3/17 UPDATE: San Diego County HHS has issued an updated orders regarding COVID-19. You can read the full order here.
UPCI COVID-19 Response: Link to Video
At Grace Christian Center, we take the health and safety of our church very seriously. In light of the growing concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), precautionary measures are being taken in our facilities.
What WE have done:
Instructed our teams to increase deep cleaning and disinfecting in all areas, including classrooms, lobby, bathrooms, nursery, and sanctuary.
Added cleaning and sanitizing materials, as well as providing additional hand sanitizing stations.
All toys and equipment are cleaned and disinfected after each service.
What YOU can do:
Wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap & hot water regularly, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap & water are unavailable.
Feel comfortable not participating in any bodily contact such as hugs, high-fives, and handshakes.
Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially if you have a fever, are coughing or sneezing or are experiencing shortness of breath.
While we recognize the personal responsibility of the individual whether or not to attend church at this time, as a church, we are very intentional about providing clean and safe environments and have already enhanced our cleaning procedures.
Remember the Bible admonition…”not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10:25
Indeed, the Day of our Lord Jesus is approaching!
Stay connected to the church by tuning in via Facebook Live or by FaceTime with a friend or family member in service.
Authorities agree that the average American has nothing to fear — only two people groups may be at a higher risk level: the elderly, and those with underlying medical conditions.
We are committed to making our Church a safe place for everyone and are staying up to date with current news and official health recommendations and welcome your questions and suggestions.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~ Jesus
Best Practices > Among many other things, the following common practices are recommended:
* Stay home when sick:
* remain home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medications
* seek medical attention if the symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing
* Use respiratory etiquette:
* cover coughs with tissue or sleeve
* Wash hands frequently:
Leading causes of death in USA Annually
* Abortion: 862,320
* Heart disease: 647,457
* Cancer: 599,108
* Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
* Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
* Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
* Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
* Diabetes: 83,564
* Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672
* Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,633
* Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173
* Coronavirus: 40 (as of March 12)
* (Washington 31, California 4, Florida 2, Georgia 1, New Jersey 1, South Dakota 1)
* 4,720 world-wide
Why is there so much pandemonium then?
One factor is that as our nation/world now has a large number of population without faith in God, their only hope is in man, who thus far has not found a vaccine for Coronavirus.
Whereas we, as children of God, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, trust in the protecting and supernatural healing power of Jesus Christ, and have a Hope beyond this life the world simply doesn’t have.
If they lose their life, they’ve lost everything. But when we die, we’ve actually just started living... for the rest of eternity!!!
At Grace Christian Center, we take both the spiritual and physical health and safety of our church very seriously. In light of the growing concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), precautionary measures are being taken.
On March 13 the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency limited gatherings over 250 people to have the ability to maintain 6’ spacing, and strongly recommended the same for gatherings under 250. They’ve amended this order, effective today, March 17, to prohibit gatherings of over 50 people. They are recommending gatherings of less than 50 people to have the ability to maintain social separation unless they are related family. The order also strongly recommends all persons 65 years old or older, or who have a chronic underlying condition, or a compromised immune system, to self-quarantine themselves at home.
After much prayer and consideration:
(1) We will be amending our Sunday services to voluntarily align with this order (even though it may not Constitutionally apply to Churches).
(2) We are making both Wednesday and Thursday night Bible study lesson video links that will be made available for all to view in their own home or on their mobile devices. There will be no on campus study on 3/18 & 3/19.
(3) We are calling the church to a time of prayer and fasting for our community, our country, and all those in the medical field that are in harm's way or otherwise affected by the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
(4) We are creating a community relief fund that you can give to online and that will be used to provide meals and necessities to seniors and those who cannot get out at this time.
Please let us know how we can serve you in this time of need. Grace Christian Center has many volunteers ready to pick up and make delivery of items you may need if you are currently required to be quarantined in your home or are self-quarantining.
3/22/2020 - COVID-19 Update from Pastor Sanders