Corona Virus (COVID-19) Updates
Apostle Williams' UPDATED Message Regarding COVID-19
A Unity Response to COVID-19 or Coronavirus
Hello Unity Church Family! “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” (Psalm 46:1–2a, NIV). During this season of heightened concerns about the spread of disease and infection with the current COVID-19 or Coronavirus Pandemic, we want you to be careful, but not fearful.
We will proceed with our normally scheduled Sunday morning worship services for March 15, 2020. Our Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday worship service at 10:00 a.m. We will modify our seating arrangements during services and implement other social distancing guidelines to protect the health of our church family and community.
Additionally, we have always had a professional cleaning staff who cleans the church on a daily basis and will provide a deep cleaning in the days to come. A hand sanitizer station has also been provided for your use in the foyer of the church. We will continue to reassess our cleaning protocols and will adjust our approach as is necessary to take account of the changing facts and circumstances.
We realize there may be some people that are understandably concerned about attending church services in person due to health concerns that place them at an increased risk for illness. If you have concerns or are sick, we encourage you to use wisdom, be vigilant and remain at home. Remember that the Unity Church is a body of people, not a place, so if you are unable to attend services, we encourage you to stay prayerful and connected to the church in the following ways.
- Watch our broadcast on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. or past worship services on Facebook (@UnityChurchVa), YouTube (@Unity Church Woodbridge VA), or the website https://www.unityva.org/watch-live,
- Call, text or email friends from your Unity Group or one of our ministry staff to check in and pray together.
- Continue your sacrificial giving to support our ministries as we endeavor to demonstrate the love Jesus in this community; you can give online or find other ways to give at https://www.unityva.org/give-online
- Regularly check our web page https://www.unityva.org and/or download the Unity Church app for updates.
Going forward, we will evaluate the situation on a daily basis and update you via the Unity webpage and our other social media channels with any changes to our future service schedule. We will continue to show the steadfast love of Jesus Christ during these difficult times, and pray for healing over our nation, leaders, caregivers and families who have been impacted by this pandemic so far. Through it all, we will trust in God’s plan and presence, and we encourage you to trust in Him and not be afraid.
If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please reach out to our ministry staff for assistance.
Apostle Nelson K. Williams
Pastor, Unity Church
Unity Health Alert
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Current Situation: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of infection and of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus called COVID-19, that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a global pandemic. Cases have been identified in a growing number of international locations, as well as the United States, with rapid transmission in communities across the country, causing President Trump to declare a national state of emergency. Although the immediate health risk from COVID-19 remains low for most Americans, this is a quickly evolving situation and information is updated as it becomes available.
Transmission: Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
• the air by coughing and sneezing.
• close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
• touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
Symptoms: Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. It can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include:
• runny nose
• sore throat
• general feeling of being unwell
How to protect yourself and others: There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. To reduce your risk of infection or transmitting the virus to others:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean them with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and stay home while you are sick.
• Seek medical care if you are ill. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
• Clean high-touch surfaces like counters, doorknobs and tabletops with a cleaning spray or wipe.
Your healthcare provider will order appropriate tests, if needed, and determine if additional precautions should be taken.
Treatment: There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. Medications for pain and fever can help relieve symptoms. If you are mildly ill, drink plenty of fluids, stay home, and rest. If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider by calling ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or visit the emergency room.
A Unity Church Response to COVID-19: Unity Church desires to protect the health and well-being of our church family and community, while promoting faith and calming fears. As church we endeavor to:
• Be faithful and not fearful. Use wisdom and remain vigilant in protecting the health of our community.
• Be informed. Stay abreast of the latest information on COVID-19 at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ and act responsibly to protect ourselves and reduce the risk to others.
• Be prayerful. It is essential to remain prayerful during these uncertain times. Pray for our leaders, caregivers and responders as they work to bring about healing and relief from this pandemic.
• Be encouraged. In these troubling and uncertain times, God remains our refuge and strength. We will trust in the Lord and take this opportunity to encourage those around us to do the same.