H2O’s policies will continue to mirror the policies of Kent State University, which you can find here.
We encourage continued sensitivity towards those who feel anxious about virus transmission. Consequently, at all our worship gatherings, we will maintain a supply of KN95 masks, available to anyone who requests one.
There are signs of Spring all around us! The weather is changing. The hours of daylight are increasing. COVID cases are way down, and restrictions are easing... These are exciting times!
But as we start celebrating our springtime freedoms, our church’s Leadership Team wants to acknowledge the way that some of these developments may affect our sense of community and care for each other. We want to create space for understanding.
No matter what your individual preferences might be, regarding COVID safety precautions, please emphasize grace and avoid shame towards one another in this transition. Throughout this pandemic, we've tried to listen well to public health officials and University officials. But most of all, we’ve sought to take our guidance from Jesus and the Bible. And Philippians 2:1-5 seems particularly instructive:
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
We really appreciate your patience and prayer through this whole process... We’re glad to be united with you in Christ.