Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
as of March 14, 2020; updates in red as of March 31, 2020
Greetings friends and partners in ministry,
Broadway's staff and leadership are working to address concerns during this ongoing situation. As of this date, we’d like to offer the following guidance regarding Broadway's worshipping community, ministries, and shared-space partner relationships. Our guiding principal is the well being of our neighbors. And, we believe, everyone is our neighbor, but particularly the most vulnerable and those with the fewest resources. To that end:
Suspension of Events Held at Broadway Church
Broadway Church has decided to suspend All in-person Broadway Church activities until at least April 30, 2020. Up to this time, and at that time, we will continue to evaluate the decision to determine how long the suspension will last. This includes worship services, for which an online option will be made available, meetings, Bible study and movie nights.
Until at least April 30, 2020, all in person meetings will be postponed. As we near that date, all 12-step and recovery and/or support groups will be re-evaluated on a case by case basis as the continuance of these may, we realize, be essential to the health and well-being of attendees.
Guidance for the Broadway Church Community
Get creative with meetings. If you are part of a ministry or group at Broadway, consider if you might accomplish your work or share with one another in another way: on the phone or online. For the larger Broadway community, we are looking into various options to keep us connected, such as a phone tree, online meetings, prayer options. How can we be the Body of Christ, take care of one another, stay in touch with members who are most vulnerable, and reach out to our neighbors in need? If you have any ideas, please let us know!
Guidance for Shared Space Partners
Until at least April 30, 2020, all in person meetings will be postponed.
We ask that larger groups be prepared to postpone events. Broadway is suggesting all building users that assemble in large groups or engage in activities that include physical or close contact to suspend gathering for a time. This will help limit the spread of the virus. Smaller groups, consider your options. If meeting is necessary, particularly to maintain recovery and support in a time of anxiety, consider meeting in smaller groups if at all possible. Consider inquiring if we can accommodate you in a larger room to provide more ample social distancing.
Guidance for Everyone
Keep it clean. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. Try to practice social distancing, keeping ample space between you and others around you in public spaces. Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Stay safe. Per CDC Guidelines, we strongly encourage older adults and those with underlying health conditions to stay home when at all possible.
Together, we can do what is right in honoring our neighbors and friends, while continuing to encourage, pray for, and uplift one another and our community.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Rev. Alka Lyall (815-474-6721), Student Pastor Mack Owings, and the Broadway Ministry Advocates