COVID-19 ResponseWhat Clough Pike is doing in response to the Coronavirus.
UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
(Last Updated March 20, 2020; 5:45PM)
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how CPBC is responding.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, we will strive to bring you the most up-to-date information via email and Clough Pike social media outlets. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
IS CPBC GATHERING THIS SUNDAY?
WHAT ABOUT MIDWEEK GATHERINGS?
We are cancelling all Wednesday night activities through Easter (April 12, 2020). This gives us plenty of time to clean the worship center appropriately, as other environments will not have to be focused on as much each week. Our staff is also working on a way to continue AWANA virtually so kids don’t get behind, and can still finish their books.
While we do not want to discourage continued spiritual growth, we would urge small, ancillary church activities such as D-Groups, Sewing Circle, and other midweek ministries to postpone meetings or meet virtually if able (via Skype or FaceTime), in order to limit physical contact.
WHAT ABOUT GIVING?
We must stress the importance of online giving during this time. We know (and have taught) the importance of faithful generosity. We know that CPBC is a generous church. However, we also realize that many people still feel hesitant to give online. If you prefer to give in person, we will have a place for you to do that. You may also mail your contributions to the church: Clough Pike Baptist Church, 1025 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245.
IS CPBC OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
At this time, CPBC is only open for staff and essential personnel during the week. If you need access to the building, we ask that you contact one of our staff members to schedule a time so that we have a record for maintaining sanitary standards in the building.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO CPBC IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at CPBC, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship online with us through streaming our worship service on facebook.com/cloughpike or by viewing recently recorded services at cloughpike.com/watch-and-listen.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO CPBC?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS CPBC TAKING TO MAKE GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
CPBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
In all of our Clough Kids areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to Clough Kids Ministry Programs. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online at cloughpike.com/give or by mail (1025 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245) so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”