COVID-19 Worship, Walk, & Witness News | July 9, 2020
WORSHIP: Our mask protocols for Indoor Worship have been updated: On motion, Session approved the following Sunday Worship Mask Usage Recommendation: Masks or face shields are recommended in the building at all times, with mask/face shield usage strictly enforced in certain parts of the building (all common areas - entryway, lobby, bathrooms, etc.) and during certain parts of the worship services (recitation and singing). We will also set up a special seating section on Sundays in either the lobby or the craft room as a mandatory mask zone where masks are to be worn at all times.
Please Note: All individuals entering the Harvest building for any purpose on Sundays must wear a mask. This includes outdoor worshipers who need to use the restroom.
*Children under age 2 and those individuals who cannot wear a mask or face shield due to health reasons are not required to wear one.
WALK: Harvest will not be holding in-person Sunday School this fall. On motion, Session agreed to suspend in-person Sunday School for the fall term of 2020 and to replace it by equipping parents for in-home catechism instruction. The Sunday School Committee, Walk Ministry Team, and Session are excited about this discipleship opportunity of walking alongside parents in the instruction of their children. More information will come out later this summer.
WITNESS: A Church Planting Committee will be formed for planting a church in the area south of Harvest (Wayland/Dorr area.) On motion, Session approved forming a committee of Session for planting a church in the area south of Harvest (the Wayland/Dorr area). Congregation members will be selected to assist this committee. We hope to hold a church plant exploratory meeting for all interested parties on July 19 following the evening service. More information will be sent out next week.
If you have any questions on any of these topics, please reach out to your shepherding elder or contact Nikki Veurink at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covid-19 Worship, Walk, & Witness Updates | July 9, 2020
Take time to read the indoor and outdoor worship protocols that have been approved by Session. As you can imagine, in-person worship will be different than it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health and safety plays a more visible role than it did before.
You must submit an RSVP if you plan to attend in-person worship at one of the offered locations. Each location has limited capacity.
If anyone in your household is not healthy, please worship via livestream to protect the health of others. We also ask the elderly and immunocompromised to consider worshiping via livestream at this time. (Those who for reasons of health or conscience do not feel comfortable attending in-person gatherings at this time are encouraged to worship via livestream. While we have a command to worship our God, the session wants to preserve the liberty of conscience for all members to fulfill this command either in person or via livestream during these extraordinary circumstances.)
If you are participating in outdoor worship at any of the locations, please bring your own lawn chairs and/or blanket.
If you are participating in indoor worship at Harvest, please bring your own mask.
Offering baskets will not be used for indoor or outdoor worship this Sunday. We encourage you to continue to give through check by mail or online giving.
We request you use your bathroom facilities at home. We hope to limit the use of the bathroom facilities at the church and the offsite locations.
We do not currently have a separate area designated for nursing moms during worship.
This is just the second phase of our reopening. We will constantly be evaluating and adjusting our approach as the situation changes. Some of you may be disappointed that there are restrictions in place and others may be fearful that the restrictions will not be followed. Our responsibility before the Lord and to one another is to navigate these differences of opinion with grace, love, and an eagerness to maintain our unity with one another during this time. We also ask you to be flexible and open to change. Many of the decisions we make are to protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us, and this is a dynamic situation that will surely change as time goes on.
As always, please feel free to contact your shepherding elder if you have questions or concerns.
Yours in Christ,
The Congregational Life Team
If you'd like specific meeting information for any of these groups, please reach out to Nikki Veurink, our Congregational Life Coordinator, at email@example.com.