HMCC COVID-19 Safety Precautions

(UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 02-12-2020)

Dear Church family,

We want to give you all an update on our church’s response to the latest social distancing guidelines, as of 1 December 2020. We know it has been difficult for many of us to navigate the new normal not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, socially, and even spiritually. As the whole world continues to grapple with the effects of the pandemic, we remain committed to supporting the global efforts in preventing the spread of the virus and caring for the holistic health of our members and the community. After the latest update to the social distancing regulations (according to the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance – Cap. 599), as well as discussion and prayer with the Executive Team and pastoral staff, we have decided to adopt the following safety precautions and social distancing measures.

Sunday Celebration

We have decided that our Sunday Celebrations will be conducted fully online. We will review this arrangement on a weekly basis and communicate if there are any changes. We do hope to be able to meet together in-person and will make those announcements if and when the situation permits.

Other corporate gatherings

Similar to our Sunday Celebrations, all other corporate gatherings that include the whole church (i.e prayer gatherings, classes, and children’s church, etc) will be conducted fully online until further notice. We will also review this arrangement on a weekly basis and communicate if there are any changes and if the situation permits us to resume in-person gatherings.

LIFE Group and smaller gatherings

For other non-corporate gatherings including LIFE Group, classes, etc, we will provide online methods of participation and ask that no more than 2 people meet together for any public gathering. Please contact the coordinator of each gathering for more information about online arrangements. For those who may be meeting together in person, please practice good hygiene, wear masks as often as possible, use hand-sanitisers, and wash hands frequently. Anyone who feels unwell with flu-like or fever symptoms, has had recent contact with anyone who has flu-like or fever symptoms, is undergoing quarantine, or has recent travel history, is highly advised to stay home, take necessary precautions, seek medical assistance if applicable, and inform their leaders of their situation.
We believe that these measures will ensure that we are living out our values as a biblical community with wisdom and love for one another as well as for the greater community around us. We will continue to update these guidelines as we make adjustments based on the most up-to-date government announcements and other social distancing measures. More than anything, please continue to pray for the city in these tumultuous times, for healing for the sick, for comfort for the weary, and for trust in God’s greater plan for Hong Kong. May we be a light and share the hope of Christ to those around us! If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at hongkong@hmcc.net
Psalm 33:20-22
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

With Love,
HMCC Pastoral Staff and Executive Team