In adherence to re-opening guidance mandated by the government, we are resuming our Worship Service with limited occupancy. Thank you for registering beforehand.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CHURCH IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED
FOR ATTENDANCE THAT SUNDAY.
For everyone's safety, we ask that you please adhere to some guidelines:
PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK
Non-invasive temperature check will be done upon entry
Hand sanitizers will be dispensed by our staff
Maintain social distancing in the facility
There will be no food or drinks in the facility (we recommend bringing your own drinks, no food please)
As a safety precaution, we would like to encourage everyone to head home once service ends
Please register children ages 4years and up
ASSIGNED STAFF FOR THAT SUNDAY DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER,
ONLY ATTENDING FAMILY MEMBERS.
Please read below for our PHASED REOPENING Guidelines.
We appreciate your cooperation, and we are very excited to see everyone!
For the protection of our congregation, we request that anyone who has had symptoms of sickness or contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days to postpone their in-person attendance until after two weeks without symptoms.
Although we will follow recommendations closely and stringently maintain a sanitary environment, there are still risks of being exposed to and potentially getting sick with COVID-19 or other illnesses. By attending, you acknowledge and accept those risks, and will not hold Global Harvest Fellowship or its representatives liable.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
1 Corinthians 13:5
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
. . . Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
Three Basic Goals
We want to be compliant with the government.
We want to be considerate of one another.
We want to be courageous in Christ.
Three Biblical Principles as we consider Reopening
We are not dealing with a matter of first importance. Not every hill in the Bible is a hill to die on. Whether or not to meet in person or via live stream is not a hill to die on.
Love means looking for the win-win. One of the ways we know we are in a real church is that we have to make real compromises; we don’t all have the same preferences, politics, and backgrounds. When Jesus begins to build a community everyone in that community is adjusting to Jesus. We don’t demand that Jesus adjust to us.
Our mission is to seek the peace of the city. Many things are up in the air for many people, and when their worldviews don’t hold up in the face of reality they must reevaluate. There is a seam open for the gospel of Jesus to enter in. Let’s come together for the glory of Jesus and the salvation of souls.
New Safety Guidelines to abide by the NJ Governor's recommendations for Faith-based and Community Initiatives.
We will not have kids' church or nursery initially. We will have a service that is shorter and more accommodating to the whole family. Noises and disruptions are expected as we teach our kids to incorporate into a worship service.
Parents, feel free to bring coloring books, activities, toys, etc for your children to enjoy during the service.
We will begin with a smaller occupancy % by removing the chairs and providing 45 chairs separated with safe distance of 6 feet between households. We will increase the number of services (if necessary due to demand) and the number of chairs as restrictions ease.
Staff and volunteers will have masks and will be screened, including taking their temperature.
If you are attending we ask that you wear a mask.
Gloves are optional.
Temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building.
Our team will have hand sanitizers available.
Ushers will help direct you to your set.
We ask those in high-risk categories, as determined by the CDC, to worship at home via LiveStream.
No coffee or food served.
The downstairs bathroom will be open but nothing else.
No childcare. No Sunday School. No lunch. No handouts for the service.
There will be no greeting time, or physical greeting (gestures and smiles allowed 😊.
There will be no congregating after the service. We ask that when the service ends that you will exit when the ushers indicate.
No offering basket passed (utilize online, mail-in, or box in the back).
A deep clean of all worship areas will be required prior to Sunday and immediately following gatherings and groups.
We will provide hand sanitizer stations.
When planned we will provide a new manner of receiving Holy Communion.
We want to make service as safe and as enjoyable as possible.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our team will give special attention to high touch point surfaces. Wipe down all entrance/exit door handles, light switches, tabletops, desktops, connect desk, sink, faucet handles, microwave doors and handles, refrigerator handles.
Our team will use EPA registered cleaner/disinfectant. Allow the disinfectant to air dry completely. We will use proper cleaning cloths and change when visibly soiled.
What will be the protocol if/when an attendee gets a positive COVID-19 diagnosis?
Should anyone be found to have a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, we will:
First, we will notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.
Second, we will close off areas used by any sick person and will not use them until they have been cleaned. We will wait 24 hours before we clean or disinfect to reduce risk to individuals cleaning. We will ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.
Third, we will advise staff members or volunteers that had contact with said person not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
Fourth, we will inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, yet was in contact with an individual, please follow appropriate CDC guidance for home isolation.
REMOTE WORSHIP SERVICE AND ONLINE GIVING
March 17, 2020
In light of the current situation, we at Global Harvest Fellowship are preparing for the possibility of temporarily having remote worship services. In this eventuality, we hope that you would still
join us as we live stream our Sunday Worship Service via Facebook Live on our Facebook page:
We are also set-up for online giving, here are some options:
Through GHF Website.
Through your bank’s Online BILLPAY.
Through your PAYPAL account.
At this time, we have no knowledge of anyone associated with Global Harvest Fellowship
being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. The above measures are planned, and are to take place, out of an abundance of caution and in line with government guidelines. This is for the protection of our congregants/attendees, staff, volunteers, and community - your safety is important to us.
Please keep in prayer for a cure, for everyone's safety, for those in the front-line, the medical professionals, our government, our country, the world. May the world turn to the Lord, who is mighty to save, in this time of crisis.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save,
he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
- Zepheniah 3:17
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a great source of information on the COVID-19 (corona virus) pandemic.
Please visit their website, or click on the below links, for more information and guidance:
GHF COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PRECAUTIONS
March 11, 2020
Hello Friends and Family of Global Harvest Fellowship!
As you have heard, there have been a confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the
New York/New Jersey area. This has been a worldwide concern, and the recent confirmations so
close to home has left many of us feeling uneasy and concerned.
We will remain open for regularly scheduled services and church events.
We are taking extra health and sanitary precautions as recommended by the CDC,
NJ Department of Health and medical professionals.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the risk of contracting the disease is low,
but rest assured, our congregation is our top priority and we at Global Harvest Fellowship
are taking precautionary measures to keep you and your family safe.
We have expanded our regular cleaning protocol to include regularly disinfecting all high touch areas such as desks, doorknobs and light switches, as well all toys in the Nursery.
We have ordered hand-sanitizing dispensers that will be mounted/placed throughout the church - sanctuary, classrooms, and fellowship hall. As always, there is soap in the restrooms for you to wash your hands, and we encourage you do so often.
We are temporarily suspending our lunch fellowship for safety reasons. We will re-instate our lunch fellowship once conditions are better.
During service, we would like to modify our "meet and greet" habits. As much as possible, avoid physical contact. We recommend air hugs, air high fives, and our modified COVID-19 greeting (elbow-to-elbow, foot-to-foot), as demonstrated by our Worship Team.
We will be using pre-sealed, self-contained communion cups and wafers during Lord's Supper.
We are instructing all staff and volunteers to wash their hands frequently while serving, or to stay home if they are sick.
We would also like to ask for your support during these times. We are reaching out to share with you some recommendations from state and local government agencies ... here is what you can do:
If you, or a member of your family, is feeling sick, please stay home. Should you develop flu-like symptoms, such as cough, difficulty breathing and fever, please contact your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY. It is important to note that these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
You can still worship with us via Live Stream on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/globalharvestnj/) during worship hours, Sundays 10:30AM-12:00PM.
Wash your hands frequently. The CDC and WHO both agree that the best thing you can do to protect yourselves from getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds many times each day - after you use the restroom, before and after you eat/prepare food, etc. Or with an appropriate alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your face in general, but especially with dirty hands. Most everything we touch throughout the day is covered in germs, and if you touch your mucous membranes (lips, nose, eyes) you can spread viruses and bacteria into your own body.Wipe handrails and hard surfaces with disinfecting wipes, and spray interiors with disinfecting spray.
Healthcare officials state that you don't need a mask unless (1) you are caring for someone that is ill, or (2) you are ill and you need to avoid spreading germs.
Get information from reliable sources only- follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for general information, symptoms, prevention, testing and more.
Hand-washing is the most effective way to stop germs from spreading, but practicing good personal hygiene practices - including covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then throwing the tissue in the trash), will greatly help the stop of spreading as well.
Friends, we realize that this is a growing concern that is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities, yet we know that our God is a God of healing:
"Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it;
I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security."
- Jeremiah 33:6
In addition to all the precautions we are taking, let us take extra time to pray - pray for each other's safety, for those affected by the virus, as well as those in the medical field working to contain and find a cure for this outbreak. Let us strengthen our faith and hold to the promise of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
- John 14:27
In His Service,
Pastor Ulysses Marino, Senior Pastor
Bro. Luke Anderson
Board of Deacons:
Jonathan de Jesus, Victor del Rosario, Al Del Valle Jr.,
RJ Enriquez, Melvin O. Gatdula, Stephen A. Mack, Ken Sanvictores