I just sent out this note to our church email database in response to the growing concern of the H1N1 Virus (aka Swine Flu). In addition to some cases in the larger country, there have now been seven new cases of what is likely the H1N1 virus. Six of them involve children which explains why six schools are now closed.
With the impact of media and social media, news of the ‘Swine Flu’ is going literally viral. While there clearly isn’t ONE response, we should not err on the extremes: Panic or Ignorance.
Leaders: No need to propagate fear and panic but don’t ignore the fact that some of your congregants are genuinely worried for themselves and their families. In Seattle (article above), six schools have temporarily closed their schools in response to the virus. There’s clearly no need to cancel church but we should take measures and precautions to reassure our congregants. Remember: Pastoral Care.
Having said, our church staff made the following precautionary decisions that impact our church worship