church know through the church office, 619-297-4366. After-hours an answering service will let an on-call pastor know of all off-hours emergencies.

    • Let your small group or Sunday School class of your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.

    • Keep calm and rest in God’s presence.

    • Remember Philippians 4:6-7—“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.  Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”

    • Let us know how you’re doing! Keep us informed of changes to your health and overall wellness by emailing Tamara Walker, Pastor of Congregational Care,

    • keeping you safe

    More Resources

    WHO  World Health Organization

    CDC  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Corona Virus in San Diego   San Diego County. gov   

    The Science Behind the Corona Virus  Recommended by Dorothy Howard, former First Church Parish Nurse