CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

 

GNYC President's Video Update 4•3•20

GNYC OFFICIAL COVID-19 STATEMENTS

 

WE WILL KEEP THIS PAGE UPDATED WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION

The New York State has issued new directives for helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

 

SABBATH SCHOOL QUARTERLY BIBLE STUDY RESOURCE

Adult:   www.sabbath.school/LessonBook
Guide:   www.guidemagazine.org

Lower Division:  http://www.gracelink.net
Primary Treasure and Our Little Friend:   www.primarytreasure.com

 

Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) the GNYC ABC new temporary business hours will be:

Sunday 10:00pm to 3:00 PM

Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday CLOSED 

Saturday CLOSED 

 

Here is a list of GNYC churches with food pantry.

Free mental health service for New Yorkers.

If you think you need testing, go directly to this site for full information.

  • Now in effect, 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. 
  • New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.
  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.

All Greater New York Conference Directors and Office Staff are on a work-from-home rule. Feel free to contact us using the office numbers during our normal work hours.

 

CHURCHES SUSPENDING PUBLIC WORSHIP SERVICES

We invite all our members to join their respective online services. Our churches that are still closed to in-person worship will remain accessible for prayer and collaboration with civic authorities to provide for community needs.

 

How can my church stay connected if I have to suspend public worship services?

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

All GNYC schools are closed in compliance with government stipulation.

 

NEW YORK STATE ADVISORY

  • Important download for houses of worship.
  • All Public schools in New York are closed to limit the spread of coronavirus.
  • New Yorkers over 50 or those with chronic health conditions should take extra precautions: avoid crowds and work from home if possible. 

NEW YORK  CITY ADVISORY

  • Flagrant violation of rule regarding public gatherings, will be penalized by law.
  • New Yorkers should text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments with COVID-19

Recognizing that most of the cases in New York State are within our Conference territory we are forwarding this information at this time. There is a Working Group at the Conference Office that will be meeting as often as needed to provide updated guidance. 

We are committed to sharing current, relevant and accurate information on the latest reports.

 

HEALTH TIPS

Think of yourself: 

Those most at risk for severe illness are the elderly and those with other health conditions such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. If you are in this category, please keep yourself safe by following the recommendations from the New York Health Department. Stay home/call your doctor if you feel sick. Seek care after 48 hrs if symptoms don't improve. If you don't have a doctor, call 311

 

Sanitize: 

We recommend that every church have sanitizing stations throughout the church, for the occasional essential services that the church may provide. 

Churches should provide more frequent sanitization of restrooms (faucets, handles, toilet seats, services), nursery, playground, etc. during the times the building is in use. If you do not already have them, consider installing touchless faucets, towel dispensers, hand dryers, etc.

When you sanitize the church remember to include the Bible, Hymnals, etc. It may be best to limit displays of tithe envelopes, information cards, etc. that are in the pews.

 

Fellowship Lunch: 

Churches should not be serving Fellowship Lunches during this time.

 

Baptism:  

Since tap water is a good carrier of virus the church must provide proper treatment of the water in the baptismal pool.  We recommend that the chlorine level in the baptismal pool be 1.5-3 ppm (like in a pool or hot tub).

 

Since those in good health are less susceptible to becoming infected we recommend that each church take time each week to share some good health principles during their streaming services:

Hand Washing

            Proper Rest

            Proper Diet

            Fresh Air

            Exercise

 

LARGE CONFERENCE EVENTS

No large events will be held at this time. Following the state and Health Department guidelines the GNYC has suspended all large gatherings as stipulated above.

 

In our ongoing effort to minimize disruption the Greater New York Conference recommends the following for your convenience.

 

Social Media: 

We recommend that each church provide a way for members to participate in the service from home. If your church does not already have a Live Stream we would suggest that you use Facebook Live, Zoom or some other similar service.

 

Adventist Giving: 

How to sign up and use Adventist Giving.

What should my church do to get signed up?

*Treasurer information

*Entering donations

¿Qué debe hacer mi iglesia para inscribirse?

 

We recommend that each church that has not already done so set up an account with Adventist Giving so that members can worship God in giving, even if they cannot be physically present.

 

Please have members take a supply of tithe envelopes to mail in their tithes if they are not on Adventist Giving.

 

Communication: 

Each church should have a way of communicating with all its members. This could be Whatsapp, Facebook, group email, etc. The Greater New York Conference Communication Department (communication@gnyc.org) and Corporation (corporation@gnyc.org) should be included in these groups. Communication Leaders will coordinate with the pastor in keeping the flow of information between GNYC and church open.

 

We emphasize the need to obtain permission before adding individuals to social media groups.

 

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