Tag: swine flu

Sunday school takes temperatures to sweep for swine flu

| October 26, 2009 | 0 Comments



President Obama has declared the swine flu a national emergency. And now, some church goers are taking it seriously. In fact, they're taking temperatures to see who can get in the door. Its all about preventing the H1N1 strain in kids. While some parents like the precaution, there are those that wonder if this is […]




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Churches, synagogues taking steps to prevent spread of H1N1 virus

| October 25, 2009 | 0 Comments



In the small chapel at Christ Church in Andover, a bottle of hand sanitizer sits next to the hosts and wine to be distributed at Communion. The image might seem odd, but it's becoming more and more common in churches and synagogues throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, as houses of worship take […]




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Worshipers, Faith Leaders Take Cues From Federal Officials on Warding Off Swine Flu

| October 10, 2009 | 0 Comments



The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshipers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu. Marilyn Meyers, a member of Washington National Cathedral, already had thought about the health risks involved in her church’s services. On Sunday, as she has for the past several […]




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Church fighting spread of flu

| October 8, 2009 | 1 Comment



The Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese is suspending the use of wine for Holy Communion and the practice of handshaking, at least temporarily, as a measure to prevent the spread of swine flu. The measures take effect by the weekend of Oct. 17-18, said Tony DeGol, secretary for communications. “The bishops of Pennsylvania met recently and […]




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Churches consider precautions against swine flu

| October 3, 2009 | 0 Comments



ALBANY — Eucharistic ministers at St. James Roman Catholic Church this Sunday will clean their hands with anti-bacterial lotion before distributing Communion. Over at Christ Church United Methodist in Troy, hand sanitizers will be installed. The Rev. Nina Nichols plans to hand out Communion herself. These small actions are part of growing awareness around the […]




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Passing Peace At Church Could Mean Passing The Swine Flu

| October 2, 2009 | 0 Comments



Omaha, NE: From sharing a handshake to sharing a communal cup, churches are relying on more than prayer to protect themselves from Swine Flu. A sign of peace is passed by a simple handshake. A handshake that could also be passing the flu. So some churches are taking action to protect their congregations. Parishioners fill […]




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Diocese issues guidelines for preventing spread of H1N1 Influenza

| October 2, 2009 | 0 Comments



On Sept. 30, the Catholic Diocese of Fargo issued liturgical guidelines for clergy and parishioners encouraging voluntary actions that should assist in preventing the spread of H1N1 Influenza. In the Catholic Church, parishioners may receive Holy Communion under the form of consecrated bread, known as the Precious Body of Christ, and consecrated wine, known as […]




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London diocese preps for H1N1

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments



The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has "a pandemic plan in place" to prevent the spread of the H1N1 pandemic flu virus, Bishop Ronald Fabbro announced Tuesday. In a letter to parishioners, Fabbro said his diocese has received "many inquiries" about the diocese’s prevention plan. "The diocese is taking these concerns seriously and is committed […]




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Sanitizer, common sense aid Oklahoma churches in flu fight Read more

| September 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



From Buddhists to Baptists, Oklahoma City metro houses of worship are making efforts to prevent the spread of swine flu or H1N1, but religious leaders said most people are taking their own precautions. For Quail Springs Baptist Church, that meant the placement this week of large dispensers of hand sanitizers at water fountains and other […]




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Winnipeg churches ban handshakes over H1N1

| September 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



The Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg has banned handshaking between church-goers over concerns it could lead people to contract the H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu. In a statement Thursday, Archbishop James Weisgerber said all city Catholic churches and schools are now in "Stage 1" of a three-stage pandemic prevention plan. That means the […]




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Churches adapt to the threat of the H1N1 virus

| September 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – Churches are taking extra pre-cautions to keep the deadly swine flu from affecting more communities in our area. Person-to-person contact is the easiest way to spread the virus, leaving Sunday mornings a prime-time to get sick. “We are mindful of the fact that this is a place where the virus […]




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Worship practices bend to slow H1N1

| September 25, 2009 | 2 Comments



Minnesota’s churches and other places of worship have become the newest front in the battle against the flu. As the H1N1 virus spreads, the state’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives urged Friday that worship practices — including communion — be changed as a precaution against the disease. The council, appointed by Gov. Tim […]




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Churches Step Up Precautions Against Swine Flu

| September 24, 2009 | 1 Comment



When swine flu concerns peaked in late April and early May, sales of a combination of sealed juice and individually wrapped communion wafers soared. eChurch Depot, the Camp Hill, Pa., based online distributor of church supplies reported a brisk business. June through August sales of the juice and wrapped wafer were between three and four […]




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Praying for their health

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments



The First Baptist Church of Ken-Gar is traditionally a "hugging congregation." But to slow the spread of germs, especially the H1N1 flu virus, the Rev. Carl Davis said he has urged his flock to make do with a wave and a smile. "It makes it kind of hard because we want to be about hugging, […]




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Health Ministry: Resist the urge to kiss your rabbi

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments



Observant Jews who kiss the hands of esteemed rabbis, their own hands after shaking somebody else’s or publicly owned Torah scrolls or holy books out of respect or devotion should tame their urge and avoid this practice for their own and others’ health. Saliva with the swine flu virus or ordinary seasonal flu strains could […]




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