Fighting the Flu
Guidance for Churches to Limit Fast-Spreading illnesses

Media coverage of the H1N1 virus—better known as the swine flu—is picking up again, especially with a vaccine now available. There's also increasing concern about how the flu might spread during this school year, and how a pandemic would affect U.S. organizations forced to close due to the spread.

Ministry leaders may be wondering what to do to keep their congregations healthy and their organizations running. There are some important steps to take to reduce its spread within your own faith community.

Quick Ways to Stop the Spread

1. Make adjustments to your typical Sunday morning activities at church. To decrease the risk of the virus spreading through handshakes and other routine touch, your pastors and lay leaders may want to make an announcement that they are suspending physical contact and ask that the congregants respect those who wish to do the same.

2. If your church traditionally uses one cup during communion for participants, you may want to switch to individual cups for as long as the threat continues. One common loaf of bread could also pose a problem and an alternative—such as individual wafers—may be a modification.

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Posted: November 6, 2009
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