“I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!””
Dear Church Family,
I hope you are well and adjusting to some degree of normalcy as we begin to frequent public spaces. Our civic leaders have presented us with new guidelines for managing our interactions as we emerge from COVID-19 quarantine. During this health crisis, churches were asked to not assemble for corporate worship. We complied with this request, and now the time has come for us to resume congregational gatherings.
On May 24th, at 10:30 am, we will meet as a body of believers. For a time, we will limit our in-person services to Sunday mornings. No childcare will be provided, and children should sit with their families. All of our services will be live-streamed and Sunday morning Bible study will continue via online videos. In the coming weeks, we will announce the reopening of our on-campus mid-week services, in-person Bible study classes and DLife, as well as music, youth, and children’s activities.
It is essential that we all follow social distancing guidelines. Below is a list of measures that will allow us to gather safely and in a manner that respects each individual’s space.
- Any person who has had any contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or with anyone awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should not attend in-person services.
- Any person in a high-risk group for COVID-19 (due to age or predisposed health condition), is sick or has recently been sick should not attend in-person services.
- Please arrive early (10:15 am) to assist the ushers with seating attendees in the designated areas and allow for a prompt start to the service.
- Enter the building through the front doors that open into the foyer. All other doors will be locked for entry.
- Enter the sanctuary from the foyer through the center doors.
- We ask that households enter, sit, and exit the sanctuary together.
- Keep a six-foot distance from persons not in your household by remaining where ushers seat you. Use a wave and a smile in the place of handshakes, hugs, and fist bumps.
- Should you need a restroom, only the facilities located in the foyer will be available.
- Wear a mask and/or gloves if you so desire. We want everyone to feel safe.
- Use the hand sanitizer provided, or your own, prior to or upon entering the foyer. Gathered worship that abides by the above principles requires unusual pre-service preparations; therefore, we ask that those planning to attend RSVP by calling the church during the normal office hours (8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday – Thursday), emailing the church, or sending a message through the church web site or Facebook page. The only information we will need is your family’s name and the number who will be attending worship. PLEASE RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 20TH. We have a safe and organized plan for overflow, should that be needed. Below is the contact information for the various ways you can RSVP.
- Church office: by phone (334) 222-8117, or email email@example.com
- Janet Merrill, via text or call: (334) 892-2634
- Offering plates will be located on the table at the front of the sanctuary and between the center doors of the sanctuary. Please give as the Lord directs, as your faithfulness and generosity in this area are much needed and appreciated.
I will update you as we move forward through this process. I have stated that I hoped these weeks of not meeting would create within us, an urgency and hunger to gather in worship. I believe God is using this season to prepare the heart of his church for the future. My prayer is that we live out the future God desires for us. Please join me in praying for a renewed energy and zeal for the gospel to go forth through us and for Harmony Baptist Church to be filled with God’s power and presence. I look forward with tiptoe anticipation of our reuniting and beginning to step into what God has in store for Harmony Baptist Church.
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9–11)