COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY

In this era of social distancing, our community and world is continually changing. This can bring with it a lot of stress, anxiety and big questions. As we are continuing to monitor the situation across our country and world while remaining physically closed at the church, our team remains ever-committed to ensuring your student is known and loved and that your family is supported.
Below are some of our best resources and ways to ensure your student is best connected with Element!

LET US KNOW HOW WE ARE DOING IN THE MIDST OF COVID-19 AT ELEMENT! Fill out this quick, 3 minute survey – http://elementstudentministry.com/covid-survey/

BEST WAYS TO STAY IN THE LOOP
Element Text Alerts: To receive text notifications, text ‘element’ to the number 39970.
Check back here at Element’s COVID-19 Web Page

ELEMENT’S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
MONDAY MEDITATION – Mondays, 10 AM on Element’s Instagram & Facebook Page.
ELEMENT GAME NIGHT – Tuesdays, 6 PM on Zoom (click here for link).
FUSION SMALL GROUPS – (check with your leaders or Emily Willson for specific times and Zoom link).
ELEMENT ONLINE! – Thursdays, 6 PM on Element’s YouTube & Facebook Page.
PRACTICAL PRAYER TIPS – Fridays, 11 AM on Element’s Instagram Live.
CHURCH-WIDE WORSHIP – Sundays, 8:30 & 11 AM on Trinity’s YouTube & Facebook Page.

FOLLOW ELEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Each day, we will put out some type of content on our social media (Facebook and Instagram). Some days it will simply be a means of inspiration, others will be interactive, others will be surprise LIVE events with one of our staff. Our YouTube channel has now been updated and will be the main host for our online services as well as where you can go to get caught up if you’ve missed a service.


ELEMENT WORSHIP ONLINE!
Join us every Thursday at 6 PM (CDT) on our YouTube and Facebook Page. This will be a ~40 minute service with interactive online games, worship and a message from one of our staff. Parents, we hope your student will tune in LIVE or watch later on during the day.
 
You can go to one of these THREE main sites to participate online anytime –

TRINITY UMC COMMUNITY-WIDE WORSHIP
Each Sunday, we will be streaming our church service at 8:30 and 11 AM on the Trinity Website. We hope you and your entire family will join us!


PARENT RESOURCES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Communicating with your student can be challenging. Communicating with your student during an unprecedented pandemic…well I’m not a parent myself, but this feels even more difficult. Thankfully, there are great companies providing resourcing. One of those is https://theparentcue.org. Please spend time in the coming days viewing their site, specifically the following:

INITIAL COVID-19 UPDATE – MONDAY, MARCH 12

Parents, Students and Families,

We, like all, have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19. This afternoon (March 12), the Jefferson County Health Department advised our community that we should not be hosting gatherings of over 500 people.  As a result, we are CANCELING SUNDAY WORSHIP ON-CAMPUS AND TRANSITIONING TO ONLINE WORSHIP beginning this Sunday March 15, until further notice. This includes church-wide Wednesday night programming.

Specifically as it affects Element Student Ministry, we have decided to cancel all Element programs and ministries until further notice. This includes Element Cafe, Sunday Nights, FUSION Small Groups and Sunday mornings at both campuses. We will continue to evaluate and update you as the situation continues.

Regarding Church-Wide Worship: Trinity Sunday Worship will be live-streamed on the Trinity Website and Trinity Facebook page beginning at 8:30AM (and available to watch at any time afterwards), as well as broadcast beginning at 9am on 1070AM and 99.5FM.  Sermons will also continue to be archived on www.trinitybirmingham.com, and you can give online there as well.

Regarding Element Worship: We will do our part to ensure the safety of all of our students, their families and our community. In the midst of fear and panic, we hold fast to the hope of Christ and the transformative power of community. To that end, we will be looking into sharing creative online ways to best engage, support and encourage our students during this uncertain time.

In times of unrest, anxiety and isolation, the people of God have the remarkable responsibility to demonstrate the true spirit of Christ. The book of 1 John reminds usDear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love.This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other.”

Let us continue to live in love, demonstrate caution, and practice patience.

For continued updates, please visit: 

Trinity Church-Wide Health and Safety Updates: http://www.trinitybirmingham.com/healthandsafety/ 

Element Student Ministry Health and Safety Updates: http://elementstudentministry.com/health/ 

– Robert

Trinity & Element Health and safety precautions

  • In addition to our regular, daily cleaning, our cleaning company will now disinfect and sanitize the entire facility twice a week for the foreseeable future.
  • We are purchasing additional hand sanitizers (greater that 60% alcohol) to be placed throughout the church.
  • We strongly encourage members to refrain from hugging or shaking hands during the Passing of the Peace/Greeting during worship. Instead, please just offer a warm hello or elbow bump during this time.

Health and safety precautions for individuals:

  • Wash hands often throughout the day.
  • Use alcohol-based (greater than 60%) hand sanitizer several times a day.
  • Limit handshakes and hugs. People will understand during this time.
  • Cough into your bent elbow rather than hands.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean and disinfect objects and surfaces such as cell phones, doorknobs, handles and stair railings.
  • Resist the urge to overstock on food and other items, such as masks, sanitizers and even toilet paper. Make sure you are good stewards of limited supplies and remember that others may need these items more than you do.
  • Seek medical care quickly if you suspect you have contracted the virus.
  • STAY HOME if you are sick.
  • Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for up-to-date information about the virus.

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