SAFETY PRECAUTION UPDATE

 
 
 
 
 

Updated April 2021:

 
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 responses as a church.
 
Sunday services with modified service times.
9am: Service in gym to expand total capacity.
10:30am: Service in gym to expand total capacity. Online on our website.
 
You may reach the church via telephone at 816-224-9113 or by e-mailing our office.
Our office is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
MINISTRY ACTIVITIES
Many ministry activities are available on site; including children, youth, and adult ministries. 
 
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
 
While our scheduled mission trips for 2020 had to be cancelled, our missions team is monitoring both local and global recommendations for safety and travel and have begun to plan for 2021 trips; following 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.

 

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, you can catch our 10:30am sermons live or watch/listen later to any of our services (including Sunday and Wednesday night) at:
https://www.hbcbluesprings.org/live/
– 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 Harvest Kids (preschool – 5th) meet at both 9am & 10:30am with social distancing and masks required (for age-appropriate children).
 
• The Lord’s Supper
We will not pass communion trays when we observe the Lord’s Supper in our unified family services. We will provide pre-packaged, individually wrapped communion elements. Our Deacons will place the elements on the chairs prior to service.
 
• Baptisms
Baptism is a sacred part of your faith journey, and we will hold them as scheduled. We 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

A great way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to control your personal behavior. We recognize you may not be able to follow one or more of these suggestions due to your specific circumstance.
• Face – avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
• Hands – wash often, for 20 seconds (especially before eating and after the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing)
• Sleep – get extra
• Nutrition – a balanced diet and multivitamins can help 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, 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 on Wednesday nights (beginning May 19th) is a great way to do this! Your children attend our Wednesday Night Stars, and your middle & high school students can attend The Upper Room – all at the same time!
C. Let God use you
 
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.