During this time of concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know that Pikes Peak Park Baptist Church is carefully monitoring the situation. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
WILL WE STILL BE HAVING SERVICES AT CHURCH ON SUNDAYS?
We will be reopening as of Sunday, June 7th. We will only have the 10:30 a.m. service and there will be no Bible study or Children's activities until further notice. BEFORE you return, please read the Guidelines for our church HERE
As of June 1, 2020:
Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order on June 1, 2020, transitioning from Safer at Home to Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors. This will be extending the coronavirus restrictions under the state's safer-at-home order while lifting restrictions on vulnerable residents and encouraging more Coloradans to get outdoors.
The new phase extends through July 1 and allows for increased travel and outdoor recreating as long as people continue to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from people outside their household.
"While we are all still safer at home, we are also able to practice greater social distancing in our great outdoors than in confined indoor spaces,” Polis said in a news release. “It may feel like we are getting back to normal, but the virus is still here, and it could surge back the moment we let our guard down. We are still far from normal."
The order lifts some restrictions on vulnerable Coloradans — those 65 years and older and those with preexisting health conditions — who were previously required to stay home except for essential activities.
The Colorado Department of Health is also releasing draft guidance on houses of worship, outdoor recreation, personal recreation, and updates to the child care and personal services guidances.
People should be prepared for state and local public health orders to be extended, amended, or changed as needed to protect public health. This means we may move between the different levels during this pandemic:
The CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe. Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life. For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a community of faith. But as Americans are now aware, gatherings present a risk for increasing spread of COVID-19 during this Public Health Emergency. CDC offers these suggestions for faith communities to consider and accept, reject, or modify, consistent with their own faith traditions, in the course of preparing to reconvene for in-person gatherings while still working to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information on what the CDC has to say about church gatherings HERE.
Pastor Mark will still be having the Sunday morning service sermon LIVE on our Public Facebook Page, and our regular Prayer/Bible Study service every Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. We will also have a video available on our website for both on our Sermons Video Page and on YouTube Account. Links below:
On the Sermon Video Page of this Website (recorded videos)
YouTube (recorded videos)
We will be continually monitoring this situation so please continue to check our Website and Facebook page for updates. You can also call the church at 719-597-9004 during normal business hours for updates.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE CHURCH WHILE AT HOME?
In response to Peter's confession of faith, Jesus said, "... on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18 NKJV). When Jesus is building His church -- when His people are yielded to Him and following His direction -- nothing in heaven or hell can stop the forward advance of His church. The routine activities of the church may be disrupted by the virus, but there's no need to hit "pause" on the Spirit-led ministry of the church.
Those forced to stay at home may need assistance picking up groceries, basic household items or prescriptions. You can encourage them with an occasional phone call to see how they are doing, offering to pray with them before concluding the call. You might also consider ways to include them in the worship services of the church with watching options online.
Consider ways to minister to those serving on the front lines of the crisis. Healthcare professionals, first responders and government leaders could use your prayers and words of encouragement in the weeks ahead. Ask them what a group of volunteers could to help alleviate their workload. Express appreciation for their efforts in writing, sending emails or cards. Given the opportunity, pray for them in person. Prayer walk around local hospitals, fire stations, police stations and municipal buildings.
HOW CAN WE STILL SUPPORT THE CHURCH/TITHE?
Unfortunately, during this time, the bills continue to come to the church and staff needs to be paid. Thank you in advance for being faithful to send in your financial gifts through our website here on the "Give" Page and choose "Online." Tithe-ly is a great, secured program and easy to use. You can also send your gifts by regular mail to 3725 El Morro Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80910.
WILL THE CHURCH OFFICES STILL BE OPEN?
Our church offices should remain open for normal business hours, but it is wise to call the church at 719-597-9004 to make sure someone is there before you plan to come.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN TO MAKE OUR CHURCH AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
First and foremost, we are taking preventive measures to keep our church clean and maintain a healthy environment. The cleaning staff will be cleaning on a regular basis, which includes using sanitizing solutions in high-touch, high-traffic areas.
HERE ARE SOME CDC PREVENTION TIPS:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
~Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
~Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Stay home when you are sick.
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Complete Disinfection Guidance Link Here
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask and what to do if you are sick. Link Here CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask if you are NOT sick: Unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet we are grateful that the Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you would sense God’s peace in the midst of these difficult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our community in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.
We love you and are praying for you and your families’ continued safety and well-being and for all those who have been affected by this virus. We’re also praying for a cure from heaven and for our medical community as they deal with the impact of this crisis.
Pikes Peak Park Baptist Church