Grace AME Chruch Response to the Coronavirus 19

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

7For God has not given us a spirit of fears, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Greetings to you in the Joy of the Lord, for the Joy of the Lord, is our strength.

The entire world is feeling the impact of the widespread Coronavirus (COVID-19) in one way or another, The AME Church and other denominations included.

We will, at this time, continue to have worship services at Grace, but we also want to ensure your are safe and know that we do care about you. As a member of Grace AME Church, we must work together, follow basic infection control and behavior modification to decrease the spread of illness and disease. Faith is the key hat will empower us to become educated and collaborate during these times of concern. During services, we will not have "Meet and Greet," as we practice "Social Distancing." While at Church, we recommend you do the following:

  • Practice hand hygiene
    • Wash your hands frequently, at least for 20 seconds
    • Use the hand sanitizers around the Church
  • Practice good cough etiquette
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough, sneeze, or cough and/or sneeze into your uppler sleeve, not your hands.
    • Put used tissues in the wastebasket.
    • Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
      • Wash your hands frequently, at least for 20 seconds.
  • Routinely check your temperature if you feel that you havea feever.
  • If you currently have ongoing health issues or you are displaying virus symptoms, please stay home and commit to social distancing for the prescribed duration
    • Contact me at (951) 662-3872 /, or the Stewards and Clergy so that we can pray and chec on you.
    • Please see the doctor and follow-up
  • At home, make sure that you have the necessary food and personal items as you are aware the stores are running out fue to people panicking.
  • Education:
    • Go online to the CDC website, which has the most accurate informatin available.
    • CDC Website

We are clear that the pace at which the virus has been spreading has unwittingly caused some disruption, but the Church will continue to "meet" in whatever forms modern technology allows. I also pray for you and your family's safety as we continue to trust God for a swift relief from this pandemic. I pray you will find these resources helpful for public and private use.

I want to ensure that you have the resources you need for worship and continued spiritual growth. If you are not able to make worship services, consider worshiping at home. Please check our Facebook page and our website for live streaming of services.

You may use this: "Order of Service for Worship at Home."
      Song - sing a favorite hymn or song
      Scripture - Read the Focus Scripture for the Sunday School Lesson and follow the lesson.
      Offering - send an offering to your local congregation through the link your church leadership as set up:
        For "Zelle," use the Grace AME email address:
      Give Thanks - Spend time sharing about the overwhelming goodness of God.
      Closing Pryar - Offer the prayer that concludes the Sunday School Lession.

In order to decrease the spread of infectins, one must initiate prevention early.

Social Distancing

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines social distancing as "creating ways to increase your distance between people in settings where people commonly come into close contact with one another" (Social Distancing). Concerns about social distancing are due to our biblical mandate to assemble and fellowship. Leviticus 23:3a calls us to assemble: "There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly."

Despite this, there is also a biblical mandate to isolate oneself (social distancing) for the benefit of others. Social Distancing is described in Leviticus:
      Leviticus Chapter 13
        Verse 5 - On the seventh day the priest is to examine him, and if he sees that the sore is unchanged and has not spread in the skin, he is to keep him in isolation another seven days.
        Verse 46 - As long as he has the infection, he remains unclean. He must live alone; hy must live outside the camp.

      Leviticus Chapter 14:1-3a
        The LORD said to Moses, "These are the regulations for the diseased person at the time of his ceremonial cleansing when he is brought to the priest: The priest is to go outside the camp and examine him."

Communicable disease outbreaks may require that we distance ourselves from one another. During viral (Influenza, Ebola, etc.) outbreak or other potential spread of an airborn (Tuberculosis, etc.) or human to human contagion requires that we seriously consider gathering in a specified locaion, i.e., Church, daycare, or school. Our ability to worship, fellowship, and visit the sick and shut-in should be considered during these seasons.

I have attached some useful information from the CDC after conferring with the medical professionals at our Church.

I love all of you with the love of God, and let us walk in FAITH and not in fear.

Thank you"

Pastor Tony Dupre