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During this time of the Covid-19 pandemic the Harrisonville, MO congregation has taken a proactive step and is temporarily closed to prevent the spread among our families, church family, local and world communities. Please check back and we will update this page as needed.
The ongoing response to the Covid-19 virus pandemic from the world church. Newest messages are first:
COVID-19 Announcements A Spiritual Check-in 23 March 2020: As congregations around the globe are not gathering in person, many are wondering about meaningful ways to stay connected to God and each other. In this week's video with President Steve Veazey, he shares how he's staying centered during this situation and invites us to examine our own response. The ideas for connection and recommended spiritual practices he mentions in the video are available in the Spiritual Check-in document.
Church meetings suspension extended 20 March 2020 As part of the church's COVID-19 prevention program, the First Presidency has extended therecommended suspension of church gatherings around the world.
Sacraments, COVID-19, and Social Distancing 19 March 2020: From the First Presidency: During the COVID-19 pandemic priesthood members will be asked to provide various sacraments. In all instances, priesthood members should respect public health guidelines that state people should practice “social distancing” and avoid, as much as possible, personal contact through which the infection spreads. In these unusual circumstances, the Presidency offers guidance related to the sacraments.
USA Team of Apostles: None of us walks alone in these troubled times 16 March 2020: The USA Team of the Council of Twelve offers a message regarding the effect of COVID-19. Please share with those you think would benefit from these words of support.
A Prayer of Blessing 15 March 2020: President Steve Veazey shared a prayer today for our global family. Watch the videoor read Sunday's Daily Bread blog.
First Presidency Statement Ongoing Response to COVID‐19 Virus 13 March 2020:
After considering many factors, the First Presidency advises congregations and mission centers to suspend church gatherings such as worship services, meals, conferences, funerals, and other group activities in response to the projected spread of the COVID‐19 virus. The anticipated duration of this recommended suspension of group activities is three weeks. The Presidency bases its recommendation on the following principles: 1. The church’s response should emphasize preventative, rather than reactive, strategies to keep the COVID‐19 virus from spreading as quickly as many infection‐rate models indicate. 2. A primary prevention strategy is “social distancing. According to the USA Centers for Disease Control, that involves “remaining out of congregant settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” between people whenever possible. Social distancing is especially challenging for people in church settings. 3. The church’s response should emphasize “protecting the most vulnerable” (Doctrine and Covenants 164:6a) in our congregations, cities, towns, and villages. This includes our senior members and those already affected by other health challenges. All World Church sites now are closed to the public, and World Church‐sponsored events are canceled through at least Monday, 13 April 2020. This includes the Temple Complex, Peace Pavilion, and all historic sites. International Headquarters staff will continue to support operations while the sites are closed to the public. Reopening the sites to the public will continue to be evaluated as the situation unfolds. This situation is fluid. Church‐related COVID‐19 updates will be provided at http://www.CofChrist.org/covid‐19. In addition to church‐initiated preventative measures and recommendations, we are upholding all nations and congregations impacted by this pandemic in prayerful concern, love, and hope. Our faith assures us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1–2 NRSV). The First Presidency