Harderwyk ministries update...
March 13, 2020
In response to growing concerns about COVID-19 we want to assure
you that Harderwyk Ministries is committed to the physical and spiritual health
of those who enter our doors.
After reviewing the current State Of Michigan guidelines, Holland
Classis recommendations, and a variety of other resources, we have made the
very difficult decision to close our campus to all ministry opportunities
effective immediately. In following internal protocol and the State of
Michigan’s closing of all school systems, our campus will be closed for all
services, meetings, The Function, and any other previously scheduled events
through Wednesday April 1. Community Night activities that were scheduled to
end April 1 are also suspended completely. Leadership will be assessing the
overall status of this situation on an ongoing basis, and adapting timing where
Why are we doing this?
- To honor the authority and expertise
of the leaders of our state, trusting they would not issue these
recommendations without good reason.
- This is an act of love for those in
our church and neighborhood who are most vulnerable due to compromised
health. Social distancing early on in other countries has born very proven
results, allowing hospitals to care for more manageable numbers of the critically
The leadership of Harderwyk Ministries will be meeting at 9am
Monday morning to formulate plans to effectively care for and minister to our
congregations in a variety of ways in the coming weeks. Please be on the
lookout for further communications regarding our ministry life in a challenging
Yet in the midst
of this season that has disrupted our lives, stirred our fears, with each day
bringing new challenges, we join our voices with the Psalmist (46): We will not
fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the
sea. For God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
God has been and will be with us always. It is in our triune God that we trust,
hope and find an all surpassing peace. And as bearers of that peace we have an
opportunity in this season of pandemic and panic to be a fragrance of God’s
peace in the lives of each other and in the community around us.
Blessings from the Staff and Council of Harderwyk Ministries