Mask Ministry: Next Steps

For over a month now, Plymouth's Mask Ministry has been hard at work making and distributing masks to the community. Now they look toward what comes next.

As difficult as these past few months have been, re-opening Lawrence will be equally fraught with uncertainty and concern. Each of us will have to decide how much risk we are willing to accept as Kansas and Missouri enter into the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of us will continue to shelter at home; some of us will cautiously return to work. As social distancing guidelines are relaxed at federal and state levels, transmission is likely to increase and it will continue to be important to preserve our ability to respond to a surge.

Plymouth's Mask Ministry has distributed 475 masks to individuals and mission partners, including Head Start, Family Promise of Lawrence, Midland Hospice, Centro Hispano, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

How You Can Help:

  • Stay at home as much as possible, even as restrictions are reduced, and especially if you are in a high-risk category.

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines: 6 feet apart, gatherings of 10 or less.

  • Limit the items or surfaces that you need to touch. 

  • Wash hands frequently and clean/disinfect high-touch surfaces.  The CDC does not recommend wearing gloves. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when making essential trips out of the home.

  • Contact your physician if you feel ill or recognize symptoms that indicate COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell).

If you need a mask:

Our mask makers have been hard at work to produce high quality masks for our congregation and the community. Materials are donated by the makers and others, and are a labor of love.  The true resource is in the labor, as each mask takes around 30 - 45 minutes to make.

The mask ministry is currently working on orders for community members that don’t have the resources to purchase their own.

If you need masks, for you or your family, please request some here!

We are providing these free as a an act of love for our congregation and community. If you have the resources, we would always appreciate a donation to the Pastor’s Emergency Fund. Thank you for your support!

In addition, there are masks available to purchase on Etsy. If you purchase a mask on the market, here’s what to look for: three layers, washable, covers the mouth and nose well, and a built in nose piece. 

Helpful Links:

State Information: State public health information

Gov Kelly’s office: Details of Kansas re-opening plan

Douglas County Health Department: County public health information

Douglas County Coronavirus Response: General information about Covid-19 assistance in Douglas County

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