Harrow Baptist Church Family Update June 30th, 2020
We will soon be back! We spent 4 months apart, but we are pleased to announce that we will be meeting in person again for our Sunday worship services starting Sunday, July 5. We are grateful for the way the Lord has continued to meet our needs and encourage our hearts during these past few months, and we are excited to see what He has in store for us as we move forward now.
In keeping with public health guidelines and the need to meet together responsibly in the current conditions, we have prayerfully put together a plan for services that will carry us through the summer months. There are some directions that we need to follow in order to do this well. Adjustments may be possible or necessary as things progress (we will keep you informed as we go) but for now these measures will be in place.
- If you are not well, please stay home.
- If you have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, please stay home.
- If you are waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test, please stay home.
- If your immune system is compromised, please stay home.
- If you are not comfortable joining us in person yet, we respect that and look forward to the day you are back with us. In the meantime, please let our office know that this is why you are away so that we can keep in touch with you. We will continue to provide the video messages online each Sunday for the summer months.
- Our Sunday services will begin in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. The doors will open at 9:40 a.m. Please note: At 10:10 the doors will be locked and you will not be allowed to enter. So don't be late.
- Offerings will still be received by e-transfer. There will also be offering plates available at the welcome center in the foyer. We will not be passing offering plates during the service.
- A greeter will ask you some questions about: symptons, travel and Covid exposure when you get to the door. Another greeter will give you hand sanitizer as you enter the building. Masks MUST be worn but will not be provided; so please bring your own mask.
- The nursery will remain closed and no children’s programming will be provided on site. Families will remain together for the service which will be 1 hour in length. A diaper changing table has been placed in the accessible washroom.
- Sermon outlines and children’s bulletins will continue to be provided online for you to print and bring along if you would like.
- Washroom use will be restricted to 1 person at a time.
- When you enter the building, please go directly to the sanctuary and find a seat. The rest of the building will remain closed. There can be no socializing in the foyer.
- Seating will be restricted to every other pew, our numbers limited to 160 in the sanctuary. Please sit with your immediate family and maintain social distancing from others with whom you do not reside. (no hugs or handshakes)
- Following the service, we will exit by rows and leave the building directly, heading to our vehicles.
- While some of this may seem extreme to some, these measures are necessary to ensure that we worship together safely and follow the directions of the authorities. This shows respect for those around us and will allow us to continue to meet in person. Failure to follow these guidelines may jeopardize our ability to continue meeting and put the health of someone around you at risk.
It is important that even in our parking lot we demonstrate to our community that we are following the directions we have been given and that we take their health seriously. This does seem strange to have these requirements in place, but it is necessary for now.
A plan for our Children’s Ministry: Vacation Bible School will be available online in July and August. Please email email@example.com to register your children or if you have any questions.
Please continue to pray for us and with us as we worship and serve the Lord together as a church family. There may be many ideas among us about the current situation, but treating each other with love and respect will go a long way towards making this a smooth “re-entry”. Thank you for your cooperation as we reopen our building and reconnect with each other. May God be honoured as we meet together and as we continue to respond carefully to this situation.
The Pastors and Deacons of Harrow Baptist Church
And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent.