“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve throughout the world, we want you to know that your health and safety is our highest priority as it relates to the ongoings of Highpoint.
THE STEPS WE CAN TAKE TOGETHER
- TRUSTING IN GOD: Viruses are a part of this fallen world. Romans 8:22 says that “the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Our world needs Jesus, and as a result of the fall, our imperfect bodies are susceptible to viral disease such as COVID-19. That’s why it’s important to keep our heavenly perspective and “trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5) and remember His promises: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
- ENGAGING IN PRAYER: The Bible calls us to come to Jesus in prayer–especially when we are anxious saying: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). In times of trouble, prayer is a powerful tool that can and should be utilized. Together, let’s pray for those closest to us, our community, those affected by the virus, those who are struggling with fear, our leaders both locally and nationally, researchers, and those on the front lines caring for others such as our doctors, nurses and caregivers.
- BEING A LIGHT: As believers, we are called to “let [our] lights shine before others, so that they may see [our] good works and give glory to [our] Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). In times of trouble, the world looks to believers to see how we respond. Through faith, and intentionality God can use us to minister to others who might be more open to hearing about Jesus and in need of hope and healing.
- STAYING INFORMED: As Pastors and Elders we are committed to staying apprised on this situation by following the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations as we plan for the coming weeks and months: CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control provides up-to-date resources on coronavirus as new developments arise.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has resources specifically related to faith-based organizations with regards to how to respond to an influenza pandemic, applicable to COVID-19.
- TAKING PRECAUTIONS: COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person contact–similar to the cold and the flu–good personal hygiene of staff, volunteers and attenders along with the cleanliness of our facilities is very important amongst all who attend on-campus events and services. Currently we are not meeting corporately on-campus. When we do return:
PERSONAL HYGIENE: We encourage everyone to wash hands frequently and to refrain from simple actions such as shaking hands. Also, if you or your children are feeling ill in any way, please stay home and attend our online weekend experience.
FACILITIES: We are taking every precaution and have enhanced our cleaning procedures. This includes utilizing high grade cleaning products for comprehensive cleanings of all restrooms and various touch points (doorknobs, handles, water faucets, handrails, etc.). In addition, we clean before and after each service. The children’s classrooms and toys are disinfected after each service by Highpoint Kids staff and volunteers.
- ADDITIONAL STEPS: In addition to these practical steps, we’re also doing the following:
We’re having greeters nod and wave during weekend services, in lieu of handshakes and high fives.
We’re having no hand shaking during the service.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).