Brian White emails the Harvest Church congregation in North Indianapolis on its efforts to prepare for the Coronavirus. This brief post is documenting this effort by Harvest Church.
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 NLT
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This is a brief post just documenting how Bryan White’s Great Commission Collective church, called Harvest Church is preparing for the Coronavirus. The below email was sent out to the congregation on Saturday evening March 7, 2020. This blog will be doing some writing on how evangelicals respond to this medical crisis that is slowly growing in the United States. So expect a few articles in the course of time.
Harvest Church Family,
Every Sunday, I’m reminded again about what a great privilege we have to come and worship the Lord together. Our times of response to the Lord and to His Word are filled with such joy and expectation and we love hearing the stories of how our kids and students are being discipled each week. As we prepare for services tomorrow, I know that many of you are considering the news in our community and around the world regarding the COVID-19 virus. I wanted to let you know that we have prepared for tomorrow by reviewing all pertinent information about COVID-19 from the Indiana State Department of Health. With their information and guidelines in mind, we want you to know of some changes you should expect tomorrow as you come to church, and to also let you know of some of the precautions we regularly take each week to keep you and your family safe and healthy when you come to worship.
First, let me share with you some of the regular precautions we take at Harvest:
- Our entire building is cleaned and disinfected early each Sunday morning to ready the facility for our time together. Throughout the morning, we are regularly cleaning and disinfecting various surfaces (bathrooms, countertops, door knobs, etc.).
- Our Harvest Kids toys and resources are regularly and systematically cleaned and disinfected to be ready for each service.
- We offer hand sanitizer in different locations throughout our facility for your convenience and use.
On top of these regular precautions, tomorrow we will take a few extra steps of care:
- We will not be passing the Register or the offering bags, but you will still have an opportunity at the Connect Desk to introduce and register any guests that may visit with you. There will also be opportunities for you to give your regular tithe or offering by placing that in a container at the back of the Worship Center.
- We’re going to forego our normal practice of shaking hands as we greet each other. We want to be friendly so we’ll still greet you with a smile and an encouraging word as you come to worship, and we’ll probably wave at one another or something creative but we’ll follow the direction of our health officials to take this necessary precaution.
We want to provide a clean, healthy, and safe environment where you and your family can come and worship the Lord with other believers at Harvest Church.
These are some of the precautions that we regularly take and will be taking tomorrow. Below are a few precautions that you can take to help us.
You should avoid attending church activity including Sunday worship, Harvest Kids or Harvest Students if:
- You have had flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days or have been in close contact with someone with these types of symptoms: fever, cough, vomiting or shortness of breath.
- You have traveled domestically or internationally from an area in the past 7-14 days with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus or if you suspect you may have been exposed to it in some way. (This includes places like China, Iran, Italy, etc. or any other country that is currently listed as a level 2 or 3 alert as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.)
We understand the need to give attention to all of these details in order to be wise stewards of our health and the safety of others as we come to worship together. Please be praying now for tomorrow and for all those who are going to worship in churches all around our community and world. Let’s not miss the opportunity to worship together and get in God’s Word for His glory!
For the Kingdom,
Brian White | Lead Pastor