2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
As we continue monitoring how COVID-19 is evolving globally and locally, we want to share with you how Church of the Harvest is addressing the current situation and taking proactive steps to minimize risk to our team and to our body. Safety is our primary concern as we work to ensure that we address this situation while continuing to serve our community.
Through the end of March, there will be no onsite gatherings at our Olathe or Independence Campuses and the church offices will also be closed. Pastors will continue to be available to serve you for any situations you may have.
We will be hosting live on-line services on Sundays at 9:00 am and 10:45 am that you can access at www.live.churchoftheharvest.org and at www.facebook.com/cothks. We welcome you to join us with your family, friends, and neighbors and create watch parties for the online experience. Throughout the week, our Pastoral Staff will be coming to you LIVE on Facebook to interact with you every evening at 6:00 pm.
Join us on Sundays for a powerful worship time, God’s Word, an opportunity to give and most of all, time to pray for our community, and nation. Your pastors will be there online with you to chat with you and to pray for you. As well, we will have links available for you so that you can have family ministry with your children. As a reminder, giving is as simple as sending a text. To give just text the word OLATHE or INDEP and your giving amount to 913-320-0013.
We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)'s for guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus, stay safe and healthy and make decisions that are right for each individual.
The most important thing you can do is to join with the COTH staff in praying for health and protection over our community, our city and beyond. Pray that we walk in faith and not fear. Pray for our governing officials, medical staff, church leaders, and those on the front line researching this virus.
God is never surprised by what goes on in our world, and He is always in the business of taking every bad thing we endure and using it for our good and His glory. As Jesus’ body and bride, the Church has an amazing opportunity right now to be agents of hope and healing in a sick and hurting world. As we take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and well, we hope you’ll join us in seeking out ways to walk as Jesus walked; not running from the world, but entering into it with hope, compassion and a willingness to make a difference in the lives of those He encountered.
At the point when we are able to meet again at the church, here’s some of what we’re doing to make sure Church of the Harvest remains a safe place for you to worship:
WHAT WE ARE DOING AT COTH
You’ll notice when you arrive a few things feel a little different. Our joyful greeting team isn’t shaking hands and hugging like they usually do. They will be smiling, welcoming you, and you will probably see a new greeting we love –– the holy elbow bump –– to limit physical contact that can spread germs. The same goes for our fellowship time during services.
In addition, you will notice:
MAIN BUILDING MEASURES
Our facilities team will continue to maintain a pro-active approach to keeping our facilities clean as they be
Hand sanitizers throughout the building
Wiping down and disinfecting surfaces before and after each service
Asking staff and volunteers to stay home if they are sick
FAMILY MINISTRY MEASURES
Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and in the Family Ministry office.
All hard surfaces are disinfected after each gathering and between every service.
All hard surface toys are sprayed with sanitizing spray at the end of the day.
Toys that come in contact with children’s mouths are removed and sanitized during the gatherings.
(These policies apply year-round, but we are taking extra precautions to be particularly vigilant during this present time. Our staff and volunteers, alongside the COTH facilities team, work to ensure a clean, safe environment for our kids).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Here are some ways you can partner with us to help keep COTH a safe place:
If you feel sick or like you are coming down with something, please stay home and join us at our Online Campus.
Here are symptoms to watch for:
Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure:
Shortness of breath
The following people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness:
People who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease
People with already compromised immune systems
There are some simple, every day, low-tech steps you can take to reduce your chances of exposure and help protect others. They’re the same things we do to prevent the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands right away.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
KIDS CHECK-IN RESTRICTIONS AND POLICY
This policy applies year-round but is especially important given the current circumstances.
Any child showing the following symptoms should not be checked in to COTH Family Ministry:
Cold-like symptoms: coughing, sneezing, or runny nose
Flu-like symptoms: fever, vomiting, or diarrhea (within the last 24hrs)
Skin rashes or sores
Signs of head lice
Any health-related ailment that is transmittable to others through direct or indirect contact
If our leaders become aware of any of these symptoms present in a child at COTH, parents or guardians will receive a text message requesting prompt pick-up. This cooperation will help us maintain a clean, safe environment and reduce any unnecessary risk.
If your children are experiencing any of these symptoms, we kindly ask you not to bring them to Family Ministry or into adult gatherings.