Church COVID response
Please check here for our most recent updates regarding COVID-19 and in person gatherings.
Join the Layton Avenue Baptist Church on Facebook Sunday mornings, 10:45 AM, for a time of worship.
We’re glad to welcome a limited number in-person worshipers (50) this summer, for the 10:45 AM worship service. Our separation from one another and this wonderful house of worship has lasted a long time. Thank you for your cooperation and patience with the gradual re-gathering process.
Return to in person worship considerations 6/26/20 update
The Center for Disease Control provides some great information that you may find helpful.
a. The virus that causes COVID-19 is primarily spread by respiratory droplets through talking, sneezing, or coughing. It can live on surfaces after those respiratory droplets fall. It is for these reasons that when parishioners return to Layton’s church building multiple precautions will be undertaken.
· Social distancing – church goers will be required to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from all others. This will be reflected in how the sanctuary seating is arranged.
· Cloth face coverings – masks or home-made cloth face coverings are necessary and important to wear in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. These will need to cover both the nose and the mouth.
· Hand sanitizing – extra hand sanitizing centers will be found at various locations and encouraged to be used judiciously by all.
· Temperature Check – Before entering the building your temperature will be taken to ensure you do not have a fever.
b. While COVID-19 can be serious for anyone contracting it, there are some that are particularly more prone to have severe disease courses and/or death. (These risk factors are included in the list below.) Given the increased risk faced by those with any of these factors, we encourage anyone that meets one or more of these criteria to consider staying home.
· 65 years and older
· Living in a nursing home or long-term care facility
· Chronic lung disease, including asthma or emphysema (COPD)
· Heart disease, including coronary artery disease (e.g. past heart attack, stent, bypass surgery, etc), abnormal rhythms, or valve disease (e.g. valve surgery, etc).
· Compromised immune systems, including those who are undergoing cancer treatment, have a history of organ transplantation or bone marrow transplantation, use of corticosteroids or other immune weakening medications (e.g. Humira for rheumatoid arthritis).
· Chronic kidney disease, including those who undergo dialysis
· Chronic liver disease
· Increased weight, specifically those with an elevated body mass index (BMI)
c. While some may have contracted COVID-19 and exhibit no symptoms, many infected individuals do have some signs or symptoms. Thus, prior to commuting to church, everyone is asked to take a self-assessment. If you or anyone you live with have any of the following symptoms on the day of planned worship or within the days or week prior, you are encouraged to stay home and participate virtually through our online options. Additionally, you are encouraged to contact your health care provider.
· Feeling feverish, including a temperature of 100.4 F (please check your temperature at home prior to commuting to the church building)
· Shortness of breath
· Muscle aches
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
· Or otherwise not feeling well
d. Everyday exposures to other people with COVID-19 can increase your risk of infection. For that reason, if you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 within the last 14 days you are asked to stay home and participate in worship virtually. Additionally, strongly consider contacting public health officials and your personal physician if you have yet to do so.
After thoughtfully and prayerfully pondering what we should do in response to this situation, the deacons and I determined to cancel tomorrow’s (Sunday 3/15/20) gatherings for Bible Study and Worship. Layton has many members in the at-risk category and we want to be good, cooperative citizens for the common good. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we’re also eager to see how God can use this situation for good in the life of our church and beyond. Thank you.
Pastor Keith Cogburn
In accordance with recommendations both from the federal and state level, Layton is cancelling all services and activities for the next 15 days which will take us through the end of the month. We’ll again stream live on Facebook March 22 and 29.
I understand that Dave Miles wishes to continue his Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM. Please take precautions.
Any group or team wishing to meet online is welcome to do so through GoToMeeting (ask me about this).
We’ll have an online giving option on our website by Thursday. Should you wish to sign up for our regular process of monthly bank withdrawals for giving, contact Sarah Vanderkooy at 414-254-3297 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing contributions still works as well: 9600 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53228.
You can use PayPal to give your regular weekly offering online. Click the button below. Please reach out to Sarah at 414-254-3297 or email@example.com with any questions.