High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Journeying through Flu & Virus Season at High River United

Be Wise! Don’t Panic!

March 2020


During flu and virus season, there are certain practices that help us all:


 - please stay home if you are sick (cough, fever, sneezing, etc.). We will miss you, but it is best for you to recover at home. If you need help or are feeling lonely, please phone (403-652-3168) or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) the church and we’ll help connect you with support. Sermons and announcements are posted on this website so that you can stay connected with what is happening.


- wash your hands frequently. We have soap available at all times in the bathrooms. Note: the soap in the bathrooms is not anti-bacterial soap; it is plain soap which is what you need. Anti-bacterial soap does nothing to deal with viruses, and actually kills helpful bacteria.


- hand-sanitizer is available at both doors if you wish to use it as you enter and exit the building or at anytime while you are in the building.


- When big groups are in the building, we keep the doors to the bathrooms (and sometimes other areas) propped open so that you don’t have to touch the door handles after washing your hands.


- the door knobs and light switches throughout the building are disinfected at least once a week throughout the year by a volunteer from F.A.I.M. (Foothills Advocacy in Motion).


- during the peak of flu (& other viruses) season, we will forgo the shaking of hands before and during worship. Have fun doing fist or elbow bumps, offering a warm verbal greeting, placing your hand over your heart or in various other ways welcoming each other to worship. REMBEMBER: at any time during the year, you are welcome to use a fist bump or another way of greeting, to protect yourself or others from the sharing of viruses. Please do what is right for you – because you know your own health needs.


- during the peak of flu (& other viruses) season, we will evaluate the ways we serve communion, and move to the use of small glasses, etc. as appropriate to address the needs.

-we will also plan for alternatives to passing the offering plate.  Watch for a basket/plate near the door in which to place your offering.  Or sign up at the office to have a Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) taken automatically out of your bank account each month. Or donate through the website - look for the "Give Securely Online" button at the bottom of the webpage.


- year-round we follow careful “Food-Safe” practices in the kitchen when preparing for Simple Suppers, Soup & Bun, and other meals together.





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