COVID-19 ADVISORY #3
Guidelines on pastoral care during the current pandemic
31-March-2020 (by the Action Team on behalf of the Council)
At ICRC, we highly value everyone’s health and safety. This includes every ICRC member and also every one of our pastors. In line with this concern, the following guidelines are issued. Please be informed.
- Pastoral care for members. Pastoral care by way of electronic communication is encouraged, such as telephone, email, Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, Viber, etc. Pastoral care involving physical contact or physical meeting is not allowed, such as house call, meeting on ICRC premises, meeting elsewhere (like coffee shop, public park, etc.).
- Pastoral care for a funeral. Upon the request of the bereaved party, one pastor may be assigned to attend to funeral matters. The pastor shall be appointed by the Senior Pastor, in consultation with the bereaved family. The pastor may go only if he/she does so voluntarily, under no compulsion. The pastor shall go as the official representative of ICRC.
- Pastoral care for an end of life (EOL) or extreme medical case. Upon the request of the family of the sick, one pastor may be assigned to attend to the patient. The pastor shall be appointed by the Senior Pastor, in consultation with the bereaved family who is responsible to get clearance for pastoral visit from the attending medical officer(s). The pastor may go only if he/she does so voluntarily, under no compulsion. The pastor shall go as the official representative of ICRC.
- Pastoral care for a COVID-19 patient. An ICRC person who has contracted the virus may notify any ICRC pastor for zero-physical-contact pastoral care. If someone you know has the virus, please encourage him/her to tell an ICRC pastor for the same purpose. You may contact the pastor directly or through our Church Office (604-276-8250; firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any concerns, please contact Pastor David at 604-276-8250 or at email@example.com.
Do keep praying that the pandemic ends soon, for the Lord’s protection of us all, for the quick coming of the day when we can again assemble in our chapel building to worship together.
Meanwhile, as we wait for that day, do join our online worship, small group & prayer meetings. Do get in touch with church-mates by phone or other means to encourage each other and pray together. At home, do converse more with your loved ones, and avoid gadget-isolating yourself too much. More importantly, do spend more time with the Lord in prayer and in Bible-reading.
Finally let us declare Psalm 121 in faith: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121.1-2). Amen.