SAFETY PRECAUTION UPDATE

 
 
 
 
 

Updated Monday, March 23, 2020 at 2:15 p.m

 
Harvest Baptist Church of Blue Springs is staying up-to-date with the progress of COVID-19 around the world. We are listening to what local and national authorities advise as we determine any necessary response as a church.
 

UPDATE: Operating Status: Limited

All Harvest facilities are closed to everyone except essential employees.
You may reach the church via telephone at 816-224-9113 or by e-mailing our office.
Our office is receiving supply drop offs, Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m for HBC Hope.
 
WORSHIP SERVICES
We will expand our worship services to include the Harvest Baptist Community until the government
provides clearance for large gatherings to resume.
 
Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. on our website and through Facebook Live.
Sunday evening prayer at 5:30 p.m. on our website and through Facebook Live.
Wednesday evening Discipleship 2 at 6:30 p.m. on our website and through Facebook Live.
 
In case of technical difficulties, all services will be available within 24 hours on our YouTube channel.
 
LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper on March 29th is cancelled.
 
MINISTRY ACTIVITIES
Though the church’s building remains closed, we will resume as many ministry activities as possible next week. We are
unable to hold in-person gatherings but we plan to develop ways to meet using technology instead. Many of our ministry meetings, LFBI courses and adult classes will also meet online or through technology also. Information will be provided
through your ministry leadership in the near future.
 
TITHES & OFFERINGS
Please continue your tithes and offerings as our pastors continue shepherding, our deacons continue serving, we continue
ministering, and we provide benevolence and missionary support on your behalf.
You can give online here or mail your check (or have your bank mail a check) to:
HBCBS, Attn: Finance, 1982 NW Copper Oaks Circle, Blue Springs, MO 64015
 
Our Missions team is monitoring the global spread of the virus to see if the situation might impact any of our scheduled mission trips. They will follow guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of State.
 
Our leadership continues to pray for you, your family, our nation and the world in the days and weeks ahead. Please take care of yourself and demonstrate the love of Christ to others when you have an opportunity to do so. God bless you.

 

YOUR ROLE IN KEEPING HEALTHY

As with any normal flu season, follow these “common sense” guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:
– Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands. (“cough in the crook”)
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
– Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
– Clean and disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
– To the extent possible, avoid touching commonly used surfaces in public places like elevator buttons, door handles and handrails and avoid handshaking with people. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
 
Please join our pastors and leaders as we pray for those who are impacted by or confronting the virus — patients, families, healthcare workers, authorities — and for God’s protection over all of us.
 
 

RESOURCES

 
 

OUR CHURCH PLAN

We have no greater priority during our times of worship than your safety and security, so that we can pray, praise and respond to God’s call on our life. So we want you to have a courageous confidence as we gather together as Christ’s body, and navigate challenging circumstances in our society in a way that demonstrates our faith and trust in the God who guides us.
 
How are we preparing to worship in the days of this viral outbreak? I want to give you a plan in three parts. On the practical side I will share our church plan, and suggest a personal plan as well. But to anchor it all, I want to suggest a spiritual plan. The practical plan will change and be modified to meet conditions; the spiritual plan will always apply.
 

1. THE CHURCH PLAN

• Services
If you find yourself feeling sick, persistently coughing, have a fever, or are immunocompromised, miss the service and catch our 9 a.m. sermons live or watch/listen later to any of our services (including Sunday and Wednesday night) at:
https://www.hbcbluesprings.org/live/
– Download our free App on Google Play or the App Store
– All our teaching/preaching is also available on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/HBCBlueSprings/videos/
– Or our Youtube channel: bit.ly/hbcyoutube
– And on our iTunes podcast: bit.ly/hbcpodcast
 
• Greeters
Our plan starts at the door. To minimize your need to touch handles, our volunteer hospitality team can hold exterior doors open to greet you, and interior doors may remain open during our worship services.
 
• Greetings
Feel free not to shake hands. Touch is an important part of Christian fellowship (1 Cor 16:20), but you may extend an elbow instead of a hand. Side-hug or fist-bump. “Air kiss” is the new “holy kiss.”
 
• Giving
We strongly recommend you sign up to give your tithe and offerings online. The first time, you will be asked to request an account. This is for your security and future convenience. It is safe, convenient, adjustable and repeatable.
You can also simply text give to (816) 558-3001 and follow the prompts. In addition, there are “drop off” boxes in the back of the sanctuary.
 
• Harvestkids and public areas
Our volunteers are committed to washing and wiping down check-in surfaces with disinfectant or wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more visible and available throughout the building.
 
• The Lord’s Supper
We will not pass communion trays when we observe the Lord’s Supper in our unified family service at 10:00a.m. March 29th. Instead, our Deacons will be at the doors distributing the elements as we enter the gym for worship. We will share the Lord’s Supper at the beginning, and have trash containers available. We will provide pre-packaged, individually wrapped communion elements.
 
• Baptisms
Baptism is a sacred part of your faith journey, and we will hold them as scheduled. We disinfect our baptistry, and will be taking extra precautions to make it a safe experience. Until the virus abates, we will not baptize anyone running a fever or who has been caring for someone running a fever.
 

2. YOUR PERSONAL PLAN

In the absence of a vaccine, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to modify your personal behavior.
• Face – never touch – eyes, nose or mouth
• Hands – often wash – for 20 seconds (especially before eating and after the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing)
• Sleep – get extra
(We recognize you may not be able to follow one or more of these suggestions due to your specific circumstance.)
• Masks – only if coughing
• Nutrition – take vitamins – to build your immune system
• Social distancing – stay home – when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Social courtesy – cough or sneeze into your elbow – or cover with a tissue and deposit in the trash
• Home training – clean frequently touched objects – common soap and water should work to inhibit COVID-19
 

3. YOUR SPIRITUAL PLAN
This is as simple as ABC.

A. Stay centered – use our Prayer Diary and Bible reading plan, which is published each week, distributed in services, and available here: bit.ly/harvestprayer
B. Keep connected – our #feedthesoul praise and prayer service Sunday nights at 5:30p.m. is a perfect time to do this. During the school year we have a Bible club for kids at the same time, called AWANA.
C. Let God use you
 
2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands
 
We have response coordinators putting an emergency planning team in place. Thank you for your patience, understanding and trust. Let’s be the ones to help the world catch their breath!
 
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.