WORLD HARVEST CHURCH UPDATES ON CORONA VIRUS
Beginning May 1st, Governor Stitt has stated that Oklahoma churches can begin re-opening, and our Enid Mayor has given the okay for this to happen as well. In order for this to happen, we have formulated the following strategy to keep people’s safety a priority:
WORLD HARVEST CHURCH'S PLAN FOR MAY
1. The month of May will be a transitional period for our church as we slowly move towards providing a safe environment for our attendees.
2. Starting Sunday, May 3rd, we will have our 2 regular morning worship services at 9:00am & 11:00am. This will allow us to restrict our numbers per service. We will evaluate the need for a 1:00pm service as we move along week by week. We will still have our worship experience available online, which can be found at Harvestenid.com, Facebook, and YouTube.
3. There will be no childcare through the month of May, but rooms will be made available for a parent to take a child needing attention. We will resume Children’s ministry on Sunday, June 7th.
4. We will reduce our seating capacity in order for attendees to maintain safe social distances. In order to accomplish this, we will close every other row of seats, and we will place a few “Please, Do Not Sit” signs on each row for people/families to use to create social distancing space around them by taking the signs and placing on the chair(s) on either side of them. Once capacity is reached, we will have an overflow area set up in the Harvest Kids Room for those wishing to stay, or attendees can choose to come back to one of our other services, or choose to join us from their home online.
5. Signs will be posted at each entrance that state, "If you have a fever or a cough, please do not enter the building." We will also have a small team to help evaluate attendees by providing temperature checks if needed.
6. Hand sanitizers will be available at each entrance and in every room. Masks will also be made available if someone wishes. People will not be encouraged to wear a mask nor will they be discouraged from wearing one. It will be a matter of personal choice.
7. We will have a team to clean and disinfect chairs, door handles, and traffic areas before and after each service.
8. Our self-service coffee bar will not be open through May. BYOC – Bring Your Own Coffee
9. We will encourage the physically frail, those with pre-existing health conditions (no matter the age), and those who are sick, to watch the services ONLINE in isolation of their home.
10. As long as the pandemic does not worsen, we will plan to resume all activities at World Harvest Church as normal beginning Sunday, June 7th, 2020. We look forward to bringing a sense of normalcy back to our congregation and moving past the epidemic. All precautions will be taken to make sure we are following proper regulations and maintaining a clean facility. There will be no pressure put on anyone to return to community worship in the building, and our communication will reflect this as we allow people to return at their own pace and comfort.
We also believe the church is essential to our culture of bringing Hope & Purpose to people’s lives. We embrace the scripture in Hebrews 10:25 where we are told, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…”. We also see the success of the church in the book of Acts was due to their ability to do life and
ministry together – “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer…And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had…They worshiped together at
the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity - all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
If you have any needs, questions, or prayer, please text the Harvest Hotline at 580.402.8110.
SUPPORT US BY GIVING
Even though we are not meeting, the church still has monthly bills and obligations to maintain.
You can support World Harvest via the following methods:
1. Mail a check to the church at 1419 S. Garland Road, Enid, OK 73704
2. Give online at Harvestenid.com/give
3. Text the amount you want to give to 84321
4. Drop your contribution off at the church office during regular business hours
Discipleship Groups will not meet until further notice.
If at any point over the next few weeks you are in need of assistance pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), World Harvest is here to help! Whether it is going to the store on your behalf, picking up a prescription, or connecting in prayer, we’d like to know.
Please reach out to us at 580.234.4474, during regular business hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm, or send a text to 580.402.8110 to provide us with information on how World Harvest can help you. Your request will be reviewed immediately and we will contact you with more information.
HERE'S WHAT WE'RE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF
Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.
Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.