In order to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 health threat, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church is enacting comprehensive Coronavirus Active Response Efforts to assist those who are adversely affected or compromised by the disease. Initial elements of the effort include:
The church staff will maintain a list of members who are either (1) self-quarantining due to known exposure to the virus or (2) remaining home-bound because they are in a high-risk health demographic (the “C.A.R.Es List”). The following guidelines will be followed:
- To add a name to the C.A.R.Es List, members should contact Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons in the church office by phone at (843) 884-4612, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If a member is asking to add someone other than himself or herself to the list, the nominating party must confirm that the nominated person has given permission to be added to the list.
- As a general rule, the C.A.R.Es List will be distributed twice a week to the active elders, deacons, and staff of MPPC, who will then work to remain in close contact with the listed individuals and assist them as they are able.
- Elders and deacons receiving the C.A.R.Es List shall be responsible for praying for those on the list and for reaching out to listed individuals by written letter, text, or phone call. Each officer is responsible for determining the best and safest ways for them to assist the individuals on the list, provided that at no time should an officer take unreasonable or unsafe actions that may result in their own infection or further spread of the coronavirus. It will be helpful for elders and deacons to specifically identify their communications as part of the “C.A.R.Es” effort, and to notify Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons of any individuals contacted and the assistance being offered by the officers.
- Pastors and staff who reach out to individuals on the list shall also avoid unreasonable or unsafe actions that may result in infection or spread of the coronavirus.
- Those receiving the C.A.R.Es List from the church office understand that the list should be treated as sensitive information and that a healthy balance between assistance and confidentiality should be maintained.
Home-bound Visitation Changes
Home-bound Visitation Changes
All members should be aware that local hospitals have significantly curtailed all non-essential visitation for pastors and lay visitors alike. In light of these limitations, lay members of the hospital visitation team have ceased their rotational visits. Team members have been asked to contact Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons as their usual visitation day approaches to learn if there is a scheduled surgery or a current hospitalization, and, if appropriate, to be in touch with the patient by phone or text.
What Can You Do?
Mission and Outreach Initiatives for Everyone
Make Meals at One80 Place
- They check every volunteer’s temperature.
- Volunteers do not interact with clients, they only prepare to-go containers.
- They adhere to six-foot social distancing practices.