It has been called to my attention that many in our church community need more clarity as to what re-entry into proximity is going to look like. The statement was, “Please be explicit!” So here is the most explicit blog I will write!
HarvestDowntown is committed to providing a safe environment for you and your family:
We do not allow children to be monitored by other children
Every person who is in a position of trust will be background checked
We will follow the current health, fire, and building codes to the best of our ability (although the health code seems to change daily!)
Parents are responsible for their own children
HarvestDowntown is committed to honoring the law of the land as long as the law does not specifically restrict our Biblical mandates as a community of Christ:
As frustrating and restrictive as these guidelines may seem, let me remind you that we are only asking that you follow them for 1.25 hours of the week. I am sure that many of you want to protest and suggest that it is impossible to abide by them and still be the Church. We need to look not only to our interests, but also the needs of others. I would like to remind you that we have continued to be the church over the past three months without gathering in one building – the building does not define the church community.
As frustrating and liberal as these guidelines may seem to you, let me remind you that we will continue to offer the services on YouTube. You will need to be responsible for your own health and know your limits. We are committed to view those who are restricted from larger group gatherings as members of the Body of Christ and we will value your decision to self-isolate. I would like to remind you that we have continued to be the church over the past three months without gathering in one building – the building does not define the church community.
If I missed something that you think should be considered, or you think we as elders are being inconsiderate, I am happy to take your calls or emails. Please understand that this season is difficult to navigate and not everyone values what you value – not even your immediate family! We have debated this as church leaders and elders, and we will continue to adjust as the days go forward. I personally am submitting to authority on this as an act of worship to God, and I invite you to do the same. I am naturally a grumbler and complainer, but I am reminded that I can’t just quote the first part of Philippians 2 without also quoting verse 14, “Do everything without grumbling, complaining, murmuring, disputing, or arguing.” (I am fully aware that your version only has two of those words, but I wanted to include all the versions.)
Let us know who we are in Him. Let us be the family of God – not just in spite of our differences, but because of our unity. May He be glorified in us – to the praise of His glory.