As part of our ongoing emergency preparedness efforts, First Pres is offering CPR/AED, First Aid, and De-escalation training to its staff and regular attendees. We are, in particular, encouraging those who serve on Sunday mornings and during other public events to be trained.
Having someone trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic electronic defibrillators (CPR/AED) has already resulted in one life being saved here at First Pres within the last two years. The first aid course is a general first aid skills session. De-escalation training teaches students how to resolve conflict safely and turn chaos into calm. We have also scheduled a First Aid course in September. These sessions are available at no cost to members of the FPCE staff or congregation.
We now have two different training sessions available for CPR/AED and have added First Aid Training in September.
DATES, TIMES, AND REGISTRATION
Wednesday, August 11, 1 – 2:30 pm: https://onrealm.org/FirstPresEvanston/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=NGY5MWQ3ODgtMTJlMC00YTZmLTgwYzItYWQ1ZDAxMzU5Zjgy
Saturday, Sept. 25 @ 2:30 – 4 pm: https://onrealm.org/FirstPresEvanston/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=OGJjZjhjNzctNGZiZS00ZDEzLThmYWItYWQ3MzAxMWFmMzg5
De-Escalation Training – Tuesday, August 24, from 1 – 3 pm: https://onrealm.org/FirstPresEvanston/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=NmZmZDQ1NDEtOTkxNy00YmNiLWE5ZjMtYWQ1ZDAxNjA0YWY1
First Aid Training – Saturday, Sept. 25 @ 1 – 2:30 pm: https://onrealm.org/FirstPresEvanston/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=MzI0MjQ3NWUtNjljZi00Y2Q5LTliZjMtYWQ3MzAxMzAxZjg5
Kids (ages 4* through completed 5th grade) are invited to join us as we explore how Jesus’ power will pull us through. Come along and join us on the Rocky Railway!
Parents or guardians, please register each of your own children by name and birth date.
*4 by September 1, 2021
Monday, Aug 2 – Friday, Aug 6
- Monday, Aug 2 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Tuesday, Aug 3 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Wednesday, Aug 4 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Thursday, Aug 5 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Friday, Aug 6 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Masks are mandated in the common areas of the building (Sanctuary, Chapel, lobby, hallways, restrooms, etc.) on weekdays when SLC students are present.
- The building is open for use as a meeting place on weekdays. Space must be reserved ahead of time (at least 48 hours advance notice) and there must be ample time between events in the same space for building staff to complete a thorough cleansing of the room.
- Rooms will be set up to provide for social distancing. However, once seated, if attendees voluntarily share with each other that they have all been fully vaccinated, then they may sit closer than 6 feet. However, if young children are in attendance who have not been vaccinated, then social distancing should be practiced as well as the wearing of a mask;
- Maximum attendance in the Sanctuary will be 250 persons. Unvaccinated attendees are asked to wear masks, though no one will be asked to verify whether or not they have been vaccinated.
- 2 weeks after your second dose of a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer of Moderna vaccines.
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
- Visit inside a home or private setting, without a mask, with other fully vaccinated people of any age.
- Visit inside a home or private setting without a mask with one household of unvaccinated people who are not at risk for severe illness.
- Travel domestically without a pre or post travel test.
- Travel domestically without quarantining after travel.
- Travel internationally without a pre-travel test, depending on destination.
- Travel internationally without quarantining after travel, depending on where you were.
- Visit indoors, without a mask, with people at increased risk.
- Attend large gatherings.
- Forget to protect yourself and others by still wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart and avoiding large crowds at all times, including while traveling. We are still learning about the vaccine and how it will affect the spread of the virus.
- The vaccination card helps you to remember to go for your scheduled second vaccine, if required. It also serves as an extra record of your vaccination, so you should keep the card in a safe location. Currently you do not need it for travel, but it may be required for a new employer or if you ever need a booster.
- Store your vaccination card like you would any other important document, less chance of theft or loss. You do not need to carry it with you daily, but may be necessary when traveling.
- It may be helpful to take a picture of your card for reference. There are varying thoughts on laminating it, keeps it clean, but impossible to add written booster vaccine information to that card.
- If you lose your card, simply contact the clinic or health service that administered your vaccine. They will be able to talk you through getting your information.
- Your card is not your only proof of vaccination. There is an electronically saved record at the clinic or health service that provided your vaccine.
- This fear of going out for fear of catching or spreading COVID-19 is being called, Cave Syndrome. This syndrome has been closely linked to Agoraphobia, an extreme fear of leaving home. This can have repercussions for kids whose parents don’t want to take them out anywhere either.
- A survey put out by the American Psychological Association reports that 49% of adults are feeling uncomfortable about returning to in person connections once the pandemic ends.
- People who experience anxiety or OCD may be especially vulnerable to these feelings of anxiety.
- Don’t go it alone. Have someone who can help alleviate your fears. You can try new things every couple of days. As they go well, you can add on more activities. They can then give you feedback as you acclimate back to your normal.
- If you want to go to a restaurant, where restrictions have been lifted, try going at a time when it’s a bit quieter.
- Reach out to others in your neighborhood, you may find caring for others helps ease your anxiety.