Covid-19 Precautions and Procedures

In response to the growing public concern around the outbreak of  Covid-19 (coronavirus).  The lead team at  TLC have been prayerfully considering our best practices in order to keep our congregation and ministry users healthy, safe and spiritually cared for, in accordance with guidelines provided by the UK government.
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this virus, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimise the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind”
Therefore, let’s not give in to fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

CORONAVIRUS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses of which ‘COVID-19’ is a new, previously unidentified, strain. The initial symptoms are like those of flu (coughing, high temperatures and shortness of breath). Those with weak immune systems, the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes are more susceptible. The virus is very contagious and is likely spread through droplets caused by coughing or sneezing. The current outbreak has spread internationally, and it is likely that person- to-person spread will continue and that, at some point, widespread transmission in the UK will occur.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
  • Stay informed – The situation is fluid and the Government is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. 
  • Take everyday precautions- As advised by the NHS employ general good hygiene to help prevent the spread of the virus. This includes:
  • Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing;
  • Immediately throwing used tissues into the bin;
  • Frequently washing your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or using sanitising hand gel if water and soap is not available;
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are unwell.
  • Self-isolate -The UK Government website keeps an updated list of high-risk locations. If you have returned from one of these locations, you will need to either self-isolate (Category 1) or carefully monitor your state and self-isolate if you feel symptoms developing (Category 2). This means staying at home for up to 14 days, asking others to do errands for you, avoiding visitors at home and not going to a GP or pharmacy. 
  • If you do test positive for the virus and have attended church in the last few weeks, please inform the office as soon as possible at [email protected]

TLC RESPONSE : 

Physical contact
We love community at TLC and we love for people to feel at HOME.  So we regularly greet one another with hugs, handshakes, fist pumps etc but we are asking that all of us refrain from doing that to each other or to new people who attend church.  Please do not be offended by this but we will try to show that welcome and love through encouraging words and big smiles.
Parents, please reiterate the importance of good hygiene and hand washing to your children.

Offering
We will have our offering on Sunday, but we will not be passing buckets instead they will be at the back of the auditorium.  Offering counters will wash their hands before and after counting the money.

Refreshments
Tea and coffee will be available after the services but we will not have any biscuits available, we would also ask that no reusable cups are used  as there will be disposable cups available.

Increased cleaning

We are doing everything we can to make sure the building is clean.  We have signs up in all toilets giving direction on how to wash our hands.  We are repeatedly cleaning highly touched surfaces such as light switches, hand rails etc.

 Preparedness and Strategy Planning
TLC lead team will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow government guidelines. In the event that the government recommend closure, or we determine that it is in the best interests of our TLC family that we close, we will inform everyone through our website, emails and Social Media.