COVID 19 + HBC

June 21 we will be starting a phased reopening.  For our first service, we have extended invitations to attend so that we can ensure everyone's safety.  At this point, we are only allowed to open to 30%.  In the weeks to come we will be adding more services to try and accommodate everyone who would like to worship with us.
We will continue the livestream for the foreseeable future. We anticipate being up and running for this on June 21, but if there are any unforeseen technical difficulties on Sunday, please be patient. The service and sermon will still be recorded and available on YouTube shortly afterwards.

Please read our statement and next steps below.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in contact with us: admin@hespelerbaptist.ca
LOVING, PROTECTING, SERVING HBC’S REOPENING PLAN

Foundational Principles
You’ll notice that the re-opening plan is entitled “Loving, Protecting, Serving.” This reflects three foundational principles that undergirded the development of the plan:
The first is the need to love our neighbour. Jesus taught that there is no greater commandment than this, save the command to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength (Mark 12:28-31). Loving our neighbour means not just loving the members of our Church but also loving our local community. This is why we need to be cautious in seeking to honour the exhortation to not neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25) while COVID-19 is still active in our city and region. Our goal is not just to ensure the safety of our own members, but the community we aspire to love.
The second foundational principle is the need for biblical submission. This plan is not merely a list of recommendations; it is a set of rules that all attendees of the Church will be expected to follow until we are no longer living with the current risks associated with COVID-19. Consequently, compliance with this plan is a matter of submission: submission to the civic authorities that God has instituted and to the physical distancing rules which they have enacted for our common good (Romans 13:1-4); submission to the Elders, who have commissioned this plan and been appointed to oversee God’s church by keeping watch over her members (1 Timothy 3:5, Hebrew 13:17); and submission to our brothers and sisters in Christ, to whom we are called to be subject out of reverence for our Lord and Saviour (Ephesians 5:21). On this last point, if even one member expresses a desire to gather with the church, but only if these procedures are followed - and they have - it is good and right for us to honour and submit to that in love.
The third foundational principle flows out of the first and second: the need to preserve our public witness through shared responsibility (Colossians 4:5). As representatives of Christ, our aspiration is to demonstrate to our civic leaders and to our community that we do not take the privilege of meeting together lightly, especially when other assemblies are not expected to resume in the immediate future. By participating in our live services, attendees are agreeing to respect the procedures outlined in this plan so that we can minimize the transmission of COVID-19.

Much love in Christ,
The HBC Elders