Dear Ridge Family,
At The Ridge, we want to care for our church family in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. The purpose of this communication is to share with you what The Ridge is doing for the health and safety of our community and what you can do to keep yourself and others safe, in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Here are the precautions that we are taking at The Ridge:
- Practice 1 – Wash and disinfect our hands
You will notice bottles of hand sanitizer throughout the building. Use it regularly. Also, let’s wash our hands thoroughly when visiting the bathroom and before coming to church/preschool.
- Practice 2 – Communion
We will be using individual pre-made juice and wafer cups at all stations for the time being.
- Practice 3 – Global Cafe
Our cafe team is committed to washing their hands and using sanitizer frequently. Doughnuts will be sold in the café instead of the self-serve station during this season.
- Practice 4- Kids
We do a very thorough job sanitizing the kid’s area. We will continue sanitizing the kid’s check-in area and kid’s classrooms and toys. We will also sanitize high touch areas. There is hand sanitizer by each check-in computer. Teachers will be encouraged to monitor behavior that can spread disease. For our large gatherings, we are following the lead of the Ankeny Public Schools. They are working directly with the Polk County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on the prevention of the Coronavirus.
- Practice 5- Greeting
The Ridge is known for our hospitality and welcoming environment, but not everyone is comfortable shaking hands during this season. Elbow bumps and air waves are encouraged.
Here are the precautions that you can take:
- Stay home when you (or your children) are sick or not feeling well.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If you travel to a high-alert area (CDC travel), we urge you to consider refraining from attending church events, classes, and services until the 14-day time-frame has been followed.
- From Polk County Emergency Management: No additional or special precautions are recommended for Iowans beyond the simple daily precautions to combat the flu including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill.
We encourage online worship for those who are sick and for vulnerable people (older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) who don’t feel comfortable being part of a large assembly during this coronavirus season. You can livestream the service each Sunday at 10:30 am at ridgelife.org/online.
The uncertainty of this outbreak can create anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain confident of God’s constant presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as for their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize 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. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
Your Ridge Staff