Harvest and COVID-19

July 22, 2020 Update

We continue to monitor the ever-changing events and government guidelines for how to approach this situation.  As many of you know, Winfield has made masks in public a requirement, and that applies to us within the Baden Square Community center.  We have been advised, that as long as you are seated 6ft apart, that masks can be taken off when seated.  We do ask that you continue to wear your masks as you enter and exit and as hard as it is, please refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or close contact.

We want to just remind you, for the safety of others, if you feel sick please stay home and closely monitor your symptoms.  Just like you, we want things to be closer to what we used to call "normal", and this is the plan given to us to return there.  

This is also such a great time as Christians to be able to share, not our opinions, but Jesus with a world that desperately needs HIM!  Live and Love so others will see Jesus!
Please continue to watch for emails and Facebook updates for the latest on what Harvest is planning moving forward.  

June 3, 2020 Update

As of May 22 we are in Phase 2 of the governors plan to reopen Kansas.
Key changes to Phase 2: 

  • Mass gatherings of more than 15 individuals will be prohibited;

  • All businesses and activities slated to open during Phase 2 will be allowed, with the exception of bars, night clubs and swimming pools. These will be moved to Phase 3;

  • Businesses and activities that will be allowed to open in Phase 2 include:

  • Recreational organized sports facilities, tournaments and practices will be allowed to begin on Friday, May 22, and must adhere to social distancing requirements and follow Parks and Recs guidelines, which can be found on covid.ks.gov;

  • Community Centers will be allowed to open, except for indoor and outdoor swimming pools;

  • Indoor leisure spaces such as arcades, trampoline parks, theaters, museums and bowling allies will be allowed to open on May 22;

  • State-owned-and-operated casinos will be allowed to open once their re-opening plan has been approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment;

  • In-person group exercise classes will be allowed to begin with groups of no more than 15 at a time. Locker rooms remain closed except for restroom facilities;

  • Everything opened in Phase 1 and Phase 1.5 remains open pursuant to the restrictions outlined in Executive Order 20-34.

  • Phase 2 will last until Sunday, June 7, assuming the current trends continue. Phase 3 is expected to begin on Monday, June 8, with mass gatherings of more than 45 individuals prohibited.

Under Phase 2, the following, unless they are repurposed for use in an essential function under the Kansas Essential Function Framework, shall remain closed to the public:

  • Bars and night clubs, excluding curbside and carryout services;

  • Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 2,000 or more;

  • Fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades;

  • Swimming pools (other than backyard pools);

  • Summer camps (with the exception of licensed childcare facilities).

The Governor will evaluate the state’s disease spread, testing rates, death rates, hospitalizations, ability of state and local public health authorities to contain outbreaks and conduct contact tracing, and personal protective equipment availability when determining if the state should move to the next “Phase.” Regardless of phase, the State Health Officer retains the authority to impose additional public health interventions in any area that contains an emergent and significant public health risk.

Throughout all phases, Kansans should continue to adhere to hygiene and social distancing protocols, including:

  • Washing hands frequently, while avoiding contact with one’s face;

  • Remaining home when sick or running a fever;

  • Following isolation and quarantine orders issued by state or local health officers;

  • Wearing a cloth face mask when in public;

  • Working remotely, if possible.

The guidance for churches:

On April 30, Governor Laura Kelly presented her detailed framework for gradually, safely re-opening Kansas. Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” took effect on May 4, when the statewide stay-home order officially lifted. In Phase I, places of worship may have more than 10 people in a service at one time, as long as the following safety protocols are practiced:

  • Maintaining six-foot distance between individuals, with the exception of those who reside together.

  • Following deep cleaning and other public health guidelines.

  • Funerals and wedding receptions are subject to mass gathering restrictions -- groups no larger than 10 and six-foot distance between individuals. 

May 11, 2020 Update

I want to give you an update on the latest for Harvest and our plans to meet in person.  Please remember that this is subject to change, per state guidelines and the governors office.  Also, the state requires me to say, "If you are over the age of 65 please stay home." But, you are an adult and are capable of making your own decisions.

I am excited to give you the plan we have in place as of right now.  On April 30, Governor Laura Kelly presented her detailed framework for gradually, safely re-opening Kansas. Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” took effect on May 4, when the statewide stay-home order officially lifted. In Phase I, places of worship may have no more than 10 people in a service at one time, as long as the following safety protocols are practiced:

  • Maintaining six-foot distance between individuals, with the exception of those who reside together.

  • Following deep cleaning and other public health guidelines.

  • Funerals and wedding receptions are subject to mass gathering restrictions -- groups no larger than 10 and six-foot distance between individuals. 

In Phase 2, places of worship may have no more than 30 people in a service at one time, as long as protocols are practiced. That phase starts May 18th.

In Phase 3, churches may have no more than 90 people in service at one time, as long as safety protocols are practiced.  This phase will begin June 1st.  

Phase 3 is when we will welcome everyone who is ready back to church.  Like before, we will have Facebook Live, but we will again gather in-person to worship together on June 7th!
On May 31st and possibly on May 24th we will have a setup team and worship team run through and host Facebook Live from the Community Center at Baden Square.

Please continue to watch for emails and Facebook updates for the latest on what Harvest is planning moving forward. 

For HIS Kingdom, 

Pastor Chris

MARCH 23, 2020 UPDATE

Harvest Family,

 

I hope that you are holding up during this season of change and challenge.  We know that with each new update our lives continue to change and uncertainty seems to grow.  I am sending this email to let you know our plan moving forward during this season.  We know that more limitations on social interaction are just a matter of time, and will more than likely be put in place in coming days.  So, as a church family how do we continue to move forward and continue to grow stronger in our faith?  Last night leaders met to pray and discuss how to move forward as a church, and I want to give you our plan as of today.

Our Live Stream had some struggles on Sunday, so we will prerecord service and have it posted on the Facebook page. You can participate and view the service at www.facebook.com/harvestwinfield. Service will still be at 10:00am Sunday morning.  We will encourage you to comment and say hello; I will be on there interacting also.  We still very much believe that this is going to be a powerful resource that will allow us to chat with others during the service.

We also want to make sure that we have other opportunities throughout the week to stay connected and grow.  Our plan moving forward will be as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we will have a Bible study on Facebook.  It will be posted in the evenings at 5:30.  We are going to walk through some Bible Basics.

In person LifeGroups are temporarily postponed. In their place, Wednesdayswe will have a ZOOM LifeGroup meeting.  It is an app that can be downloaded to your phone or can be accessed by computer on the internet. If you are interested in being a part of this weekly LifeGroup please click here and send us your email address. An invite will be sent to that email address.

We also are planning to have a weekly time of worship on our Facebook page.  Travis plans to lead us in a time each week that we can still worship together and stay focused and connected.  Exact time and day will be announced in coming days.

While we are saddened that we will not be able to gather physically together for church, we're still the Church and we will continue to minister to our community. Additionally, we are continuing to brainstorm how we can continue to inspire you in your spiritual journey throughout the weeks to come. If you know someone who attends Harvest and does not have either means of seeing this communication, please take it upon yourself and share with them this information. We are going to do our very best to get this info out as best as we can. 

Remember that you can continue to support what God is doing in and through Harvest Christian Church by securely giving online at www.harvestwinfield.com/give If you haven’t had the opportunity to try out this resource, now is the time to do so. 

I will continue to communicate updates and changes through email and social media. I ask that you continue to pray for all those who are at risk, our medical professional and those in decision making positions, small business owners, and all who will face tougher economic times.  I also want you to know that if you have any needs or know an elderly person with needs, please send me a message and we will help in anyway that we can. 

 

For HIS Kingdom,
Chris

Harvest exists to Grow God's Kingdom, ONE Person at a time; teaching them to WorshipWalk, and Work for Jesus!
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