Health Update (14/02/2020)
At ICC, the safety and health of our members is a primary concern. We always pray that you will prosper in your spirit, soul and body, and encourage our members to maintain an attitude of faith and not of fear (2 Timothy 1:7 ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline’).
At the same time, we are putting in place measures and procedures that will help prevent spread of infection in accordance with guidelines from Queensland Health. (https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases/releases/queensland-coronavirus-update-290120)
In light of the latest developments, we are taking the following precautions.
- If you were in, or transited through mainland China on or after the 1st of February, please follow these self-quarantine guidelines by Queensland Health – which means you should quarantine at home for 14 days before joining any public gatherings.
- Any children or persons who are sick with flu-like symptoms (eg. cough, cold, runny nose etc.) or other conditions that may be contagious, we advise that you seek medical attention, avoid crowded places (including church), and rest at home. For those who choose to quarantine themselves, please join our live streaming services (9am & 5pm) online at www.iccbrisbane.org/live.
- Any child running a temperature or exhibiting flu-like symptoms (eg. cough, cold, runny nose etc.) at check-in will not be allowed into classes.
- Hand sanitisers are available at building entrances. Regularly washing your hands with soap and water is good practice. Please teach your children to do the same. Queensland Health’s recommended hygiene practices can be found here, and more advice from the World Health Organization can be accessed here. Some basics include:
- washing your hands often with soap and water;
- using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze;
- avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, handshakes, hugging etc.
Even as we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that divine health and protection is from our Lord Jesus. Let’s continue to partake of the Holy Communion and proclaim His promise of protection in Psalm 91 over ourselves, our families and those affected by this. Let us also pray that the virus will be contained and conquered.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling (Psalm 91:9–10)
If you know someone who is in quarantine, encourage them to watch our live streaming services (9am & 5pm) online at www.iccbrisbane.org/live.
LAST WEEKEND (2 February)
We implemented sanitising and hygiene measures in our building, including the use of hand sanitizers on every floor (wash your hands often with soap and water). If you are displaying any symptoms (i.e. cough, cold, fever, breathing difficulties), please seek immediate medical attention and refrain from attending public gatherings (for further safety measures please read: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/30/how-does-coronavirus-spread-and-how-can-you-protect-yourself).
For those who choose to quarantine themselves, please join our live streaming services (9am & 5pm) online at www.iccbrisbane.org/live.
We have been praying earnestly for the protection and blessing of everyone in ICC and our city. We encourage you to pray for the recovery of those affected by this virus and also declare Psalm 91 over yourselves and family. Jesus declared that in the last days before His return there will be wars, earthquakes, famines and plagues in many lands and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven (Luke 21:10-11). So, we should not be alarmed or surprised, but we should be earnest and disciplined in our prayers (1 Peter 4:7-9). It is certainly an opportunity to show deep love for one another and share the good news of eternal life in Christ.
We realise that this is an evolving situation and we are constantly monitoring the updates from the government outlets and we will endeavour to update you if there are any recommendations that affect us as a church.
If you have concerns or would like to request for prayer, you can contact Ps Olivia or Ps Faith.