COVID-19 has changed our world. Everything has stopped, or so it seems. Fortunately, this won’t last forever. The day will come when we will return to a more familiar way of life. Although we do not have a definite timetable, we want to be thoroughly equipped for when that day comes. This is why HBBC has appointed The Path Forward Task Force. This diverse group of 25 church members, including clergy and laity, has been recruited to “assist our congregation in preparing for reopening after some or all of the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.”
According to health officials, a cure for coronavirus has not yet been identified and a vaccine has not yet been developed. Any plans for reopening the church will need to be negotiated with great skill and caution.
Although we’re just beginning our work, we’re pleased to share the following information:
- Our top priority is the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff. All recommendations from our task force will be based upon this priority.
- Decisions about reopening will follow guidelines from governing authorities, public health officials, and other criteria recommended by the task force and approved by the Diaconate.
- Our ministry staff will continue to give primary attention to our worship broadcast.
- We will continue to provide online resources for Sunday school classes, Bible studies, committees, and other small groups, and encourage these groups to remain connected.
- We anticipate opening the church in phases, starting small and going slow. Office operations are likely to be the first to open on a limited basis and with limited staff; those who can work from home will be encouraged to do so.
We will make updates as more information becomes available.