WTB, March 12 2020

WTB, March 12, 2020

Each week, for as long as necessary, we will provide a COVID-19 Update in What’s the Buzz. We want you each to be informed of what is happening and to feel both safe and healthy within our Mill Woods United Church community.

  • A small working group has been established to meet weekly to develop, enhance and modify plans related to COVID-19. This group is made up of a representative of our Worship, Property and Building Use committees, Liliana Angel and Rob McPhee.
  • Our staff have done intensive cleaning in well-used spaces with a particular emphasis on the area our children use on Sunday and washrooms (doorknobs, sinks, toilets).
  • Recommend that greeting done at the front door and during our greeting time be done through smiles and caring words – without a physical touch
  • Our Worship committee will be meeting on March 17 to consider a number of worship related issues including comminution, taking up the offering, seating arrangements, etc.
  • Arrangements will be made for use of tongs at our coffee area and we may move to have all food served, instead of “buffet” set-up, use of gloves, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer is hard to get but our Building Use committee has arranged for a shipment early next week. Handwashing with soap and water is always the first preference.
  • Casserole Kaos is still planned for March 20, but if events change drastically over the next week, we will notify people of changes.

Please review the general guidelines listed below designed to protect both you and others. We always love to see you but ask that if you are not well please stay at home and take care of yourself.

Thank you. If you have any questions or ideas, please let us know. (Rob McPhee)

Staying Healthy at MWUC

With news of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) so prevalent, many of us are reviewing our health habits, especially as we meet as a community, and in any public spaces. Below are some tips. And for more. see the following document from the United Church — https://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/ready-for-a-health-emergency.pdf

  1. Stay healthy: drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get enough rest, and do what you can to maintain your physical, mental and emotional health.
  2. Practice good HAND HYGIENE. Everyday we touch thousands of surfaces, including our face. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water after coughing or sneezing, after shaking hands or touching shared objects, after using the washroom, and before handling or eating food.
  3. Cover your cough/sneeze with your elbow or upper arm, and avoid touching your nose and mouth with your hands.
  4. It’s okay NOT to shake hands with others. A fist bump, an elbow touch, a small bow are all great alternatives if you’re wanting to reduce the spread of germs. Simply be honest that you’re engaging in healthy practices during the flu season
  5. Stay home if you are sick. We’ll miss you but there’s no need to be a hero; for the wellbeing of others, it’s best to keep your germs at home.