In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pastor Stephen Smith and the Ebenezer Union Baptist Church on Exuma have made a conscientious effort to ensure compliance with stipulated government and health protocols.
Smith said he is thankful for the opportunity to hold worship services, but urges his congregants to wear masks, remain vigilant and practice social distancing and proper sanitizing.
Nurse Judith Russell of the Exuma Health Care Centre – a member of the COVID-19 surveillance health team – was invited to make a presentation on proper health tips, preventative care and practices to the congregants of Ebenezer.
Smith and his executive team have installed sanitization stations at the church’s entrances, social distancing signage in walkways, designated and visibly marked distant seating in pews and caution signs at the entrance doors for mask wearing. They even open the windows during worship services for natural air flow.
Smith said he is grateful for the efficient janitorial and sanitizing services offered complimentary by Trinity Cleaning Services, owned by members of the congregation Deacon Urban and Thelma Smith. He said the company sanitizes all pews, worship areas and chairs after each service.
Smith envisions that some future worship services will be held outdoors in the parking lot and even the nearby community park during this pandemic. “We must come out from the four walls to reach the masses and fulfill God’s mandate of going into all the world to preach the Gospel. COVID-19 has reminded us of the basic essentials of life and simple living.”
He urges all to remain safe and help save lives.