Throughout this time of dealing with the pandemic and social distancing we at Hope EFC have been seeking ways we could keep in touch with each other better. As a result, we have created the Hope Church App!
With the app, you will able to get the latest information about church activities, watch video of the Sunday morning service, receive additional tools for greater spiritual growth and be able to easily register for activities like AWANA or XTreme Hope Camp. Be sure to enable notifications for all areas of interest. We will not overwhelm you with messages but will use notifications to alert you to important information.
To get the app for android or iphone click on the following link:
After spending almost two months apart and not being able to worship together, we are planning to begin our worship together again on May 10th. As you can imagine, this will not be business as usual but will involve changes to continue to help control the spread of COVID-19. The following changes are being made to further the goals of worshiping together and controlling the spread of the virus.
If you have experienced symptoms of a fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing within the last three days, or if you have been in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, we ask you to please not attend services. This also applies if you live with someone who has been exposed or has shown symptoms.
If you are over 60 or have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung diseases or any condition that would make you at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, we would recommend that you consider not attending the service. This also applies to those who live with higher risk individuals. We plan to have a recording of the entire service posted on the website by mid-afternoon on Sunday.
We plan to remove a few tables and spread the remaining tables so that family groups can sit at least 6 feet from other families. Each table will accommodate one family or two singles/couples seated at opposite ends of the table. We will have additional seating in the Awana classroom at the back of the sanctuary with closed circuit broadcast of the service. State guidelines require that people stay 6 feet from anyone other than your own household and avoid things like hugging or shaking hands. Be sure that you also maintain these distancing guidelines when entering and leaving the service.
Wearing masks while at church is recommended but not required. We should give grace to others about this but also seek to protect others.
There will be no Sunday School to keep children with their families. For preschool children, we will have the nursery and preschool rooms available. Children in these rooms must be accompanied by a parent and efforts should still be made to maintain social distance from other families. We will not be providing transportation for children not accompanied by a parent.
We plan to thoroughly disinfect the church prior to Sunday and hand sanitizer will be available at all tables. You will want to bring your Bibles since we cannot put Bibles on the tables.
We will not be serving food and drink at this time in compliance with the guidelines.
We have greatly missed our time with you in worship together of our God. I believe these plans will make it possible for us to once again worship together without unnecessarily exposing each other to the virus that has caused so much disruption in our nation. We ask you to continue to pray for each other and those on the front lines of the pandemic and extend kindness and grace to others.
These are certainly unusual times! We recognize that isolation from each other may be necessary to stop a virus, but it can also be a real problem for our relationships with each other. This is especially difficult for kids (and those of us who work with your kids).
For this reason we would like to suggest a group learning activity you can do from home but also be involved with others. Here is our plan:
We will start with a great video series from Phil Vischer. Phil is one of the creators of VeggieTales and is a very creative teacher for children. We will be going through a series of short videos he has created from the book of 1 John in the Bible. You can access these videos for free through our church membership with RightNow Media. You can watch these videos on most streaming devices (Roku, AppleTV or others) or any tablet, cell phone or computer with Internet access. We plan to have kids view one video each weekday beginning on Monday, April 20th. You can watch them whenever it is convenient for you. Here are the instructions to get your free RightNow Media account (which will also give you access to thousands of great Christian videos):
Follow the instructions to create your own account.
Each session is accompanied with a discussion guide to help you discuss the video with your child. You can print these within your RightNow account print them from here.
Once a week, on Saturdays at noon, we will host a Zoom video call to talk with everyone about what they are learning and just get to see each other. Our Zoom ID is 481-854-7418. Some of you may not have ever used Zoom and we would be glad to walk you through the steps to do this, just call Pastor Dave at 308-440-7778. If you have never used Zoom, call anytime before next Saturday to do a test call.
We feel this will be a fun way to learn and grow together during our time apart. Feel free to call if you have any questions.
We would like to have a fellowship and prayer meeting at 7:00 pm every Wednesday on Zoom. To do this go to zoom.us and click on Join a Meeting. If this is your first time you will be prompted to install the Zoom viewer. The meeting code will be 481 854 7418 The password is 481795. If you have any problems call Pastor Dave at 308-440-7778
Over the last few months, our nation has had to come to grips with what is now a pandemic. The response has varied from panic and hoarding to wishing it would go away. Neither of these extremes is an option. The question is not one of “if” the virus comes to Kearney, but “when” it comes to Kearney. The science is also clear that this virus is very contagious and for some, will be deadly.
In light of the latest guidance from the CDC that everyone avoid gatherings of 50 or more people and the dismissal of the Kearney Public Schools, we feel we must also make some changes to address this issue. This is not being done out of fear but as a means of enhancing the containment of the virus. We would rather be part of the solution than find we are part of the problem. We are therefore making the following changes:
We are canceling Awana Club for the remainder of the school year. More than half of our leaders are UNK students and the college has dismissed classes on campus for the remainder of the semester. This would make it all but impossible to have Awana Club and our attendance far exceeds the limit of 50 people.
We are encouraging everyone to view the worship service on Facebook Live. We will have a small team of people leading the worship service for broadcast at the church. The Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/HopeEFCKearney
We recognize that many within our ministry will be enduring times of hardship through the coming weeks due to job cuts, lack of child care and the loss of school meal programs. For this reason, we will be making food bags available through our food pantry for those in need. If you are in need of food assistance, the office will be open weekdays from 1 to 5 daily. If you are able to contribute, we would also welcome your food donations.
We will also be actively looking for ways to stay connected with each other and will communicate both through the Facebook page mentioned above and the church website at www.kearneyhope.org
It is our desire to fight both the effects of the virus and the panic that so easily surrounds it through prayer for each other and the encouragement and support we are able to provide even during these extreme conditions.
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