Harvest and COVID-19
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,
MARCH 23, 2020 UPDATE
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,