How to Reopen Churches and Houses of Worship Safely During and After COVID-19 Coronavirus
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life. Many Houses of Worship, schools, and workplaces remain closed or have had to shut down due to local coronavirus surges. The coronavirus pandemic has also caused tension among Churchgoers and religious leaders. CNN says, “Many houses of worship initially adapted to the pandemic by holding virtual or drive-through services. But for the faithful, nothing can replicate the act of physically coming together at the end of the week.” Not only that, but the church also serves to help those who are suffering. “At a time when people are experiencing social isolation, financial hardships, grief, and loss, the church is where they want to turn for solace and support,” says CNN. That’s why we created our newest online training course to help Houses of Worship safely reopen and take further safety precautions during the pandemic.
Coronavirus Considerations For Reopening Houses of Worship Online Training Course
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness has created an online training course to help Faith-based leaders safely reopen their Churches and Houses of Worship. Our training course examines the operational and legal considerations that Houses of Worship should consider before reopening, including integrating specific policies and procedures. Our training course costs $19 and runs for approximately 75 minutes.
Our Reopening Houses of Worship Training Course Focuses On:
A review of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Worship service alterations including: collections, choirs, and communion, communicating with the congregation, and safety precautions for a safe worship service.
Sources of potential legal liability.
Course Learning Goals and Objectives:
Describe how the COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted.
Identify at least two practices that you can implement today to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
Describe ways that you can modify your worship service to reduce the likelihood of the COVID-19 coronavirus transmission.
Identify at least two changes you should make before reopening your House of Worship.
Discuss ways to maintain social distancing during a worship service.
Describe the importance of communication with the congregation.
Identify at least two legal issues that need consideration before reopening.
Who Should Enroll in Our Coronavirus Considerations for Reopening Houses of Worship Online Training Course?
Coronavirus Considerations for Reopening Houses of Worship is an easy to understand training course, and participants will learn from a mixture of slides, graphics, and real-world scenarios. Our cost-effective online training course is for Churches and Houses of Worship of all denominations and sizes. Faith leaders, administrators, staff members, volunteers, and congregants are welcome to take our Houses of Worship reopening course.
Enroll in our online training course today: Coronavirus Considerations for Reopening Houses of Worship.
Don’t Forget About Church Safety and Security
In addition to our Coronavirus Considerations for Reopening Houses of Worship online training course, we also offer Active Shooter Preparedness training for Houses of Worship. There has recently been a surge of attacks and vandalism in Churches and religious organizations across the country. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Catholic institutions from Boston to Florida reported more than half a dozen attacks on church property, including statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, between July 10 and 16, 2020. The most violent incident was at Queen of Peace Church in Ocala, Fla., about 75 miles northwest of Orlando. Police say a man set fire to the church on July 11 while several parishioners were inside preparing for morning Mass.”
Our motto is: Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared! Therefore, we never perform unannounced drills or use simulated gunfire during our training courses. Our active shooter preparedness training program consists of reviewing and learning from past incidents to develop safety plans and response options in a calm, safe, and comfortable environment. We also provide lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities specific to your location. We work with church leaders, greeters, ushers, and church security personnel to create safety plans that work for your religious organization.
The Institute for Childhood Preparedness now offers a brand new hybrid training model, online training followed by in-person practical training applications. Religious organizations can expand both their COVID-19 pandemic and security training during our hybrid training sessions. To find out more information and to schedule hybrid training: Click Here.
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