Dear Cathedral community,
Reports of coronavirus are increasing. We do not yet know how deeply our area will be affected, but your staff and chapter want to be sure that we are taking appropriate precautions.
Things you can do:
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face- especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Sneeze or cough into your bent elbow or a tissue, not your hand. Dispose of used tissues quickly.
- Stay home if you are sick. If you are on staff and you are sick, stay home. If you are scheduled for services and you are sick, stay home- we will find a replacement (please do let us know if possible). If you have a meeting and you are sick, stay home. If you are in the congregation and you are sick, stay home. Consider using the live stream for worship at stpaulcathedral.org/watch/
- Pay attention to your special health concerns (the very young, the elderly, those with heart or lung problems, or those with compromised immune systems), and those around you, who may warrant special concern.
- At the peace, consider bowing to one another or touching elbows or waving rather than shaking hands or hugging.
- Intinction (dipping the bread into the wine at communion) may introduce germs into the common cup. If you prefer intinction, please allow the person holding the chalice (cup) to do it for you. They can hold the chalice still enough to keep their fingers out, and they have washed their hands thoroughly before serving.
- Note that a person who receives communion in one kind (the bread only or the wine only) is considered to have received the full benefits of communion.
- Use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer, available throughout the campus, especially after the peace/ before communion, or after greeting others.
- Altar servers are taking extra precautions such as washing their hands with soap and water after the peace and taking extra care with cleaning the chalices
Around campus, you can help by:
- Hand sanitizer will be placed around the campus. Frequent use is requested.
- Disinfectant wipes will be placed throughout the campus. While sextons will wipe common surfaces frequently, as you are able, you may also use wipes to disinfect surfaces you encounter (door handles, light switches, etc.)
- Coffee hour will be staffed when possible to serve food and hand you cups. When not staffed, please use the provided tongs to serve food.
Other changes the staff is making:
- The pray-ground and nursery: Plush animals, play-dough, and other items which cannot be sterilized will be removed for the duration of this health advisory. All other items will be cleaned frequently with appropriate disinfectant.
- Trashcans will be emptied frequently and will be usable without requiring use of touching a lid to dispose of refuse.
- Signs will be placed on all bulletin boards from the CDC with applicable precautions.
Remember, we are a community of faith and our purpose is to love one another in the face of whatever happens in the world. Our role as a faith community is to show God’s compassion and care to those in our communities who are affected and to combat fear with knowledge to encourage preparedness and decrease stigma.
If you become ill, need pastoral care, or would like home communion during this time, please contact us so that we can remain connected. We will continue to update these guidelines as conditions change.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Rev. Canon Jeff Martinhauk
Canon for Congregational Life