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Coronavirus Policy

(Ephesians 4:2-3) With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 4:3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

As the Coronavirus (COVID -19) has spread into new territory, people have developed concern about proper health safety. The health and well-being of our members and guests are serious concerns. We will maintain cooperation with the local government authorities and health personnel. Here we address a variety of concerns you might have. Throughout, we will frequently refer to the guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

What is the Coronavirus?

According to the CDCthe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

What can you do?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.

  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets.

  • Per the order issued by the State Health Director on July 8th all Franklin County residents must wear a facial covering/mask when in a public location and outside if you are not able to distance yourself 6ft or more from others.

During this time of changing information, we would like to encourage all to heed the guidance and laws as they are released in the weeks ahead. 

On top of maintaining safe practices, we should recognize that this is an opportunity for the gospel. We should pray that God would be glorified in this global crisis. People all over the world are in very difficult circumstances. As Christians, we can pray for their healing and that they could hear the gospel message. We can also stand apart as people who do not surrender to the temptations the world faces in times of crisis. We should pray we do not give in to fear, panic or hate. Let us take advantage of every opportunity to show the love of Christ to our hurting world.

(1 John 4:18-19) There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. 4:19 We love because he loved us first.

For more information about assessing your risk, see the following:

What is Dwell doing?

Here are steps we have taken, in addition to complying with the Ohio Department of Health:

• We've formed an ad-hoc committee. This committee will be comprised of spiritually mature leaders and health professionals. It will stay abreast of the global and local situation, maintaining the necessary communications with local government and health authorities, and adapting protocol as the developing situation requires.

• In compliance with the Governor of Ohio, we are closely following all updates and making adjustments as new public health orders are issued. For a list of updated public health orders click here.

• We will also remain vigilant in looking for service opportunities in our community as the need may arise. We have already seen many significant opportunities for serving our community and we are deeply thankful that the Lord has given these to many of our people. 

You may also seek information that is posted on our Facebook & YouTube pages.

Responding to fear

We know there is a lot of fear out there. However, rather than bowing to fear, we know that we have an all powerful God to comfort us in all situations. We are also alert to new opportunities that God may be opening to us in this unprecedented time in modern history. As followers of Christ, we can learn to be content in all circumstances. Let us be reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians:

(Philippians 4:11-13) I have learned to be content in any circumstance. 4:12 I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. 4:13 I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.

Plan of action for different ministries

College/High School/Jr. High Ministries:

In an effort to obey our governmental authorities, we will tie guidelines for Dwell Jr. High, High School, College and Adult Ministry meetings to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. It has been designed to assess the virus’s impact on each county, assigning levels 1-4, as defined in the chart below.

LEVEL 1

  • Active exposure and spread
  • Follow all current health orders

LEVEL 2

  • Increased exposure and spread
  • Exercise high degree of caution
  • Follow all current health orders

LEVEL 3

  • Very high exposure and spread
  • Limit activities as much as possible
  • Follow all current health orders

LEVEL 4

  • Severe exposure and spread
  • Only leave home for supplies and services
  • Follow all current health orders

Up-to-date information on the levels and where each county falls, can be found at https://covid-19.myfcph.org/public-health-advisory-alert-system/

Meetings should correspond with the Ohio Department of Health guidelines as follows:

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Covid Guidelines Table

Home Church leaders will be made aware of Franklin County’s current level and asked to follow these guidelines to ensure that they maintain safe boundaries for their group.  Not all groups or leaders will want to go as far as these recommendations, but are asked to not exceed them.

Of course, we ask that people who don't feel well, are immune-compromised, or are not yet comfortable with attending, to please stay home.

Due to the current level of Franklin County, we have decided to put a pause on all in-person Central Teachings.

Calumet/Harambee/Akili Schools:

Akili Christian High School began in-person school on July 23rd.

Calumet Christian School and Calumet Christian Preschool, North Campus opened in-person classes on September 8th.

Harambee Christian School is currently doing remote learning.

Oasis:

At this time all Oasis meetings are closed.

Adult/College/High School/Jr. High Ministries:

We recommend that all home churches go to Zoom only. However, as long as restaurants remain open, you may decide to continue to meet in person (Matthew 4:4). If you do this, please exercise extreme caution and consider meeting in small groups with masks, outdoors or in garages with doors open. These are the safest options. Please also be sure to provide a Zoom option for those who don't want to attend in person. It is important that no one feel pressure or obligation to attend any meetings in person. Please also observe the 10 p.m. curfew.

Anyone under the age of 18 must provide written consent from their parent to attend any in person small groups.

Pacesetters:

The Pacesetters daytime Bible study will continue to have drive-in meetings.

Ministry Teams/Special Events/Classes:

These will be dealt with on a case by case basis, updated information will be posted here.

Ministry team leaders and event coordinators can send their updated meeting status to McguireD@dwellcc.org

For further information, please consider these sites:

Ohio Department of Health

Center for Disease Control

This is a federal agency that gives information about the situation in the United States. They coordinate with the Ohio Department of Health to make decisions about our local situation. This offers information for travelers within the United States and beyond.