Coronavirus Response

"a fearful world needs a fearless church." This moment presents us with an opportunity to be people who share the hope and peace that can only come through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When everyone else is panicked, we are not! Why? Because we follow a savior who defeated death.
Our Response To The
Coronavirus
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to gain attention throughout the world. In light of this, I want to let you know about some steps we are taking as a church to prepare for the potential of an outbreak in our area; however, I will begin with something I believe is more important.

During moments when the world is gripped with fear, anxiety, and panic, followers of Jesus Christ are to be salt, light, and shining cities on a hill (Matthew 5:13-15). The Roman Emperor, Julian, writing in the fourth century, regretted the progress of Christianity because it pulled people away from the Roman gods. He said,



'Atheism [I.e. the Christian faith!] has been specially advanced through the loving service rendered to strangers, and through their care for the burial of the dead. It is a scandal that there is not a single Jew who is a beggar, and that the godless Galileans care not only for their own poor but for ours as well; while those who belong to us look in vain for the help that we should render them."
— Roman Emperor Julian
Early twentieth century pastor and writer AW Tozer says it like this,


A fear-stricken church cannot help a scared world. We who are in the secret place of safety must begin to talk and act like it. We, above all who dwell upon the earth, should be calm, hopeful, buoyant and cheerful. We'll never convince the scared world that there is peace at the Cross if we continue to exhibit the same fears as those who make no profession of Christianity.
— This World: Playground or Battleground?, Chapter 2, AW Tozer
In other words, "a fearful world needs a fearless church." This moment presents us with an opportunity to be people who share the hope and peace that can only come through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When everyone else is panicked, we are not! Why? Because we follow a savior who defeated death.

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? " (1 Cor. 15:55)

I encourage you to meet this moment with faith and not fear and to share the hope and peace of Jesus with fearful friends, family, and neighbors.

  • Pray for the sick,
  • Pray that God would eradicate this virus,
  • Pray for the doctors and nurses that are on the front lines,
  • Most of all Pray that we would meet this moment like Jesus

All that to say, we desire to be "wise and not unwise" (Eph. 5:15). Our staff and elders have discussed a plan of action in response to the spread of the Coronavirus. The details of that plan are below.

If you have any questions about this plan, please feel free to contact me or one of our elders/staff.

In faith, not fear,

Josh Wilson
Direction Leader
On behalf of the staff and elders
NHB
Coronavirus Response Plan

Level 1: Preventative (Level 1 will begin immediately)

  • Continuing best practices in our children's ministry for sanitizing toys and equipment.

  • A volunteer will now serve pastries under a sneeze guard.

  • Greeters will now hold doors open for people.

  • Restrooms will be stocked with paper towels, antibacterial soap, and instructions for proper hygiene.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in various areas.

  • Offering Baskets will no longer be passed, but will be on communion tables in the back.

  • Communion elements will be in individual cups and a volunteer will serve the elements

  • We ask attendees to practice good hygiene, wash your hands for at least 30 seconds with antibacterial soap, and dry thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, stay home if you are sick.

  • The Governor of Arkansas has advised anyone living in the state to avoid domestic travel if possible. Especially travel to Washington, California, New York, or Massachusetts.

  • Self-quarantine - See the attachment "should I self-quarantine" - If you answer yes to any of the questions, regardless of symptoms, physicians recommend self quarantine for two weeks.


Level 2: Responsive (Level 2 will begin under the advisement of our Elders)

  • The church will continue to gather for regular corporate worship and small groups.

  • We encourage the most at risk (adults over 60 years old and people with weak or compromised immune systems) to stay home or use their best judgement in attending gatherings.

  • We will stream our corporate worship and teaching online so everyone can still experience our worship gatherings.


Level 3: Attentive (Level 3 will happen if the disease is gaining momentum throughout NWA and at the recommendation of state and federal authorities.)

  • The church will postpone corporate worship gatherings

  • We will stream a sermon/devo and provide worship resources that families or small groups are encouraged to use for discussion and prayer.

  • Small groups will continue to meet at the discretion of the leaders and members of each group.

  • Online meetings hosted via Zoom or another digital platform will be made available to any group that is interested in that option.

  • Staff and Elders will begin contacting and setting up in home visits or calls to pray, serve communion, and connect with the members of our body.

Should I
Self Quarantine
  1. Have you or your children traveled or returned from (including layovers at airports) China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, or Europe in the previous 14 days?

  2. Has a doctor or public health professional, including any staff from the Arkansas Dept. of Health asked you or a family member who you have been in close contact, to isolate or quarantine yourself/selves?

  3. Have you had exposure to a known or suspected patient with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days?

  4. Has the Arkansas Dept of Health contacted you or a family member with whom you live (or do you have a reason to expect to be contacted) because you or that family member have had close contact with a "person under investigation" for COVID-19.