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A Message from the Rector: Coronavirus and Flu Prevention

Dear ones,

With news of the spread of the coronavirus as well as the normal risks that flu and cold season bring, we want to share with you some of the preventative measures we are taking at Christ Church Cranbrook to help maintain a healthy environment and help prevent the spread of viruses, including:

  • We have installed additional hand sanitizer stations in the Sanctuary, Guild Hall and Hospitality Center.
  • The sexton staff are increasing their regimen of disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • All staff, volunteers and parishioners are encouraged not to come to church if sick. If you are scheduled to serve in some way, call or email and we will find substitutes.  If you would like communion brought to you, let Pastor Manisha know (to be placed on the prayers of the people please contact Meredith Skowronski).
  • During the “Passing of the peace” it is perfectly acceptable as an alternative to shaking hands, to hold your hand over your heart and bow your head to the other while saying, “Peace be with you.”
  • During communion, the body and blood of Christ is fully present in either element, so it is perfectly acceptable to receive the bread only.

We also commend these everyday habits and recommendations by the CDC that can help prevent the spread of the flu and colds:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and not into your hands or in open public spaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Please do your part by reviewing these precautions and help us to maintain a safe and healthy campus.   In the meanwhile, we continue to monitor developments and will update as necessary. Should you have specific questions about these guidelines, or have further suggestions, please contact Chris Harris.

Yours faithfully,

The Rev. Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr.
Rector